Top 10 Candidates for 2016 Comeback Player of the Year

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#2- Marcus Stroman

The 24-year-old right-handed pitcher has a tremendous upside, but missed most of the 2015 season with a knee injury. He tore his left knee up in spring training doing a bunting drill and was likely going to miss the whole year. Despite this prognosis, he returned in September and was dominant, pushing the Jays to add him to their playoff roster. He was arguably the teams best starting pitcher not named David Price in the postseason and looks to be in store for a huge year.

The fact he was so dominant on the big stage shows that this young man is poised to take his game to the next level. He will enter the season as the Blue Jays ace and will probably embrace that role. Look for Stroman to get even nastier on the mound and he could be something really special very soon.

In 2014, Stoman pitched in 26 games (20 starts) and was 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.171 WHIP. All that at the age of 23 and in his rookie season in the show. Stroman was the Jays first round pick in 2012 and made a fast rise through the minor leagues after being drafted out of Duke University.

Stroman went 4-0 last season in four starts and had a 1.67 ERA with a 0.963 WHIP. He should build on those stats, being that his injury was to his knee and not his arm. The Jays might still be slightly cautious with their young hurler, as he has never thrown over 165 innings at the professional level in a season. Still, in the end, expect a great year from him as he is a likely candidate for the comeback player of the year award.

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