This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
This has been a season unlike any other in terms of prospect promotions, and the recent ascension of Bo Bichette to the big leagues did little to quell the excitement. However, two injured phenoms with high upside could also be joining the fray soon. A.J. Puk is nearly back from Tommy John surgery, and with it will come plenty of strikeouts. Though Puk will likely only be a bullpen add in 2019, the Athletics have struggled at the back end of their pen (only the Mets have blown more saves this season) - so the 6-foot-7 southpaw could end up being a quick fix. The same can be said for Jesus Luzardo, who is scheduled to return for the A's at the end of August. Another lefty who has undergone Tommy John surgery, Luzardo actually suffered a shoulder issue that limited him to just 19.1 innings this season. The Athletics are currently leading the second Wild Card slot, but it is extremely tight as the Rays and Red Sox lurk closely behind. Both Puk and Luzardo could provide boosts down the stretch, without having to make a trade.
Let's take a look at some other players on the move in this week's Minor League Barometer.
Simeon Woods Richardson, P, TOR – Woods Richardson went to the Blue Jays along with Anthony Kay in exchange for Marcus Stroman on Monday. The 18-year-old had been dealing at Low-A prior to the trade. In his previous 10 starts over 47