This article is part of our The Long Game series.
We're now two months deep into the season, and it's maybe been easy to get lost in the weeds of FAAB bids, roster moves, standings checks and trade offers and miss the bigger picture of what's actually been happening this season. Here's a list that might help hammer it home:
Eloy Jimenez, Pete Alonso, Fernando Tatis Jr., Chris Paddack, Cole Tucker, Michael Chavis, Bryan Reynolds, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Griffin Canning, Nick Senzel, Corbin Martin, Nicky Lopez, Oscar Mercado, Keston Hiura, Austin Riley, Brendan Rodgers, Cavan Biggio.
That's 17 top prospects in eight-plus weeks that have made their MLB debuts in 2019. It's far from an exhaustive list. Not included are elite names who made their debuts late in 2018 and are now in their first full seasons, like Victor Robles. It doesn't include players like Nate Lowe or Carter Kieboom, who made their debuts this year but then got sent back down – and who will probably be back again before long. It doesn't include players like Bo Bichette or Jesus Luzardo, who likely would have been up already if not for injury. And it doesn't include less heralded callups like Trent Thornton or Harold Ramirez, who are currently among the rookie WAR leaders and might go on to have productive careers despite their lack of pedigree – there are always a couple of guys like that every year.