I grew up a Cubs fan and that is how I have always seen myself but I am not one of those fans who loves his team and hates everyone else. The Cubs will always be my team but I also root for players who, I feel, play the game “the right way.” The players I root for are the ones who are diving for balls when they are down by six. The ones who jump into the stands chasing pop ups (but not this way….like this). The guys who always run out ground balls. This are the guys I want on my team, not the kind of player who only seems to play well if they are in a contract year (Yeah I’m look at you Adrian Beltre).
The first thing you will notice when you look at the National League rosters compared to the American League rosters is how young the NL players are. Weird, right? Because I thought every good baseball player was pushing 35 but maybe thats because the only games that ever get shown on TV are Yankees/Red Sox games. Its crazy to think that some teams out there are currently developing talent instead of just auctioning the same old players. How did that work out Tampa? Here are just a few, of the loooong list, of solid young players that we think are poised for a break out this year.