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The Buy and Hold: Week 15

Let's look at the top prospects in the minors who can have an impact for this season still.

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Well it's been two weeks since we've looked at the Buy and Hold, and amazingly have only seen a couple prospects get called up. Miguel Sano has been everything his owners could have hoped and more, hitting .385/.500/.577 with a home run in his first eight games, and has already seen one of those games at third base.

We've seen an unbelievable amount of prospects come up this season so far, to the point where our upcoming top 100 fantasy prospect midseason update looks substantially different from the preseason lists. And with the trade deadline approaching, it's very possible that we see a few more prospects promoted over the coming weeks, as well as the potential for some prospects to be traded.

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 SyndergaardAustin HedgesEddie RosarioPreston Tucker
Week 7: Maikel Franco, Lance McCullers Jr.
Week 8: Rusney CastilloWilmer Difo
Week 9: Eduardo RodriguezChi Chi Gonzalez, Michael Feliz
Week 10: Joey GalloJoe RossMike MontgomeryScott Schebler
Week 11: Carlos CorreaMason Williams
Week 12: Byron Buxton, Francisco Lindor, Kyle Schwarber (sort of), Matt Wisler, Adam Morgan
Week 13: Andrew Heaney (7), Steven Matz (4), Alex Meyer, Justin Nicolino
Week 14: Miguel Sano (6), Wilmer Difo

1. Joey Gallo - 3B/OF - Rangers (PR: Not Eligible)

Gallo was demoted to AAA with the return of Josh Hamilton to the lineup, but it's not exactly like Hamilton is the most durable guy in the first place. I can see the potential for Gallo to be up not too long after the All-Star break with another injury.

2. Hector Olivera - 3B - Dodgers (PR: 4)
3. Kyle Schwarber - C/OF - Cubs (PR: 2)
4. Corey Seager - SS - Dodgers (PR: 1)

With Olivera returning to the field this week, I think that he's now a little more likely to get the call than Seager, as the Dodgers can try to mix and match Olivera in at multiple spots. As for Schwarber, he's up again with the next Cubs' AL series, which is against the White Sox in mid-August. I do think Schwarber is up for good at that point though.

5. Aaron Nola - RHP - Phillies (PR: 3)

The Phillies' rotation remains a complete mess outside of Cole Hamels, who has a very realistic chance of being elsewhere by the end of the month. I can see the team bringing Nola up shortly after the break, and letting him show what he can do the rest of the season.

6. Rusney Castillo - OF - Red Sox (PR: 5)
7. Daniel Norris - LHP - Blue Jays (PR: 8)
8. Michael Conforto - OF - Mets (PR: NR)
9. Aaron Judge - OF - Yankees (PR: 10)

You've got a trio of outfielders here with varying levels of availability. The Mets have made known that they don't intend to bring Conforto up to help out while Michael Cuddyer struggles, which is too bad because he might be the best option they have to help in left field. The Jays are currently running Felix Doubront out as their fifth starter right before the break rather than Norris or Aaron Sanchez, who could also return soon.

10. Richie Shaffer - 3B - Rays (PR: 9)
11. Joe Ross - RHP - Nationals (PR: NR)
12. Jon Gray - RHP - Rockies (PR: 7)
13. Stephen Piscotty - OF - Cardinals (PR: NR)

The Rays were running anything they could find out at first base until James Loney returned from the disabled list, while Shaffer continues to hit at AAA Durham. The Cardinals opted to go with Dan Johnson to try and get a little bit of offense out of their first base hole, so it's possible we could see Piscotty in the second half as they make some effort to upgrade the infield.

14. Luis Severino - RHP - Yankees (PR: NR)
15. Brian Johnson - LHP - Red Sox (PR: NR)

With Severino, there's a ton of upside but it's not clear that the Yankees will bring him up and put him in the rotation, as the best candidate to be replaced is C.C. Sabathia. The upside with Brian Johnson isn't as high as any of the starters above, but the Red Sox' rotation is a complete mess and he might already be better than some of the guys there.

Honorable Mentions:

Dalton Pompey - OF - Blue Jays (PR: NR)
Jose Peraza - 2B/OF - Braves (PR: NR)
Jose Berrios - RHP - Twins (PR: NR)

Right now I don't really see a place for any of these three prospects to play based on how their teams are constructed, but if the Braves make a move to send Cameron Maybin out of town, I would look at Peraza as the best fantasy option to replace him.

For Those About to Rebuild, We Salute You

If you're already rebuilding with an aim toward the 2016 season (or rapidly looking like you should), you're probably looking for prospects to target that have a reasonably good chance at contributing for a majority of 2016. This list isn't necessarily likely to be drastically different from the list above some weeks, and should more closely resemble the top of the fantasy prospect rankings.

1. Corey Seager - SS - Dodgers (PR:1)
2. Kyle Schwarber - OF - Cubs (PR: NR)
3. Joey Gallo - 3B/OF - Rangers (PR: NR)
4. J.P. Crawford - SS - Phillies (PR: 3)
5. Julio Urias - LHP - Dodgers (PR: 4)
6. Nomar Mazara - OF - Rangers (PR: NR)
7. Tim Anderson - SS - White Sox (PR: NR)
8. Aaron Nola - RHP - Phillies (PR: NR)
9. Rusney Castillo - OF - Red Sox (PR: NR)
10. Chi-Chi Gonzalez - RHP - Rangers (PR: NR)