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Things were looking up for Stephen Strasburg headed into his start on Friday night against the Atlanta Braves. At least that’s how it seemed.

After posting a 3.18 ERA with 44 strikeouts over 39.2 innings in July, Strasburg kicked off August with his best start of the season, striking out 10 batters and scattering three hits over seven shutout innings versus the Phillies.

And considering he was scheduled to face a Braves squad mired in an eight-game losing streak, all signs pointed to the 26-year-old right-hander having another strong outing.

However, Strasburg was anything but dominant Friday night, allowing seven runs on seven hits in five innings. The Nats mounted a valiant comeback late in the game, but ultimately fell to the Braves 7-6.

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While there already has been a large influx of prospects promoted to the major leagues this season, there are even more set to arrive when active rosters expand from 25 to 40 players on September 1.

Last year’s wave of September call-ups marked the arrival of some of baseball’s top rookies, including Billy Hamilton, Yordano Ventura, Nick Castellanos and Jonathan Schoop.

It’s still hard to say which prospects, if any, will be promoted to The Show this September, but there’s certainly no shortage of intriguing candidates, with Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, Noah Syndergaard, Joc Pederson and Alex Meyer all in the mix.

So, with three weeks remaining until rosters expand, here are the latest call-up odds for baseball's top 25 prospects, as determined by Prospect Pipeline’s midseason rankings.

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It’s official: Javier Baez is must-watch television.

The 21-year-old continued to blow past all reasonable expectations Thursday against the Rockies with a 3-for-4 performance that included a pair of impressive home runs.

Baez is now batting .286 with five RBI through his first three games, and his three home runs during that span make him the second player in the last 100 years to accomplish the feat, according to High Heat Stats, via Twitter:

In his debut Tuesday, Baez went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts before connecting for his first major league hit—a go-ahead, solo home run in the top of the 12th inning. He turned in a 0-for-4 showing the following day but quickly made up for the hitless game Thursday with an impressive display of power.

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The 2014 season has seen a number of notable prospects receive call-ups to the major leagues. Undoubtedly, there are more to comeand soon.

Highly regarded youngsters like George Springer (currently on the disabled list), 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, Taijuan Walker and Kevin Gausman, have been shuttling up and down between the minors and majors for much of the year.

With the July 31 trade deadline now in the rearview mirror, there should be plenty of promotions of prime prospects after the wheeling and dealing opened up 25-man roster spots on teams that are selling and building for the future.

That's just what happened in Chicago, where the Cubs somewhat surprisingly brought up top infield prospect Javier Baez Tuesday, then watched him smack the game-winning home run in extra innings at Coors Field.

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There’s less than two months remaining in the regular season, but the playoff races in both leagues are anything but decided.

However, because we focus more on the future of baseball rather than the present here at Prospect Pipeline, we thought we’d explore how all 30 teams might fare three years from now in 2017.

We looked at the following criteria in order to appropriately rank each team:

Current Contracts: Players signed through 2017, including those with options for that year and beyond.

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The Toronto Blue Jays (60-54) have dropped four consecutive games, but the team still holds a half-game lead for the second wild-card spot.

A big reason the Blue Jays have remained in the playoff picture is rookie Marcus Stroman, who has been a revelation since joining the starting rotation in late May. And if the team plans on reaching the postseason, it'll need him more than ever over the final two months of the regular season.

However, success in the major leagues hasn’t come easily for the 23-year-old right-hander.

Stroman was used strictly as a reliever during his first stint with the Blue Jays in early May. Coming out of the bullpen, the right-hander tried to overpower and dominate opposing hitters, working in short bursts rather than pitch as he would as a starter—which his why he posted a 12.79 ERA and .419 opponents’ batting average over 6.1 innings.

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It’s finally happening: Javier Baez is getting called up.

According to Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com (via Twitter), Baez will join the Chicago Cubs before Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

The 21-year-old middle infielder gets the call after a strong showing at Triple-A Iowa, where he batted .260/.323/.510 with 23 home runs, 24 doubles and 80 RBI in 434 plate appearances.

With the news of Baez’s upcoming promotion, it’s safe to say the Cubs front office was pleased with the developmental strides made by Baez over the last two-plus months, as it's giving him a crack at the major leagues a bit earlier than expected.

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Last week's non-waiver trade deadline opened doors for some prospects.

The St. Louis Cardinals' decision to trade Allen Craig to the Boston Red Sox cleared room for highly touted prospect Oscar Taveras, who previously was splitting time with the slumping Allen Craig in right field.

Similarly, the trade that sent Kendrys Morales to Seattle helped make room for switch-hitting first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas in Minnesota. The switch-hitter went 5-for-16 with four RBI in the Twins' three-game weekend series against the White Sox.

Meanwhile, Boston’s trades of Jon Lester and John Lackey will allow the team to audition some of its younger arms during the final two months of the regular season, which it started to do over the weekend with right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, who impressed in his MLB debut against the Yankees Friday night.

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Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane is tired of his team being “one-and-done” in the playoffs.

The A’s have been to the postseason seven times during Beane’s 17-year tenure, but they reached the American League Championship Series just once. More recently, the A’s have won the American League West in each of the last two seasons only to lose to the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series.

This year, however, Oakland officially is “all-in.” And based on Beane's aggressive trades over the last month, he surely will be disappointed if the As season concludes with anything less than a World Series title.

Beane bookended the month of July with blockbuster trades for a pair of front-line starting pitchers, acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs on July 5 and then Jon Lester (and Jonny Gomes) from the Boston Red Sox hours before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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As we put a final bow on the 2014 non-waiver trade deadline, it is a great time to look at the state of the farm systems.

The passing of the deadline, which occurred at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, allows us to do an examination of the job MLB clubs have done developing the talent already in the pipeline. It also gives us a look at how some the trades—even though most of Thursday's deals involved big leaguers—impact the farm system rankings

Our rankings are based on two criteria: impact potential and depth. Since a team may have more of one than the other, it's therefore necessary to have more than a couple players who project as quality big leaguers in order to have a good farm system. 

Also, even though there are young players in the major leagues who still have prospect eligibility (fewer than 50 innings pitched or 130 at-bats), they were not considered on their team's ranking.