Pitchers and catchers are getting ready to report for spring training, and another MLB Opening Day is just around the corner. Just in time, the Athlon Sports 2020 Baseball Annual has arrived to provide the preseason analysis and predictions that fans of the national pastime from the Bronx to the Bay and everywhere in between crave.
The Athlon Sports Baseball Annual is the most complete preview available and comes in at a massive 224 pages this year.Order your copy online todaywith 25 different covers to choose between, or look for it in your local newsstand!
In this year's edition, we take a lap around the big leagues in "15 Things to Watch in 2020," examining all the biggest storylines for the season ahead. From the Yankees' acquisition of Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg's follow-up to a great October, and more, it should be another exciting year of baseball.
We also 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 2020 draft by ranking the top 50 prospects in both high school and college. Each team page also includes a top 10 for their respective farm system along with a deeper dive into their top pick in the 2019 draft.
This year's magazine is once again highlighted a number of features that capture some of the biggest trends in the game:
- "The Juiced Ball Era" — We're in a new power era thanks to a livelier ball.
- "The Forgotten Stat" — Once the game's gold-standard statistic, batting average isn't as important to fans as it used to be.
- "Dollars and Sense" — Cash-strapped teams are learning to win on the cheap.
- "Under New Management" — The changing role of the MLB manager.
- "The Shift" — Defense in MLB's modern age.
- "Welcome to the Big Leagues" — Memorable first-hit celebrations.
Fantasy baseball players can look forward to our top 100 list as well as extensive position-by-position rankings that cover more than 400 players. With grades on how each player will contribute in each of the standard statistical categories, this is your best cheat sheet to win your league in 2020.
As always, this year's edition includes team-by-team previews of all 30 clubs, with rosters, stats, and schedules. No magazine will have you better prepared for Opening Day.