2014 MLB Spring Training

MLB Prospects 2014: Top 50 Spring Training Performance Tracker

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2014

MLB Prospects 2014: Top 50 Spring Training Performance Tracker

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    Now that teams have reported to spring training and taken part in full workouts, the games can begin, which means we get a chance to see what the best minor leaguers in baseball will do against proven stars. 

    Sometimes prospects will parlay a strong spring into a surprise MLB job right out of camp, like Jackie Bradley did with Boston or Aaron Hicks did with Minnesota last year. It's often dangerous to put stock in spring numbers because of sample-size issues and shifts in competition. 

    However, for the top 50 prospects in baseball this year, it seems that there is already a strong consensus over where they are going to end up. Sometimes their paths will change, most likely due to injuries, but often they're set in stone. 

    Even if we know where a prospect will end up, that doesn't make their performance against MLB-quality pitching any less fascinating to watch. It provides us with a snapshot at where they are in the development cycle. 

    In an effort to minimize what you have to search for, we will provide daily updates on what each of the top 50 prospects have done in games. The rankings reflect Bleacher Report Lead Prospect writer Mike Rosenbaum's most recent Top 100 list

     

    Note: Stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted. 

50. Henry Owens, LHP, Boston Red Sox

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    Position Rank: No. 24 starting pitcher

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'6", 205 pounds

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Edison HS, Calf.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 4.1 IP, 8.31 ERA, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

    Latest Appearance: March 8 vs. Orioles: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K

    Where He Stands: Henry Owens was sent down to minor league camp early in the spring, though that doesn't mean he hasn't been pitching in games. 

    Henry Owens in minor league game: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 3 K, 1 pick off. Wasn't very sharp, struggled with command.

    — Ryan Hannable (@Hannable84) March 18, 2014

    Command has not been Owens' strong suit, so seeing him struggle with it in a spring game isn't alarming. He could take another leap forward in 2014 with some minor tweaks. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

49. Lucas Sims, RHP, Atlanta Braves

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    Position Rank: No. 23 starting pitcher

    Age: 19

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 195 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Brookwood HS, Ga.)

    2013 Stats

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    Where He Stands: Lucas Sims showed a harder fastball and sharper breaking ball last year, striking out 134 in 116.2 innings to give the Braves another young pitcher to build their rotation around. 

    Unfortunately, he put up those numbers in Low-A as a 19-year-old, so there's a long way to go before the young man ever sees Atlanta. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

48. David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies

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    Position Rank: No. 9 outfielder

    Age: 19

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 185 pounds

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Oak Mountain HS, Ala.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: N/A

    Latest Appearance: N/A

    Where He Stands: It was only a minor league spring game, but ESPN's Keith Law (Insider subscription) raved about David Dahl in a recent writeup. 

    New post for Insiders - notes on @Rockies and @dbacks prospects, including David Dahl: http://t.co/QYOb9ieW32

    — keithlaw (@keithlaw) March 15, 2014

    The Rockies have one of the most intriguing systems in baseball right now, with the potential to take a huge step forward under the right circumstances. Dahl is the tip of the position player iceberg. He just has to stay healthy. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

47. Matt Wisler, RHP, San Diego Padres

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    Position Rank: No. 22 starting pitcher

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 195 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: Seventh round, 2011 (Bryan HS, Ohio)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 7.2 IP, 7 H, 3.52 ERA, 2 HR, 2 BB, 3 K

    Latest Appearance: March 17 vs. Rockies: 2.2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, K, HR

    Where He Stands: Matt Wisler started to grow into his projectable frame, showing better velocity and command of the strike zone. He made 20 starts at Double-A last season, putting him on the map for an MLB job in 2014, though it's more likely to come after the All-Star break than out of camp. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 20 percent

46. Max Fried, LHP, San Diego Padres

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    Position Rank: No. 21 starting pitcher

    Age: 20

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 185 pounds

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Harvard-Westlake HS, Calf.)

    2013 Stats

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    Where He Stands: Max Fried's spring isn't getting off to a good start, as Corey Brock of MLB.com reported the Padres were shutting down the 2012 first-round pick for two weeks due to "soreness in his left forearm."

    Fried had a solid debut season in 2013, striking out 100 with a 3.49 ERA in 118.2 innings, and he remains a highly-projectable left-hander who already touches 91-92 mph with the fastball. Any concerns about his arm have to make the Padres nervous. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

45. Joc Pederson, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Position Rank: No. 8 outfielder

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'1", 185 pounds

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted/Signed: 11th round, 2010 (Palo Alto HS, Calf.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .188 BA (5-for-27), 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 7 BB, 9 K

    Latest Appearance: March 16 vs. Rockies: 0-for-2 

    Where He Stands: It looks like Joc Pederson will have a spot in the majors, for at least a couple of days, starting next weekend. 

    Joc Pederson is going to Australia.

    — Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 16, 2014

    Pederson has played a lot this spring for the Dodgers, and with Matt Kemp still less than 100 percent, the Dodgers need to supplement that production in the Australian series against Arizona. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 20 percent

44. Chris Owings, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Position Rank: No. 8 shortstop

    Age: 22

    Height/Weight: 5'10", 180 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2009 (Gilbert HS, S.C.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .273 BA (12-for-44), 2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 Errors

    Latest Appearance: March 16 vs. Diamondbacks: 0-for-1, RBI

    Where He Stands: It appears that Chris Owings' strong spring, combined with winning Pacific Coast League Player of the Year in 2013 and better overall potential than Didi Gregorius, will be enough to get the 22-year-old the starting shortstop job on Opening Day.

    ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that Owings is the odds-on-favorite to win the shortstop competition.  

    That's good news for the Diamondbacks, who needed some after learning Patrick Corbin, the team's No. 1 starter, is dealing with damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow (also known as the ligament that is repaired during Tommy John surgery). 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 100 percent

43. Kyle Crick, RHP, San Francisco Giants

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    Position Rank: No. 20 starting pitcher

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 220 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Sherman HS, Texas)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: N/A

    Latest Appearance: N/A

    Where He Stands: It turns out that an offseason of work has done nothing to help Kyle Crick. According to Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the 21-year-old was in midseason form. 

    Kyle Crick was highly erratic for SF Futures team in Scottsdale: He recorded 2 outs and allowed 5 ER on 1 H, 4 BB, 1 SO and 2 wild pitches.

    — Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) March 9, 2014

    An optimist will say it was his first spring game of the year, but control problems have been such a problem for Crick since he's been in professional baseball that it's hard to be hopeful. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

42. Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

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    Position Rank: No. 19 starting pitcher

    Age: 20

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 190 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2010 (Barstow HS, Calf.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 7 IP, 0.00 ERA, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K

    Latest Appearance: March 16 vs. Orioles: 4 IP, 5 H, BB, 3 K

    Where He Stands: Aaron Sanchez had his best outing of the spring in what could end up being his longest outing before the regular season starts. The 20-year-old threw four shutout innings in relief against Baltimore. 

    . @A_Sanch21 was dealing today, got into trouble early but after that he was rolling. 4 innings of work, 3 #whiffs & no runs allowed.

    — Blue Jays (@JaysNation_) March 16, 2014

    The biggest thing for Sanchez is throwing strikes. He's still erratic at times, but being able to minimize the number of pitches he throws and walks is critical for the right-hander to go from potential to performance. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

41. Jorge Soler, OF, Chicago Cubs

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    Position Rank: No. 7 outfielder

    Age: 22

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 215 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: Signed June 30, 2012 (Cuba)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .222 BA (2-for-9), 3B, RBI, 2 BB, 2 K

    Latest Appearance: March 12 vs. Mariners: 0-for-1, BB

    Where He Stands: Sporadic playing time in games signaled that Jorge Soler was going back to the minors eventually. The Cubs made it official on Friday, sending the Cuban star down. 

    .@Cubs assign 12 players to @MiLB, including @KrisBryant_23, @albertalmora, @JorgeSoler68, Alcantara. One name notably absent: @javy23baez.

    — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 14, 2014

    Injuries and baseball immaturity limited Soler last year. He's got massive tools and is in better shape now than when he signed, so don't be surprised to see a huge leap in performance this year. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

40. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Position Rank: No. 18 starting pitcher

    Age: 20

    Height/Weight: 6'7", 195 pounds

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted/Signed: Fifth round, 2011 (Hart HS, Calf.)

    2013 Stats

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    Where He Stands: The Pirates' young stockpile of pitching prospects doesn't end with Tyler Glasnow, but he might be the next one to arrive after Jameson Taillon debuts at some point in 2014. 

    The tall right-hander is still growing into his lanky frame and has to find the zone more frequently, but he has the demeanor and repertoire to be a very good MLB pitcher.

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

39. Clint Frazier, OF, Cleveland Indians

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    Position Rank: No. 6 outfielder

    Age: 19

    Height/Weight: 6'1", 190 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2013 (Loganville HS, Ga.)

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    Where He Stands: Clint Frazier's bat speed and power potential made him an early first-round pick in 2013. He's just out of high school with less than 50 games of professional experience, so a full season will show how advanced his skills are and what needs work. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

38. Julio Urias, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Position Rank: No. 17 starting pitcher

    Age: 17

    Height/Weight: 5'11", 160 pounds

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted/Signed: Signed August 2012 (Mexico)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 1 IP, 2 K

    Latest Appearance: March 15 vs. Padres: 1 IP, 2 K

    Where He Stands: It's not every day you see a 17-year-old pitcher get into a major league spring training game. Of course, you don't run across teenagers like Julio Urias very often. He's going to explode this season after a shocking debut in 2013. 

