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04-29

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The Call-Up: Michael Fulmer
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Grant Jones and J.P. Breen

04-29

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The Call-Up: Sean Manaea
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Grant Jones and George Bissell

04-26

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The Call-Up: Jose Berrios
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Will Haines and Mike Gianella

04-25

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The Call-Up: Aaron Blair
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

04-22

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The Call-Up: Blake Snell
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Steve Givarz and J.P. Breen

04-11

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The Call-Up: Mallex Smith
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

04-11

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The Call-Up: Max Kepler
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Christopher Crawford and J.J. Jansons

04-11

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The Call-Up: Nomar Mazara
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

04-07

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The Call-Up: Robert Stephenson
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

10-27

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The Call-Up: Raul A. Mondesi
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Craig Goldstein and Ben Carsley

09-09

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The Call-Up: The September Crash Course
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BP Prospect Staff and BP Fantasy Staff

09-04

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The Call-Up: Corey Seager
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

08-24

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The Call-Up: Trea Turner
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

08-14

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The Call-Up: John Lamb
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-13

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The Call-Up: Greg Bird
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Al Skorupa and Mike Gianella

08-12

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The Call-Up: Colin Rea
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Christopher Crawford and J.J. Jansons

08-10

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The Call-Up: Jose Peraza
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-03

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The Call-Up: Jon Gray
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Brendan Gawlowski and J.P. Breen

08-03

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The Call-Up: Luis Severino
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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

08-03

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The Call-Up: Henry Owens
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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

08-03

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The Call-Up: Richie Shaffer
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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The Call-Up: Ketel Marte
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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

07-27

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The Call-Up: Zach Lee
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Brendan Gawlowski and Wilson Karaman

07-24

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The Call-Up: Michael Conforto
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Al Skorupa and Mike Gianella

07-21

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The Call-Up: Stephen Piscotty
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

07-20

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The Call-Up: Aaron Nola
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

07-17

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The Call-Up: Frankie Montas
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Mauricio Rubio and George Bissell

07-13

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The Call-Up: Brian Johnson
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

07-08

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The Call-Up: Gleyber Torres
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

07-02

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The Call-Up: Manny Banuelos
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David Lee and Wilson Karaman

07-02

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The Call-Up: Miguel Sano
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

06-26

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The Call-Up: Alex Meyer
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Mark Anderson and Greg Wellemeyer

06-26

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The Call-Up: Steven Matz
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Jeff Moore and George Bissell

06-22

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The Call-Up: Justin Nicolino
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Brendan Gawlowski and George Bissell

06-19

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The Call-Up: Matt Wisler
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David Lee and J.J. Jansons

06-16

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The Call-Up: Kyle Schwarber
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

06-15

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The Call-Up: Francisco Lindor
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Christopher Crawford and J.J. Jansons

06-15

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The Call-Up: Byron Buxton
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

06-09

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The Call-Up: Vincent Velasquez
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Craig Goldstein and Mike Gianella

06-08

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The Call-Up: Carlos Correa
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

06-08

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The Call-Up: Joe Ross
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Tucker Blair and Mike Gianella

06-02

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The Call-Up: Joey Gallo
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Kate Morrison and Bret Sayre

06-01

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The Call-Up: Chi Chi Gonzalez
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

06-01

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The Call-Up: Michael Feliz
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Wilson Karaman

05-28

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The Call-Up: Eduardo Rodriguez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

05-20

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The Call-Up: Wilmer Difo
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CJ Wittmann and Bret Sayre

05-18

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The Call-Up: Lance McCullers
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

05-09

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The Call-Up: Noah Syndergaard
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

05-05

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The Call-Up: Eddie Rosario
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Christopher Crawford and Craig Goldstein

05-04

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The Call-Up: Austin Hedges
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

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April 29, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Michael Fulmer

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The 2015-trade acquisition will have to impress to retain his role.

The Situation: The Tigers attempted to address their rotation need in the offseason by signing front-end starter Jordan Zimmermann. Unfortunately the injury bug has struck the back-end of the rotation early, with Shane Greene expected to miss two starts, of which the Tigers have committed at least one to Fulmer. In part due to a matchup, Brad Ausmus said, Fulmer was picked over Matt Boyd, which should put some pressure on with another major-league ready arm available in Toledo.

