High rookie expectations
John Sickels looks at some 2004 rookies who are under pressure to perform immediately.
Here is a look at some Rookies on the Spot for 2004. This is not a comprehensive look at every rookie who has made a 25-man roster. Rather, I want to focus on players who are under pressure to perform immediately, guys who will play a major role at the outset of the season, and whose teams are investing a lot of hope in their immediate success.
At the end of the week, we will look at players who didn't make teams, but who should be up at some point later in the season. In no particular order:
John Sickels is the author of The Baseball Prospect Book 2004, which can be ordered through his Web site, Johnsickels.com. His other book, Bob Feller: Ace of the Greatest Generation, is also out, and can be ordered through on-line book outlets or your local bookstore. He lives in Lawrence, Kan., with his wife Jeri, son Nicholas, and feline friends Toonces and Spot.
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