Major League Baseball’s 2012 rookie class was easily the best in recent memory, as well as one of the best in the history of the sport.
While Mike Trout and Bryce Harper stole the show and captured the rookie of the year award in their respective leagues, the talent pool extended well beyond those two players. In the National League, Wade Miley, Todd Frazier and Wilin Rosario blossomed into All-Star caliber, everyday players. Meanwhile, in the American League, Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes and Manny Machado quickly emerged as stars in their own right, and have only furthered that reputation as sophomores this season.
Even though the 2013 rookie class isn’t as top-heavy compared to last year’s, it’s actually considerably deeper on both sides of the ball. Led by phenom Jurickson Profar, this year’s collection of young talent in the major leagues includes top-ranked prospects such as Shelby Miller, Yasiel Puig, Gerrit Cole, Julio Teheran, Chris Archer, Anthony Rendon, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Jose Fernandez, Nolan Arenado, and Jedd Gyorko. And there’s even more on the way, as highly regarded prospects Zack Wheeler and Wil Myers are both expected to make their respective debut in the major leagues on Tuesday.
But how will the 2014 rookie class stack up compared to previous years? Here’s a look at 10 prospects expected to make an impact in the major leagues next season.