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April 29, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Sean Manaea

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Grant Jones and George Bissell

A Jess Hahn blister has opened the door for Oakland's top pitching prospect.

The Situation: Following the demotion of Eric Surkamp, the A’s were reportedly considering promoting either Jesse Hahn or Sean Manaea. A blister issue for Hahn helped force their hand, as they’ve called up the top-50 prospect, Manaea. Manager Bob Melvin has already indicated that Manaea should be with the team for “the long haul,” so this should not be viewed in a similar light to the recent promotion/demotion of Rays’ prospect Blake Snell.

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The cavalry has arrived for an ailing Twins staff...is it too late?

The Situation: With the wheels falling off the proverbial bus that is the Twins’ rotation, Minnesota has turned to their prized arm, Jose Berrios, to save the day. After a back issue derailed Ervin Santana, Tyler Duffey, called up to replace him, caught a comebacker on the shoulder and is day-to-day. The 21-year-old Berrios will likely slide into this spot in the rotation for now, but struggling pitchers Tommy Milone and Kyle Gibson appear to be the likely candidates to be bumped once Santana returns. Berrios’ call-up coincides nicely with a shuffle of young talent between Triple-A and the majors and the passing of his service-time issues, but there is apparent need for reinforcements as the Twins attempt to turn around their horrid start to the season.

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He hasn't received as much hype as other prospects, but he could make an immediate impact.

The Situation: Amazingly, Aaron Blair became ready to become a part of the Atlanta rotation a couple of days after the service-time issues passed. What a fortunate coincidence for the Braves to have everything align in such a miraculous fashion.

Background: Blair’s stock fluctuated throughout his junior season at Marshall, but the Diamondbacks saw enough in the right-hander to take him with the 36th pick of the 2013 draft. After two solid —if unspectacular—seasons in the Arizona system, Blair turned a corner in 2015; posting a 2.92 ERA in stops at Double- and Triple-A. Despite looking like one of the future cogs to the Diamondbacks future, Arizona instead chose to trade him, Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte in a (controversial) move to acquire Shelby Miller. He dominated in three starts at Triple-A Gwinnett, and he’ll now get a chance to show that stuff at the big-league level.

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April 22, 2016 5:04 pm

The Call-Up: Blake Snell

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After a breakout 2015 season, the Rays' top prospect gets at least a spot start.

Background
The Rays drafted Snell with the seventh of their 10 first-round picks that year, as a supplemental pick for the loss of Brad Hawpe. He will be the third member of that class to make it to the bigs (Mikie Mahtook and Tyler Goeddel being the other two). Snell didn’t get off to the greatest start in his pro career, as he struggled to throw strikes and prior to 2015 had a walk rate of 4.9 in 287 innings. But he did showcase a premium arsenal with a strikeout rate of 9.5. Things finally clicked for the tall lefty in 2015, as he lowered his walk rate to 3.6, improved his strikeout rate to 10.9, posted an ERA of 1.41, and finished with a masterful nine starts in Triple-A. All of this made Blake Snell our Top Prospect for the Rays for 2016, as well as 21st in our top 101

Scouting Report
When he was drafted Snell was a raw, inconsistent lefty out of the Seattle area, flashing feel for pitching as well as a long projectable body to dream on. It took a while for the command and pitches to take a step forward, but he firmly blew down the door in 2015. His fastball is 92-94 and will touch 96 when he needs it, but the pitch plays to double-plus with plus movement that generates a lot of weak contact and awkward movement. His primary off-speed pitch is a slider with really hard downward tilt, and he is comfortable throwing away to LHH. (He's also comfortable burying the hopes and dreams of RHH.) His changeup flashes plus because of his arm speed and the offering's late drop, though the pitch is behind his others in terms of overall command as he struggles to leave the pitch up. He always had a feel to pitch but the numbers finally backed it up, as he showcases above-average control and average command of his arsenal. His long-term outlook has top-of-the-rotation stuff, but pitching in the big leagues is hard and it needs to be seen how his strike-throwing ways will do against big-league hitters.



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April 11, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Mallex Smith

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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

Mallex mis mreally mfast.

The Situation: The Braves will be without Ender Inciarte for a couple weeks due to a strained hamstring, and so they’ve called up speed demon Mallex Smith in his place.

