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6 MLB Players Poised for Major Bounce-Back Seasons in 2020

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 26: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians plays  during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
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We see it every year. There are players who come out of nowhere and have big seasons, and then there are accomplished studs we thought would be stars who put up a clunker.

Instead of accepting failure, who's going to pick themselves up by the bootstraps and have a big year for their respective team? Here are six players poised for major bounce-back seasons in 2020.

6. OF Byron Buxton

MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 01:  Byron Buxton #25 of the Minnesota Twins looks on from the dugout against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 01, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Minnesota Twins v Miami Marlins | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Byron Buxton is a former top prospect who was supposed to be a perennial All-Star. Defensively, he's that and more, but his bat has never translated to MLB for a lengthy period of time, in part because he's never healthy. That's been the case the last couple seasons, as Buxton has played in a combined 115 games, but that will change in 2020. Buxton slugged over .500 last year in 271 at-bats, so we know the power is there. Buxton needs to be better at reaching base more consistently, but at 25 years old he's entering his prime. Don't be surprised if Buxton leads this Twins team to a second consecutive AL Central title.

5. DH Khris Davis

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 15:  Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 15, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Normally, you can pencil in a .247 batting average and over 40 home runs for Oakland A's slugger Khris Davis, but he wasn't even close to that last year. Instead, Davis hit just .220 with 23 home runs in 133 games. Davis was a weak link in Oakland's lineup. However, he didn't forget how to barrel up a baseball, so to make up for lost time, 50-plus homers should be in range for Davis in 2020, who needs to prove he's one of MLB's best home run hitters once again.

4. RHP Rick Porcello

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 08: Starting pitcher Rick Porcello #22 of the Boston Red Sox pitches at the top of the first inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on September 08, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox | Omar Rawlings/Getty Images

Rick Porcello has been around the majors since his early twenties, but he's still only 30 years old and is a former Cy Young Award winner. The dude knows how to pitch, which is why it was shocking that he had one of the highest ERAs in baseball at 5.52 last year. That came at the wrong time, as he's entering free agency, but whoever picks him up will see a huge bounce-back season. Porcello embarrassed himself on the mound in 2019, so expect a 2016-esque campaign (22-4, 3.15 ERA) from the right-hander in 2020. Quite simply, he has too much talent to be this mediocre.

3. OF Andrew Benintendi

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Andrew Benintendi #16 of the Boston Red Sox in action against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox v Philadelphia Phillies | Rich Schultz/Getty Images

After posting an .830 OPS in 2018, last season was supposed to be Andrew Benintendi's coming out party. Well, that certainly didn't take place, as the Red Sox outfielder slashed .266/.343/.431 with 13 home runs and 68 RBIs. Would it be totally unexpected if Benintendi doubled those numbers in 2020? This guy has been able to put the bat on the baseball since his college days, and with some uncertainty surrounding several players in the Red Sox everyday lineup, Benintendi will be put in a position to drive in more runs in a critical part of the starting nine. Expect a big season from the 25-year-old.

2. RHP Noah Syndergaard

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24:  Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets reacts after giving up a solo home run to Isan Diaz of the Miami Marlins in the second inning at Citi Field on September 24, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Miami Marlins v New York Mets | Elsa/Getty Images

I won't guarantee that Noah Syndergaard is the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner, but he's too good not to be in the conversation. How offenses can hit this guy is unknown to us, but over 32 starts last year he posted a 4.28 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Syndergaard barely averaged over a strikeout-per-inning, which is far too low for a pitcher who can throw 100 MPH and has a 90 MPH changeup. After a full bill of health in 2019 and a normal offseason, expect Thor to put it all together and be the dominant force everyone's been waiting to see.

1. INF Jose Ramirez

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 04: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Progressive Field on August 4, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 6-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cleveland Indians | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Jose Ramirez wasn't a complete failure over his 2019 campaign, as he was red-hot in the second half, but after 85 games he was slashing a woeful .218/.308/.344 with only seven home runs and 35 RBIs. Something clicked after the All-Star Break and he hit like the MVP candidate we've come to expect. Ramirez will be that for a full season, once again, and should be a candidate to take home the hardware.