1 MLB-Ready Prospect Who Could Fill Each Contender's Biggest Need

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1 MLB-Ready Prospect Who Could Fill Each Contender's Biggest Need
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Manny Machado posted a 1.3 fWAR in 51 games with the Orioles last season following his debut on August 9.

Every year, the final two months of the regular season marks the arrival of baseball’s top prospects.

For those teams still vying for a postseason berth, the timely promotion of an impact prospect may offer a much-needed boost to their lineup, starting rotation or bullpen.

A perfect example can be seen in the Orioles’ decision to promote then-19-year-old Manny Machado from Double-A to the major leagues at this time last season.

After debuting with the Orioles on August 9, Machado batted .262/.294/.445 with 18 extra-base hits and 26 RBI in 51 games while flashing Gold Glove-caliber defense at the hot corner. More significantly, the team posted a 33-18 record with him in the lineup and ultimately secured one of the two Wild Card spots in the American League.

Here’s a look at one near-big league ready prospect from each contender with the potential to influence the team’s success during the home stretch of the 2013 season.

 

*Using coolstandings.com, contenders were identified as any team with at least a 20-percent chance of making the playoffs.  
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