This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
Injuries are starting to pile up around the big leagues, and with the Super-2 deadline in the rearview mirror, prospect promotions could begin to come fast and furious. Jameson Taillon just made his MLB debut for the Pirates last week, and an injury to staff ace Gerrit Cole could force Pittsburgh to promote its other top phenom, Tyler Glasnow. Tim Anderson received the call after the Chicago White Sox finally, mercifully, cut bait with veteran Jimmy Rollins at shortstop. Polished pitching prospect Daniel Mengden made his premiere Saturday for the A's due to a groin injury to the surprising Rich Hill. And it shouldn't be long before Alex Bregman gets the opportunity to start at third base for the Houston Astros.
Let's take a gander at the rest of the prospect scene in this week's Minor League Barometer.
Raimel Tapia, OF, COL – The roster for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats is chock full of hitting talent, including the likes of David Dahl and Ryan McMahon. Add the 22-year-old Tapia to that group, as he is slashing .302/.344/.438 with five home runs and 11 stolen bases in 57 games. Tapia has been even better over the last 10 games, hitting .342 with two home runs, two RBI and two stolen bases. Tapia does not walk much, but he also does not have a problem with strikeouts either. In fact, he has always shown the ability to make contact, having never hit below .300 at any