30 Players: Panik Hopes To Follow Up Strong Rookie Year For GiantsA 2011 first-round Draft pick out of St. John’s University, Joe Panik had a meteoric rise to Major League glory last season -- not only putting up impressive numbers as the Giants’ new second baseman in 73 regular season games, but also helping San Francisco earn its third World Series championship in the past five years.
30 Players: Prospect Butler Looking To Prove He Belongs With RockiesHeading into the 2014 season, Eddie Butler was hailed as the top arm in the Rockies’ system and one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. Heading into this year, things were quite different.
30 Players: Despaigne Hopes To Build On Rookie Year For PadresSo when you look at the roster right now, there aren’t many young, inexperienced players who have a chance to make a big impact on the Padres in 2015. One name that does come to mind, however, is pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne.
30 Players: Tomas’ Time Will Come Sooner Than Later For D-backsThe influx of Cuban players in MLB has been much discussed, and after the wild success Jose Abreu had with the White Sox in 2014, teams will continue to scout and give big money to defectors. Yasmany Tomas is a perfect example, as the D-backs gave him a six-year, $68.5 million contract as a 24-year-old this offseason.
30 Players: Healthy Quad Means Returned Speed, Power For Astros’ SpringerJoining the 40-40 club (40 homers and 40 steals in a single season) has always been a rare feat, evidenced by the fact that it’s been accomplished just four times in baseball history. But if you were to make a list of baseball’s top candidates to even have a shot at reaching the milestone, Astros outfielder George Springer would be at or near the top.
30 Players: Dodgers’ Rookie Pederson Ready To Burst Onto LA SceneAn 11th-round Draft choice by the Dodgers out of high school, Los Angeles knew it was taking a risk by drafting Joc Pederson, as he had pretty high bonus demands and had already committed to play baseball at USC. But the Dodgers were OK with the risk that late, and OK with giving him a hefty bonus, and now five years later it looks as though it’s all going to pay off.
30 Players: Zunino Looks To Build Off Tremendous Spring For MarinersMike Zunino’s first full season with the Mariners was an intriguing one, as the young catcher showed off some of the skills that prompted Seattle to take him third overall in the 2012 draft. But he also showed a lot of his inexperience and a continued lack of plate discipline over the course of 131 games.
30 Players: Despite Rough Spring, Heaney Not Far From Cracking Angels RotationIt’s been a crazy couple of years for Andrew Heaney, who has risen through the Minor League ranks, been traded twice in a matter of hours this offseason and has struggled to find effectiveness at the big league level. But at 23 years old, the Angels’ new top prospect still has plenty of time to break into the rotation this season.
30 Players: Odor’s Rapid Rise To Rangers No FlukeNow, at 21 years old with almost a full season under his belt, Odor is ready to prove that it is he who is actually the Rangers’ second baseman of the future.
30 Players: Semien Looks To Break Out With A'sWhen you take a look at Marcus Semien’s stats, nothing really jumps out at you, until you get to his on-base percentage. If you were wondering why he was the main target of Athletics GM Billy Beane in the Jeff Samardzija trade, look no further.
30 Players: Fiers Finally Ready To Stick With BrewersMike Fiers has always been a late bloomer. He was a 22nd round pick in 2009, and was already 24 years old as his college career took some time due to injuries. He never ranked as a top prospect, and has logged 116 games and 483.1 innings in the Minor Leagues, despite making his MLB debut in 2011.
30 Players: Baseball’s Top Prospect Bryant Won’t Wait Long For Cubs DebutIt doesn’t take much to explain to someone just how good Kris Bryant is. One look at his 2014 Minor League numbers will drop jaws. And then there’s this unbelievable spring training where he hit a Major League-leading nine home runs in 14 spring games.
30 Players: Polanco Looks To Improve On Hot Start For PiratesWith Andrew McCutchen in center field and Starling Marte in left, the Pirates are one piece away from having one of the best young outfields in baseball. And they have that piece in Gregory Polanco, it’s just a matter of getting him to fit right and stick in right field in the bigs.
30 Players: Iglesias Could Arrive Sooner Than Expected As Reds StarterThis spring, Reds manager Bryan Price became one of the first skippers to officially lay out his entire rotation, even though there were expected to be plenty of questions after Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake. And to the surprise of many, Cuban signee Raisel Iglesias, despite only pitching in the Arizona Fall League
30 Players: Martinez Ready To Make Mark In Cardinals RotationTeams don’t often trade a young pitcher like Shelby Miller, but when you’re a team like the Cardinals with a surplus of young pitching ready to break out seemingly every year, it may be a bit more common. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak basically said after trading Miller that one reason he did so was to make room in the rotation for Martinez, a top prospect who pitched out of the bullpen in 2014.