Minor League Barometer: Making an Impact
Minor League Barometer: Making an Impact

This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.

Injuries have perhaps caused prospects to be called up sooner than organizations would like, but some teams have been rewarded by these promotions. As previously mentioned, the Dodgers are now starting Cody Bellinger at first base due to the injury to Adrian Gonzalez. Or how about Ian Happ for Cubs? The Cubbies are banged up, so Happ received the call and subsequently hit a home run in his first game. He could end up getting sent back down shortly, but like the aforementioned Bellinger, if Happ continues to hit, the Cubs maybe have little choice but to keep him with the big club.

Let's take a look at some other movers and shakers in this week's Minor League Barometer.

UPGRADE

Leody Taveras, OF, TEX – Arguably the top prospect in the Texas organization, the speedy Taveras also seems to be tapping into his power potential to begin the 2017 campaign. Through 36 games for Low-A Hickory, the 18-year-old centerfielder already has four home runs. By contrast, Taveras had just one home run across three levels in 2016. He's currently on a tear, batting .361 over his last 10 contests. With five steals this season to boot, the switch-hitting teenager has shown a diverse skill set while being far from overmatched in the batter's box.

Dylan Cease, P, CHC - As if the Cubs haven't had enough success in recent years through the minors, Cease could be yet another high-upside phenom who reaches his potential. The 21-year-old old

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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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