There is nothing more exciting for a franchise than a prospect who is about to start his career. There are only possibilities. Last season saw a bunch of rookies make a significant impact on the season. Of course, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper got all of the headlines, but others such as Wade Miley, Jarrod Parker, Todd Frazier, and Wilin Rosario all had significant starts to their respective careers. Most rookies will begin 2013 in the Minor Leagues until teams can call them up without losing a season of control. It is a common practice and one that most organizations employ. The Rays have done it quite often with players like Evan Longoria and David Price. Last season, the Nationals and Angels tried to do the same with Harper and Trout. But, some rookies break camp with their clubs. This season, four American League rookie pitchers have more than a decent chance to make their team out of spring training. At the moment, it looks like their clubs certainly have the opening.
Bruce Rondon- Detroit Tigers
The defending American League champions is never a team that pinches pennies. Owner Mike Ilitch may set a budget, but he has continuously shown that he will increase the budget if it makes sense for his club. It was widely assumed that the Tigers would be a heavy player in the free agent market as they were parting ways with their closer, Jose Valverde. Just a year removed from a perfect season, Valverde lost hold of his closer role in the playoffs after giving up nine runs in 2.2 innings. Rafael Soriano seemed to be the most logical choice.