Watching young players grow from contributor to superstar is one of the best parts of being a baseball fan. We read the hype, we watch them struggle, and finally, when it seems like all hope is lost, they bust out and become ingrained in our memories.
The players on this list aren't superstars yet, and many of them still have a long way to go to realize their full potential, but they're certainly headed in the right direction.
I've taken a look at 25 up-and-coming pitchers (sorry Tim Lincecum and Felix Hernandez) and 25 position players (sorry Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Upton) who have improved this season.
To qualify players must:
- Be 26 years old or younger. Sorry, but if you're 27 you're not a prospect anymore.
- Have appeared in a major league game this season. Tough luck Dominic Brown and Mike Moustakas.