With the time period necessary to ensure an extra year of control now past, teams will be tapping into top minor league talent with greater frequency. Quality help awaits on the farm and we are going to take a look at the possibilities both in the field and on the mound, across each division. We begin with a look at "Who's Next" in the National League's Eastern Division.
If you're like me, you are already tired of looking at the same guys available on waivers across every league. Time for the stud prospects to start making their way up to "The Show"! Many of us have a limited Minor League roster as part of our fantasy teams, but most of the talent we will see come across our lineups this season weren't taken in the two or three rounds that were filled following every one's draft or auction. Each week we will profile who is "next", either on the verge of getting the call or those to track now so you will be ready when the time comes.
The non-waiver trading deadline has now passed and while many rumored deals did not come to fruition, some elite prospects are “trading places”. Expect more trades this month as prospects not on a major league 40-man roster are not subject to the waiver clearance. Cleveland appears to have assumed the greatest risk and in doing so has re-stocked the Colorado farm system. Washington had a lot to offer but decided to stand pat on their search for a center fielder, at least for now. Who’s next? Last week, we told you about Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, hopefully you took advantage of that.