June is a fun time to follow Major League Baseball for a couple reasons: Team expectations are almost solidified, fantasy teams ditto and the next generation of talent starts trickling up to the major leagues.
Because of player service rules, MLB teams usually keep their prized prospects stashed in AAA until a specific day in June, when the prospects lose some rights and remain under team control for longer.
Lots of midseason call-ups have major impact on your fantasy teams. The players that you drafted with so much hope reward your patience by coming through on the promise of their talent after being called up.
Last year, Giants C Buster Posey did it. So did Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez. Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg and AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz, anyone?
This year, there are plenty of top prospects just waiting for that call to the big club and your fantasy team. Here is the cream of the 2011 call-up crop.