Predicting MLB Arrival Date on Each Prospect in 2016 All-Star Futures Game

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2016

Predicting MLB Arrival Date on Each Prospect in 2016 All-Star Futures Game

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    When will Yoan Moncada arrive in Boston?
    When will Yoan Moncada arrive in Boston?Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

    While the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game are still the main attractions of MLB's All-Star festivities, the Futures Game has continued to grow in popularity in recent years.

    The annual prospect showcase gives fans a chance to see some of the sport's future stars on the big stage, as minor league representatives from all 30 MLB teams square off in a World Team vs. U.S. Team format.

    This year's game will be played Sunday at 7 p.m. ET at Petco Park in San Diego.

    We'll have a live blog up the day of the game to track all of the action. But until then, the following will serve as a useful primer for this year's contest.

    We've provided a quick overview of each of the 50 prospects participating in this year's event and given our best guess at when you can expect to see them arrive in the big leagues based on current development and their path to playing time in the majors.

    If the expected arrival is this year, we provided a month. If it's next season, we specified first half or second half, and if it was any time beyond 2017, we gave a year.

    Note: The "Rank" referenced alongside each prospect's name refers to where he falls among that team's top 30 prospects, according to MLB.com's Prospect Watch.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    LHP Anthony Banda
    LHP Anthony BandaJae C. Hong/Associated Press

    LHP Anthony Banda, U.S. Team (Rank: 14)

    Age: 22

    LevelGSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AA/AAA166-42.861.401339991.1

    The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired left-hander Anthony Banda from the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Gerardo Parra at the trade deadline in 2014.

    He doesn't have the highest ceiling, with an average three-pitch repertoire that includes a fastball in the low 90s, a solid curveball and an improving changeup.

    However, with improved command since last season, the odds of him reaching his ceiling as a back-of-the-rotation starter have improved.

    ETA: 2017, first half

Atlanta Braves

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    SS Dansby Swanson
    SS Dansby SwansonRob Carr/Getty Images

    SS Dansby Swanson, U.S. Team (Rank: 1)

    Age: 22

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    A+/AA345.290/.380/.45087226395110

    The Arizona Diamondbacks shipped the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft, shortstop Dansby Swanson, to the Atlanta Braves last winter in the deal for pitcher Shelby Miller.

    He was viewed as close to a finished product coming out of Vanderbilt, so it's not surprising that he's moved quickly through Atlanta's organization.

    After crushing High-A pitching (.967 OPS, 13 XBH, 93 PA), he has experienced his ups and downs in Double-A (.781 OPS, 19 XBH, 252 PA), but he remains a huge part of what the Braves are building.

    ETA: 2017, first half

Baltimore Orioles

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    C Chance Sisco
    C Chance SiscoRob Carr/Getty Images

    C Chance Sisco, U.S. Team (Rank: 3)

    Age: 21

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA293.302/.394/.3917517127342

    Chance Sisco has flashed impressive offensive tools since being taken in the second round of the 2013 draft, hitting .321/.400/.426 over parts of four minor league seasons.

    His defense remains a work in progress, though.

    The 21-year-old has a strong arm, but his catch-and-throw skills and overall receiving ability are still raw. An eventual position change remains a possibility.

    ETA: 2018

Boston Red Sox

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    2B Yoan Moncada
    2B Yoan MoncadaAssociated Press

    2B Yoan Moncada, World Team-Cuba (Rank: 1)

    Age: 21

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    A+/AA351.309/.414/.52290288487140

    Between his signing bonus and overage penalties, the Boston Red Sox shelled out $63 million to sign Yoan Moncada as part of the 2015 international free-agent crop.

    The 21-year-old has a chance to be a legitimate five-tool threat, and he's already shown the ability to hit for a plus average with gap power and tremendous speed on the bases.

    The biggest question is where he'll wind up defensively. But as long as he continues to hit, that's a problem that will solve itself.

    ETA: 2017, second half

     

    OF Andrew Benintendi, U.S. Team (Rank: 3)

    Age: 22

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    A+/AA347.308/.375/.52695267605814

    The 2015 Golden Spikes winner after a huge season at the University of Arkansas, outfielder Andrew Benintendi has continued to rake since joining the Red Sox organization in 2015.

    For as good as the Boston offense has been this season, left field has been something of a hole, with a number of different players combining for a mediocre .266/.335/.433 line.

    Benintendi has not missed a beat since being promoted to Double-A in mid-May, posting an .841 OPS with 22 extra-base hits in 192 plate appearances. As long as he keeps hitting, he could soon join Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts in the everyday outfield.

