With the news that the Washington Nationals have called up shortstop prospect Trea Turner to the majors today, the amount of top prospects that have reached the bigs this year continues to grow. In the “year of the prospect”, there are still many more players that could see big league time when September approaches. Here are a few candidates to hit the bigs later this year.
Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers
A first round pick (18th overall) in the 2012 Draft, the younger brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle is very likely to see the Majors later this year with the Dodgers as he is having a very productive year so far in the minors, splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A. He is a shortstop now but some see him as a third baseman in the future due to his large frame (6’4″, 215 lbs). He can really mash the ball with above-average power potential, despite a down year in the minors with only 14 home runs. At only age 21, he may just see a cup of coffee, but don’t expect it to be long before he’s in the Dodgers’ lineup regularly.
Nomar Mazara, OF, Rangers
Mazara was just promoted to AAA Round Rock earlier this week, and with the way he’s hitting the ball, he could see some time in late September in Arlington. He is a pure hitter, with an OPS above .800 this year in the minors, hitting in the highest levels as a 20-year-old. He has loads of raw power, and hit 14 homers in AA against much older pitching. He also showcases a strong arm and most likely fits in right field long-term.
Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees
Greg Bird has already come up and made some noise for the Yankees, and Judge could be next. The 2013 first rounder from Fresno State is massive (6’7″, 275 lbs) and has a lot of power, as you might expect from someone of that size. He has a strong arm in right field and is an above-average hitter for contact, and although his numbers have dipped in AAA, it’s possible New York could call him up to add some extra power in a September playoff race.
Jesse Winker, OF, Reds
This may be the least likely on the list, but it is still a possibility now that the Reds have traded away Marlon Byrd. Winker is very toolsy. A 2012 first rounder, he is in his age-22 season and is having a very good year at AA Pensacola. He is a good contact hitter, has above-average power, and will most likely fit as an above-average defensive left field due to a below-average arm.