March 8, 2011; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Anthony Gose (43) dives and catches a fly ball by New York Yankees third baseman Bill Hall (not pictured) to end the top of the sixth inning of a spring training game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
As teams start to fall out of the pennant races, we could start seeing movement to allow some of the better prospects in the two AAA leagues to come up and start contributing at the Major League level. Until then we will just have to be contented with seeing how they are doing in the minors. All statistics are courtesy of Minor League Central.
Ryan Kalish (BOS)
Kalish came off the disabled list last week, and was immediately sent to AAA Pawtucket. In 8 games at AAA so far he has 4 home runs and is hitting .394. It's hard to remember sometimes, but Kalish is still just 24 years old. He no longer qualifies as a prospect, but he is definitely someone to watch should he get promoted and be in line for regular playing time.
Matt Harvey (NYM)
Harvey is coming off one of his better starts of the season (where he unfortunately still took the loss), striking out 10 and allowing 3 earned runs over 7 innings against Pawtucket on the 14th. He's currently sitting 4th in the IL in strikeouts with 74, and seems a likely candidate for a rotation spot in 2013 for the Mets.
Domonic Brown (PHI)
Brown has been red hot of late, hitting .300/.364/.575 in the month of June with 3 home runs so far. Someday we will get to see him play at the Major League level again, and it will be interesting to see what he can do once he gets an opportunity again.
Manny Banuelos (NYY)
More of an update than anything - Banuelos has not pitched since May 23rd due to an elbow injury, but there does not appear to be a timetable currently for his return.
Read more about some of the players in the Pacific Coast League after the jump...
Pacific Coast League
Wil Myers (KC)
Myers has played in 28 games so far in AAA, and has 10 home runs with an OPS of 1.088. Until the Royals manage to clear a spot for him to play everyday, he may just have to be content to crush everything in sight in AAA.
Anthony Gose (TOR)
Gose had an extremely productive month of May, hitting .364/.431/.554 with 16 stolen bases in 18 attempts, but has cooled substantially in June thus far (.279/.353/.377, 0 SB). He's another player who really does not have a place to play yet, but could force the issue by the end of the season.
Anthony Rizzo (CHC)
Rizzo has been missing a few games here and there throughout the season due to minor injuries, but the production just keeps on plugging. So far in June he has 5 home runs in just 13 games and is hitting .419/.439/.837. If he stays down for the whole season (which seems like it very well could happen), we could see Rizzo hit 40+ home runs despite a shorter season than the Major Leagues.
Travis d'Arnaud (TOR)
I ranked d'Arnaud as my #1 catching prospect in the minors on Monday, and he's been crushing it for going on two months now, as he hit .367 with 10 homers in May and is up to .377 for June with 3 more home runs so far.
Be sure to check out the rest of our positional prospect rankings as they come out this week, along with Bret's updated top 50 fantasy prospects on Friday.