While several stories have dominated headlines, the driving narrative in baseball this year seems to be the quick ascendancy of top prospects at the big league level. As demigod Mike Trout makes his case for American League MVP, other young twenty-somethings like Bryce Harper, Starling Marte, Anthony Rizzo, Yasmani Grandal, Jarrod Parker, WIll Middlebrooks, Mike Olt, and now Manny Machado, are also putting together successful rookie campaigns.
Who will be the next phenom to get the call and help his team finish strong?
It was reported yesterday that top Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar could be promoted in the coming weeks, while Josh Slagter of Michigan Live believes that top Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos will be the next to get the call.
I would love to believe that Royals prospect Wil Myers---who has absolutely destroyed Double- and Triple-A this season to the tune of .316/.392/.625 with thirty-four(!) home runs---would get the nod. But Dayton Moore apparently has an aversion to success, preferring to keep Jeff Francoeur's -2.8 bWAR in right field, so Myers' promotion seems unlikely.
In addition to the position player prospects, several pitchers---such as Danny Hultzen, Gerrit Cole and Dylan Bundy---also lie in wait.