This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.
Every year, we are surprised by the performance of players reaching new levels of production for the first time. As we prepare for the 2017 season, we wanted to ask former MLB scout Bernie Pleskoff some of the biggest questions on our minds with the hope of setting more realistic expectations for several key players.
Q: How good can Gary Sanchez be in 2017?
A: We have to remember that Sanchez didn't break out after his promotion to the Yankees last season. He actually broke out in the 2015 Arizona Fall League when he barreled balls off the walls and over the fences.
Don't expect the otherworldly numbers again from 2016 – especially the home runs. What you can expect is for pitchers to find the holes in his swing and exploit them, and he will have to adjust in return. I want to be cautious and conservative with Sanchez. Keep in mind the Yankees' lineup won't be loaded with thunder and lightning surrounding him, and that will impact the pitches he sees.
Sanchez is already one of the best catchers on the fantasy board, and I expect a batting average of .279 with 29 homers, 73 RBI and five stolen bases. I think we can live with that.
Q: Do you believe in Brian Dozier's power breakout?
A: We need to be realistic. Dozier hit 42 home runs last season – the highest total of his five-year big league career. If the past is prologue and history sets