One of the big buzz words you will hear about when it comes to prospects, especially those at the lower levels of the minor leagues prior to the start of the season, is "leap."
Who is going to take the leap this year? Which highly-regarded player who spent last year in a short-season league or A-ball is going to see his skills start to come together? Which toolsy players who have spent time climbing the ladder without seeing their skills actualize on the field are ready for a big breakout?
The gift and curse of being a prospect is figuring it out. It can be a crystallizing moment when, all of a sudden, that raw power they show in batting practice makes its way into game action because of body maturity or a change in their swing mechanics.
Some prospects never have to worry about taking the leap because they get it right away. Bryce Harper entered Low-A Hagerstown in 2011 as an 18-year-old ready to play. At that young age, showing all the skills that made him the most hyped pick in draft history let everyone know he was destined for greatness before he even stepped on the field.
Not everyone is blessed with Harper's unique skill set, though. If they were, evaluating talent and finding superstars would be much easier than it is.
So, in anticipation of the 2013 season, here is a look at the prospects—those with a couple of years in the minors, or just getting their career started—who will take the biggest leap forward.
Note: All stats courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted.