If you're like me, you are already tired of looking at the same guys available on waivers across every league. Time for the stud prospects to start making their way up to "The Show"! Many of us have a limited Minor League roster as part of our fantasy teams, but most of the talent we will see come across our lineups this season weren't taken in the two or three rounds that were filled following every one's draft or auction. Each week we will profile who is "next", either on the verge of getting the call or those to track now so you will be ready when the time comes.
Who are the top prospects in the National League West? Over the past month, we have brought you the top prospects from each team, in our final installment we take a look at the Western Division of the NL. We have already seen a slew of prospects, names like Tyler Skaggs, Josh Rutledge, Casey Kelly and Conor Gillaspie have already made their mark. With rosters now expanding to 40, lets take a look at who may contribute down the stretch.
We have seen plenty off young talent brought to the show from the National League Central, Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson by the Cubs, Matt Adams in St.Louis, the Pirates Sterling Marte, Jean Segura in Milwaukee and Matt Dominguez with a look in Houston, just to name a few. Some of baseball's top young prospects on the brink, remain in the NL central and many are of the impact variety.
Some of the top young talent in all of major league baseball is among farm systems in the American League West. We have already seen Mike Trout take MLB by storm from the Angels system, with Texas preparing to call up phenom Jurickson Profar. Many thought Danny Hultzen would get the call in Seattle, but it appears the Mariners are going to wait until 2013. Oakland recently called up flame throwing Dan Straily and believe they have their catcher of the future in Derek Norris.
As we head into mid-August, clubs continue to look for help from their farm systems. Teams looking for a spark either on the field, or added excitement to drive the box office.. We can expect a dozen or more players called up on the first of September with normal roster expansion, but what help could be on the way sooner? We take a look at possibilities with each franchise, continuing now with the American League Central.
As we turn the corner into August, teams will tap more and more into their farm systems. Clubs will be looking for a spark, relieve worn down veterans or fill in simply fill in holes created by players on the disabled list. We can expect a dozen or more teams called up on the first of September with roster expansion, but what help could be on the way sooner? We take a look at possibilities with each franchise, beginning with the American League East.
In this week's edition of The Farm Report we take a look at major league talent, that for one reason or another, is getting some time in the minor leagues. All twelve players on our list have spent time at the major league level this season, and all will return at some point. Our list consists of five starting pitchers, two relievers, three first baseman and two outfielders. Our list even features a pitcher whom we are not sure is on the Cubs.... or Atlanta and he probably won't be the only member of our Dirty Dozen who may be trading places.
More than a half-dozen minor league prospects are featured in this week's Farm Report. We've been hearing about Wil Myers for weeks and there is reason to believe he may get the call to the big league club any day now. Toronto may have elite outfield prospect Anthony Gose in the lineup mid-week. The Mets need arms for their rotation and the word is Matt Harvey will get the ball some time this weekend. Several corner infielders and an exciting outfielder that may be involved in bringing Justin Upton to Pittsburgh round out this week's report.
As we reflect back on the season's first half and enjoy the All-Star break, lets take a look at MLB's minor league elite. A look at Futures Game participants finds half a dozen prospects in AAA- all of them on the US team. While teams can certainly draw from Double-A, three pitchers, a catcher and two outfielder's appear next on the radar.
The Anthony Rizzo watch is now over..... at least for now. Chase Utley is back and Ryan Howard can't be far behind. We have ten hitters for your review in this week's Farm Report. With the exception of super-prospect Brett Jackson, all have spent time in the majors this season. Several on our list are rehabbing injury and others may be headed toward the dreaded AAAA classification.