With the first exhibition games of the 2013 season slated to begin on Friday, many of baseball’s top pitching prospects are in line to receive an extended look this spring. In fact, all six pitchers—Dylan Bundy, Taijuan Walker, Gerrit Cole, Zack Wheeler, Jose Fernandez and Jameson Taillon—that recently appeared in the top 10 among Prospect Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects will participate in big-league spring training.
While it’s unlikely that any of the aforementioned young hurlers will break camp with their respective team, there’s a strong chance that they will all be pitching in the major leagues by the end of the 2014 season.
It should come as no surprise that this year’s top pitching prospects are all of the power variety. Each of these highly regarded right-handers offer more than just a live fastball and projectable frame—they are polished with a deep arsenal of average-to-plus offerings.
Here’s a look at the most intimidating power-pitching prospects set to take the mound this spring.