Toolshed: What future may hold for callups

Best-, worst-case scenarios for recently promoted top prospects

Brendan Rodgers heads to the Majors having belted 66 home runs over five Minor League seasons. (David Monseur/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | May 17, 2019 10:25 AM ET

With four Top-100 prospects reaching the Majors this week, Toolshed predicts the best- and worst-case scenarios for each member of the quarter over the remainder of the 2019 season.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Toolshed: Freeman walking onto scene

Indians infielder rounding into Top-100 prospect at Class A

Tyler Freeman is a career .325 hitter over his first three Minor League seasons. (Tim Phillis/TCP Photography)

By Sam Dykstra | May 15, 2019 10:26 AM ET

Indians infielder Tyler Freeman is becoming a Top-100 prospect in the game by showing an impressive hit tool and improving plate discipline with Class A Lake County this season.

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Toolshed: Assessing the three true outcomes

Homers, walks, strikeouts all trending higher in Minors than MLB

Lazaro Arementeros has homered, walked or struck out in 63.6 percent of his plate appearances this year. (Freek Bouw/Phrake Photography)

By Sam Dykstra | May 10, 2019 10:58 AM ET

As is the case in the Majors, home runs, walks and strikeouts are up across the board in the Minors. Toolshed explores which prospects have the most (and least) of all three combined this season.

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Toolshed: Huff popping off in Hickory

No. 21 Rangers prospect leads Minor Leagues with 14 homers

Sam Huff needs only five more homers to eclipse his career high of 18, set last season with Hickory. (Tracy Proffitt)

By Sam Dykstra | May 8, 2019 10:27 AM ET

With 14 homers, Rangers No. 21 prospect Sam Huff not only leads the Minor Leagues but is closing in on his career high already. The Hickory catcher has his sights set on being more than just a slugger.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Toolshed: Prospects on the move in April

Rounding up recent promotions and predicting who could be next

Casey Mize has given up only seven hits over 35 innings between Class A Advanced Lakeland and Double-A Erie. (Mark Olson/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | May 1, 2019 2:47 PM ET

Toolshed reviews the Minor League promotions and Major League debuts over the first month of the season and previews who could move next.

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Toolshed: Mercado settling in with Tribe

No. 19 Indians prospect on cusp of Majors with hot Triple-A start

Oscar Mercado is tied for second in the International League with seven stolen bases in 17 games. (Joe Santry/Columbus Clippers)

By Sam Dykstra | April 26, 2019 10:39 AM ET

Oscar Mercado was acquired by the Indians at last year's deadline to increase the organization's outfield depth, and after a hot start to 2019 with Columbus, he could be in position to do much more.

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Toolshed: Teams taking spotlight early on

Aviators, Woodpeckers among clubs making noise in first month

As the club's starting catcher, Tres Barrera has been involved in many aspects of Harrisburg's hot start. (Andy Grosh/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | April 24, 2019 1:24 PM ET

With the first couple weeks of the 2019 season in the books, Toolshed looks at the lineups, pitching staffs and overall rosters that already grabbing plenty of attention across the Minor Leagues.

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Toolshed: Top 10 Vlad Jr. moments

Counting down top prospect's memorable homers, highlights

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has played for six Toronto affiliates in four seasons. (Brian McLeod/MiLB.com, Buffalo Bisons)

By Sam Dykstra | April 19, 2019 9:54 AM ET

Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. might not be in the Minor Leagues much longer. While he's still around, the Toolshed counts down the 10 most memorable moments of his young career.

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Toolshed: Murphy making good for Jays

No. 19 prospect overcame three surgeries to get 40-man spot

After a turbulent start to his pro career, Patrick Murphy was the 2018 Florida State League Pitcher of the Year. (Tom Hagerty/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | April 17, 2019 10:18 AM ET

No. 19 Toronto Blue Jays prospect Patrick Murphy has undergone three different surgeries to become fully healthy on the mound. After a breakout 2018, he's two stops away from the Majors with New Hampshire.

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Toolshed: Top prospects getting early jumps

Robert, Taveras among those putting 2018 struggles in the past

Luis Robert, who entered the season with three career homers, has gone deep five times for the Dash in 2019. (Ben Sandstrom/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | April 12, 2019 10:39 AM ET

White Sox slugger Luis Robert and Rangers outfielder Leody Taveras are two of the prospects who are getting necessary early jumps on 2019 after experiencing rough patches last season.

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