    ETA: 2017, second half

Chicago Cubs

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    OF Eloy Jimenez, World Team-Dominican Republic (Rank: 10)

    Age: 19

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    A331.337/.375/.534104291058476

    Eloy Jimenez landed a $2.8 million bonus as Baseball America's top-rated prospect in the 2013 international free-agent class, and he has begun to turn his tremendous upside into on-field production.

    The 19-year-old is in his first year of full-season ball with Single-A South Bend and is among the Midwest League leaders in batting average (.337, third), OPS (.909, second), hits (104, first), doubles (29, first), home runs (10, fourth) and RBI (58, first).

    His ceiling is as high as any young player in the Cubs system, and he's starting to move toward delivering on that potential.

    ETA: 2019

Chicago White Sox

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    RHP Carson Fulmer
    RHP Carson FulmerAssociated Press

    RHP Carson Fulmer, U.S. Team (Rank: 1)

    Age: 22

    LevelGSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AA174-94.761.529519087.0

    Viewed by most as the best college arm in the 2015 draft, Carson Fulmer slipped to the Chicago White Sox at No. 8 overall after a standout career at Vanderbilt.

    There's no ignoring his electric stuff, but his max-effort delivery has led some to question whether he's inevitably destined for the back end of the bullpen. That's a big reason why he was still on the board when the White Sox picked.

    He's struggled with his command as a pro. But in his last three starts, he's gone 1-1 with a 0.95 ERA, 1.000 WHIP and a 22-to-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 19 innings of work.

    ETA: 2017, first half

Cincinnati Reds

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    LHP Amir Garrett
    LHP Amir GarrettJoe Robbins/Getty Images

    LHP Amir Garrett, U.S. Team (Rank: 4)

    Age: 24

    LevelG/GSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AA/AAA16/146-41.981.014389095.2

    Oftentimes, two-sport athletes will take off once they turn their full attention to one game.

    That's been the case with Amir Garrett, who focused full time on the baseball diamond for the first time in 2014 after playing two years for the St. John's University basketball team.

    The 6'5" left-hander has made significant strides with his command, and he looks the part of a future MLB starter with a solid three-pitch repertoire.

    If the 24-year-old can continue to improve on his consistency and further refine his secondary stuff, there is legitimate front-line potential in that left arm.

    ETA: 2017, second half

Cleveland Indians

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    OF Clint Frazier
    OF Clint FrazierAssociated Press

    OF Clint Frazier, U.S. Team (Rank: 2)

    Age: 21

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA343.286/.368/.481852311435211

    Clint Frazier was the second of three straight first-round picks the Cleveland Indians used on outfielders—sandwiched between Tyler Naquin and Bradley Zimmer. And he has a chance to be the best of the bunch.

    His best tool is his impressive raw power, and that has begun to show up even more this season after he posted an .842 OPS with 16 home runs in 588 plate appearances last year.

    There's still a good amount of swing-and-miss to his game with a 20.7 percent strikeout rate, and he may need to dial back his aggressive approach in the majors. However, the tools are there for him to be a middle-of-the-order force.

    ETA: 2017, first half

     

    C Francisco Mejia, World Team-Dominican Republic (Rank: 8)

    Age: 20

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    A/A+295.344/.374/.5249420757441

    Francisco Mejia made his full-season debut last year with a .670 OPS and 22 extra-base hits in 446 plate appearances for Singe-A Lake County.

    He returned there for a second go-around this year and exploded for a .915 OPS, 17 doubles, seven home runs and 51 RBI in 259 plate appearances to earn a promotion to High-A Lynchburg.

    The 20-year-old has a cannon for an arm, and his receiving and blocking skills have steadily improved, giving him the look of a future everyday catcher.

    ETA: 2018, second half

     

    3B Yandy Diaz, World Team-Cuba (Rank: 13)

    Age: 24

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA/AAA330.298/.401/.42282106324010

    Signed for $300,000 as a Cuban defector in 2013, Yandy Diaz has been a pleasant surprise for the Indians while climbing the organizational prospect ranks.

    His .401 on-base percentage over three minor league seasons speaks to his advanced approach, and he has more walks (175) than strikeouts (159) for his pro career.

    Diaz was named to the World Team as a replacement for Jeimer Candelario, who was promoted to the majors by the Cubs.

    ETA: late August

Colorado Rockies

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    OF David Dahl
    OF David DahlAssociated Press

    OF David Dahl, U.S. Team (Rank: 2)

    Age: 22

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA/AAA351.296/.378/.534912415505716

    Injuries have plagued David Dahl since the Colorado Rockies took him with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2012 draft, but he's continued to impress when playing.

