Prospects are like the cardiovascular system of a Major League Baseball franchise. They make everything that you want to do possible, either when you call them up to take their place on the big league roster or use them as trade bait to improve your team.
As much as we would like to see every prospect stay with the team that drafted him, the reality of the situation is that being able to deal them is a huge part of their value.
Considering the rate of attrition for prospects in baseball, we know that a vast majority of them are not going to reach the lofty-ceiling that you see written about them before and right after they get drafted.
Teams are more reluctant than ever to part with prospects in trades because of the value they have. A club knows it has six years of cost control over a player coming up through their system, as well as the upside they offer. Instead of throwing a lot of money at a free agent, which comes with its own risks, you can save cash by betting on a youngster in your system.
So, as we start to see where some teams are at, as well as the depth in the systems around baseball, here are some notable prospects who could be dealt before the trade deadline this July.
Note: All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted. These are all just speculation on my part, based on team needs and what is currently on the big league roster.