Young talent has been and still very much is all the rage in Major League Baseball, but even the game's best young players can still get better.
As for how? Well, we have ideas for 10 of them.
We sought to highlight these players' biggest flaw, which meant pointing out the obvious in some cases and digging deep for nits to pick in others. In any case, the sky's the limit if they can address these flaws between now and the start of the 2022 season.
We'll start with some honorable mentions and then proceed alphabetically with the guys in the spotlight.
RHP Ian Anderson, Atlanta
His first 30 major league starts have yielded a solid 3.25 ERA, but he might do even better if he can further develop his curveball. To date, it's featured subpar movement and gotten hit at a .267 clip.
2B Jazz Chisholm Jr., Miami Marlins
There's nothing wrong with either his speed or raw power, but he's only going to go so far with a strikeout rate in the 10th percentile. His first step should be cutting down his ugly 41.6 whiff rate against off-speed pitches.
3B Ke'Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates
He's a gifted defender and a promising hitter, but he's thus far made weirdly infrequent use of his pull side in the majors. Of his 42 extra-base hits in his career, only this double and this double were remotely close to the left-field line. He's thus been cutting off a potentially lucrative power avenue.
LHP Trevor Rogers, Miami Marlins
He was generally excellent in putting up a 2.64 ERA as a rookie in 2021, but he had a relatively hard time against left-handed batters. They notably hit .364 against his slider, which is the kind of pitch that typically delivers wins to the pitcher in left-on-left matchups.
RF Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
His only real flaw is that he's too mean to opposing pitchers, so maybe he should try striking out more.
SS Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays: Defensive Consistency
2021 Stats: 159 G, 690 PA, 29 HR, 25 SB, .298 AVG, .343 OBP, .484 SLG, 123 OPS+, 6.0 rWAR
As he swung at more pitches than any other hitter in 2021, it's fair to call Bo Bichette a free-swinger. But he's also a career .301 hitter with power and speed, so it's likewise fair to say offense isn't his problem.
Not as much as his defense, anyway.
Sure, Bichette was worth three defensive runs saved at shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2021. Yet he was in the red for ultimate zone rating (minus-5.2) and outs above average (minus-6), and he indeed committed the most errors (24) of any player at any position.
Bichette's proneness to errors is partially related to his above-average range, but he also struggles with basic execution. His internal clock often seems a bit off, and he could specifically stand to soften his hands and throw with more accuracy.
Ultimately, Bichette resembles a younger Tim Anderson on defense. If he can make like Anderson and put in the work of turning himself into a reliable shortstop, his star will shine even brighter than it already does.