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Chicago White Sox: Gordon Beckham, Second Baseman
Calling Gordon Beckham a disappointment would be a major understatement. He was supposed to be one of the best players in Chicago’s organization by now, but after four years in the majors, he’s closer to being one of the worst. Carlos Sanchez, one of the White Sox’s most promising prospects, could give Beckham some competition this spring.
Cleveland Indians: Carlos Carrasco, Starting Pitcher
Carlos Carrasco is currently slotted to open the season as the Indians’ No. 5 starting pitcher, but that might not be the case if he has a poor spring. He fell short in 21 starts for Cleveland in 2011 and missed all of 2012 due to injury. He better watch out for the youth waiting for their shot —don’t think that Trevor Bauer isn’t major league-ready yet.
Detroit Tigers: Bruce Rondon, Relief Pitcher
Bruce Rondon has yet to pitch in the majors, but he does have fairly impressive minor league statistics. The Tigers will get their first true look at Rondon in the back end of their bullpen in the spring, and they hope to see good things. Detroit let Jose Valverde go in free agency and didn’t try to sign another closer. There’s a lot of pressure on Rondon to succeed early, and we should get a good preview of what type of pitcher he will be relatively soon.
Kansas City Royals: Eric Hosmer, First Baseman
When Eric Hosmer was a minor leaguer, he was considered to be one of the top prospects in the game. His rookie season was notable—finishing third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting—but he suffered from a major sophomore slump in 2012. His batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS all dropped considerably. He needs to prove he isn’t a one-hit wonder.
Minnesota Twins: Brian Duensing, Starting Pitcher
With Kyle Gibson waiting anxiously in Triple-A, the Twins may consider giving him a spot in the starting rotation. If Brian Duensing was to falter in spring training, he would likely be the odd man out. He’s gone 13-26 with a 5.19 ERA the last two seasons combined. The Twins may not be contenders, but those numbers wouldn't cut it on any major league team.