Previewing MLB's Biggest Debuts Coming Early in 2014

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Previewing MLB's Biggest Debuts Coming Early in 2014
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Baseball debuts are always memorable. 

Stephen Strasburg dropped jaws in his major league debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 8, 2010, as the then-21-year-old right-hander struck out 14 batters in seven innings. 

Chris Coste made his debut as a 33-year-old on May 26, 2006, 12 years and 973 games after beginning his professional career in the Independent Prairie League.

Rick Ankiel hit a home run in his debut as a hitter on Aug. 9, 2007, roughly eight years after reaching the major leagues in 1999 as a highly touted 19-year-old left-hander. 

In Tim Lincecum’s first postseason appearance, the then-26-year-old right-hander, fresh off back-to-back Cy Young Awards at the time, fired a two-hit shutout against the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS, striking out 14 of the 30 batters he faced.

Whether it's stars such as Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury playing at their former home stadium as a member of another team, international standouts Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka beginning their stateside careers or impact prospects like Javier Baez and Archie Bradley receiving promotions to the major leagues, there will be a variety of must-watch debuts (for one reason or another) early this season across Major League Baseball. 

Here are the five we’re looking forward to the most.

 

*All stats courtesy of MLB.com, unless otherwise noted, and reflect games through March 24, 2014.

*All videos courtesy of MLB.com/MLB Advanced Media.

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