2013 MLB Season Preview: 20 Prospects Who Have Shone in Spring Training

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20 Prospects Who Have Shone in Spring Training

Prospects
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Major League Baseball spring training is a time to get a look at a teams offseason acquisitions, get players back in shape to play a 162-game season and to see what organization’s prospects will break camp with the big league club.

In a year that features a World Baseball Classic, some prospects stand out more, while others are missing in action, playing for their countries.

Last season the top prospects to watch were Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles and Jarrod Parker of the Oakland Athletics, among others. Trout went on to have one of the greatest rookie seasons in MLB history, while Harper had a great season as well.

Prospects showing their clubs that they can perform and should have a shot at the big leagues doesn’t always guarantee them a spot on the Opening Day roster. However, out of the 20 prospects on this list, a few may break camp with their respective clubs.

This spring training all eyes have been on prospects like Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals, Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Boston Red Sox, Oscar Taveras and Michael Wacha of the St. Louis Cardinals, among others.

Of course the list of the top performing prospects so far this spring training could take a turn and see others jump in, while some drop out. If spring training ended today, which prospects would’ve had the best time in Arizona or Florida?

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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OF - Oscar Taveras, St. Louis Cardinals

Taveras
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 9 G, .300 AVG, 2 HR, 9 RBI

Oscar Taveras of the St. Louis Cardinals is not only have a great spring, however is the third ranked prospected in the major leagues, by Major League Baseball.

The 20-year-old has played well enough this spring to make the Opening Day Cardinals roster, however he won't due to a full outfield in St. Louis.

MLB ETA: 2013

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OF - Aaron Hicks, Minnesota Twins

Hicks
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 7 G, .407 AVG, 4 HR, 12 RBI, SB

Just breaking into the MLB Top 100 Prospects, at 98, Aaron Hicks is showing the Minnesota Twins they made the right decision in trading Denard Span and Ben Revere this offseason. It wouldn't be surprising if Hicks breaks camp with the big club.

MLB ETA: 2013

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OF - Adam Eaton, Arizona Diamondbacks

Eaton
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 10 G, .344 AVG, HR, 5 RBI, SB

After being the 571st player chosen in the 2010 June Amateur Draft, Adam Eaton is proving that he can play with the big kids. All signs point to Eaton as the starting center fielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day, however the outfield is packed in the desert and there no telling how many games he will play this coming season.

MLB ETA: 2013

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3B - Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

Rendon
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 9 G, .400 AVG, 3 HR, 8 RBI

Anthony Rendon is having a great spring training for the Washington Nationals. The third baseman will most likely spend another season in the minors in 2013.

Where will Rendon play when he is called up eventually? The Nationals already have Ryan Zimmerman at third base. One thought is that they slide Zimmerman over to first and the Rendon man the hot corner.

MLB ETA: 2014

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RHP - Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays

Archer
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 2 G, 4.0 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 K

Even after the Tampa Bay Rays moved James Shields and Wade Davis, the starting rotation in Tampa is stacked.

Chris Archer has been solid during his two spring outings, however with the number of starters on the Rays pitching staff, it will be hard to believe that Archer breaks camp with the team.

Could Archer eventually be moved to take over the closer's job from Fernando Rodney someday? It is a possibility.

MLB ETA: 2013

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OF - Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins

Yelich
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 9 G, .444 AVG, HR, 4 RBI

Although, Christian Yelich has had a great spring training for the Miami Marlins this season, the 13th ranked MLB prospect has a couple more years before he gets the call to the bigs.

MLB ETA: 2014

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OF - George Springer, Houston Astros

Springer
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 7 G, .400 AVG, 2 HR, 7 RBI, SB

The former first-round draft pick, George Springer has great power and speed and is showing it during spring training.

Springer has put up good numbers, but most likely will be sent to AAA before the season gets underway.

The bright side is, he plays for a rebuilding team and could get the call at any time to join the Houston Astros.

MLB ETA: 2014

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OF - Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox

Bradley
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 9 G, .444 AVG, RBI, SB

Not only is Jackie Bradley Jr., the top performing rookie at the Boston Red Sox spring training, he coudl arguably be the top performer of all the players in Fort Myers, Fla.

Bradley has been good enough to make the Opening Day roster for the Red Sox, but won't.

MLB ETA: 2013

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3B - Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres

Gyorko
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 10 G, .240 AVG, 3 HR, 9 RBI

Jedd Gyorko of the San Diego Padres has only manage to get six hits this spring in 27 at-bats, however three of those hits went over the fences and drove in nine RBI.