    Urias only threw one inning against the Padres, but he made it count with two strikeouts against MLB hitters Will Venable and Yonder Alonso. 

    Now on http://t.co/DpmBqWI9YN Gordon, Urias spark Dodgers' Cactus victory: Making his Cactus League debut at th... http://t.co/YIRRZMjzXH

    — Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 16, 2014

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

37. Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies

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    Position Rank: No. 4 third baseman

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'1", 180 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: Signed January 2010 (Dominican Republic)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .184 BA (7-for-38), 2 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K, 4 R, 2 Errors

    Latest Appearance: March 20 vs. Blue Jays: 0-for-4, K

    Where He Stands: Even though the bat is the calling card, Maikel Franco finally showed a little leather this spring with what Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer deemed a "sharp" double play turn. 

    For a guy who has played very little first base, Maikel Franco just executed a sharp 3-6-3 double play.

    — Matt Gelb (@magelb) March 8, 2014

    What's notable is the play happened at first base, which is probably going to be Franco's inevitable position because he's too slow-footed to handle the hot corner. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 30 percent

36. Billy Hamilton, OF, Cincinnati Reds

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    Position Rank: No. 5 outfielder

    Age: 23

    Height/Weight: 6'0", 160 pounds

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted/Signed: Second round, 2009 (Taylorsville HS, Miss.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .325 BA (13-for-40), 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 11 R, 6 BB, 3 K, 8 SB

    Latest Appearance: March 20 vs. Rangers: 2-for-4, R, K

    Where He Stands: He didn't get a hit in his spring debut, but Billy Hamilton's presence was certainly felt against Cleveland on Wednesday. 

    After 9-pitch at-bat Billy Hamilton draws a walk off #Indians RHP Trevor Bauer, then steals 2B & goes to 3B on E-2.

    — Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWTAM) February 26, 2014

    More than the stolen bases, Hamilton has to put together at-bats like the one he had against Trevor Bauer to make the Reds 100 percent comfortable putting him in the leadoff spot when the regular season begins. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 100 percent

35. Andrew Heaney, LHP, Miami Marlins

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    Position Rank: No. 16 starting pitcher

    Age: 22

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 190 pounds

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Oklahoma State)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 7.2 IP, 2.35 ERA, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K

    Latest Appearance: March 13 vs. Tigers: 3 IP, H, BB, K

    Where He Stands: Originally drafted as a polished left-hander who could move quickly, Andrew Heaney continues to impress this spring. The Miami Herald even quoted sources as saying that he's got star potential. 

    Scouts raving about Miami Marlins pitching prospect Andrew Heaney http://t.co/KlPQW2MusI

    — Miami Herald Sports (@HeraldSports) March 14, 2014

    When Heaney joins Jose Fernandez, the Marlins will suddenly have one of the most exciting young duos in baseball. At least it's something for Marlins fans to look forward to. The team did officially send the lefty down to minor league camp on Monday. 

    Re-assigned to Minor League Camp: @Adamconley29 @Heandog8 Leverton @Nappo41 Spence Evans Varner @N_Witt Barnes Black Canha @CMOran18 Benson

    — Miami Marlins (@Marlins) March 17, 2014

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

34. Jorge Alfaro, C, Texas Rangers

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    Position Rank: No. 3 catcher

    Age: 20

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 185 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: Signed January 2010 (Colombia)

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    Where He Stands: Jorge Alfaro is on a fast path to Texas, though the lack of an approach and some unrefined skills behind the plate mean that path isn't likely to be reached until 2015. 

    Alfaro will show tremendous power and arm strength. He just needs to work counts and learn the fundamentals of catching in order to reach his ceiling. With the Rangers having J.P. Arencibia and Geovany Soto (who had foot surgery over the weekend) catching in 2014, Alfaro can refine his approach in Double-A. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 10 percent

33. Alex Meyer, RHP, Minnesota Twins

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    Position Rank: No. 15 starting pitcher

    Age: 23

    Height/Weight: 6'9", 220 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Kentucky)

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    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 2 IP, 4.50 ERA, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), K

    Latest Appearance: Marcch 2 vs. Rays:  2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), K

    Where He Stands: The Twins may have had the most star-studded announcement involving prospects ever, when the team officially sent Alex Meyer, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano down to minor league camp on March 9. 

    #Twins assign 16 players -- including top prospects @OfficialBuck103, @SanoMiguel, @Meyer17A -- to Minor League camp. http://t.co/NsCFKb57Dt

    — MiLB.com (@MiLB) March 9, 2014

    Meyer had the best chance of that trio to make the MLB roster out of spring training, though it was still a long shot. His stuff looks great, but commanding it and learning to turn a lineup over three times are still areas the big right-hander has to improve upon. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

32. Marcus Stroman, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

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    Position Rank: No. 14 starting pitcher

    Age: 22

    Height/Weight: 5'9", 185 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Duke)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats9.1 IP, 14.46 ERA, 19 H, 15 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 3 HR

    Latest Appearance: March 18 vs. Tigers: 0.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, BB, K, HR

    Where He Stands: After his worst outing of the spring, Marcus Stroman was sent down to minor league camp. 

