Last week's non-waiver trade deadline opened doors for some prospects.
The St. Louis Cardinals' decision to trade Allen Craig to the Boston Red Sox cleared room for highly touted prospect Oscar Taveras, who previously was splitting time with the slumping Allen Craig in right field.
Similarly, the trade that sent Kendrys Morales to Seattle helped make room for switch-hitting first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas in Minnesota. The switch-hitter went 5-for-16 with four RBI in the Twins' three-game weekend series against the White Sox.
Meanwhile, Boston’s trades of Jon Lester and John Lackey will allow the team to audition some of its younger arms during the final two months of the regular season, which it started to do over the weekend with right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who impressed in his MLB debut against the Yankees Friday night.
But when it comes to Sept. 1 roster expansions, it’s important to remember that it only applies to players on a team’s 40-man roster and, more so, that every spot on a 40-man roster is valuable. Therefore, just because a guy is playing out of his mind in the high minors, it doesn’t mean he’s going to get a taste of The Show before the end of the season.
With that being said, here are five prospects who deserve to be promoted before Sept. 1.