Five young pitchers to keep your eye on in the 2003 season:
Josh Beckett, Marlins, 22: His first full big-league season will be memorable, provided he doesn't have a recurrence of his problem with blisters.
Johan Santana, Twins, 23: Starts the season back in Minnesota's bullpen but almost certainly will end it as one of the Twins' best starters.
Aaron Cook, Rockies, 24: Brings serious heat and could follow Jason Jennings to give Colorado back-to-back rookies of the year in its rotation.
Francisco Rodriguez, Angels, 21: So far it doesn't look like K-Rod is feeling the effect of being ridden so hard in last year's playoffs, but Mike Scioscia should handle him carefully.
John Lackey, Angels, 24: Victory in Game 7 of the World Series was his 19th victory of last season, when he worked 232 innings between the minors and majors.
These players couldn't quite crack the list of the best pitchers who open this season at 25 or younger, but they are worth noting:
PITCHER TEAM AGE
Ben Sheets Brewers 24
Joe Kennedy Devil Rays 23
Odalis Perez Dodgers 25
Jason Jennings Rockies 24
Jorge Julio Orioles 23
Kip Wells Pirates 25
Brad Penny Marlins 24
Tony Armas Jr. Expos 24
Kyle Lohse Twins 24