    #BlueJays assign LHP Ricky Romero and RHP Marcus Stroman to minor league camp. Romero had 5W, 81K for #Bisons in '13. http://t.co/0kiLBl61dw

    — Buffalo Bisons (@BuffaloBisons) March 19, 2014

    Even though there was a chance Stroman could have made the rotation out of spring training, he is still a pitcher with no experience above Double-A and will benefit from time in Triple-A. He's going to be up sometime this season, but it wasn't right at this particular moment. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

31. Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas Rangers

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    Position Rank: No. 1 second baseman

    Age: 20

    Height/Weight: 5'11", 170 pounds

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted/Signed: Signed January 2011 (Venezuela)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .267 BA (4-for-13), RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 3 R

    Latest Appearance: March 11 vs. White Sox: 1-for-2, RBI, R

    Where He Stands: It's been expected since spring training began, but the Rangers made it official by sending Rougned Odor down to minor league camp on Wednesday, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com

    Odor was one of seven players sent down in the initial wave. He was a man without a spot in the big leagues anyway, with Jurickson Profar set to take over second base in 2014, but he's also not ready. More seasoning is in order, though the 20-year-old could force his way to the big leagues by the end of the year. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

30. Raul Adalberto Mondesi, SS, Kansas City Royals

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    Position Rank: No. 7 shortstop

    Age: 18

    Height/Weight: 6'1", 165 pounds

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted/Signed: Signed July 2011 

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    Where He Stands: An 18-year-old with a projectable frame and no experience above Low-A, Raul Adalberto Mondesi will show a lot of tools to be excited about, but none of them are ready to play at the highest level. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

29. Travis d'Arnaud, C, New York Mets

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    Position Rank: No. 2 catcher

    Age: 25

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 195 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2007 (Lakewood HS, Calf.)

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    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .125 BA (4-for-32), 2 2B, R, 5 BB, 5 K

    Latest Appearance: March 20 vs. Braves: 0-for-2, BB, R

    Where He Stands: If there was any reason to think Travis d'Arnaud could make it through camp healthy, his odds of being in New York on Opening Day would be 100 percent with no hesitation. 

    Unfortunately, since his minor league debut in 2007, d'Arnaud has played more than 71 games just twice. He's got starter potential when healthy. 

    Zack Wheeler (@Wheelerpro45) to Travis d'Arnaud (@TdArnaud) bullpen session Tuesday (corrected): pic.twitter.com/nDta9vIUlz

    — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) February 18, 2014

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 85 percent

28. Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit Tigers

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    Position Rank: No. 3 third baseman

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 210 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2010 (Archbishop McCarthy HS, Fla.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .396 BA (19-for-48), 5 2B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 9 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 SB

    Latest Appearance: March 20 vs. Nationals: 1-for-3, K

    Where He Stands: You don't get awards for spring training, but Nick Castellanos has done a magnificent job of eschewing any fears the Tigers may have had about making him an everyday player at the start of 2014. 

    Castellanos went deep for the second time this spring and collected three more hits against the Cardinals. 

    Nick Castellanos with a huge day vs. @Cardinals. Here's his three-run jack: http://t.co/oc1TUK6oRx | @Tigers Top 20: http://t.co/p0VZgs87Iw

    — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 10, 2014

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 100 percent

27. Yordano Ventura, RHP, Kansas City Royals

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    Position Rank: No. 13 starting pitcher

    Age: 22

    Height/Weight: 5'11", 180 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: Signed October 2008 (Dominican Republic)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 15.1 IP, 1.76 ERA, 10 H, BB, 15 K

    Latest Appearance: March 17 vs Rangers: 6 IP, 4 H, 6 K

    Where He Stands: After looking at their choices this spring, let's congratulate the Kansas City Royals and manager Ned Yost for making the right decision when it comes to their No. 5 starter. 

    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reported after Yordano Ventura's dazzling performance against Texas on Monday night that the 22-year-old will be the fifth starter for Kansas City to open the year.

    It would have been easy for the Royals to send Ventura to Triple-A, then call him up in May or June to delay arbitration, but the six or seven starts he adds at the start of the year could add an extra win or two that pushes a very good Kansas City team into the postseason. 

    Good for the Royals, and good for Ventura. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 100 percent

26. Eddie Butler, RHP, Colorado Rockies

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    Position Rank: No. 12 starting pitcher

    Age: 22

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 180 pounds

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Radford)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 7 IP, 3.86 ERA, 6 H, 3 BB, K

    Latest Appearance: March 14 vs. Giants: 3 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, K

    Where He Stands: The Rockies officially sent down their top two pitching prospects on Sunday, much to the chagrin of their fans. 

