MLB Spring Training 2013: Top Prospects Who Are Proving They're Ready for Majors
Spring training means different things for different players. For established starters, it is a chance to work on certain aspects of their game, fine tune their swing and make sure their body is ready for the grind of the season.
For players who are still climbing the ladder to the major leagues, it is an opportunity to impress their way into the majors.
Here are three prospects who are using spring training to make a statement that they belong in the majors.
Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Yasiel Puig entered spring with a very slim chances of cracking the Dodgers Opening Day roster. Those chances are improving.
Puig has started off spring by batting .400 in 20 at-bats. He has three doubles a home run and five RBI to go with it.
After signing with the Dodgers last season, he appeared in 23 minor league games, batting .354 with five home runs and eight stolen bases. He clearly has talent, but is also a bit raw.
It was that last fact that appeared to have Puig headed back to the minors, and he very well may be, but he is certainly showing that he is ready to strut his stuff with the big boys.
Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves
This 22-year-old pitcher entered camp with the Braves undoubtedly with the franchise hoping he would show he is ready to contribute to the big club.
Teheran has looked great in his limited action. In five innings he has allowed just one hit, an earned run .067 BAA with a strikeout to walk ratio of 7-to-1.
With this display of control—while still be able to strike hitters out—Teheran has most definitely shown he is ready for the bigs.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies
Nolan Arenado is either just off to an insanely hot to start spring, or he is ready for the next jump in talent. The 21-year-old is hiting .444 in 17 at-bats with four home runs, two doubles and eight RBI.
To put these numbers in perspective, the rest of the Rockies have hit just one home run.
Arenado is not just about hitting either. He brings a good glove to third. He has all the tools to be an outstanding third baseman at any level, and he is proving with this impressive performance that he is ready to display it on the major-league level.
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