If you were hoping to see the next set of unheralded prospects in this week’s report, that’s been bumped a week as Howard Bender and I decided to write companion articles this week between his Buzz Cuts: Preparing For Innings Limits and my weekly prospect report. So this week we’ll talk about pitchers who might be closer to coming up than previously thought as teams try to protect arms and top prospects in the age of injuries and service time.

We’ve already seen a bevy of injuries to big name pitchers this year and with seemingly more and more bullpen games happening every week, it’s time to look at some of the lesser known pitching prospects that are sitting in the upper minors and just need an opening to get a taste of the...