MLB: 5 prospects who can make an impact in 2018

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A key part of any baseball season is watching rookies who just burst on the scene and put up amazing stats in their first tastes of MLB action. We saw it last year with Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman and eventual NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger, not to mention New York Yankees star Aaron Judge setting a record with 52 homers by a rookie. Exciting as established veterans are, up-and-coming players are even more so.

This year's class of prospects is remarkably deep. Teams are moving away from spending money on big name free agents to build up their minor league systems and are instead investing in their young talent, which is great for baseball. The defending World Series champion Houston Astros are a prime example of this, with more than half the team's lineup being homegrown talent that came up through the system.

Just which prospects will be the best, in the long run, is another conversation entirely but regarding some who will debut this season and immediately produce, these five set themselves apart from the rest of the pack.

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