Originally Posted by Kronos
No Esper.... It is an assumed fact taht the 'sapling' shapped pokemon is the preevo of Sudowoodo, an unlikely candidate for a starter.... they usually show the, how can I explain it, the mon that stand out first I guess, just as teasers.... The showed Blaziken as one of the first last set, but still.... Maybe the last two are potential starters, but I doubt it....
Besides, starters have to have at least 2 evos. Pre-evo Sudowoodo and Sudowoodo just wouldn't make the cut.