Top Prospects Who Can Get the Dodgers, Tigers over the Hump Next Season

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Top Prospects Who Can Get the Dodgers, Tigers over the Hump Next Season
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor
Things got away from phenom Yasiel Puig in Game 6 of the NLCS.

Contributions from young players are a major reason why both the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are playing in the World Series.

A trio of rookie pitchers led the way for the Cardinals in the NLCS, as right-handers Michael Wacha (13.2 IP, 13 K), Carlos Martinez (4.2 IP, 4 K) and Trevor Rosenthal (5 IP, 7 K) combined to hold the Los Angeles Dodgers scoreless throughout the series—even pitching Game 6 in order to clinch a World Series berth.

For the Red Sox, top prospect Xander Bogaerts, who turned 21 on October 1, gave the team’s offense a much-needed boost over the final games of the ALCS against Detroit. After hitting a double and scoring a run as a pinch hitter in Game 4, Bogaerts found himself in the starting lineup at third base instead of Will Middlebrooks for the next two games.

The youngster responded by getting on base five times (three walks) in seven plate appearances and, if that wasn’t enough, he added three runs scored and two doubles.

While both Detroit and Los Angeles boasted their own impressive young talents in shortstop Jose Iglesias and outfielder Yasiel Puig, respectively, neither player was able to push his team to the World Series.

Here’s a look at prospects from both organizations who could help them get over the hump next season.

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