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Who’s going to be up next by organization

Predicting which player is next-in-line for a major league call-up involves looking at readiness to contribute, the timing of young prospects in relationship to their Super-2 status, and finally, where the need might be on the major league team.

Let’s review the case of Gregory Polanco vs. George Springer to see just how difficult this task can be.

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates will likely call top prospect Gregory Polanco in mid-June once the Super-2 date is firmly in the rear-view mirror.  While he looks to be ready, the Pirates are not in dire need of his services as they are winning and getting servicable production from their right field platoon.  However, if they sign him to a long-term deal, he could be up the next day.  How likely is that?  It’s possible as it’s happening throughout the major leagues.
  • The Astros on the other hand are terrible and needed a shot in the arm.  Since the date for an extra year of control had passed, the Astros decided to worry about the potential extra cost that the Super-2 status will mean later and promoted George Springer.  He was ready and the Astros were…well, desperate to bring some excitement to a fan base in desperate need of a shot in the arm.

At least once a month, we will be updating our team profiles on who we believe are next in line in the infield, outfield, starting pitching, and relief pitching.  For each player we provide an indicator as to their fantasy relevance (High, Medium, or Low) as well as a brief write-up of the more significant players.  The target audience is primarily fantasy players.  For instance, if you own Pablo Sandoval and he gets injured or just continues to play poorly, is there anybody who can help?  We hope we can answer those questions and many more.

Team Top Next in Line
Arizona Diamondbacks Archie Bradley (P)
Atlanta Braves J.R. Graham (P)
Baltimore Orioles Kevin Gausman (P)
Boston Red Sox Henry Owens (P)
Chicago Cubs Arismendy Alcantara (MI)
Chicago White Sox Matt Davidson (3B)
Cincinnati Reds Robert Stephenson (P)
Cleveland Indians Trevor Bauer (P)
Colorado Rockies Eddie Butler (P)
Detroit Tigers Robbie Ray (P)
Houston Astros Jon Singleton (1B)
Kansas City Royals Kyle Zimmer (P)
Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron (1B/DH)
Los Angeles Dodgers Joc Pederson (OF)
Miami Marlins Andrew Heaney (P)
Milwaukee Brewers Jimmy Nelson (P)
Minnesota Twins Alex Meyer (P)
New York Mets Noah Syndergaard (P)
New York Yankees Manny Banuelos (P)
Oakland Athletics Addison Russell (SS)
Philadephia Phillies Maikel Franco (3B)
Pittsburgh Pirates Gregory Polanco (OF)
St. Louis Cardinals Oscar Taveras (OF)
San Diego Padres Matt Wisler (P)
San Francisco Giants Edwin Escobar (P)
Seattle Mariners Jesus Montero (DH)
Tampa Bay Rays Nate Karns (P)
Texas Rangers Rougned Odor (2B)
Toronto Blue Jays Marcus Stroman (P)
Washington Nationals Brian Goodwin (OF)
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10 comments on “Who’s going to be up next by organization

  1. Pls keep this list updated. April 22nd was wks ago.
    Stroman, Odor and Cron have already been called up.

  2. […] identifies the next prospect in line for each team as the top prospects in an organization don’t always get the call right away. – […]

  3. […] identifies the next prospect in line for each team as the top prospects in an organization don’t always get the call right […]

  4. Do we see Javier Baez in the majors at any point this year? I’m thinking no. That K-rate is impressively bad and Alcantara is ahead of him. Then again, Theo wants to time all these prospects correctly, so maybe gaining the experience will trump refining the skills? Thanks for all the great work.

    • I do and I do. AA is ahead of him and will be the first there but Baez could be a 30+ HR guy. yeah, there is strikeouts as he’s a free swinger, but bat speed like that doesn’t grow on trees and will make him special. September call-up at a minimum but could see a second half arrival.

  5. Oscar Taveras appears to have injured himself yet again last night. At what point do we just call him injury prone and come to the realization he will never play a full season?? I know he is still young, but this is ridiculous!

    • I hear you and know it’s frustrating but it’s his other ankle. Plus, that was Rendon’s reputation and he hasn’t been hurt for two years. The guy is going to be very good.

  6. I’m surprised you listed Noah Syndergaard for the Mets and not Rafael Montero. I’ve read your work before and found you to be higher on Montero than others. He was also on your radar before other propsect watchers knew or wrote about him. I’m curious to find out your rationale behind listing Thor as the next guy up for the Mets instead of Montero. Montero has more Triple-A experience and has been fairly dominant so far in 2014 in that notorious hitter’s park in Las Vegas.

    • Click on the link of the Mets and you’ll see my profile of the team. Montero to be the first up but Syndergaard to have the highest impact. …and yes, I’m a huge fan of Montero…but because of his size, his age when he signed and the lack of fanfare when he signed, he’s not give the love he deserves.

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