This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
September call-ups are fast approaching, but that could mean a variety of different things for upper-tier prospects. Some may not be promoted at all, perhaps due to Arbitration eligibility, innings limits, or being blocked at the big-league level. Others may get called up, but might not see action or be activated (see Gavin Lux of the Dodgers). Then there are those players that will get the call and can expect to play. Some names to keep an eye on are Kyle Tucker of the Astros, Jorge Mateo of the Athletics and Luis Robert of the White Sox.
Most of the players on the verge of being called up have been talked about in the Minor League Barometer at some point this season, so let's instead focus on some neophytes who are unlikely to debut in 2019 but are still making headlines.
Cory Abbott, P, CHC – A second-round pick out of Loyola Marymount in 2017, Abbott found little resistance in his first taste of full-season ball in 2018. His success has continued at Double-A this year, and he has been particularly dominant of late. Over his last four starts - a span of 25.2 innings - Abbott has allowed just four earned runs while registering a 38:9 K:BB. He tends to walk a few too many batters at times, though his ability to miss bats is evident. The opposition is also hitting just .220 against in 2019, while Abbott has recorded 147 strikeouts over 130.2 innings. As long