When Byron Buxton was drafted second overall by the Twins in 2012, Minnesota's future got extremely brighter in a heartbeat. Buxton has extremely loud tools in all aspects of the game. He can run, hit for average, field, hit for power, and he's got a cannon in the outfield.
The Toronto Blue Jays have had several productive seasons in the past few years, advancing to an ALCS in 2015 and losing in the division series in 2016. Last year, though, was a disappointment for Toronto, failing to make the postseason. One thing they have lacked in past years is talent that the Jays have drafted and brought up through their minor league system. But now there is Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Bo Bichette.
Shohei Ohtani is a franchise-changing player. Tons of Major league clubs were bidding for the Japanese star, with the LA Angels eventually signing Ohtani. Major League Baseball hasn't seen a two-way star like Ohtani in ages. In fact, Babe Ruth was the last successful one to master his art on the mound and at the plate. It's a dicey topic. When you play 162 games in a season, and you have a guy who can bring it on the mound but also rake at the plate, how are you going to get him into the lineup on a consistent basis? Since Ohtani ended up on an American League team, he does have the possibility to DH. Ohtani hit very well in the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan, compiling a .286/.358/.500 slash across five seasons for the Nippon Ham Fighters, hitting 48 homers in that span with 166 RBI's. His biggest season at the dish was in 2016 when he hit .322 with 22 bombs.
White Sox GM Rick Hahn has made some strategic moves in the last couple of years in order to rebuild this organization with young, exciting talent. Most notably the names like Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, and Lucas Giolito come to mind.
The Houston Astros added another piece to their organization that will certainly help them as they look to repeat as World Series champions in 2018, and that piece is Gerrit Cole. The 'Stros sent three prospects and Joe Musgrove to the Pirates in exchange for Cole. The 27-year-old spent all five major league seasons with Pittsburgh after they selected him first overall in the 2010 draft out of UCLA.
It's no secret that Manny Machado has been an absolute stud for Baltimore over his six-year major league career. He has emerged as one of the most talented third basemen in the game, both offensively and defensively.