Let’s start with a couple of prospects who just missed the top five of this list. They will likely still see time in the majors, however, so keep these names handy:
- Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates: He was the last name left off the top five, and I know several other writers that would have put him in this list outright. Barring injury, it’s almost a lock that the Pirates will promote Glasnow to the majors at some point in 2016 and insert him into the starting rotation. Glasnow boasts a fastball in the upper 90s along with a wipeout curveball, and could be a major key in getting the Bucs to their fourth straight playoff berth. Especially if he can stay consistent.
- Trea Turner, SS/2B, Washington Nationals: Turner has already seen a little time in the majors thanks partly to the Nats’ injury-ravaged 2015 and partly to his rapid improvement in just 48 games at Triple-A. Veteran-loving Dusty Baker is Washington’s new manager, though, meaning that Turner’s path to regular MLB playing time is probably blocked for now by Stephen Drew and Danny Espinosa. Unless either Drew or Espinosa takes it up a notch, however, Baker’s hand may be forced before too long.