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With pitchers and catchers ready to report for Spring Training and another MLB Opening Day just around the corner, the Athlon Sports 2017 Baseball Annual slides home in time to provide the preseason analysis and predictions craved by fans of the national pastime from the Bronx to the Bay and everywhere in between.
We take a lap around the big leagues in "17 Things to Watch in 2017," examining the emerging Cubs dynasty, the spike in home runs, the Braves rebuild and more. "Short Hops" takes a peek at the lighter side of a day at the ballpark, highlighted by the curious case of Chris Young, an almost-unbelievable run of coincidences last season, Bryce Harper's contradictory comments and the always-intriguing calendar of the weird.
We offer a look at the next generation of MLB stars with our ranking of the top 50 prospects in the minor leagues, and we look ahead to the 2017 draft by ranking the top 40 prospects in both high school and college.
In addition, we preview the 2017 college baseball season with a top-25 ranking and All-America team.
Our Fantasy Baseball section provides a top-100 cheat sheet, as well as extensive position-by-position rankings that includes over 400 players. This year's edition also includes a team-by-team preview of all 30 clubs, with rosters, stats and schedules as well as a look at each club's farm system. We also present our predictions for the 2017 American League and National League division races, playoffs and World Series, as well as the top candidates for MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year. Athlon Sports Baseball Annual is the most complete preview available today.
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