Minor League Barometer: Risers & Fallers

Minor League Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.

The Rays traded starting shortstop Willy Adames to the Brewers last week, and prospect aficionados went wild. Could this finally be the long-awaited debut for Wander Franco? In classic Tampa Bay fashion, they instead promoted someone else - and it wasn't even Vidal Brujan. It was Taylor Walls, who has been no slouch in his own right.  The third-round pick in 2017 was slashing .327/.468/.490 with two home runs, 10 RBI and two steals in 14 Triple-A contests prior to the call-up. Walls has rewarded the Rays with three hits in his first eight at-bats, but is not expected to bring much power to the table while Franco lies waiting patiently in the wings. With Adames gone, Franco is that much closer to getting to The Show and making all of our dreams come true.

Here are some more movers and shakers in this edition of the Minor League Barometer.

UPGRADE

Hunter Greene, P, CIN – There's plenty of excitement surrounding Greene, a former two-way player who needed Tommy John surgery but is now healthy and absolutely dealing. He can hit triple-digits on the radar gun and has posted a 1.69 ERA and 33:8 K:BB through his first three outings, a span of 21.1 innings while only allowing 11 hits. Greene is just 21 and blowing away the competition at Double-A, so he will be skyrocketing up the prospect charts as long as he can keep his control.

Julio Rodriguez, OF, SEA – There are plenty of prospect pundits who

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Jesse Siegel
Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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