MLB Spring Training 2013: Prospects Primed to Make Big League Rosters

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2013

JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Oscar Taveras #87 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a grand slam home run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at the Roger Dean Stadium on February 28, 2013 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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MLB's 2013 spring training is in full swing, and while the veterans are looking to polish their games and gear up for the grueling 182-game regular season, some others are just looking to make a big league roster.

With an entire month and a ton of games left to be played this preseason, there will be plenty of opportunities for these major league hopefuls to prove they belong.

Here we'll highlight some top prospects who are primed to make big league rosters this spring.


Travis d'Arnaud, New York Mets, C

Travis d'Arnaud recently came over to the New York Mets from Toronto in the R.A. Dickey trade. The 24-year-old catching prospect is quite talented, and in addition to possessing natural abilities behind the plate, he can hit the ball with tremendous consistency.

With d'Arnaud's athleticism and exciting arm, it's only a matter of time before the Long Beach, Calif. native is starring for the Mets.

As many have pointed out in the past, the biggest knock on d'Arnaud is his inability to stay healthy. If his body can hold up and he can string together some solid stretches, there's no reason he can't continue to improve as a strong all-around catcher.


Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres, 2B

A 24-year-old second baseman from West Virginia, Jedd Gyorko looks to be an up-and-coming stud for the San Diego Padres. He will have to compete with Logan Forsythe at second base, but he's definitely capable of winning over his coaches with his powerful swing this March.

Gyorko is an excellent hitter. He recorded 24 home runs and 83 RBI while batting .328 for the Triple-A Tucson Padres for part of this past season.

Although he played shortstop in college and some third base in the minors, second base offers Gyorko the best opportunity to make the Padres' roster. There he would be a serviceable defender who can offer a lot of firepower at the plate.


Oscar Taveras, St. Louis Cardinals, OF

A star in the making, St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras has the potential to become the face of the franchise in the coming years. He's only 20 years old, but he's already leagues ahead of other top outfield prospects in terms of development.

The left-handed Taveras can play in right or center field (although he best fits in right field), and has a strong arm to go along with his skills at the plate. 

Most major league scouts believe that Taveras will become a middle-of-the-lineup hitter for the Cardinals in the near future. 


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