Every MLB Team's Most Irreplaceable “Can't-Miss” Prospect

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Every MLB Team's Most Irreplaceable “Can't-Miss” Prospect
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In baseball, just as in any other sport, there is only a handful of true, legitimate "stars."

For every middle-of-the-lineup slugger like Alex Rodriguez (does he still qualify?) or Miguel Cabrera, there are five or six Eduardo Nunez's or Ryan Raburns, solid everyday regulars just hoping to stick with their current team. For every staff ace such as Roy Halladay or Tim Lincecum, there's three or four relievers on each squad whose professional lives rest on whether or not they preserve victories for said stars.

At the big-league level, it's easy to separate the "stars" from the "everybody else."

Albert Pujols. Yes.

Skip Schumaker. No.

Down in the minor leagues is where the real challenge lies. Trying to figure out who's a "can't miss" prospect is slightly less treacherous than a game of Russian roulette. There are so many ways to predict future success or failure: walk and strikeout rates, batting and earned run averages, stolen base and caught stealing percentages.

In the end, however, predicting "stardom," or the exact opposite, at the big-league level is all about guts. What do your instincts tell you about a guy, whether that be a pitcher or hitter?

My instinct tells me that these are the guys who have future stardom in them.

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