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30 Players: Panik Hopes To Follow Up Strong Rookie Year For Giants

A 2011 first-round Draft pick out of St. John’s University, Joe Panik had a meteoric rise to Major League glory last season — not only putting up impressive numbers as the Giants’ new second baseman in 73 regular season games, but also helping San Francisco earn its third World Series championship in the past five years.

04/17/2015

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30 Players: Prospect Butler Looking To Prove He Belongs With Rockies

Heading into the 2014 season, Eddie Butler was hailed as the top arm in the Rockies’ system and one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. Heading into this year, things were quite different.

04/16/2015

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30 Players: Despaigne Hopes To Build On Rookie Year For Padres

So when you look at the roster right now, there aren’t many young, inexperienced players who have a chance to make a big impact on the Padres in 2015. One name that does come to mind, however, is pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne.

04/11/2015

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30 Players: Tomas’ Time Will Come Sooner Than Later For D-backs

The influx of Cuban players in MLB has been much discussed, and after the wild success Jose Abreu had with the White Sox in 2014, teams will continue to scout and give big money to defectors. Yasmany Tomas is a perfect example, as the D-backs gave him a six-year, $68.5 million contract as a 24-year-old this offseason.

04/10/2015

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30 Players: Healthy Quad Means Returned Speed, Power For Astros’ Springer

Joining the 40-40 club (40 homers and 40 steals in a single season) has always been a rare feat, evidenced by the fact that it’s been accomplished just four times in baseball history. But if you were to make a list of baseball’s top candidates to even have a shot at reaching the milestone, Astros outfielder George Springer would be at or near the top.

04/09/2015

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30 Players: Dodgers’ Rookie Pederson Ready To Burst Onto LA Scene

An 11th-round Draft choice by the Dodgers out of high school, Los Angeles knew it was taking a risk by drafting Joc Pederson, as he had pretty high bonus demands and had already committed to play baseball at USC. But the Dodgers were OK with the risk that late, and OK with giving him a hefty bonus, and now five years later it looks as though it’s all going to pay off.

04/08/2015

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30 Players: Zunino Looks To Build Off Tremendous Spring For Mariners

Mike Zunino’s first full season with the Mariners was an intriguing one, as the young catcher showed off some of the skills that prompted Seattle to take him third overall in the 2012 draft. But he also showed a lot of his inexperience and a continued lack of plate discipline over the course of 131 games.

04/07/2015

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30 Players: Despite Rough Spring, Heaney Not Far From Cracking Angels Rotation

It’s been a crazy couple of years for Andrew Heaney, who has risen through the Minor League ranks, been traded twice in a matter of hours this offseason and has struggled to find effectiveness at the big league level. But at 23 years old, the Angels’ new top prospect still has plenty of time to break into the rotation this season.

04/03/2015

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30 Players: Odor’s Rapid Rise To Rangers No Fluke

Now, at 21 years old with almost a full season under his belt, Odor is ready to prove that it is he who is actually the Rangers’ second baseman of the future.

04/02/2015

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30 Players: Marcus Semien Looks To Break Out With A’s

When you take a look at Marcus Semien’s stats, nothing really jumps out at you, until you get to his on-base percentage.

CBS Chicago–03/31/2015

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30 Players: Fiers Finally Ready To Stick With Brewers

Mike Fiers has always been a late bloomer.

CBS Chicago–03/31/2015

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30 Players: Polanco Looks To Improve On Hot Start For Pirates

With Andrew McCutchen in center field and Starling Marte in left, the Pirates are one piece away from having one of the best young outfields in baseball.

CBS Chicago–03/30/2015

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30 Players: Raisel Iglesias Could Arrive Sooner Than Expected As Reds Starter

Iglesias has big-time potential.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2015

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30 Players: Carlos Martinez Ready To Make Mark In Cardinals Rotation

Carlos Martinez will be expected to step up for the Cardinals.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2015

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30 Players: Avisail Garcia Still Has Breakout Potential For White Sox

For a player with parts of three big league seasons on his resume, it’s still relatively unknown what kind of big league player Garcia will be.

CBS Chicago–03/25/2015

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30 Players: Royals Have Special Arm In Brandon Finnegan

Very few 21-year-old athletes have been on more of a rollercoaster in the past year than Royals pitcher Brandon Finnegan. He became the first player to pitch in the College World Series and MLB World Series in the same year.

03/24/2015

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30 Players: Tigers Hope Iglesias Is Fully Recovered From Injuries

ose Iglesias had a breakout year in 2013, but it’s been a tough road for the promising young shortstop.

03/16/2015

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30 Players: Bethancourt’s Time Is Now Behind The Plate For Atlanta Braves

The timing was right to give the 23-year-old Christian Bethancourt the chance in 2015.

03/13/2015

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30 Players: Storen Entering Make-Or-Break Season With Nationals

Normally, a player entering his sixth full season in the bigs has too much experience for a list like this, but digging deeper, Drew Storen fits here.

CBS Chicago–03/11/2015

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30 Players: Giles Primed To Close Games For Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies can feel confident that when the time comes, Ken Giles is waiting in the wings as closer.

CBS Chicago–03/10/2015

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