This story appears in the March 27, 2017 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Subscribe to the magazine by clicking here.
Each of the 30 major league teams will begin the season next week feeling hopeful, but that optimism hides certain truths that those inside the game already know about what is in store in 2017. As part of its annual MLB preview issue, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED asked scouts to offer their honest—and anonymous—assessment of every club. Among the topics discussed: Did Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward actually fix his swing? Which member of the Yankees' youth movement is most ready for a starring role? And is Corey Seager going to struggle to build on his amazing rookie season for the Dodgers?