3 Big Leaguers Who Have No Business Blocking MLB Prospects

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3 Big Leaguers Who Have No Business Blocking MLB Prospects
Carlos Osorio

It’s unusual for a prospect to experience a quick, uninterrupted ascent to the major leagues.

Despite how it may seem after the emergence of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Jose Fernandez and Xander Bogaerts in recent years, a team’s decision to promote a prospect to the major leagues has just as much to do with its 25- and 40-man roster situation as it does that player actually being ready for the highest level.

Often times, a prospect is kept in the minors for what seems like an unnecessarily long time because he’s blocked at the major league level by a veteran (and often costly) player. Other times it’s the exact opposite; a prospect is held in the minors because the organization already has a cost-effective option in the major leagues.

As a result, the club is less inclined to begin its prospect’s service-time clock with an early promotion in such a scenario.

Here are three big leaguers currently on a 25-man roster who have no business blocking MLB prospects.

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