Few rookies put forth the type of season that Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout did in 2012.
To say Trout's first season was spectacular doesn't even do it justice, as he led all rookies in nearly every offensive category and was a unanimous choice for the American League's Rookie of the Year.
Trout also became the first player in major league history to steal 45 bases, score 125 runs and hit 30 home runs in a single season. Additionally, he is the only player to hit .320 or above with 30 home runs and 45 stolen bases in a single season.
All that with missing most of the first month of the season. And oh yea, he turned 21 in August.
As good as Trout was, though, the hype machine went into overdrive for his NL Rookie of the Year counterpart, Bryce Harper, who oddly enough burst on the scene as a 19-year-old on the same day as Trout.
Harper only batted .270, but blasted 22 home runs and tallied 59 RBI, and his 5.0 wins above replacement was the highest of any player his age since 1900.
So let's take a look at a few players who could be this year's Mike Trout or Bryce Harper:
OSCAR TAVERAS, OF, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Taveras won league batting titles in each of the past two seasons while managing 272 hits in 202 games. In 2012, he led the Texas League in doubles (37) and extra-base hits (67). He also drove in 94 runs, hit 23 home runs and batted .346 with runners in scoring position during a full season in Double-A.
All that came one the heels of a year that saw Taveras bat .386 with an on- base-percentage of .444 in 78 Single-A games.
At 20, Taveras was the youngest of the 59 participants in the Cardinals major league camp. He's held his own offensively, but St. Louis wants him to get a little more polished in the field before they bring him up on a full-time basis.
In a perfect world Taveras would replace Carlos Beltran in 2014. But, don't be surprised to see the Cardinals turn to Taveras midway through this season.
WIL MYERS, OF, TAMPA BAY RAYS
The Minor League Player of the Year last season, Myers was the focal point of the Rays' deal that sent starter James Shields to Kansas City.
Myers was terrific for the Rays this spring, hitting 300 with a triple, three doubles and an RBI in 15 Grapefruit League games. But, like Taveras, Myers won't start the season with the big league club, as he still has some holes in his swing after striking out 140 times last season.
But, it won't be long before he's roaming the outfield at Tropicana Field. In fact, Myers will likely be recalled sometime in June. which would net the Rays an extra year of arbitration with him, similar to the way the Nats handled Harper a year ago.
Tampa also did the same thing with Evan Longoria back in 2008, but the team eventually worked out a long-term deal with him shortly after his call-up, negating any "Super Two" nonsense anyway.
JURICKSON PROFAR, INF, TEXAS RANGERS
Profar's biggest stumbling block may be that he his literally blocked in the Rangers' lineup. Ian Kinsler is Texas' everyday second baseman. Elvis Andrus is the everyday shortstop. That is not going to change.
Profar is the top prospect in all of baseball. But the Rangers can't guarantee the 20-year-old 350 at-bats, meaning he's headed towards Triple-A Round Rock. By the way, that's not a bad thing either. He won't turn 21 until after this coming season. There is no rush. In fact he'd probably benefit from another year of minor league seasoning.