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Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton
Adam Eaton, Outfielder, Arizona Diamondbacks
Adam Eaton is one of the top young bats the Diamondbacks have in their system, but he has nowhere to go but down. Arizona currently has Jason Kubel, Justin Upton and Cody Ross as its three starting outfield, leaving Eaton in Triple-A, even though he’s ready for the permanent call.
In 22 games with Arizona last season, Eaton hit .259/.382/.412 with seven extra base hits and 19 runs. Unless Arizona trades Upton or Kubel, Eaton will be back in Reno this summer.
Tim Wheeler, Outfielder, Colorado Rockies
In a couple of months, Tim Wheeler will be ready to play for the Rockies. But he also has a problem, as Colorado’s outfield is full with Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler and Michael Cuddyer.
The Rockies are going to have to find a spot for him to play since they’ll need his good bat in the lineup. Improving each season, Wheeler hit .303/.357/.412 with 33 extra base hits and 67 runs in 92 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2012.
Alex Castellanos, Utility Player, Los Angeles Dodgers
If Alex Castellanos can have a monster spring training, he could end up being the Dodgers’ starting third baseman on Opening Day—or potentially even second base.
A great prospect who can play anywhere, Castellanos got his first taste of the big leagues last season, but didn’t play so well. Spring training is his best shot at redeeming himself and getting his 2013 campaign off to a great start.
Rymer Liriano, Outfielder, San Diego Padres
Rymer Liriano is getting preferential treatment from the Padres because he’s expected to be one of the future stars in their outfield. Reaching Double-A last season, Liriano hit .280/.350/.417 with 44 extra base hits in 127 games between there and high Single-A.
He has a fantastic arm and could be considered a five-tool prospect. His speed is also really incredible, as he’s stolen 129 bases the past three seasons.
Ehire Adrianza, Shortstop, San Francisco Giants
Brandon Crawford better watch his back this upcoming season if he’s going to remain the starting shortstop of the Giants. Nick Noonan is about ready to get promoted, and after that, San Francisco’s shortstop of the future, Ehire Adrianza, will be ready.
Adrianza hasn’t had the best minor league career a prospect could have, but there’s hope he starts to hit more consistently. He’s still just 22 years old and has moved rapidly through the Giants' system.