ICYMI: 2014 Preview Edition

 The 2014 Major League Baseball season is now underway as we’re several weeks into the season. The Seattle Mariners haven’t been able to continue their early success recently and find themselves fourth in the American League West with a 7-10 record as of Saturday night. If you haven’t had a chance to acquaint yourself with what to expect in the new baseball season, now is the perfect time to do so and Prospect Insider has you covered.

As with every offseason, there’s been plenty of player movement and new faces in new places, and to keep track of it all look no further than Prospect Insider’s Who’s In, Who’s Out series. You can view the player movement by division by clicking on any of the following links: NL West | NL Central | NL East | AL West | AL Central | AL East.

PI also released staff predictions for 2014 campaign a few weeks ago, and you can view them here. Not one of the six writers polled selected the Mariners to make the playoffs, but they all predicted that Mike Trout will take home the American League Most Valuable Player Award and that the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and St. Louis Cardinals will win their respective divisions. If you were wondering what Robinson Cano‘s chances of winning an MVP award in his first year with Seattle are, Chris Moran has you covered.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to acquaint yourselves with the Seattle Mariners’ Opening Day roster, now is as good a time as any as there have already been a few changes. Jason A. Churchill and I give a rundown on each player that broke camp this year and a brief summary of what you can expect from them in 2014. Also, if you want to know how this year’s Opening Day roster compares to last year’s, Jason has you covered. There’s a total of 17 differences between the two rosters with the most significant differences being the free agent additions of Cano, Fernando Rodney, and Corey Hart. It’s conceivable that within the next month Seattle will field the lineup and pitching staff they were expecting to this year so long as all parts manage to stay healthy and those already hurt are able to make complete recoveries.

It seems as though every year there’s a strong cast of first-year major leaguers who make a significant impact on their team’s seasons. Last year’s Rookie of the Year Award winners were Wil Myers of the Tampa Bay Rays and Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins, both of whom were essential part’s to their respective clubs last year and will be counted on heavily once again in 2014. PI’s Steve Simas walks us through potential impact rookies in both the American League and National League.

While you’re watching players like Billy Hamilton steal the show, pun intended, there’s several others who could be in line for a breakout year in 2014. Brendan Gawlowski profiles several hitters who could burst onto the scene  this year, including Seattle’s starting shortstop Brad Miller. He also makes note of a few players who you may not want to bet on for big years. Few years go by without at least a couple pitchers breaking out, and Chris Moran runs down several candidates from both the American League and National League.

We can’t forget to mention that several players are approaching some huge career milestone in the upcoming campaign. Jason took a look at a few pitchers, including Mark Buehrle and Bartolo Colon, who are on their way to hitting some impressive career marks. I also previewed a few batters such as Albert Pujols, who are close to reaching legendary marks of their own.

Last, and certainly not least, if you haven’t had a chance to take a look at the newest edition of Jason’s annual Prospect Insider Handbook, make sure you do; it’s a must read. Included in the handbook are the Top 30 Seattle Mariner prospects with complete scouting reports and analysis for the Top 10 as well as a look at the organization’s prospect depth from top to bottom.

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