Opening Day is around the corner, and we have a few questions:
Which teams will surprise this year? Which teams will disappoint? Which players will have breakout seasons? Which players will break down?
In an attempt to answer those queries -- and six more -- we put together an All-Star panel of MLB writers, analysts and contributors. Those 30 ESPN experts were surveyed on 10 key topics for the upcoming 2016 season, the results of which are posted below.
And while we won't give everything away up front, we will say this:
Dodgers fans, hold onto your hats.
Most Surprising Team The Cleveland Indians -- with one of the best starting staffs in the majors -- received more than double the votes of any other team in our survey. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports Teams receiving one vote: Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers Most Disappointing Team If you believe our experts -- and it wasn't even close -- the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to break some hearts this season. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports Teams receiving one vote: Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants Breakout Player/Pitcher The youth movement in baseball is expected to continue in 2016, with Minnesota Twins outfielder Miguel Sano edging out the competition for this year's breakout star. Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Players receiving one vote: Mookie Betts, Byron Buxton, Carlos Carrasco, Michael Conforto, Brandon Drury, Steven Matz, Yasiel Puig, Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon, Domingo Santana, Luis Severino, Travis Shaw, George Springer, Marcus Stroman, Yordano Ventura, Taijuan Walker Breakdown Player/Pitcher The Cubs' John Lackey and the Angels' Jered Weaver are a pair of pitchers you might want to avoid in your fantasy draft. AP Photos Players receiving one vote: Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Nelson Cruz, Johnny Cueto, Jacob deGrom, Corey Dickerson, R.A. Dickey, Jacoby Ellsbury, Prince Fielder, Carlos Gonzalez, Curtis Granderson, Matt Harvey, Felix Hernandez, Matt Holliday, Victor Martinez, Shelby Miller, Stephen Strasburg, David Wright First Major Player Traded It's no secret Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy wants out of Milwaukee. We say he'll get his wish. And soon. Tom Lynn/Getty Images Players receiving one vote: Pedro Alvarez, Andrew Cashner, Matt Kemp, Brandon Phillips, Josh Reddick, Tyson Ross, Stephen Strasburg, Mark Trumbo Best Injury Comeback Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish won't return right away after missing 2015 due to Tommy John surgery. But when he comes back ... look out. Masterpress/Getty Images Players receiving one vote: Daniel Bard, Corey Dickerson, Hunter Pence, Hanley Ramirez, Anthony Rendon, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Marcus Stroman, Masahiro Tanaka Top Web Gem Defender Buster Olney recently called Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier the Base Ruth of defense. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Players receiving one vote: Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Jose Iglesias, Addison Russell MLB Home Run Leader Miami's Giancarlo Stanton -- who hit 27 home runs in just 74 games last season -- was our runner-up for best comeback, but carried this category easily. Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Players receiving one vote: Chris Davis, Prince Fielder, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber Highest WAR Mike Trout and Bryce Harper combined for 25 votes -- that's 83 percent of the total -- but, like in the BBTN 100, Trout is on top ... for now. AP Photo/Matt York Players receiving one vote: None MLB ERA Champion Will Clayton Kershaw lead the majors in ERA for the fifth time in six seasons? Our panel sure thinks so, giving him 57 percent of their votes. Rob Tringali/Getty Images Players receiving one vote: Chris Archer, Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom
The 30 ESPN experts who participated in this survey: Stephania Bell, Tony Blengino, Aaron Boone, Jim Bowden, Howard Bryant, Jim Caple, Tristan Cockcroft, Jerry Crasnick, Doug Glanville, Pedro Gomez, Christina Kahrl, Eric Karabell, Tim Kurkjian, Scott Lauber, Andrew Marchand, Eddie Matz, Doug Padilla, Karl Ravech, Marly Rivera, Jesse Rogers, Adam Rubin, Eno Sarris, Mark Saxon, David Schoenfield, Mark Simon, Jayson Stark, Katie Strang, Dan Szymborski, Adnan Virk and Steve Wulf.