2016 Outlook: It is not that often that the hype matches the production for young players, but Betts is already there in less than two full seasons in the big leagues. A few scouts said Betts was the best player in the 2013 Arizona Fall League and last season he showed why at the big league level. Betts struggled out of the gate and had an unimpressive slash line of .234/.293/.366 in mid-June but went on to hit .329/.372/.552 the rest of the way with 13 home runs, 11 steals, and 68 runs scored. Betts has a very disciplined strike zone for a young player and is a strong candidate for a 20/20/100 season in just his third season in the majors. Do the exact opposite of what Flava Flav and Chuck D told you in the late 80's and believe the hype. Betts is the new thing and you'll want to be a part of what he brings in 2016.
2016 Outlook: A year ago, Bradley smelled like a bust, sporting a .196/.268/.280 slash line over his first 530 MLB plate appearances from 2013-14. He broke out in his age-25 season, however, thanks largely to a scorching hot 25-game stretch from early August to early September, where he had a 1.441 OPS with seven home runs in 83 at-bats. It's true that he proved himself capable of such feats, but without that small sample, he was just as bad as he's always been at the plate. The truth is, he only needs to be a replacement-level hitter to stick in Boston's lineup against righties, as he offers top-shelf outfield defense. Bradley actually has reverse splits, sporting a .693 career OPS against lefties, compared to a .612 mark against righties, but newly acquired Chris Young crushes lefties and will presumably start against most southpaws. Of course, if Rusney Castillo flops, Bradley would stick in the lineup no matter who is pitching, just for his defensive value. Either way, Bradley should be treated as a late-round flier, and not a known quantity at this point in his development.