Now that Kris Bryant has reached MLB, these are the super prospects we're eagerly awaiting
With Bryant up, these are the prospects with buzz
Kris Bryant Day has officially come and gone. The much-ballyhooed, power-hitting, third-base (left-field?) prospect made his debut for the Cubs on Friday and went 0-for-4 (Don't worry: small sample size. The kid's still got it. Trust us.).
With all the chaos of Bryant's promotion behind us, we immediately refocused our anticipation on these 10 super prospects primed to get everyone on their feet and turning their phones horizontally (please) to film video when they finally reach the bigs.
In addition to having one of the greatest names in the Minors, Buxton is touted to have the kind of toolset that makes scouts drool. He's said to have natural basestealing ability and the bat-speed to match. Twins fans are hoping he turns into a 30/30 guy by 2020.
Remember when Sports Illustrated predicted that the Astros would win the 2017 World Series? Correa factored into that as MLB.com's second best prospect in baseball last season. One scout recently predicted that Correa will hit 500 MLB home runs. Yes, really.
Remember how hyped Bryant was because of his power? Of course you do, you were talking about it this morning. Well, Gallo's actually got more pop. He broke a windshield during BP at the Futures Game last season, giving Rangers fans a lot to look forward to. Be ready to chase baseballs onto that lawn out in center field, everybody.
Heaney made an MLB cameo when he debuted for the Marlins in 2014. He tossed six innings of one-run baseball and struck out seven in the no-decision. After a stint with the Dodgers that lasted only a few hours (literally), Heaney became an Angel. He's poised to join the rotation before the conclusion of the 2015 season.
Want to know how to build hype as a pitching prospect? When the club sends you to Triple-A to start the season, go out and strike out nine batters in six innings with the help of an other-worldly slider. That should just about do the trick. Expect Rodon -- and his karaoke skills -- in the show some time during 2015.
Yes, Russell: The power-hitting, 20-something infielder in the Cubs organization not named Baez, Bryant or Castro. Russell was acquired when the Cubbies sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A's ahead of last season's Trade Deadline. He's a shortstop (who's recently started working at second) who's been billed as the next Barry Larkin ... who's in the Hall of Fame. We'd say don't get your hopes up too much (that's a pretty high bar), but we're pretty sure it's a little late for that.
The second Twin on our list, but first in our hearts. Buxton has the tools, but Sano's got the power (and the swagger to go with it). Sano was once benched for rounding the bases too slowly after a home run, so we're just giddy to get this guy (and hopefully his bat flips?) up to the bigs.
Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was just rewarded for his baseball abilities with a seven-year, $100 million contract. The coolest part about that is that Seager's brother Corey is supposed to be better. He's the top prospect in the Dodgers organization and he plays a premium position (shortstop). Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.
Billed as one of the top prospects in the Red Sox system, Swihart is a 23-year-old catcher who hit .293 across Double-A and Triple-A in 2014. The Sox -- who are largely said to be in the market for an ace starter -- have refused to include Swihart in a potential deal for Phillies southpaw Cole Hamels. If you haven't seen Swihart play, Hamels' 2.46 ERA last year should demonstrate that the Sox think they've got something worth holding on to.
In an organization that has the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, The Dark Knight, Captain America and fan favorite Bartolo Colon, it's Syndergaard that Mets fans might be most excited about. The Mets acquired Syndergaard in the R.A. Dickey trade back in 2012 and are finally about to reap their reward. At the rate he's going, Syndergaard will make his MLB debut at a younger age than both Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.