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Top Fantasy Prospects for the Rest of the Season, Week 7

Another new name at the top this week as we see Maikel Franco called up to play third. Who are the top 10 prospects still in the minor that can help you this year for fantasy?

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We've seen another player who headlined the list get the call to the majors, as well as the news that an unexpected pitching prospect will be getting the call on Monday. Maikel Franco will be the everyday third baseman for the Phillies for the foreseeable future as the team transitions Cody Asche to left field. H should be a nice source of power and potentially batting average this year, although they both come with the usual caveats about rookies and development.

The surprise call came from the Astros, with the news that pitching prospect Lance McCullers Jr. will make his major league debut on Monday against Oakland. McCullers has shown some of what made him a top draft pick back in 2012 so far, striking out 43 batters against 11 walks in just 29 innings at AA, while allowing a ridiculously low 15 hits. The injury to Brett Oberholtzer has given him the opportunity, but his ability to keep his walks under control will determine whether he stays all year. He's worth a grab in most deeper formats, and with how Oakland has been hitting, I would probably start him in his first outing. There's good strikeout upside, but it may come with a high WHIP.

So who's next? Which prospect is still worth holding onto now for when they are called up to the majors later?


Week 3: Kris BryantYasmany Tomas
Week 4: Carlos RodonAddison RussellKevin Plawecki
Week 5: Dilson HerreraBlake Swihart
Week 6: Noah Syndergaard, Austin Hedges, Eddie Rosario, Preston Tucker
Week 7: Maikel Franco, Lance McCullers Jr. (Monday)

1. Andrew HeaneyAngels (+1)

Currently at: AAA Salt Lake City
Likely Call Up: End of May

Heaney threw seven innings on Tuesday in Tacoma, striking out 9 batters and allowing just two runs, one unearned. Both Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson pitched well in their last outing, but now Matt Shoemaker struggled in his last one. It seems that at some point relatively soon Heaney is going to be called up to take one of the rotation spots, but who might be removed seems to be shifting as the season moves along.

2. Carlos Correa - Astros (+5)

Currently at: AAA Fresno
Likely Call Up: Mid-June

Correa went out and destroyed AA to the point that the Astros practically had no choice but to give him a new challenge and move him up to AAA. The Jed Lowrie injury has left a pretty deep black hole at shortstop, and the organization has made clear with the planned McCullers call up on Monday that they are willing to bring up a prospect if they think it is the best move for the team.

3. Rusney CastilloRed Sox

Currently at: AAA Pawtucket
Likely Call Up: Early June

There was another injury scare this week for Castillo as he left a game with an ankle injury, but did not miss any time and added two home runs in last night's game as well. The Red Sox did clear up one thing at least though, as they optioned Allen Craig to the minors to try and get him straightened out. However, the return of Shane Victorino means that Castillo still remains blocked for the time being.

4. Corey SeagerDodgers

Currently at: AAA Oklahoma City
Likely Call Up: early June

The news that Hector Olivera has received his visa adds yet another potential name to the third base spot in the majors, although it's not clear when he would join the team and may need a fair amount of time in the minors. At this point though, Jimmy Rollins continues to struggle at the plate, and I'm not sure if Seager's more likely to debut at third or short.

5. Jon Singleton, Astros (NR)

Currently at: AAA Fresno
Likely Call Up: early June

I'm not entirely sure where they play him unless they're ready to bench either Evan Gattis or Chris Carter on a regular basis, but Singleton has been hitting very well at Fresno, with 12 home runs and 40 RBi through last night's game. If they're really making moves toward extending their division lead

The Next Five

6. Rob Refsnyder, Yankees
7. Francisco Lindor, Indians
8. Steven Matz, Mets
9. Eduardo Rodriguez, Red Sox (+1)
10. Marco Gonzales, Cardinals - The rotation for the Cardinals has been hit by injuries, and while Gonzales has also missed some time this year, I think he gets the first call if Tyler Lions struggles today in his start.

Dropped Off: Alex Meyer - Meyer has really, really struggled in two of his last three starts at AAA, and at this point I don't see the Twins bringing him up any time soon.