Not all flashes in the pan go on to have great, full-length MLB careers. Some just have that one season where everything comes together for them and they can never find that kind of success again.
Here are some of those seasons in the past 10 years that make us go, "Huh? Well, if that was it, then I guess at least it was awesome."
7. Brian Wilson, 2010
Brian Wilson had some really nice years as a reliever, and eventually as closer for the Giants. None of them compare to what he did in 2010, however.
After all, that's a tough season to replicate.
In that season, Wilson saved 48 games and struck out mind boggling 93 batters in 74.2 innings. In his first of two All-Star seasons, Wilson had a sparkling 1.81 ERA in 2010. He also closed out the World Series, a first for his San Francisco brethren. Beyond the game, Wilson briefly became an icon, known for his wit and zany attitude, and that's enough to merit inclusion here.
6. Evereth Cabrera, 2013
Did you know that Everth Cabrera was actually an All-Star?
That's right, the career .246 hitter managed to sneak his way into the All-Star Game on a bad Padres team. In that year, he hit a career-high .283 and stole 37 bases.
For elite players those numbers are nothing to write home about, especially considering he only scored 54 runs and drove in 31. But for Cabrera, this represents a season that he will never replicate again.
Of course, he was swiftly busted for PEDs.
5. Domonic Brown, 2013
Domonic Brown was supposed to be the next great Phillie, a slugging outfielder who brought all five tools to the table.
Well, the only season where that actually panned out was in 2013.
Brown was great that season, hitting 27 home runs and driving in 83 runs. He hit .272 on the year which was by far a career high while making his first and only All-Star appearance.
He is currently a free agent with minimal hopes of continuing his career above Triple-A.
4. Jenrry Mejia, 2014
One-hit wonder for a reason: he ain't NEVER coming back.
Jenrry Mejia has the distinction of being the first player to be given a lifetime ban for PED use in the MLB. Before the constant failed drug tests, though, Mejia seemed to be the closer of the future for the Mets in 2014.
After starting the season a starter for the Mets, Mejia had a 2.72 ERA in 56 games coming out of the pen. Mejia struck out 60 batters in those games and finished the season with 28 saves.
He would only pitch 7.1 more innings for the rest of his career before the lifetime ban kicked in.
3. Mike Jacobs, 2008
In 2008, the Marlins infield became the first in baseball history to have all four players hit 30 or more home runs in a season. Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla both had very productive career, as did Jorge Cantu to a certain extent. It is the fourth member of the group who had a short-lived career: Mike Jacobs.
Jacobs hit 32 bombs in 2008 while driving in 93 runs. Despite those gaudy power numbers, the Marlins did not keep him around, as they traded him to the Royals. From that point on, Jacobs essentially flamed out of the league.
2. Logan Morrison, 2017
Some might argue that Logan Morrison found something last year and his 2017 season could replicated for the Twins
Still, do you really expect LoMo to hit 38 home runs again?
I would think not, especially in that ballpark. Morrison hitting that many home runs and driving in 85 runs was a remarkable season but the fact that the Rays showed no interest in re-signing him before he bolted says it all. Couldn't even really cash in, either. Sad.
1. Jair Jurrjens, 2011
Jair Jurrjens was great in 2011, but chances are you will have no idea who that is. In his lone All-Star season, Jurrjens had a 2.96 ERA and went 13-6. Top prospect delivering on all that promise with poise and control, right?
He would only go on to pitch in 65 more innings for the rest of his career.