The Bradenton Marauders won the 2016 Florida State League championship, and most of the players from that team are now making the jump to Altoona. It wouldn't be a surprise to see that group repeat at the higher level. Altoona doesn't have the prospect depth that Indianapolis has, or the higher upside guys that Bradenton has. They do have a lot of good players, and a few breakout candidates.
Altoona has seen a few breakouts in recent years, with the most successful guy being Adam Frazier in 2015. They could see the same thing from a few of their hitters this year, with the top candidates being Kevin Kramer and Connor Joe. Those two join some other talented hitters, led by 2015 first round pick Kevin Newman.
The biggest boost to the team might come in the second half, as Bradenton has...
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