1 Bold Prediction for Every MLB Team in 2024


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Atlanta Braves: Michael Harris II has 30/30 season
After racking up 8.6 WAR over his first two seasons in the majors while showcasing a nice mix of power and speed at the bottom of the batting order, Michael Harris II is moving into more of a run production role this year out of the No. 6 spot in the lineup. The 23-year-old had 18 home runs and 20 steals in 138 games last year, so a 30/30 season would be a major step forward, but he is more than capable.
Miami Marlins: Max Meyer has post-hype breakout
Max Meyer showcased a 100-mph fastball and a devastating slider during his time at the University of Minnesota before going No. 3 overall in the 2020 draft, and he made his MLB debut midway through the 2022 season. The right-hander made just two starts before landing on the injured list, and he ended up missing the entire 2023 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. A wave of injuries to the Marlins rotation gave him a chance to break camp in the starting rotation, and he still has the stuff to be a game-changing arm.
New York Mets: Pete Alonso has 50-homer season
What is Pete Alonso going to do in a contract year? The 29-year-old is playing for a huge contract and needs to prove he belongs in the same category as Freddie Freeman and Matt Olson when it comes to earning power at first base. After a 46-homer, 118-RBI season in 2023, he has the power to return to the 50-homer level he showed as a rookie in 2019.
Philadelphia Phillies: Mick Abel will start 10-plus games, be breakout star
Andrew Painter has often been tabbed as the best pitching prospect in the Philadelphia system, but fellow first-round pick Mick Abel is not far behind. The 6’5″ right-hander has four plus pitches, and after posting a 4.13 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 132 strikeouts in 113.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last year, he could be one of the first arms called on if the Phillies need reinforcements. The 22-year-old has instant impact potential.
Washington Nationals: James Wood makes MLB debut before All-Star break


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