The 2014 season has seen a number of notable prospects receive call-ups to the major leagues. Undoubtedly, there are more to come—and soon.
Highly regarded youngsters like Marcus Stroman, Jonathan Singleton, Gregory Polanco and Ken Giles have been seeing regular time for their respective clubs for quite some time now. Others, like Oscar Taveras and Taijuan Walker, have been shuttling up and down between the minors and majors for much of the year.
With the trade deadline further in the rearview mirror, the next notable portion of the season that will affect top young talent is the September 1 roster expansion from 25- to 40-man rosters, which should allow for plenty of promotions of prime prospects.
Already in the past week or so, the Minnesota Twins brought up righty Trevor May for his debut, and the same happened for Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb, San Diego Padres outfielder Rymer Liriano and Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor.
Beyond that, Anthony Ranaudo and Rafael Montero, right-handers with the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, respectively, as well as Detroit Tigers lefty Robbie Ray all came back up to help fill out rotations and/or make spot starts.
More young impact talent will join the mix too. Who will be the next to reach the major leagues? In order to predict estimated times of arrival this season, we've classified the prospects on this list using the following color-coded scale:
- Red: September call-up, at best.
- Yellow: Call-up within a month.
- Green: Call-up within a week/call-up is imminent.
Here's a look at the top-prospect call-up report for Week 20 of the 2014 MLB season.