    He began the 2016 season in Double-A, where he posted a .278/.367/.500 line with 21 doubles, 13 home runs, 45 RBI and 16 stolen bases before earning a promotion to Triple-A.

    As long as his injury issues are behind him, he has a chance to make a serious impact as a power-speed threat on offense and a plus defender in center field.

    ETA: 2017, second half

     

    RHP Jeff Hoffman, U.S. Team (Rank: 4)

    Age: 23

    LevelGSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AAA174-74.031.353349998.1

    Jeff Hoffman was the key piece of the package acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays at the deadline last year in exchange for Troy Tulowitzki.

    Tyler Chatwood and Jon Gray have shown flashes of being a strong one-two punch, and Tyler Anderson has pitched well in five starts since being promoted in early June. Hoffman has a chance to join that group in representing the future of the rotation.

    With a mid-90s fastball, a plus curveball and a passable changeup—all from a sturdy 6'5", 225-pound frame—the pieces are in place for him to be the future ace of the staff.

    ETA: August

     

    OF Raimel Tapia, World Team-Dominican Republic (Rank: 6)

    Age: 22

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA360.337/.382/.464112166276214

    Raimel Tapia has shown a well-rounded offensive game since signing out of the Dominican Republic for a $175,000 bonus in 2010.

    He's a career .318 hitter in 2,333 minor league plate appearances. He showed increased power last year with 34 doubles, nine triples and 12 home runs in a full season with High-A Modesto.

    Best-case scenario, the 22-year-old is a perennial .300 hitter with 12-15 home runs and 15-20 stolen bases at the highest level.

    ETA: 2018

Detroit Tigers

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    RHP Joe Jimenez
    RHP Joe JimenezKim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    OF Christin Stewart, U.S. Team (Rank: 3)

    Age: 22

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    A+347.248/.403/.51868171946442

    Selected in the first round last year out of the University of Tennessee, Christin Stewart got right to work with an .880 OPS, 13 doubles, 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 71 games while reaching Single-A West Michigan in his debut.

    He was aggressively promoted to High-A Lakeland to begin the 2016 season, and he's continued to impress with the bat. His 18.4 percent walk rate has helped offset his mediocre batting average. And he's once again flashing good extra-base pop with 17 doubles, 19 home runs and 142 total bases to rank second in the Florida State League.

    He'll be limited to left field defensively, and he doesn't run well. But his bat will carry him to the majors, and he has a chance to make a middle-of-the-order impact.

    ETA: 2018

     

    RHP Joe Jimenez, World Team-Puerto Rico (Rank: 8)

    Age: 21

    LevelGW-LSVERAWHIPBBKIP
    A+/AA313-0170.280.69105532.0

    Joe Jimenez has come a long way since going undrafted out of high school.

    He began the 2016 season with High-A Lakeland and was dominant, saving 10 games over 17.1 scoreless innings with a 0.577 WHIP and 14.5 strikeouts per nine innings to earn an early promotion to Double-A.

    With a high-90s fastball and a wipeout slider, he has the makings of a future closer. Once he's deemed ready, he'll be a welcome addition to the Tigers bullpen.

    ETA: August

Houston Astros

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    SS Alex Bregman, U.S. Team (Rank: 1)

    Age: 22

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA/AAA323.309/.416/.60384191960645

    Alex Bregman went No. 2 overall in last year's draft, and the early returns have been promising.

    In 634 minor league plate appearances, he's hitting .301/.391/.509 with 32 doubles, 23 home runs and 94 RBI, and he's already reached Triple-A.

    A full-time move to third base is in his future with shortstop occupied by Carlos Correa, and he's played there a bit this year to get his feet wet. He's probably one injury on the left side of the Astros infield away from getting the call right now; otherwise, he'll get a crack at an Opening Day spot next year.

    ETA: 2017, Opening Day

     

    RHP Joe Musgrove, U.S. Team (Rank: 7)

    Age: 23

    LevelG/GSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AA/AAA14/125-43.031.06597171.1

    A supplemental-round pick in 2011, Joe Musgrove was slowed by shoulder and elbow issues at the onset of his pro career, and he didn't make his full-season debut until last year.

    It proved to be worth the wait, as the right-hander went 12-1 with a 1.88 ERA, 0.924 WHIP and 99 strikeouts in 100.2 innings over three minor league levels.

    He doesn't have the ceiling of fellow Astros pitching prospects Michael Feliz and David Paulino, but he's probably the safest bet of any arm in the organization to make a impact in the rotation long term.

