Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch boost their OBPs and are premier table setters for Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera. Justin Verlander and Jose Valverde dominate, and Detroit cruises to the World Series.
Cabrera's third base experiment is a disaster, leading to friction between him and Fielder when one is moved to DH. Rick Porcello's development stalls, and Detroit stays home in October.
Eric Hosmer becomes an All-Star, and the other young players—especially pitchers Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino—display enough consistency to help them challenge for a playoff spot.
The young players already on the roster are overmatched and the ones on their way don't progress as planned. Another losing season blunts the franchise's momentum.
Carlos Santana continues to emerge as one of the best young players in the game, and Ubaldo Jimenez recaptures his 2010 form. He and Justin Masterson help Cleveland compete for the wild card.