All around spring camps we see former top prospects who have experienced trials and tribulations at the big league level and now find themselves at a crossroads of their careers. And while their general managers are gambling on them, should you?
Last year we saw big rebounds from former can't-miss stars who almost missed, such as Kansas City's Alex Gordon and San Diego's Cameron Maybin, who overcame early career adversity to become quality major leaguers. Unfortunately, other highly touted prospects Brandon Wood, Jeremy Hermida and Lastings Milledge flamed out despite being given multiple chances to succeed.
Here are five players being given golden opportunities this year to establish themselves as major league stars. They could become the bargains of the 2012 fantasy season or end up on the waiver wire before the end of May. Isn't it that risk-reward that makes playing in these leagues fun?
After an offseason of intensive agility training he's back and hopefully refocused. But this year he has to beat out veteran Casey McGehee for the job. If he doesn't, he may end up in a platoon or -- a long shot -- back in Triple-A Indianapolis. In any case, with an average fantasy draft position around 18th among third basemen, he's potentially the best bargain in your draft.