    Top prospects Eddie Butler & Jon Gray have moved to Minor League camp with minds full, writes @harding_at_mlb: http://t.co/4nT8m0RZvw

    — Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) March 17, 2014

    Eddie Butler struggled in games this spring, not missing bats or looking as sharp as he did last year. It's not a reason to worry right now, so just let him work now until the games count. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 10 percent

25. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Position Rank: No. 11 starting pitcher

    Age: 22

    Height/Weight: 6'6", 235 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2010 (The Woodlands HS, Texas)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 2.2 IP, 3.38 ERA, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), BB, 0 K

    Latest Appearance: March 7 vs. Twins: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), BB

    Where He Stands: It doesn't come as a shock because the odds were always against him, but the Pittsburgh Pirates have officially sent Jameson Taillon down to minor league camp. 

    Matt Hague, Carlos Paulino and Jameson Taillon have been reassigned to minor league camp. There are now 53 players in big league camp.

    — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 10, 2014

    Taillon was out of his element this spring, not missing bats or fooling anyone, so more seasoning in Triple-A is necessary. He's still on track to be a midseason call-up if all goes well. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

24. Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Position Rank: No. 6 shortstop

    Age: 19

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 215 pounds

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Northwest Cabarrus HS, N.C.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .500 BA (1-for-2), R

    Latest Appearance: March 9 vs. Giants: 1-for-2, R

    Where He Stands: There was good news on the Corey Seager front, as the Dodgers star shortstop was launching balls during a spring game. 

    Report from the back fields: Corey Seager just hit a bomb of a home run. #Dodgers

    — Dustin Nosler (@DustinNosler) March 15, 2014

    Seager wore down at the end of last year, but with an offseason to rest up, expect big things from the 19-year-old. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

23. Mark Appel, RHP, Houston Astros

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    Position Rank: No. 10 starting pitcher

    Age: 22

    Height/Weight: 6'5", 190 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2013 (Stanford)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: N/A

    Latest Appearance: N/A

    Where He Stands: The Astros used Mark Appel sparingly this spring, not even putting him in an MLB game, so it's no surprise that he was one of six prospects the team sent down on Thursday. 

    #Astros send 6 players to minor league camp: Mark Appel, Carlos Correa, Delino DeShields, Mike Foltynewicz, Jon Singleton, George Springer.

    — Houston Astros (@astros) March 20, 2014

    Appel's polish and MLB-quality stuff could put him in line for a September call-up, but he still needs to refine a few things in the minors before taking his spot in the Astros' rotation. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

22. Kyle Zimmer, RHP, Kansas City Royals

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    Position Rank: No. 9 starting pitcher

    Age: 22

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 215 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (San Francisco)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: N/A

    Latest Appearance: N/A

    Where He Stands: Kyle Zimmer's spring with the Kansas City Royals has come to an end. The right-hander was officially sent down to minor league camp on March 10. 

    The @Royals assign top prospect RHP Kyle Zimmer to Minor League #SpringTraining.

    — MLB (@MLB) March 10, 2014

    Zimmer didn't pitch in a spring game because of bicep tendinitis that flared up over the winter, and he only recently started playing catch from 90 feet.

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

21. Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

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    Position Rank: No. 8 starting pitcher

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 190 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Alhambra HS, Calf.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 4 IP, 6.75 ERA, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), BB, K

    Latest Appearance: March 9 vs Athletics: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

    Where He Stands: Robert Stephenson's debut wasn't crisp and he wasn't fooling anyone, but he did show some moxie by not imploding with shoddy defense behind him. 

    #Reds Robert Stephenson throwing very hard. Two hard hit fly balls, a walk,two singles and and error so far. Two runs.

    — Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) February 28, 2014

    Eventually Stephenson will be a big part of Cincinnati's rotation. He just needs more seasoning before getting there. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: five percent

20. Jonathan Gray, RHP, Colorado Rockies

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    Position Rank: No. 7 starting pitcher

    Age: 22

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 255 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2013 (Oklahoma)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 6.2 IP, 5.40 ERA, 9 H, 2 BB, 5 K

    Latest Appearance: March 13 vs. Athletics: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, K

    Where He Stands: Jonathan Gray's mediocre spring outing against Oakland was the last time we will see the right-hander against MLB teams this spring, as the Rockies sent him down to the minors. 

    Top prospects Eddie Butler & Jon Gray have moved to Minor League camp with minds full, writes @harding_at_mlb: http://t.co/4nT8m0RZvw

    — Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) March 17, 2014

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

19. George Springer, OF, Houston Astros

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    Position Rank: No. 4 outfielder

    Age: 24

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 200 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Connecticut)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .161 BA (5-for-31), RBI, 8 R, 8 BB, 11 K, 2 SB

    Latest Appearance: March 19 vs. Nationals: 0-for-1, K

    Where He Stands: It's not a surprise that the news is happening, but it still stings to hear that George Springer is likely going to start the season in the minors, according to Shawn Ferris of MLB Outside Pitch. 

