As a baseball writer, it is always fun to cover the ascent of minor league prospects.
Determining which prospects will go on to have solid big league careers is a gamble. There are high draft picks that make it to the show well ahead of schedule and go on to meet expectations.
There are also late-blooming prospects that do not arrive in the major leagues until their mid-to-late 20s (and in some cases early 30s).
And there are prospects that tear through the minor leagues only to prove unable to translate their skills at big league ballparks.
But ultimately, it is this shroud of mystery that makes tracking prospects so much fun.
With that said, this slideshow highlights five AL prospects who deserve a promotion to the next level.
Please understand this list is not all-encompassing. If you are a baseball fan who knows of a deserving prospect not on this list, please leave a comment.
As "Shoeless" Joe Jackson says in the Field of Dreams, "There are others, you know."