Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
2014 Stats: 113.1 IP, 1.43 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, .167 BAA, 55 BB, 140 K (21 GS)
To put it simply, Glasnow has been spectacular this season, with a 1.43 ERA, .167 batting average against and an 11.1 K/9 rate over 113.1 innings (21 starts) at Bradenton. The 20-year-old right-hander has been especially dominant over his last eight starts, with a 0.56 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 48.1 innings. Meanwhile, opposing batters are hitting just .169/.249/.187 with two extra-base hits against him during that span.
Julio Urias, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
2014 Stats: 77.1 IP, 2.68 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, .207 BAA, 34 BB, 96 K (23 G/18 GS)
Urias celebrated his 18th birthday on Aug. 12, and then he celebrated it again the following the day with nine strikeouts over five innings. Just for good measure, the left-hander fanned nine batters over five innings in his latest start, this time doing so without yielding a run.
Urias has been electric over his last six starts, holding batters to a .163/.265/.256 line with a 13.7 K/9. The Dodgers have been limiting his innings, and he now has 77.1 on the year, up from 54.1 innings in 2013. He should end the season somewhere shy of 90 innings, which would put him in line for around 120 in 2015.
Taylor Williams, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
2014 Stats: 122 IP, 2.29 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, .204 BAA, 25 BB, 127 K (25 G/15 GS)
Williams, 23, was moved up to the Florida State League after he posted an 8-1 record, 2.36 ERA and 112-23 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 107 innings with Low-A Wisconsin. The right-hander hasn’t skipped a beat since reaching the more advanced level, as he’s registered a 1.80 ERA with 15 strikeouts and only two walks in 15 innings over his three starts.
A fourth-round pick in 2013 out of Kent State, Williams projects as a solid No. 3 or 4 starter and could be ready for an audition in the major leagues by late 2015.
Manuel Margot, OF, Boston Red Sox
2014 Stats: .292/.358/.465, 37 XBH (12 HR), 52 RBI, 39 SB, 37 BB, 51 K (102 G)
Margot went 0-for-4 in his debut with Salem on Friday, but he bounced back in a big way by going 6-for-9 with two home runs and seven RBI over the rest of the weekend. The 19-year-old center fielder was promoted to Salem after batting .286/.355/.449 with 35 extra-base hits, 39 stolen bases and a 49-37 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 99 games at Low-A Greenville.
Raul Mondesi, SS, Kansas City Royals
2014 Stats: .222/.266/.368, 31 XBH (7 HR), 31 RBI, 15 SB, 21 BB, 101 K (95 G)
The 19-year-old Mondesi may be the hottest hitter in the minor leagues over the past nine games, as he's batting .364/.400/1.030 with three doubles, two triples and five home runs. Before his recent power surge, Mondesi had hit just two home runs over his previous 87 games at High-A Wilmington.
Sean Manaea, LHP, Kansas City Royals
2014 Stats: 102.1 IP, 3.25 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, .234 BAA, 50 BB, 121 K (22 GS)
Over his last seven starts, Manaea has held opposing batters to a .164/.274/.193 line while putting up a 9.1 K/9 rate. There was an argument that Manaea was the top college pitcher in the 2013 draft, but a hip issue caused him to drop to the 34th overall pick.
Suffice it to say the Royals are ecstatic that he fell to them. Manaea has the potential to be a solid No. 2 pitcher and should see time in Kansas City before the end of 2015.
Tyler Danish, RHP, Chicago White Sox
2014 Stats: 114 IP, 1.97 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, .237 BAA, 29 BB, 90 K (22 GS)
Danish has been outstanding over his last nine starts at High-A Winston Salem, holding batters to a .207/.268/.296 line while striking out 44 over 50.2 innings. The 2013 second-round pick won't turn 20 until mid-September, but he has been dominating a league where the average batter is nearly three years his elder.
Danish has the potential to be a solid No. 3 pitcher, with a low-90s sinker thrown from highly deceptive low slot, and he has the makings of another White Sox pitcher who climbs the organizational ladder very quickly.