July has begun, which means there's now less than a month until the non-waiver trade deadline. It also means there's bound to be all sorts of rumors and speculation in the coming weeks as teams become buyers and sellers on the trade market. And, of course, actual trades will be going down and shaking up pennant races and the playoff picture.
While the big leaguers involved in those deals will be the focus because of what they can do for their new clubs over the rest of the 2014 season, there's another side to many trades that deserves some attention too. That would be the prospects included to help land said big leaguers.
That's what this is all about—shedding some light on the youngsters whose names could be bandied about and who even might be swapped between now and July 31. What follows is a rundown of 30 prospects, one from each team, who fit that bill.
Not every team is going to be dealing a piece of its future, of course, but even rebuilding clubs—like the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays, among a few others—might consider trading a prospect who isn't considered a key part of their franchise in 2015 and beyond but who could be tacked on to polish off a deal.
To be clear, these 30 prospects are not necessarily the best in their current organization, but they just might be trade chips for one reason or another. Maybe they're elite talents who would entice just about any suitor, or perhaps their value is at a high at the moment. Or it could be that they're blocked by a player at the same position in the majors.
Ultimately, whether they're in the majors or the low minors right now, these 30 young players all qualify as prospects, meaning they have yet to exceed 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the majors. And they could be changing jerseys this month.