Over here on the East Coast, baseball's offseason is often one filled with anticipation, with fans anxiously waiting for their team to sign a big-name free agent or swing a big trade.
But in the baseball doldrums of January, people are really waiting for one thing and one thing only: spring training.
At this point, it's so close that you can almost smell the fresh-cut grass and feel the warm sun of the Philadelphia Phillies' spring home of Clearwater, Florida. But for some members of the club, this camp is going to be all about business.
That is because this is a team under a fair amount of pressure, following one of the most disappointing campaigns in recent memory. Now, they're faced with the perfect storm of spring training pressure: aging veterans, young players trying to win a job and the duty to prepare for a very tough National League East that is going to give them all that they can handle in 2013.
In fact, there aren't many players on this roster who won't be under any pressure this spring—that's the gravity of this camp.
So who should you be keeping an eye on in spring training? I'm glad you asked. This slideshow will rank the entire Phillies' (projected) 25-man roster by who's under the most pressure this spring.