Baseball: Who is NEXT?
Despite never having played a major league inning, Travis d'Arnaud can claim the distinction of being trade bait for a Cy Young winner. Moved this month from the Blue Jays to the Mets in the deal that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto, d'Arnaud is on the fast track to rivaling Buster Posey as the game's best catcher. D'Arnaud spent all of 2011 in Double-A, finishing the season as the Easter League MVP. "He's a complete package," says Tony LaCava, Toronto's vice president of ...
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Every year since 1998, ESPN The Magazine has recognized an elite group of emerging athletes to watch in the year ahead -- athletes we call NEXT. They are competitors not only on the cusp of stardom, but on the verge of transcending their sports. NEXT is what happens when the hype is real.