Background: Smith was a fifth-round selection by the Padres in 2012 out of Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida and, after stealing 152 combined bases in 2013-14, he was beginning to move up the San Diego prospect rankings. He was then shipped off to Atlanta in the deal that saw Justin Upton leave, and more success followed, as he hit a combined .303 with 56 stolen bases in stops at Mississippi and Gwinnett.

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Another notch in the belt of german engineering.

The Situation: Last year the Twins were the upstart team of the AL. This year, not so much. With Danny Santana heading to the disabled list, Minnesota will call on Kepler to (hopefully) provide some offensive punch.

Background: The Twins signed Kepler out of Germany (for $800,000) as a player who was equal parts raw goo and toolsy prospect six years ago, hoping that someday that goo would translate into something solid. For the first few years, that seemed very unlikely while he was being derailed by injuries, but something clicked in 2013, and he’s shown marked improvement every year since. It really came together last year, as he hit .318/410/.520 in Double-A Chattanooga, earning a trip to the Futures Game and a (very) small cup of coffee at the end of the 2015 major-league season.

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Nomar comin'.

The Situation: Shin-Soo Choo’s hamstring injury has opened the door for Nomar Mazara, the Rangers top prospect, to get his first taste of big-league action. The Rangers have opted for the sweet-swinging lefty, over previous call up Joey Gallo, who they’ve left in Triple-A to get more time at third base.

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April 7, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Robert Stephenson

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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

Stephenson's stay will be a short one, but when can you expect from his spot start?

The Situation: The Reds are not good, and with five pitchers on the disabled list to start the season and no other starting options on the 40-man roster, they’ll give Stephenson a brief, early look making his big-league debut on Thursday. He’ll be sent down after the game no matter what, as they look to secure an extra year of control.

Background: Cincinnati has long shown an affinity for hard-throwing right-handers, so it wasn’t a big surprise when they took him with their first-round pick out of Alhambra High School in Martinez, California in the summer of 2011. In his three-plus seasons in the Reds system, he’s shown flashes of dominance—as seen in his 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings rate—but his inability to throw quality (or any) strikes has impeded his development. Still, there’s been more positive than negative as a professional, and he showed enough quality this spring to make the Reds believer he’s ready to pitch in the bigs in 2016.

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Son of Raul has a chance to make his major-league debut in the golldarned World Series.

The Situation: The Royals are seeking some additional flexibility at the end of their World Series roster, and Raul Adalberto Mondesi will provide the middle-infield depth that Terrance Gore cannot, while still offering speed to burn as a pinch-runner.

Background: Signed for $2 million in 2011, Mondesi has made impressive strides while being aggressively challenged his entire career as a professional. While he’s spent a full season in each level at which he’s played, Mondesi was always one of the younger players at his levels, and he hadn’t faced a pitcher younger than him until this season at Double-A. While he’s made believers out of many with his glove, speed and arm, the aggressive schedule designed by Kansas City has left his offensive future cloudy with no chance of bases on balls. But viewing his production through the lens of age relative to level, merely surviving is a success, and he has done that—if just.

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September 9, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: The September Crash Course

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BP Prospect Staff and BP Fantasy Staff

These are some of the prospects called up for the first time this September not named Corey Seager.

Jett Bandy, C, Los Angeles Angels

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September 4, 2015 12:01 am

The Call-Up: Corey Seager

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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

We haven't seen a younger sibling steal his big brother's thunder like this since Renly Baratheon.

The situation: The Dodgers scuffled slightly in mid-August, but after sweeping the Giants this week Los Angeles has settled into a comfortable lead in the NL West. To help stabilize their third-base situation (Justin Turner got hit in the hand on Wednesday night), the Dodgers will call up the top prospect in baseball for the final month in Corey Seager.

Background: The younger brother of Mariners All-Star third baseman Kyle Seager; Corey was a prep standout out of Northwest Carbarrus High School in South Carolina; and it was no surprise when the Dodger selected him with the 18th-overall pick of the 2012 draft. After two solid seasons at the lower levels, Seager’s stock really took off following his sensational 2014 campaign, where he posted a 1.004 OPS at High-A Rancho Cucamonga and continued to rake in Double-A Chattanooga. He’s continued to put up impressive numbers this year, and after hitting .375/.407/.675 at Double-A Tulsa, he earned a call to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and was ranked No. 1 in the Baseball Prospectus mid-season top 50 this July.

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