With pitchers and catchers ready to report for Spring Training and another MLB Opening Day just around the corner, the Athlon Sports 2018 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 “15 Things to Watch in 2018,” examining the arrival of Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani, the Yankees’ power surge, Derek Jeter’s questionable start as the Marlins’ chief executive and more.
Our “Calendar of the Weird” takes a lighthearted look back at some of the oddities of the 2017 season, such as Noah Syndergaard’s appearance on “Game of Thrones,” while our feature “There’s a First Time for Everything” recounts the unprecedented achievements that marked the 2017 campaign.
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 2018 draft by ranking the top 40 prospects in both high school and college. In addition, we preview the 2018 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 include 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 2018 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.
Look for it on your local newsstand or order your copy online now!