For veterans and superstars, spring training is a time to get into big league shape and prepare for the upcoming season. For those players competing for a spot on the team, it can be a bit more stressful. But for baseball's prospects—young minor leaguers who flock to Arizona and Florida each year—spring training plays a different role.
For minor leaguers, spring training is about making an impression. Scouts may see a prospect many times during a given season, but big league managers and GMs are far too busy with the day to day operations of the club.
A good impression can do wonders for a player, and while a bad spring training is no death sentence, it leaves a poor taste in a manager's mouth and questions the readiness of the player. What prospects hurt their big league stock, or at least temporarily delayed their impact? Here are seven.