Much like the Nationals did last season with Stephen Strasburg, contenders are keeping close tabs on their young starters.
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.
Pirates third baseman Freddy Sanchez, the NL's batting leader, is still trying to shake the perception that his bubble is about to burst.