Nobody needs to be told that guys like Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw and Andrew McCutchen are facing high expectations heading into 2015. For players like them, high expectations come with the territory.

What’s more interesting are the players who are facing expectations that are growing higher by the day. Quite a few of those pop up every year during spring training, and lo and behold, this spring is proving to be no different.

We’re going to look at 10 guys who, due to their performances and other circumstances, are seeing their stocks skyrocket this spring. They’re just 10 among many, of course, but what makes them stand out is that they’re neither established stars nor old retreads whose hot spring numbers are easily ignored (see Brennan Boesch).

We’ll go in order of how much hype each player is generating. Step into the box whenever you’re ready.

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