The breakout players of 2021 included pitchers such as Julio Urías, Carlos Rodón, Logan Webb, Freddy Peralta and Trevor Rogers. Who will be the next wave in 2022?
MLB.com picked out a group of young pitchers to keep an eye on. All of them have the potential to have a big year this season.
Here are five breakout pitcher candidates for the 2022 season:
Alek Manoah, RHP, Blue Jays
Key stat: 10.2 K/9 IP in 2021
Manoah flashed his upside last season in an impressive rookie campaign — but he has the potential to become a true ace. He entered 2021 ranked behind highly regarded prospects Nate Pearson and Simeon Woods Richardson within the Blue Jays’ organization, though it was Manoah who ultimately made the biggest impact. Following an impressive showing in Spring Training, the 23-year-old Manoah went 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 27 strikeouts in three starts at Triple-A Buffalo. He then got his chance in The Show — and he never looked back.
Manoah struck out seven over six scoreless…