    SOURCE: Houston Astros OF Prospect George Springer Likely To Start Season In Minors. Story Here: http://t.co/hn4lwuFM7j

    — Shawn Ferris (@RealShawnFerris) March 17, 2014

    The Astros confirmed the news on March 20, sending Springer and five other prospects down to minor league camp. 

    #Astros send 6 players to minor league camp: Mark Appel, Carlos Correa, Delino DeShields, Mike Foltynewicz, Jon Singleton, George Springer.

    — Houston Astros (@astros) March 20, 2014

    Springer showed a lot of the qualities that make him a top-20 prospect, including 10 strikeouts in 26 at-bats. He will be in Houston very soon. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

18. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles

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    Position Rank: No. 6 starting pitcher

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'1", 195 pounds

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Owasso HS, Okla.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: N/A

    Latest Appearance: N/A

    Where He Stands: There was some positive, albeit not surprising news for Dylan Bundy. The Orioles announced on Friday that their top prospect has been sent to Double-A where he will continue to work his way back from Tommy John surgery. 

    The Orioles have optioned RHP Dylan Bundy to AA Bowie. The O's now have 46 players at major league ST, including 9 non-roster invitees.

    — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) March 14, 2014

    Since Bundy had the surgery last June, he's still likely a few months away from pitching in games. The most important thing for him and the Orioles is not having any setbacks this year and preparing to be at full strength in 2015. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

17. Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs

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    Position Rank: No. 2 third baseman

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'5", 215 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2013 (San Diego)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .182 BA (2-for-11), 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, BB, 8 K

    Latest Appearance: March 12 vs. Mariners: 0-for-2, K

    Where He Stands: Kris Bryant had a tough spring in some areas, notably making contact, but did dazzle at times with his prodigious power. That pop didn't save the 2013 first-round pick from being among the Cubs' first cuts. 

    .@Cubs assign 12 players to @MiLB, including @KrisBryant_23, @albertalmora, @JorgeSoler68, Alcantara. One name notably absent: @javy23baez.

    — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 14, 2014

    Bryant is an advanced hitter with the kind of thump to torch the minors, so an appearance in Chicago by the end of 2014 wouldn't be a surprise. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

16. Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Position Rank: No. 3 outfielder

    Age: 22

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 220 pounds

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted/Signed: Signed April 2009 (Dominican Republic)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .273 BA (6-for-23), 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, R, BB, 4 K

    Latest Appearance: March 13 vs. Rays: 0-for-1

    Where He Stands: Sadly, the inevitable has happened. Despite a strong showing in camp, Gregory Polanco has been sent down to minor league camp and will open the year in Triple-A, according to the team. 

    The Pirates have optioned Gregory Polanco & Duke Welker to Triple-A Indianapolis. There are now 51 players in Major League camp. #PiratesST

    — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 14, 2014

    Even though he would fit in nicely with their current outfield mix, Polanco does need the reps at Triple-A. He only played two games at Indianapolis late last season. He will be up sooner than later. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

15. Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington Nationals

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    Position Rank: No. 5 starting pitcher

    Age: 19

    Height/Weight: 6'6", 225 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Harvard-Westlake HS, Calf.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats

    Latest Appearance

    Where He Stands: There's going to be insane hype around Lucas Giolito the second he steps on a mound this spring, and deservedly so. Some of it has already started. 

    Talking w/ @johnmanuelba: "Potential is there for Lucas Giolito to be the best pitching prospect in the game by this time next year." #Nats

    — Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) February 23, 2014

    But Giolito is also 19 years old with 36.2 short-season innings under his belt and 18 months removed from Tommy John surgery. Let's keep his arrival in check. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

14. Albert Almora, OF, Chicago Cubs

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    Position Rank: No. 2 outfielder

    Age: 19

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 180 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Mater Academy HS, Fla.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .462 BA (6-for-13), 2B, RBI, 4 R, 3 K

    Latest Appearance: March 16 vs. Indians: 0-for-2

    Where He Stands: The Cubs had one of the most notable cut days you will see, based on star power, as Albert Almora was one of three major prospects sent down to minor league camp. 

    .@Cubs assign 12 players to @MiLB, including @KrisBryant_23, @albertalmora, @JorgeSoler68, Alcantara. One name notably absent: @javy23baez.

    — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 14, 2014

    Almora missed a lot of time in 2013 and has to stay healthy, but his ability and tools suggest that this could be a huge year with a significant move up the ladder for the 19-year-old. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

13. Austin Hedges, C, San Diego Padres

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    Position Rank: No. 1 catcher

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'1", 190 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Junipero Serra HS, Calf.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .294 BA (5-for-17), 4 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K

    Latest Appearance: March 18 vs. Mariners: 1-for-1, RBI

    Where He Stands: Austin Hedges has the defensive acumen to play catcher in the big leagues right now. His bat is another story, though the raw tools are there to be a star at the position. 

