Tracking and predicting the success of baseball’s youth is one of the most challenging exercises in sports. Many up-and-comers are plucked out of high school, having proven little against comparable talent, and are subsequently thrown into a robust minor league system. Outside of the most obsessive prospect hounds, you’d be forgiven if you lose track of everyone but the “next big thing” talents like Bryce Harper.
Even if we can’t be certain, trying to project who will break out in a major way is a fun way to kick off the season. By the dog days of summer, many fanbases will have to face harsh reality checks, but the spring brings with it almost eternal optimism. Anyone can theoretically make the next step into prominence, even if some players making “The Leap” are more likely than others.
This isn’t to say that any of the players listed onward are going to become one of the best athletes on the planet, like say a Mike Trout, but bigger and brighter things are on the horizon. Maybe that means they’ll turn in an impressive playoff performance, or maybe it’s as simple as turning in a few standout highlights. Whatever the case is, these guys are on the verge of more success, more recognition, and more adulation from the public.
While our eyes are still wide with hope, let’s try to pinpoint who is destined to hop up a level during the 2015 MLB season. These are the Baseball Players Who Will Become Stars This Year.
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