Baseball fans are enamored with youth, potential, and promise. Fantasy baseball owners, fickle though they may be, seem unable to resist the urge to gravitate to the younger, less experienced players, if only because they possess the lure of the unknown. As in many facets of life, something better always seems to be lurking just beyond the baseball horizon, hidden from plain sight. This is the allure of the prospect. However, not all prospects are created equal.
Each of the players profiled below were recently (2008) considered to be top-25 prospects. However, after numerous twists, turns, and tryouts, it's is abundantly clear that not all prospects are created equal. While each name on this list has struggled, sometimes mightily, some wayward prospects have made strides to improve their game and change their fantasy fortunes for the better. Others, for worse, have continued to struggle, despite getting the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions.
Since being recalled in June, the seemingly overmatched LaPorta has hit .296 while connecting on six of his seven 2010 home runs. His full-season numbers do not tell the full story for this up and comer, but his recent success is a clear indication of better things to come.