    The Padres have quality MLB depth right now with Yasmani Grandal and Nick Hundley, so Hedges can afford to learn in the minors. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: zero percent

12. Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins

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    Position Rank: No. 1 third baseman

    Age: 20

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 235 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: Signed October 2009 (Dominican Republic)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: N/A

    Latest Appearance: N/A

    Where He Stands: Sadly, the news everyone expected turned out to be true. Miguel Sano will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair damage in his right elbow that is expected to keep him out for all of the 2014 season, according to Darren Smith of MiLB.com

    He won't be playing in any games, but the Twins officially sent Sano down to minor league camp on March 9. 

    #Twins assign 16 players -- including top prospects @OfficialBuck103, @SanoMiguel, @Meyer17A -- to Minor League camp. http://t.co/NsCFKb57Dt

    — MiLB.com (@MiLB) March 9, 2014

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

11. Kevin Gausman, RHP, Baltimore Orioles

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    Position Rank: No. 4 starting pitcher

    Age: 23

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 190 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (LSU)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 7 IP, 2.57 ERA, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

    Latest Appearance: March 13 vs. Yankees: 2 IP, H, R, BB

    Where He Stands: His slider still needs refinement in the minors, but Kevin Gausman was on his game against the Red Sox. 

    Kevin Gausman shows why he is regarded so highly, K'ing both Nava and Ortiz

    — Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) March 9, 2014

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 10 percent

10. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets

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    Position Rank: No. 3 starting pitcher

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'6", 240 pounds

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2010 (Legacy HS, Texas)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 8.2 IP, 5.19 ERA, 5 H, 5 BB, 10 K

    Latest Appearance: March 13 vs. Nationals: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

    Where He Stands: The Mets made official what was expected all spring, sending Noah Syndergaard down to Minor League camp, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

    Syndergaard cut from big league camp. http://t.co/NF5hzUbUyY. Insert emoji here:

    — Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) March 18, 2014

    One interesting note to come from Syndergaard's cut, from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, is the Mets are going to keep his innings at around 150 this season. He threw 117.2 innings last year between High-A and Double-A, so this will be an increase of about 22 percent. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

9. Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners

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    Position Rank: No. 2 starting pitcher

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 210 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2010 (Yucaipa HS, Calf.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: N/A

    Latest Appearance: N/A

    Where He Stands: Even though nothing has changed with regards to his status for Opening Day, Taijuan Walker did make strides in his recovery from shoulder inflammation on Sunday in a bullpen session. 

    In the Pipeline: @mariners' @tai_walker 'really happy' with today's 40-pitch bullpen session: http://t.co/xpWK4CVOTi via @GregJohnsMLB

    — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 16, 2014

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

8. Addison Russell, SS, Oakland Athletics

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    Position Rank: No. 5 shortstop

    Age: 20

    Height/Weight: 6'0", 195 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Pace HS, Fla.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .280 BA (7-for-25), 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB, 5 K

    Latest Appearance: March 10 vs. Dodgers: 1-for-2, 2B, 2 R

    Where He Stands: Whatever chances Addison Russell had of making the Athletics roster out of spring training likely went away on Monday. The star shortstop prospect left the game against the Dodgers with a strained right hamstring. 

    Top #Athletics prospect (and No. 12 overall) Addison Russell left Monday's game with a strained right hamstring. http://t.co/EIDQUpTBg9

    — MiLB.com (@MiLB) March 11, 2014

    The team made it official, by sending Russell down to minor league camp days after he got injured. 

    In the Pipeline: @Athletics #1 prospect @Addison_Russell sent to @MiLB camp, likely to start season with @RockHounds. http://t.co/xpWK4CVOTi

    — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 17, 2014

    Given how fickle hamstrings can be, Russell will likely be eased back into playing. The A's already have shortstop depth in the big leagues, so the 20-year-old didn't have a spot waiting for him. Hopefully this is just a short-term injury. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

7. Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Position Rank: No. 1 starting pitcher

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 225 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Broken Arrow HS, Okla.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: 9.1 IP, 4.32 ERA, 8 H, 6 BB, 10 K

    Latest Appearance: March 13 vs. Mariners: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K

    Where He Stands: Archie Bradley's spring debut was as dazzling as you would expect from the top pitching prospect in baseball. He struck out six over three shutout innings against Colorado on Monday night. 

    VIDEO: Despite some nerves, @ArchieBradley7 "had a lot of fun" during his debut: http://t.co/0qR542VEyw #DbacksST

    — Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) March 4, 2014

    Bradley wasn't flawless, walking two, but the 21-year-old displayed the power arsenal and solid control that elevated his stock last year. He will be in Arizona very soon. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 35 percent

6. Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs

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    Position Rank: No. 4 shortstop

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'0", 195 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Arlington Country HS, Fla.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .308 BA (12-for-38), 3 2B, 5 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 12 K

    Latest Appearance: March 19 vs. Rockies: 1-for-2, HR, RBI, R, K

    Where He Stands: Javier Baez was up to his old tricks on Tuesday night against the Rangers, blasting his fourth homer of the spring. This time the 21-year-old decided to use the opposite field. 

