At long last, the offseason has finally come to an end. On Wednesday, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training, with the full squad scheduled to arrive within the following week.
Besides providing an opportunity for veteran players to fine-tune their skills in anticipation of the season, spring training also offers prospects the chance to make a strong impression in front of the entire organization, perhaps even win a role on the Opening Day roster.
Teams are usually reluctant to break camp with young, inexperienced prospects on the big league roster—especially if they’re not already on the 40-man roster. Instead, they prefer to send them to Double- or Triple-A for a few more months of seasoning and to avoid an extra year of arbitration down the road.
That being said, Joc Pederson, Christian Bethancourt and Jorge Soler seemingly have inside tracks to starting jobs with their respective clubs in 2015. However, they represent a small sample of the prospect pool that will compete for roster spots during spring training.