    ETA: 2017, second half

Kansas City Royals

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    3B Hunter Dozier
    3B Hunter DozierChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    3B Hunter Dozier, U.S. Team (Rank: 14)

    Age: 24

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA/AAA350.330/.394/.578104271751495

    The Kansas City Royals reached for Hunter Dozier at No. 8 overall in the 2013 draft, using the savings from that selection to sign left-hander Sean Manaea at the back of the first round.

    Dozier hit just .213 with a .631 OPS at Double-A Northwest Arkansas last season, and he was back there to kick off 2016. This time around was a different story, though, as he hit .305 with a 1.042 OPS in 110 plate appearances to earn a quick promotion to Triple-A.

    Mike Moustakas is a free agent after the 2017 season, and Dozier could take over for him at third base if he continues on his trajectory.

    ETA: 2017, second half 

     

    OF Jorge Bonifacio, World Team-Dominican Republic (Rank: 15)

    Age: 23

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AAA357.290/.355/.49593151354574

    Jorge Bonifacio is the younger brother of longtime MLB utility man Emilio Bonifacio, 31, and he has a chance to make a far bigger impact with the bat.

    The 23-year-old is in his seventh professional season after signing for a $135,000 bonus out of the Dominican Republic in 2009. His prospect star is back on the rise after a middling performance the past few years.

    Bonifacio has legitimate 20-plus home run power and a strong throwing arm, giving him a chance to be an everyday right fielder at the MLB level. He's on the 40-man roster, so he should debut at some point in 2016.

    ETA: August

Los Angeles Angels

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    LHP Nate Smith
    LHP Nate SmithRoss D. Franklin/Associated Press

    LHP Nate Smith, U.S. Team (Rank: 3)

    Age: 24

    LevelGSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AAA166-33.991.310267794.2

    Nate Smith is one of the few above-average prospects in a paper-thin Los Angeles Angels farm system.

    He doesn't have front-line upside, but his floor is high. With four quality pitches he can throw for strikes, he's a safe bet to be a solid No. 4 or 5 starter in the near future.

    With Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson both headed for free agency and the long-term health of Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney in question, Smith will be in the mix for a rotation spot next spring.

    ETA: 2017, first half

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    RHP Jharel Cotton
    RHP Jharel CottonChris Carlson/Associated Press

    RHP Jharel Cotton, World Team-Virgin Islands (Rank: 9)

    Age: 24

    LevelG/GSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AAA19/137-44.741.125289779.2

    Once Jharel Cotton makes his MLB debut, he'll become the 14th native of the U.S. Virgin Islands to reach the big leagues and just the third pitcher.

    He was selected in the 20th round of the 2012 draft out of East Carolina. His status as a prospect took off when his fastball velocity spiked from the low 90s to the 95-96 mph range.

    After a brief stint in the bullpen, he went 4-1 with a 3.20 ERA, 0.933 WHIP and 11.0 K/9 over eight starts prior to July 7. His undersized frame (5'11", 195 lbs) and lack of a reliable third offering could land him in the bullpen long term, but his electric stuff will make an impact in some capacity.

    He's on the 40-man roster, so at the least, he should get a look in September.

    ETA: September

     

    2B Willie Calhoun, U.S. Team (Rank: 11)

    Age: 21

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA344.257/.324/.47279161656480

    A fourth-round pick in 2015 after launching 31 home runs during his junior season at Yavapai College, Willie Calhoun has continued to flash impressive left-handed power.

    Despite his 5'8", 187-pound frame, he's tallied 39 doubles, 27 home runs and 104 RBI with an .851 OPS in his first 154 minor league games.

    He's played exclusively at second base as a pro but could settle into a super-utility role once he reaches the majors. The 21-year-old saw time at third base and in left field in college, and shifting him around will allow the Dodgers to get his bat into the lineup despite his below-average glove.

    ETA: 2018

Miami Marlins

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    1B Josh Naylor
    1B Josh NaylorLenny Ignelzi/Associated Press

    1B Josh Naylor, World Team-Canada (Rank: 2)

    Age: 19

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    A309.254/.312/.42872189473710

    Josh Naylor had arguably the best raw power of any prospect in the 2015 draft, and he shot up draft boards to go No. 12 overall to the Miami Marlins.

    The 19-year-old went straight to Single-A Greensboro in his first full season, where he's one of just 13 teenage hitters playing in the South Atlantic League along with other highly regarded 2015 selections Brendan Rodgers (COL), Austin Riley (ATL) and Ryan Mountcastle (BAL).

    He has 30-homer potential and middle-of-the-order upside, and chances are he'll continue to be promoted aggressively in a thin Marlins system.

