Five hidden gems in offseason trades

It's been a long time coming, but Steven Souza is ready to contribute at the big league level. Elsa/Getty Images

This has been one of the most exciting, whirlwind offseasons in recent memory, loaded with major trades. High-profile players such as Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick, Jason Heyward, Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Cespedes and Jeff Samardzija have all been traded, creating quite a stir at water coolers and Starbucks throughout major league cities.

However, there also have been a number of lesser-known prospects with bright futures who could develop into significant major league players. Their development could eventually change our opinions on these deals, although that might be three years from now.