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The start of the new season brings renewed promise for every MLB organization and, without fail, a slew of breakout prospects who boost their stock once games get underway.
We try to predict those breakouts each year at Baseball America as part of our Preseason Top 30 prospect rankings. A year ago, roughly one in every four players designated as a “breakout prospect” are now Top 10 Prospects in their organizations entering 2024. Among those accurate breakout picks are Orioles catcher Samuel Basallo, Pirates lefthander Anthony Solometo and righthander Nick Frasso and outfielder Josue De Paula, both of the Dodgers. All four prospects are now Top 100 caliber.
To qualify as a breakout prospect for this exercise, a player must rank outside the Top 10 Prospects in his organization entering the year.
Time will tell which of this year’s Baseball America breakout picks will hit it big on 2025 prospect lists. You can find breakout picks for each MLB organization below. All scouting reports from Baseball America’s 2024 Prospect Handbook. To access our preseason prospect rankings, click here.