    ETA: 2020

Milwaukee Brewers

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    LHP Josh Hader
    LHP Josh HaderAssociated Press

    LHP Josh Hader, U.S. Team (Rank: 4)

    Age: 22

    LevelGSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AA/AAA162-32.561.2103310481.0

    A 19th-round pick by the Orioles in 2012, left-hander Josh Hader has already been traded twice in his brief pro career.

    It appears he's found a home in Milwaukee, though, after being acquired as part of the deal that sent Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to the Astros.

    Hader was brilliant in Double-A to begin the season with a 0.95 ERA in 57 innings of work, but he's struggled since being promoted to Triple-A with a 6.38 ERA and 5.3 walks per nine innings over five starts. His future is still bright; he just might need a bit more seasoning than expected.

    ETA: 2017, first half

Minnesota Twins

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    RHP J.T. Chargois
    RHP J.T. ChargoisHannah Foslien/Getty Images

    RHP J.T. Chargois, U.S. Team (Rank: 8)

    Age: 25

    LevelGW-LSVERAWHIPBBKIP
    AA/AAA312-0131.491.02104736.1

    J.T. Chargois is one of just a handful of players in this year's Futures Game who has already made his MLB debut. It was a forgettable one, as he made one appearance on June 11 and allowed three hits, two walks and five earned runs in 0.2 innings.

    That rough outing aside, the former Rice University closer has the look of a future ninth-inning option for the Minnesota Twins, as he's continued to dominate minor league hitters.

    With a legitimate 80-grade fastball that touches triple digits and an above-average breaking ball, he'll turn some heads in San Diego this weekend.

    ETA: August

New York Mets

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    1B Dominic Smith
    1B Dominic SmithAssociated Press

    1B Dominic Smith, U.S. Team (Rank: 1)

    Age: 21

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA341.277/.340/.43685171059381

    Dominic Smith is one of the top first base prospects in minor league baseball and the No. 1 prospect in the New York Mets system.

    He doesn't have prototypical power for the position, but his hit tool is one of the best around. He should be a perennial .300 hitter if he develops as expected.

    The 21-year-old has moved one level per year since being taken No. 11 overall in the 2013 draft. He's been up to the task so far in Double-A, so it may not be much longer before he arrives in New York.

    ETA: 2017, second half

     

    SS Amed Rosario, World Team-Dominican Republic (Rank: 2)

    Age: 20

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    A+/AA355.330/.377/.472107153524114

    Chosen as a replacement for the suspended Jorge Mateo (Yankees), shortstop Amed Rosario is making a strong case to take over as the Mets' top prospect when farm system rankings are updated around the league later this month.

    After hitting .257 with a .642 OPS with High-A St. Lucie last season, he returned for a second go-around this year and quickly earned a promotion to Double-A, where he's hit .424/.462/.610 in his first 16 games.

    Always expected to stick at shortstop long term with good range and a plus arm, Rosario now has the offensive game to back his glove, and his prospect stock should take off as a result.

    ETA: 2018

     

    2B Dilson Herrera, World Team-Colombia (Rank: NR)

    Age: 22

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AAA328.275/.321/.47984221250556

    Dilson Herrera is no longer considered a prospect from a technical standpoint, as he exceeded rookie eligibility limits last year and has 49 games and 169 plate appearances under his belt at the MLB level.

    However, he has yet to see the majors this season and is still only 22 years old, so giving him a chance to showcase his talents at the Futures Game makes plenty of sense.

    With Neil Walker headed for free agency this coming offseason and Herrera authoring a huge campaign in Triple-A, all signs point to him being the everyday second baseman in 2017. As a member of the 40-man roster, he'll likely get the call down the stretch as well.

    ETA: September

New York Yankees

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    C Gary Sanchez
    C Gary SanchezMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    C Gary Sanchez, World Team-Dominican Republic (Rank: 3)

    Age: 23

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AAA243.281/.321/.4876418937285

    If there is such a thing as prospect fatigue, catcher Gary Sanchez would be the prime example of someone who invokes such a response from evaluators and fans alike.

    As a high-profile prospect in a high-profile organization, he's seemingly been on the radar forever. And opinions have varied about his long-term potential over the years despite consistent production.

    That being said, he's still just 23 years old and coming off a season in which he posted an .815 OPS with 23 doubles and 18 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A. He'll never be an above-average defender, but he's improved his receiving skills to the point that he should stick as an offensive-minded catcher.

    ETA: September

Oakland Athletics

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    1B/3B Ryon Healy, U.S. Team (Rank: 16)

    Age: 24

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA/AAA366.328/.385/.565108281464601

    A third-round pick in 2013, Ryon Healy hit .302 with a .766 OPS, 31 doubles, 10 home runs and 62 RBI in 543 plate appearances over a full season with Double-A Midland last year.

