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We’re now well into the minor league season, and countless prospects continue to open eyes with their performances at each of the four full-season levels.

With teams having played around 40-plus games since Opening Day on April 3—most starting pitchers have made at least seven starts, while hitters are nearing 200 plate appearances—we continue to distance ourselves from concerns related to small sample sizes. As we did in the series’ previous installments, this week’s list of players once again combines reports on both hitters and pitchers in the same article.

Here are the hottest and coldest players at every minor league level.

 

All stats courtesy of MiLB.com and accurate as of May 21, 2014.

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The 2014 season already has seen a collection of notable prospects receive promotions to the major leagues, and undoubtedly, there will be many, many more to come.

Highly regarded prospects George Springer, C.J. Cron and Rougned Odor are each starting for their respective clubs following early season call-ups, and it shouldn't be long until they're joined by impact talents such as Oscar Taveras, Jonathan Singleton and Gregory Polanco.

On the pitching front, a pair of promising young arms debuted for the Mets this week in right-handers Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom, and both pitchers have the potential to emerge as fixtures in the rotation moving forward.

So, who will be the next high-profile prospect to reach the major leagues?

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With small sample sizes representing a lesser concern now that teams have played roughly 40 games, we're starting to get an idea about this year's rookie class.

International sensations Masahiro Tanaka and Jose Abreu have emerged as elite players with their tremendous starts to the season, while Yordano Ventura, Yangervis Solarte and Xander Bogaerts have each made it clear that the running for American League Rookie of the Year won't necessarily be a two-horse race.

And even though this year's class isn't nearly as deep in the National League, it has produced a pair of young up-the-middle talents in Billy Hamilton and Chris Owings.

But between both leagues, which rookies have been the best at their respective positions?

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We’re roughly six weeks into the minor league season, and countless prospects continue to open eyes with their performances at each of the four full-season levels.

With teams having played 30-plus games since Opening Day on April 3—most starting pitchers have made at least five starts, while hitters have already eclipsed 100 plate appearances—we’re beginning to distance ourselves from concerns related to small sample sizes. As we did in the series’ previous installment, this week’s list of players once again combines reports on both hitters and pitchers in the same article.

Here are the hottest and coldest hitters and pitchers at every minor league level.

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With the 2014 MLB Rule 4 draft less than a month away, its time to take a look at the top prospects in this years class.

The noticeable lack of impact hitters on board (especially from the college ranks) highlights the pitching-heavy nature of this year’s class, as teams will have an endless list of promising arms to choose from in the early rounds.

Yet, with every organization expected to target players based on the spending limitations (draft pool) of MLBs collective bargaining agreement, its almost impossible to accurately predict just how early some players will be selected.

However, as part of Prospect Pipelines all-out draft coverage leading up to and through the event, which is to be held June 5-7, we’ve put together a rankings of the top 150 prospects in the class to familiarize everyone with many of this year’s big names.

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Byron Buxton just can’t catch a break. After making his season debut May 4 and playing in five games last week, the top-ranked prospect is back on the disabled list at High-A Fort Myers after re-injuring his wrist Saturday.

On a more positive note, shortstops Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa stayed hot last week and continued to post impressive numbers at their respective levels. Lindor put together a six-game hitting streak for Double-A Akron, during which he owns an .872 OPS with four extra-base hits and eight RBI, while Correa is batting .390/.419/.488 with three extra-base hits and 13 RBI during his current nine-game streak.

Several top-10 prospects—as determined by Prospect Pipeline's End-of-Spring Top 100 Prospects—are still sidelined with injuries. Shortstop Addison Russell (right hamstring tear) and right-hander Taijuan Walker (right shoulder) have been on the disabled list for most of the season, while right-hander Archie Bradley landed on the shelf last week with a right elbow strain.

Here’s a look at how the rest of baseball’s top-ranked prospects have performed through the one-quarter mark of the season.

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In the past week alone, Detroit Tigers lefty Robbie Ray, Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman and Los Angeles Angels first baseman C.J. Cron became the latest prospects called up, following in the wake of the Houston Astros' George Springer, who debuted last month. All of which raises the question: Who's next?

With the Super Two deadline nearing—it typically falls somewhere around late May to mid-June—baseball is about to see a plethora of prospects promoted.

Here, then, is a look at a batch of 10 young stars who are on the verge of making it to the majors. They're as close as they are to getting the call because of their current performance in the minors—or lack thereof by or injury to the player(s) ahead of them on the depth chart at the big league level.

Here's the wrinkle: Instead of ranking these prospects based on their talent, they're listed in order of estimated time of arrival, from latest to earliest. The one thing these impact young'uns all have in common? They should be making it to The Show over the next month.

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We’re over a month into the minor league season, and countless prospects are making strong impressions, for one reason or another, at each of the four full-season levels.

With most teams having played roughly 25-plus games since Opening Day (April 3), we’re beginning to distance ourselves from issues related to small sample sizes. This week’s installment of the season-long series also marks the debut of a new format, as we’ve decided to include reports on both hitters and pitchers in the same article.

Here’s a look at the hottest and coldest hitters and pitchers at every minor league level.

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South Korean third baseman Jeong Choi won’t become an international free agent until after the season, but there’s already speculation he might pursue a jump to the major leagues in 2015.

According to Choi’s agent, Melvin Roman (via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports), the 27-year-old “has a strong desire to come and play in the major leagues.”

However, Yoo Jee-ho of the Yonhap News Agency reported several days later that Choi, through his team, SK Wyverns, claimed the rumor was not true and had had not hired an agent:

Regardless of Choi’s current level of interest in a stateside career, the reality is that he’ll be able to sign with any MLB team in time for the 2015 season, and there should be several interested in his services.

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We’re a little more than a month into the season and it’s already clear the Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu is this year’s Cuban sensation.

In 2012 it was Yoenis Cespedes. Last year, it was Yasiel Puig. But once Abreu’s reign of rookie production comes to an end this fall, which Cuban player is the next in line to become a star in 2015?

The popular pick is 22-year-old Jorge Soler, who is currently on the seven-day disabled list for Double-A Tennessee, the Chicago Cubs’ affiliate in the Southern League. Signed to a nine-year contract in June, 2012, around the same time that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Puig reached a deal, Soler’s development in the minor leagues has been slowed by injuries, but it hasn’t softened his projection as an All-Star-caliber right fielder at the highest level.

However, even though Soler has enormous potential and represents a big part of the Cubs’ wave of the future, he shouldn’t be expected to make an immediate impact in the major leagues.