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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Predicting the Next 5 Prospects to be Called Up

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Predicting the Next 5 Prospect Call Ups

Gregory Polanco
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The Houston Astros made the decision to call up their top prospect, outfielder George Springer. Many experts believed he should have started the season in the majors, but that's a story for another day. He became one of the hottest pickups of the day. With all the great talent some of these teams have in the minors, here is a list of five players who could be the next ones to get the call up to the major leagues.

OF Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins

Byron Buxton
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OF Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins

Byron Buxton
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Byron Buxton is the consensus No. 1 prospect in all of baseball. Between Class-A and High-A, he played 125 games with a .944 OPS and 55 stolen bases. A perfect combination of power and speed, Buxton will make his major league debut sooner rather than later. Right now, though, he's sitting out with a left wrist injury. He was supposed to begin the season in Double-A and continue to be a beast. If not 2014, he'll be up in 2015.

SP Archie Bradley - Arizona Diamondbacks

Archie Bradley
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SP Archie Bradley - Arizona Diamondbacks

Archie Bradley
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Archie Bradley is one of the team's best starting pitchers. He should have been in the rotation on Opening Day, but began the 2014 season in Triple-A. Bradley dominated batters at the Double-A level in 2013. In 21 starts, he went 12-5 with a 1.97 ERA and 119-59 K/BB ratio in 123.1 innings. With the Arizona Diamondbacks sitting at 4-14, the team could use a boost in the rotation. Expect a call up before the All-Star break.

OF Gregory Polanco - Pittsburgh Pirates

Gregory Polanco
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OF Gregory Polanco - Pittsburgh Pirates

Gregory Polanco
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Gregory Polanco has succeeded at every level of baseball he's played in. As a five-tool player, he finished the 2013 season in Triple-A. In all levels throughout the 2013 season, Polanco finished with 12 home runs, 71 RBI, 38 stolen bases and a .285 batting average. Polanco is a very aggressive hitter, but he's able to keep his strikeout totals low. Even though he's a center fielder, he would fit better in right fielder with his strong arm.

SP Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets

Noah Syndergaard
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SP Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets

Noah Syndergaard
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Noah Syndergaard came to New York in the R.A Dickey deal back in December 2012. In his first full season in the Mets farm system in 2013, Syndergaard went 9-4 with a 3.06 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 117.2 innings. He is a classic power right-handed pitcher, standing at 6-foot-6. He has a 98 MPH fastball, a nasty 12-6 curveball and an effective changeup for his third pitch. He will take the same path carved out my Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.

OF Oscar Taveras - St. Louis Cardinals

Oscar Taveras
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OF Oscar Taveras - St. Louis Cardinals

Oscar Taveras
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Oscar Taveras is the closest player to making his major leagues. He would have been with the Cardinals already if there was a spot available. Taveras had a monster 2012 season and took his talents to the next level. Taveras finished with a .306 average in just 46 games. Taveras has suffered a hamstring injury this season. In 13 games, he has 14 hits and 10 RBI. He'll get to full strength in Triple-A before a decision is made about his future.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.