    Solid numbers, but not exactly eye-opening power production from a corner infielder.

    So far, in just 366 plate appearances this season, he's hit 28 doubles and 14 home runs for a .951 OPS, and he hasn't missed a beat since being promoted to Triple-A. At this point, he's making a strong push to surpass Matt Olson as the team's first baseman of the future.

    ETA: August

Philadelphia Phillies

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    RHP Ricardo Pinto, World Team-Venezuela (Rank: 10)

    Age: 22

    LevelGSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AA173-34.581.349286696.1

    Ricardo Pinto is something of a rarity for a pitching prospect.

    Most young hurlers trying to prove they can stick as a starter feature a good fastball-breaking ball combination and need to refine their changeup as a third pitch. Pinto has one of the best changeups in minor league baseball, but his slider remains a work in progress.

    He's somewhat undersized at 6'0" and 165 pounds, but he'll have every opportunity to be a middle-of-the-rotation starter if he can continue to make strides with that slider.

    ETA: 2018

     

    OF Dylan Cozens, U.S. Team (Rank: 22)

    Age: 22

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA372.280/.366/.572912623727416

    An impressive physical specimen at 6'6", 235 pounds, Dylan Cozens has been focused on improving his hit tool in recent years, and his prodigious raw power has taken a backseat as a result. 

    He entered the year with a career high of 16 home runs and was coming off a season where he posted a .762 OPS with eight home runs in 456 plate appearances over three levels.

    He's finally turned loose his power stroke this year, and the results have been eye-opening. He leads the Eastern League in doubles (26) while ranking second in home runs (23) and RBI (72). He also leads the league in OPS (.938). He's striking out 28.8 percent of the time, though, so there is still work to be done.

    ETA: 2018

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    RHP Dovydas Neverauskas, World Team-Lithuania (Rank: NR)

    Age: 23

    LevelGW-LSVERAWHIPBBKIP
    AA/AAA312-142.450.955123536.2

    Dovydas Neverauskas is vying to become just the second Lithuanian-born player to reach the major leagues, following in the footsteps of Joe Zapustas, who went 1-for-5 in two games with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1933.

    With a good fastball-slider mix and room to grow into his 6'3", 175-pound frame, Neverauskas has the power stuff to make an impact as a late-inning reliever.

    He's taken over the closer's role for Triple-A Indianapolis since being promoted from Double-A, and he could be vying for a spot in the Pittsburgh bullpen by next season.

    ETA: 2017, second half

San Diego Padres

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    OF Manuel Margot
    OF Manuel MargotJennifer Stewart/Getty Images

    CF Manuel Margot, World Team-Dominican Republic (Rank: 1)

    Age: 21

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AAA379.299/.349/.422103144346323

    One of the key pieces sent to San Diego in the Craig Kimbrel trade, outfielder Manuel Margot has continued to impress against high-level pitching this season.

    With a good hit tool, plus speed and a solid glove, all signs point to him being the Padres' everyday center fielder and a potential leadoff hitter as the franchise begins rebuilding.

    Depending on what happens with the likes of Jon Jay and Melvin Upton Jr. at the trade deadline, Margot could get a chance to audition for that job down the stretch in the second half.

    ETA: August

     

    RF Hunter Renfroe, U.S. Team (Rank: 3)

    Age: 24

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AAA373.335/.362/.611119272176683

    Power was the carrying tool that made Hunter Renfroe the No. 13 pick in the 2013 draft, and he's improved greatly this season.

    While spending the bulk of last year in Double-A, he posted a .783 OPS with 27 doubles and 20 home runs in 558 plate appearances.

    In Triple-A this season, he's already matched both of those totals in 373 plate appearances. With a strong throwing arm and a slugger's profile, he has the look of a prototypical right fielder. The Padres just need to find a way to unload Matt Kemp to clear a path.

    ETA: September

     

    3B Carlos Asuaje, World Team-Venezuela (Rank: 15)

    Age: 24

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AAA372.323/.386/.46310617545657

    Carlos Asuaje was viewed as a throw-in piece in the deal that brought Margot, Javier Guerra and Logan Allen to San Diego in exchange for All-Star closer Kimbrel.

    He's proven to be much more than that, though, putting together a terrific offensive season in Triple-A after hitting just .251 with a .708 OPS in Double-A last year.

    His future will likely be as an offensive-minded utility player, but he could get a look as the everyday second baseman if he continues to hit like he has in 2016.

