Which players back from injury will have the biggest impact in 2016?

Miami Marlins v Cincinnati Reds

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Giancarlo Stanton

Lost in all the amazement over Stanton’s mammoth home runs is the fact that he has played over 150 games only once in his career. A freak injury ended his season in 2014; Stanton surely would have played more than 145 games had he not been beaned in the face. A broken hand limited him to only 74 games a year ago. He played only 123 in 2012 and 116 in 2013. Before the injury last year, Stanton was on pace to strike out close to 200 times. That being said, after batting just .185 in May, Stanton was batting .344 with 12 home runs in 24 June games before his injury. When healthy, every Stanton plate appearance is must-see baseball.

If Stanton can stay healthy for the entire 2016 season, the Miami Marlins could emerge as a sleeper playoff contender. Their division is relatively weak compared to the rest of the National League. Everything will have to fall into place, but if Giancarlo Stanton can deliver 150 games and 45 home runs, watch out for the Marlins.

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