Gyorko looks like he has played well enough to make the Opening Day roster.

MLB ETA: 2013

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RHP - Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

Teheran
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 2 G, 5.0 IP, 0-0, 1.80 ERA, 7 K

Julio Teheran is the Atlanta Braves may take Brandon Beachy's spot in the rotation coming out of spring. Beachy is recovering from surgery he had in 2012.

MLB ETA: 2013

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1B - Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals

Adams
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 9 G, .400 AVG, 2 HR, 7 RBI

Could Matt Adams be the St. Louis Cardinals replacement for Albert Pujols? Of course Pujols is one of the greatest players to play the game of baseball and no one on the Cardinals roster can replace him, however Adams can replace some of King Albert's stats.

The Cardinals already have Allen Craig at first base, so it looks like Adams will start 2013 in the minors.

MLB ETA: 2013

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RHP - Matt Magill, Los Angeles Dodgers

Magill
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 3 G, 4.0 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 K

Matt Magill of the Los Angeles Dodgers is having an unexpectedly great spring training. The right-handed pitcher is averaging two strike outs per inning and hasn't given up an run so far.

Magill is the Dodgers 7th ranked prospect in their organization. The LA team is loaded in the rotation, so the 23-year-old will start in Triple-A.

MLB ETA: 2013

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RHP - Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals

Wacha
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 3 G, 7.2 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 11 K

The 19th pick in last years Amateur Draft, Michael Wacha is making a name for himself at St. Louis Cardinals spring training. The right-handed pitcher has struck out 11 batters in 7.2 innings of work.

Although Wacha is having a great spring, the Cardinals will want to see the 21-year-old in the minors for another season, seeing as he was only drafted in 2012.

MLB ETA: 2014

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OF - Michael Choice, Oakland Athletics

Choice
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 10 G, .462 AVG, HR, 8 RBI

Michael Choice of the Oakland Athletics has tallied eight RBIs in 10 games this spring. The Athletics have a fairly stacked outfield up with the big club, so the former first-round pick won't be coming up to the majors for a couple of seasons.

MLB ETA: 2015

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OF - Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers

Castellanos
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 8 G, .375 AVG, HR, 3 RBI, SB

The Detroit Tigers top prospect, Nick Castellanos will be spending most of the 2013 season in Triple-A, even though he has played fairly well during spring training. The Tigers have to many outfielders and sign Torii Hunter this offseason.

MLB ETA: 2013

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3B - Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

Arenado
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 7 G, .412 AVG, 4 HR, 8 RBI

The Colorado Rockies have a future star on their hands, well that is if Nolan Arenado can keep up his spring training stats with the major league team. In seven games, the outfielder has crushed four homers and knocked in eight RBIs.

Arenado is not ready to play third base everyday for the Rockies, however he will be called up at some point this season and contribute.

The third baseman is playing well enough, he could be considered as one the MVPs of spring training.

MLB ETA: 2013

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RHP - Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians

Bauer
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 3 G, 7.0 IP, 1-0, SV, 2.57 ERA, 5K

Although he is not having the most outstanding spring training for the Cleveland Indians, Trevor Bauer is proving to the club they made the right decision in trading for him this offseason.

If he plays well enough, Bauer could break camp as the teams fifth starter in the rotation.

MLB ETA: 2013

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OF - Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

Puig
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 12 G, .423 AVG, HR, 6 RBI

Signing international free agent, Yasiel Puig this season is proving to be a great decision for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 22-year-old Cuban defector is keeping up his over .400 batting average and showing the Dodgers who they signed. Puig won't be up with the Dodgers for a few season, possibly next season.

MLB ETA: 2014

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OF - Jake Marisnick, Miami Marlins

Marisnick
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 8 G, .455 AVG, 2 RBI, SB

Jake Marisnick came to the Miami Marlins as a part of the deal that sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and others to the Toronto Blue Jays. Having struggled last season in the minors, the outfielder is have a pretty good spring training, however will start 2013 in the minors.

MLB ETA: 2104

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OF - Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves

Gattis
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2013 Spring Training Stats: 10 G, .421 AVG, HR, 3 RBI

After 'quitting' baseball for four years, Evan Gattis is making a splash in his return to the sport. In the minor leagues last season, the outfielder his .305 with 18 bombs.

With the already outstanding outfield for the Atlanta Braves, Gattis will have to wait his turn in the minors, possibly being called up during the September roster expansion.

MLB ETA: 2013

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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