    ETA: 2017, first half

San Francisco Giants

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    RHP Phil Bickford
    RHP Phil BickfordBrad Mangin/Getty Images

    RHP Phil Bickford, U.S. Team (Rank: 3)

    Age: 20

    LevelGSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    A/A+145-42.450.974199477.0

    Once organizational rankings are updated, there's a good chance Phil Bickford surpasses Tyler Beede as the top pitching prospect in the San Francisco Giants system.

    With a four-seamer that touches 98 mph, a heavy two-seamer with terrific sink, a plus slider and an improving changeup, he has the repertoire to be a front-line starter. Pair that with his solid 6'4", 200-pound frame, and it's easy to see the long-term potential.

    Repeating his mechanics and avoiding overthrowing are the two biggest hurdles for Bickford, but the future looks bright.

    ETA: 2018

     

    LHP Adalberto Mejia, World Team-Dominican Republic (Rank: 10)

    Age: 23

    LevelGSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AA/AAA154-32.721.097228389.1

    Between shoulder tendinitis and a 50-game suspension for a positive stimulant test, Adalberto Mejia was limited to just 51.1 innings last season, and his prospect status took a hit as a result.

    His 8.4 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 so far this season represent a step in the right direction, as his secondary stuff and overall command have both improved.

    The 23-year-old doesn't have the highest ceiling, but if the progress he's made this year sticks, he could find a home at the back of the rotation.

    ETA: 2017, first half

Seattle Mariners

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    OF Tyler O'Neill, World Team-Canada (Rank: 4)

    Age: 21

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA352.303/.369/.53294201563436

    With Alex Jackson continuing to struggle and Edwin Diaz graduating to the majors, a strong case can be made for Tyler O'Neill now being the No. 1 prospect in the Seattle Mariners organization.

    He turned in a huge offensive season in 2015, posting an .874 OPS with 21 doubles and 32 home runs in a full season with High-A Bakersfield, and he's made a smooth transition to the Double-A level.

    The 21-year-old has tremendous bat speed that leads to easy power, and he's trimmed his strikeout rate from 30.5 percent last year to 24.1 percent this year. That's left him looking like a serious threat to emerge as a middle-of-the-order run producer at the highest level.

    ETA: 2017, second half

St. Louis Cardinals

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    C Carson Kelly
    C Carson KellyStacy Revere/Getty Images

    RHP Alex Reyes, World Team-Dominican Republic (Rank: 1)

    Age: 21

    LevelGSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AAA92-14.351.355206141.1

    A sore shoulder kept Alex Reyes out of the Futures Game last season, and a 50-game suspension for marijuana kept him on the sidelines to start the 2016 season. However, he remains one of the game's elite pitching prospects.

    He was aggressively sent to Triple-A once his suspension was up this spring, and while his 4.35 ERA isn't great, he's continued to flash the electric stuff he showed last year while missing bats at an impressive rate.

    The Cardinals bullpen has struggled at times this season, and a second-half promotion to bolster the relief corps is not out of the question for Reyes.

    ETA: August

     

    C Carson Kelly, U.S. Team (Rank: 13)

    Age: 21

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA236.287/.338/.403627618290

    Carson Kelly was drafted as a third baseman with plus power potential in the second round of the 2012 draft, but he's since transitioned to catcher, where his bat has taken a backseat to developing his receiving skills.

    After hitting just .219 with a .594 OPS in High-A last year, he's shown a vastly improved offensive game with Double-A Springfield in 2016.

    He's the closest thing the organization has to a clear-cut heir to Yadier Molina behind the plate. He'll need to continue making strides, though, after the team drafted a handful of college backstops in June.

    ETA: 2018

Tampa Bay Rays

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    RHP Ryne Stanek
    RHP Ryne StanekJeff Tuttle/Associated Press

    SS Willy Adames, World Team-Dominican Republic (Rank: 3)

    Age: 20

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA343.268/.364/.4447922836569

    The prize of the David Price trade with Detroit, shortstop Willy Adames has continued to be pushed aggressively since joining the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

    Adames doesn't turn 21 until Sept. 2, making him one of the youngest players in the Double-A Southern League. He's continued to hold his own offensively, though, and his glove at shortstop has never been a question.

    For a Rays team that has trotted out 12 different Opening Day shortstops in its 19 years of existence, Adames may finally be the long-term answer.

    ETA: 2018

     

    RHP Chih-Wei Hu, World Team-Taiwan (Rank: 12)

    Age: 22

    LevelGSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AA/AAA162-72.781.312267890.2

    Tampa acquired Chih-Wei Hu from the Twins at the deadline last year in exchange for reliever Kevin Jepsen.

    His advanced feel for pitching has allowed him to move quicker than expected since signing for a $220,000 bonus out of Taiwan in 2012.

