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Predicting the season: Who will be the biggest surprise?

Who is coming out of nowhere in 2019?

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We are now just a day away from the regular season kicking off in earnest, with the Red Sox having completed their exhibition schedule. As such, it’s time to start projecting the season a bit. If you’ve been here over the last few years, you likely remember our six superlative polls, which will come out over the next three days. If you aren’t familiar, well, it’s not that complicated. We’ll have votes on Team MVP, Best Pitcher, Defensive Wizard, Biggest Surprise, Biggest Disappointment and Unsung Hero. This vote will be for Biggest Surprise.

This is the more positive sibling of the Biggest Disappointment category and a fun one on which to end this little series of polls. While every year there are a handful of players that fall well below expectations, there are also those who exceed our projections and burst onto the map as a caliber of player we never saw coming. Sometimes these can be stars, as Mookie Betts’ performance last year probably qualified as a surprise even though we already knew he was great. Still, the options below are going to be bereft of stars, looking at the next couple tiers of players who could take a big step forward in 2019. Make your voice heard and vote in the poll below. If you’re choice is not listed, just drop a note in the comments and I’ll get in and add that choice as soon as I get the chance.


Who will be 2019’s biggest surprise?

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  • 5%
    Matt Barnes
    (24 votes)
  • 5%
    Ryan Brasier
    (25 votes)
  • 12%
    Jackie Bradley Jr.
    (56 votes)
  • 24%
    Rafael Devers
    (108 votes)
  • 0%
    Heath Hembree
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Brock Holt
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Mitch Moreland
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Eduardo Núñez
    (6 votes)
  • 4%
    Dustin Pedroia
    (22 votes)
  • 6%
    Eduardo Rodriguez
    (31 votes)
  • 29%
    Blake Swihart
    (132 votes)
  • 4%
    Tyler Thornburg
    (21 votes)
  • 1%
    Christian Vázquez
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Brandon Workman
    (3 votes)
446 votes total Vote Now