Blue Jays Prospects Likely to Make a Spring Training Impact
Teams invite their top prospects to Major League training for a whole host of reasons. The main purpose is to expose the youngsters to MLB life, and to give them a sense of not only how close they are to making it, but what it takes from a physical and mental point of view to get there – and stay there.
Prospects tend to be brought along slowly in spring training, with their playing time in the first few weeks restricted to late-inning duty, when the regulars have finished their work for the day. Playing against fellow prospects and fringe MLBers, some shine, while others show that there is still work to do. When minor league spring training opens in late February, many of these players are sent back for further seasoning.