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5 Tampa Bay Rays Prospects Who Could be Called Up by August

5 Tampa Bay Rays Prospects Who Could be Called Up by August

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The Tampa Bay Rays sit six games under .500 and are in fourth place in the AL East. Unless they make a run soon, chances are that they are going to miss the playoffs. The Rays have never been afraid of bringing up their young talent to play on the biggest stage. So here are the five Rays prospects who have the best chance of being called up in August.

5. Nathan Karns

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5. Nathan Karns

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If Nathan Karns is going to get called up to the big club, it's going to be for bullpen help. He has MLB experience as he had a few starts with the Washington Nationals before being traded, but he hasn't had a ton of success in those starts. In Triple-A Durham, he is 7-5 with a 5.26 ERA. But he does have the stuff to be an asset at the back end of the bullpen.

4. Mike Montgomery

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4. Mike Montgomery

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Mike Montgomery has been one of the most successful pitching prospects in the Tampa Bay Rays system as he has a 9-2 record with Triple-A Durham. The big lefty has a powerful fastball with a potentially devastating changeup. The Rays may finally give him a chance later this season.

3. Alex Colome

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3. Alex Colome

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Alex Colome made one start for the Rays this season and he earned the win. He is another power arm the Rays have at their disposable as his fastball will consistently stay in the mid-90s. A spot in the rotation could very likely open up with David Price on the trading block and expect Colome to get the opportunity.

2. Mikie Mahtook

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2. Mikie Mahtook

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Mikie Mahtook has hit at every level he has been at. He was a stud at LSU, and he is batting over .300 in Durham. I have no doubts in my mind that he could be a long-term outfielder for Tampa Bay, and he could get his first opportunity this season.

1. Hak-Ju Lee

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1. Hak-Ju Lee

Hak-ju Lee
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Hak-Ju Lee is the most MLB-ready prospect the Rays have in their farm system. He is a wizard with the glove, and the only question with Lee is whether he can hit or not. He's ready to make his debut, but with Yunel Escobar signing an extension earlier this year, I'm not sure if he will play shortstop or not. But either way, he should see some playing time before the end of the season.