Anyone who has ever paid attention to a prospect’s rise and/or fall knows the ordeal is always dicey at best. Promise can evaporate in a matter of a month or be fulfilled and earn even higher expectations next spring.
Either way, the hype machine is pumping every September when major league teams expand rosters and invite their prospects for casting calls. A strong audition leads to bigger hopes, while a poor one leads to more uncertainty.
Some teams couldn’t wait until September to test their prospects, like the Chicago Cubs with Jorge Soler. Others have pushed back the arrival date of their guy as long as they could, like the Los Angeles Dodgers with Joc Pederson.
Either way, these prospects will be watched closely for 30 days in September as the baseball world decides if it is going to believe the hype or move on to the next hope-inspiring name.