Every spring there's at least one young player from each MLB team that threatens to lay waste to the plans formulated by the front office by doing the unthinkable:
Making the team.
Last year in Cincinnati, that player was almost Dave Sappelt. All he did was hit .564, homer three times, drive in 12 runs and play flawless defense. Sappelt was eventually left off the Opening Day roster.
Baltimore's Zach Britton, however, was not. After tossing 20 innings of three-run ball, the left-hander made the most of an injury to Brian Matusz. He made the roster, started 28 games and garnered some early-season Rookie of the Year consideration.
There are no doubt bound to be some Brittons this year. Some are obvious, such as Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco, who has been handed the reins to a talented Reds rotation. Likewise, lefty Drew Pomeranz will likely start the season in the Rockies rotation.
Some will be less obvious, and some will be totally off the wall and catch us asking, "Who the hell is Atahualpa Severino?"
Without further ado, let's examine who the prospect is going to be that makes your team's Opening Day roster.