    Mike OIt and @javy23baez crush back-to-back homers to give #Cubs a 3-0 lead in the 3rd. #SpringTraining

    — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 19, 2014

    It still seems like a long shot for Baez to make the 25-man roster out of spring training, but the fact he's still in big league camp while most top prospects have been sent down tells you that the Cubs want to see something from the young man in these last two weeks. 

    It also doesn't hurt Baez's cause that the black hole known as Darwin Barney is the incumbent second baseman. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 35 percent

5. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians

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    Position Rank: No. 3 shortstop

    Age: 20

    Height/Weight: 5'11", 175 pounds

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Montverde HS, Fla.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .267 BA (4-for-15), 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, BB, 3 K

    Latest Appearance: March 16 vs. Cubs: 0-for-0, BB

    Where He Stands: Francisco Lindor started off the spring slowly, but finished strong and gave Cleveland a glimpse of its bright future at shortstop. That still wasn't enough for the 20-year-old to avoid the first round of cuts. 

    Re-assigned to Minor League camp this morning: F Lindor J Lowery T Naquin R Perez J Wendle T Wolters

    — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) March 12, 2014

    Depending on how well Asdrubal Cabrera plays, or if the Indians just want to upgrade their defense at shortstop, Lindor could be up later this year. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

4. Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

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    Position Rank: No. 2 outfielder

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 200 pounds

    Bats/Throws: L/L

    Drafted/Signed: Signed November 2008 (Dominican Republic)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .167 BA (1-for-6), 2B, R

    Latest Appearance: March 8 vs. Nationals: 0-for-3, 

    Where He Stands: Oscar Taveras only got into two spring games with the MLB club, so it was surprising to see the Cardinals announce that he had been optioned to Triple-A on Friday. 

    #STLCards option P Eric Fornataro, C Audry Perez & OF Oscar Taveras to AAA leaving 34 roster players & 12 non-roster in Major League Camp.

    — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) March 13, 2014

    Coming off the ankle injury last year, Taveras was always destined to start this year in Triple-A. But with no urgency to send him down, why not let him get more playing time against MLB players if he is going to contribute this season?

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

3. Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros

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    Position Rank: No. 2 shortstop

    Age: 19

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 205 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy HS)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .214 BA (6-for-28), 2B, 2 HR, 5 R, BB, 10 K

    Latest Appearance: March 18 vs. Marlins: 1-for-2

    Where He Stands: One day after taking a pitch to the hand, Carlos Correa got more bad—albeit completely expected—news from the Astros. He was one of the team's big prospects sent down to minor league camp. 

    #Astros send 6 players to minor league camp: Mark Appel, Carlos Correa, Delino DeShields, Mike Foltynewicz, Jon Singleton, George Springer.

    — Houston Astros (@astros) March 20, 2014

    The roster Houston sent down would actually be its best MLB team, even though Correa, DeShields and Foltynewicz still need work. Correa will start the year in High-A and, in all likelihood, end it in Double-A. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

2. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox

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    Position Rank: No. 1 shortstop

    Age: 21

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 185 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: Signed August 2009 (Aruba)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .176 BA (6-for-34), 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 5 R, 6 BB, 5 K

    Latest Appearance: March 20 vs. Yankees: 0-for-3 

    Where He Stands: Just in case you thought there was something wrong with Xander Bogaerts' power, the 21-year-old uber-prospect puts one great swing on the ball to calm your nerves.  

    Take a look at the long 2-run HR off the bat of @XanderBogaerts in the 6th: http://t.co/2EoxZTgVLG

    — Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) March 5, 2014

    It's such a controlled, confident approach that Bogaerts utilizes that it's hard to imagine he's so young. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 100 percent

1. Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins

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    Position Rank: No. 1 outfielder

    Age: 20

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 190 pounds

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Appling County HS, Ga.)

    2013 Stats

    Total 2014 Spring Training Stats: .167 BA (2-for-12), 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, K

    Latest Appearance: March 8 vs. Blue Jays: 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, R, K

    Where He Stands: After hitting his first home run of the spring on Saturday, Byron Buxton got sent down to minor league camp by the Twins on Sunday. 

    #Twins assign 16 players -- including top prospects @OfficialBuck103, @SanoMiguel, @Meyer17A -- to Minor League camp. http://t.co/NsCFKb57Dt

    — MiLB.com (@MiLB) March 9, 2014

    Buxton still has things to work on in the minors, so time in Double-A will serve him well, but a late-season call-up may not be out of the question. 

    Percentage Chance of Making the Roster: 0 percent

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