Mike Trout and Bryce Harper ruined everything for the 2013 rookie class in Major League Baseball. Even though everyone knew that they were two elite talents, no one expected them to show up and dominate the way they did right out of the gate last season.
In contrast, keeping in mind that we are less than three weeks into the season and obvious small-sample-size caveats apply, this year's rookie class has a lot to live up to. Some players have taken to their role in the big leagues—like Miami's Jose Fernandez and St. Louis' Matt Adams, to name a pair—yet others have struggled.
So what about those rookies who aren't finding life in The Show very welcoming?
Part of the problem is, thanks to the prospect boom that baseball has seen over the last decade, fans hear so much about these young players and how good their tools are that you just expect them to show up and be everyday players right away.
Baseball doesn't work like that. It is a very hard game that can break you faster than it will turn you into a star.
Here are the rookies who have looked lost in the big leagues so far and seem destined for a return trip to the minors sooner rather than later.
For the purpose of this discussion, we will be talking about legitimate prospects who are struggling, not the 26-year-old organization player on a roster just for depth.
Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.