This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
Everyone always wants to know the next prospect set to shoot up the rankings, so I'll give a few names I'm watching. Curtis Mead, 20, is a second baseman from Australia in the Rays farm system who has had an intriguing start to the 2021 campaign slashing .358/.410/.589 with seven home runs, 35 RBI and eight steals at Low-A. Another second base prospect with a scintillating start to the season is Samad Taylor in the Toronto organization. The 22-year-old is batting .303/.393/.567 with 12 home runs, 31 RBI and 17 steals in 48 contests at Double-A. Taylor struggled to hit for average during his previous stops and that severely limited his production, but he's always had that power/speed combination. And watch out for Kyle Harrison, a teenaged hurler in the Giants system. He's a third-round pick from last year's draft directly out of high school who's produced a staggering 67 strikeouts in only 41.2 innings at Low-A.
Here are some more prospects making news in this edition of the Minor League Barometer:
Jarren Duran, OF, BOS – At first, the Red Sox said they had no plans to rush Duran to the big leagues. Now, he's been left of the USA Olympic roster at the request of the club because they believe he may be called up shortly. Duran is raking over his last 13 contests at Triple-A going .300 with four home runs, 11 RBI and four steals. And he's already racked up double-digit home runs and steals in less than