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We’re now well over halfway through the minor league season, and countless prospects continue to open eyes with their performances at each of the four full-season levels. And with the rookie and short-season leagues now underway, we have even more prospects to break down each week. However, well only be looking at just the hottest players from those two levels due to the small sample of games.

With teams having played over 80 games since Opening Day on April 3—most starting pitchers have made anywhere from 15 to 20 starts, while everyday players have amassed 350-plus plate appearances—we no longer have to worry about misleading 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, save for Rookie and Short-Season due to the smaller sample size and developmental nature of those leagues.

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It’s official: The Chicago Cubs have the best collection of young hitters in all of baseball.

The acquisition of shortstop Addison Russell from the Oakland A’s as part of the Jeff Samardzija-Jason Hammel deal gives the Cubs five top-50 prospects in Kris Bryant (No. 3), Russell (No. 5), Javier Baez (No. 6), Arismendy Alcantara (No. 23) and Albert Almora (No. 36), while Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber both rank somewhere in the top 100.

At the major league level, meanwhile, the Cubs have already locked up 24-year-old All-Stars Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro through at least the 2019 season.

With a slew of potential homegrown stars nearing the major leagues, it shouldn’t be long before the Cubs enter the next phase of their rebuilding process and begin to target high-end starting pitching.

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The 85th MLB All-Star Game will commence Tuesday night, airing at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX and features a mix of baseball's most well-known veterans as well as its stars of tomorrow.

In addition to high-profile talents such as Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Miguel Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Felix Hernandez, this year's All-Star Game features a long list of first-timers such as Yasiel Puig, Anthony Rizzo, Todd Frazier, Josh Donaldson, Julio Teheran, Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances.

However, since we're always interested in the future here at Prospect Pipeline, I thought we'd warm up for tonight's Midsummer Classic with a look at what each league's All-Star roster might look like five years from now.

That being said, there’s a realistic chance there will be players on the 2019 All-Star team that aren’t currently on the major league radar or, in some cases, that are yet to be drafted. Similarly, many of the veteran players named to this year's game will have either retired by the 2019 season or at least be in the final stages of their careers.

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The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday night featured 50 of baseball’s brightest young talents, but it was Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo who stole the show.

Serving as the designated hitter for the U.S. squad, Gallo, 20, provided the decisive blow in his team’s 3-2 victory, as the slugger launched a monstrous, no-doubt, go-ahead two-run home run onto the concourse in right-center field with one out in the sixth inning.

Typically, a player will say he was simply trying to make good contact or hit the ball hard up the middle. But Gallo didn't beat around the bush with his approach during the at-bat.

"After the first two at-bats I just wanted to make contact and not embarrass myself too much by striking out," he said, per Josh Norris of Baseball America. "I got a 2-0 pitch and was just like, 'I'm going to try to hit this one out.'"

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Major League Baseball's stars of tomorrow will be on display in the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played Sunday at 5 p.m. ET at Target Field and air on the MLB Network and MLB.com.

Since its introduction in 1999, the All-Star Futures Game has evolved into the hidden gem of All-Star weekend, as the event offers fans a unique opportunity to watch baseball’s brightest prospects on the same field.

Each year, the event serves as a stepping stone for prospects destined for greatness, as 22 players from last year’s game have already reached the major leagues, including up-and-coming stars such as Gregory Polanco, Yordano Ventura, George Springer, Billy Hamilton and Christian Yelich.

Though some of the younger players are in the early stages of development, a majority of the participants in this year’s game are within striking distance of the major leagues and could potentially debut before the end of the season.

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At long last, Prospect Pipeline’s Midseason Top 50 Prospects has arrived.

If it feels as though it’s been a long time since we published the preseason rankings, well, that’s probably because it has been a long time—a little more than three months to be exact. Since then, many of the previously top-ranked prospects have graduated to the major leagues, while others have simply fallen off the radar.

Compared to lists published before the start of the season, this ranking is specifically geared toward highlighting the future of baseball. Therefore, any prospect who has exhausted rookie eligibility or even played in the major leagues this season has been excluded.

As you might have guessed, the midseason update is absolutely loaded with new names and faces.

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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, C.J. Cron, Marcus Stroman, Jonathan Singleton and Gregory Polanco have been starting for their respective clubs for quite some time now. Others like Oscar Taveras, Taijuan Walker and Kevin Gausman (no longer prospect eligible) have been shuttling up and down between the minors and majors.

With less than a month to go until the trade deadline, there should be plenty of promotions of prime prospects once the wheeling and dealing opens up 25-man roster spots. That's just what's starting to happen with the rebuilding Chicago Cubs, who announced Wednesday they've brought up infield/outfield prospect Arismendy Alcantara.

Also on Wednesday the Boston Red Sox decided to designate veteran backstop A.J. Pierzynski for assignment, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston. They'll be turning the job over to prospect Christian Vazquez, a stellar defensive catcher who can handle the bat.

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It’s scary to think about where the New York Yankees would be right now if not for the success of their rookie class.

All-Stars Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances have captured the headlines during the first half of the season by emerging as the best starter and reliever in the American League, respectively, and the team has also received notable contributions from less-famous young players such as Yangervis Solarte, John Ryan Murphy and Chase Whitley. However, rookies can only a carry a team so far.

The Yankees enter Thursday three games back of the American League East-leading Baltimore Orioles with a 46-44 overall record, though their chances of reaching the postseason potentially took a crushing blow Wednesday with the news that Tanaka was headed to the disabled list with “elbow inflammation.”

The team also has scuffled offensively to begin the month, with a collective batting average of .248 over its last nine games as well as a .668 OPS that ranks 13th in the AL during that span.

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In addition to offering fans a unique opportunity to watch baseball’s brightest prospects on the same field, the annual All-Star Futures Game serves as a stepping stone for young players destined for greatness in the major leagues.

However, trying to determine when a certain prospect might arrive in the major leagues can be challenging, as it forces one to evaluate the player’s overall potential in context of his organization’s long-term outlook.

So when can fans expect to see this year’s Futures Game participants in the major leagues?

Here’s a breakdown of the rosters for the U.S. and World teams complete with estimated times of arrival (ETAs) for every player.

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Few things thrill fans like watching a homegrown talent toe the rubber for their favorite big league club and shut down the opposition.

But before they can dominate in front of tens of thousands of fans every fifth day, pitchers need to prove themselves in the minor leagues.

More than three months into the minor league season, pitchers at every level are opening eyes with their performances on the mound, some more so than others.

That said, here's a look at the hottest and coldest pitching prospects at each level of the minor leagues.