Much like the Nationals did last season with Stephen Strasburg, contenders are keeping close tabs on their young starters.
The odds are long for MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner. But baseball's "regular genius" will not give in to inoperable brain cancer.
Jose Altuve is oblivious to the odds that because of his small stature he won't be anything more than a fringe player.
Because we live in a "what have you done for me lately" kind of world, the futures of Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and several managers might be determined in September and October.
Some are here for a cup of coffee. Some are back for another cup. Others are trying to restart their careers. This week's Starting 9 recognizes players who overcame long odds to land a job in the majors.
The statistical and scouting communities are mostly at odds over Adam Dunn. Although he has a high on-base percentage, he also strikes out a whole lot.
Starting 9 takes a look at nine players who made Opening Day rosters against long odds.
Pirates third baseman Freddy Sanchez, the NL's batting leader, is still trying to shake the perception that his bubble is about to burst.