    There's limited projection in his 6'1", 230-pound frame, but he features a solid four-pitch repertoire with good overall command, so he should reach his ceiling as a back-of-the-rotation starter.

    ETA: 2017, second half

     

    RHP Ryne Stanek, U.S. Team (Rank: 17)

    Age: 24

    LevelG/GSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AA/AAA19/112-63.681.240369580.2

    One of the top college arms in the nation at the start of the 2013 season, Ryne Stanek turned in a mediocre junior season and dealt with a hip issue that caused him to slip to the Rays at No. 29 overall.

    The 24-year-old has been pitching out of the bullpen since the beginning of June, and he's posted a 0.89 ERA and 9.7 K/9 in 20.1 innings over eight appearances.

    More teams are valuing relievers who can pitch multiple innings and serve in different roles, and Stanek has a chance to carve out a spot in that swingman capacity.

    ETA: 2017, Opening Day

Texas Rangers

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    2B Travis Demeritte
    2B Travis DemeritteLenny Ignelzi/Associated Press

    2B Travis Demeritte, U.S. Team (Rank: 20)

    Age: 21

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    A+321.254/.340/.556711620426111

    The rare power-hitting second base prospect, Travis Demeritte leads the High-A California League in home runs (20) and ranks second in total bases (155).

    Strikeouts remain a significant issue for the 21-year-old, though, as he's fanned 36.7 percent of the time over the course of his pro career, including 33.0 percent this season.

    He's willing to take a walk, and his plus bat speed should allow his power to play at the highest level. But he'll need to find a way to make more consistent contact if he's going to be an everyday player.

    ETA: 2018

     

    1B Ronald Guzman, World Team-Dominican Republic (Rank: 22)

    Age: 21

    LevelPABA/OBP/SLGH2BHRRBIRSB
    AA323.298/.361/.47886141037382

    Ronald Guzman landed a $3.45 million bonus as part of the same international free-agent class that saw Nomar Mazara agree to a then-record $4.95 million bonus.

    Guzman has not developed as quickly as Mazara, but he turned a corner last season when he posted a .757 OPS with 28 doubles, 12 home runs and 87 RBI between Single-A and High-A.

    Making the leap to Double-A this year, he's starting to tap into the power potential in his 6'5" frame. He's one to watch.

    ETA: 2018  

Toronto Blue Jays

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    LHP Angel Perdomo, World Team-Dominican Republic (Rank: 23)

    Age: 22

    LevelG/GSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    A16/142-32.711.11349673.0

    Angel Perdomo entered the 2016 season with just 21.1 innings of work above the rookie league level, but he's taken off with the jump to full-season ball for Single-A Lansing.

    The 6'6", 200-pound southpaw touches 94 mph with his fastball, and there's room for more velocity as he continues to add strength. His slider-changeup pairing is still raw, but both pitches have a chance to be solid secondary offerings.

    His 11.8 K/9 this season speaks to how dominant his stuff can be, and there's still room for an uptick. It's fair to assume he'll rank significantly higher than No. 23 in the Toronto system once the rankings are updated.

    ETA: 2018

     

    RHP Francisco Rios, World Team-Mexico (Rank: NR)

    Age: 21

    LevelGSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    A/A+166-31.951.072218692.1

    Francisco Rios spent the 2015 season pitching for Low-A Vancouver, posting a 4.27 ERA and 1.485 WHIP in 65.1 innings.

    That left him outside of the organization's top 30 prospects entering the year, but the right-hander exploded out of the gates this season with a 1.20 ERA, 0.967 WHIP and 12.9 K/9 in six Single-A starts to earn a quick promotion to High-A Dunedin.

    Rios has seen his fastball velocity improve to 94 mph this year, and he pairs it with an above-average curveball. His changeup is still developing, but his two-pitch mix could play up if he's moved to the bullpen.

    ETA: 2019

Washington Nationals

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    RHP Reynaldo Lopez, World Team-Dominican Republic (Rank: 5)

    Age: 22

    LevelGSW-LERAWHIPBBKIP
    AA/AAA164-53.191.2483110987.1

    Once Lucas Giolito uses up his rookie eligibility, right-hander Reynaldo Lopez will take over as the top pitching prospect in the Washington Nationals organization.

    The skinny 6'0" right-hander signed for just $17,000 back in 2012. His velocity has improved considerably; he now sits in the mid-90s and can touch triple digits.

    He'll get every chance to prove he can start, but he'll need to improve his changeup and hold his velocity deeper into starts. If he does wind up in the bullpen, his power fastball-curveball combination could give him closer potential.

    ETA: 2017, second half

       

    All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted and accurate through Thursday, July 7.

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