After an offseason hearing about prospects like Arizona's Archie Bradley, Boston's Xander Bogaerts and Detroit's Nick Castellanos ad nauseam, another article talking about that trio—or other top prospects around the game—seemed, well, like overkill.
It is time for something different—time to delve into the world of the unknown.
With the wealth of information available online, and with more fans than ever before taking a vested interest in knowing more about the prospects in their favorite team's pipelines, finding a truly "unknown" prospect is a difficult task to undertake.
To make things a bit easier, we'll set some guidelines as to what constitutes "unknown":
- Players cannot be ranked as one of an organization's 10 best prospects entering the season by either MLB.com or Baseball America.
- Players cannot have been drafted in the first round or supplemental "sandwich" round of MLB's annual First-Year Player Draft.
- Players cannot have appeared in a major league game.
- If they are on Twitter, players cannot have more than 5,000 followers.
All of the players on this list made enough of an impact in 2013 to grab our attention, and they're all ready to take a leap forward in 2014, both in terms of their development as well as the level of competition at which they will compete.
Here's a look at 10 prospects that you may not know well but who you aren't going to want to forget.
All statistics, heights and weights courtesy of Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted.