For all the Jeremy Hellicksons, Freddie Freemans and Brent Morels that are out there—top MLB prospects who are almost assured of making the opening-day big-league roster—there are even more young players in camp this spring who have little to no chance at making the club.
There's many reasons for these guys to be in Arizona or Florida.
For some, like Baltimore's Caleb Joseph, they're simply there because they play catcher, and during spring training teams bring catchers in by the truckload to help catch the overwhelming number of pitchers in camp. Filler, basically.
For others, like the much-hyped Bryce Harper, they're there to get a taste of what a professional baseball team looks like. They're there to get a long, good look at the big-leagues, the way it works, the way the players work, etc. They're there to gain as much knowledge as they can absorb, and hopefully it will benefit them on their own path through the minors.
And last but not least, there are the prospects in camp who have about a 5-10% chance of making the big-league club out of spring training and whose only hope is impress and improve their stock in the eyes of the decision-makers who litter the many fields scattered across the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.
It's that latter two groups that we're going to focus on for this article, and I'll be selecting a player from each team who has the best potential as a pro, but has little realistic chance at making the big-league club.