For fans of teams with little to root for during the final month and a half of the MLB season, the most exciting part of the waning days of the baseball season is getting to see some of the young, up-and-coming talent that arrives when the big-league roster expands on September 1st.
Teams like Pittsburgh, Seattle and Kansas City and the entire American League East, save for New York and Boston, will become stomping grounds for some of the best young prospects in the game. Pitchers with scary velocity, hitters with impressive plate discipline and guys with sensational facial hair will descend upon big-league ballparks and try to prove they have what it takes to earn a spot on the big-league roster for next year.
Last year's September 1st class included Chicago's Chris Sale and Dayan Viciedo, Atlanta's impressive duo of Freddie Freeman and Brandon Beachy, Boston's Lars Anderson, Cincinnati's Yonder Alonso and Los Angeles' Jordan Walden.
This season, we could be witness to one of the most impressive groups in quite some time, as Tampa's Matt Moore, Atlanta's Julio Teheran, Arizona's Trevor Bauer and Seattle's Alex Liddi all fight to get the nod to join the big-league club for the final month.
We could also bear witness to the second coming of Rick Ankiel in the form of Toronto's Adam Loewen, who was forced to give up pitching due to chronic injury issues, only to rebuild his career as a power-hitting outfielder.
Without further ado, I give you the top 14 prospects we should be most excited to see during the month of September.