We're a month into the season now, and so we're rapidly approaching the point where teams may look to make changes to the roster to shake things up. The Twins went through this over the past two weeks, sending down two top prospects and then just yesterday sending down their backup catcher and shaking up their bullpen. While every call up doesn't necessarily have fantasy impact, we should start seeing some of these key prospects in the coming weeks.
Graduates (Call Up Article)
Mallex Smith - Called up in Week 1
Nomar Mazara - Called up in Week 1
Aaron Blair - Called up in Week 2
Jose Berrios - Called up in Week 3
Sean Manaea - Called up in Week 3
These rankings are based solely on their potential 2016 value, and do not include take into account their long-term value for dynasty leagues.
1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates (LW: 1)
With Jeff Locke recording a quality start last night, he had the best start out of the three starters at the back end this week, and while Niese and Nicasio faced the juggernaut that is the Cubs, none of the three have been consistent enough so far. Meanwhile, Glasnow threw seven shutout innings, struck out 11, and now has 18 consecutive scoreless innings in a row.
2. Trea Turner, SS, Nationals (LW: 3)
Turner has stolen five bases and hit .400 over the past week, but saw his batting average drop to .336. Honestly, I am not sure how much longer that the Nationals will continue to run Danny Espinosa out there every day with his .176 batting average with almost no power production.
3. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates (LW: 5)
While his teammate is getting the well-deserved publicity, Taillon has been just as good. Over his last three starts, Taillon has allowed just 1 run over 20 innings pitched. He's also been efficient throughout, throwing no more than 89 pitches in any of his five starts.
4. Blake Snell, LHP, Rays (LW: 2)
5. Nick Williams, OF, Phillies (LW: 4)
6. Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees (LW: NR)
The Yankees' top prospect is doing much better in this go-around at AAA, hitting .286 with 5 home runs on the season so far. The move of Alex Rodriguez to the disabled list allows the team to use Carlos Beltran at DH, and if they need more offense, Judge could be the next call.
7. A.J. Reed, 1B, Astros (LW: NR)
Domenic Lanza wrote about Reed last week, and with the unique move to send Evan Gattis to AA to get some reps behind the plate, Reed's time may be coming soon.
8. Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox (LW: 6)
9. Robert Stepenson, RHP, Reds (LW: 7)
10. Julio Urias, LHP, Dodgers (LW: NR)
Urias can have the most impact of any prospect on this list this year outside of Glasnow if he were called up tomorrow. What keeps him at the bottom of the list right now is the fact that despite another dominant start (6 no-hit innings on Wednesday), his call up may bring him into the Dodgers' bullpen to keep his innings under control. While he could still be dominant in that role as well, his fantasy value is significantly diminished since he would not be used to close out games.