The highly-anticipated debut of Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper last weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers created quite a buzz in MLB circles and makes MLB betting more exciting. As the season progress, it is expected that other highly-touted prospects will make their anticipated debuts for their parent clubs. Here are 10 MLB prospects who should get the call this summer and will definitely make our MLB betting more fun.
1. Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo – It has been a long and winding road for Chicago Cubs prospect Anthony Rizzo. The 22-year-old first baseman has been through a lot during his four-year professional career. Rizzo was drafted out of high school in 2007 by the Boston Red Sox. His first season of professional ball was overshadowed by a personal struggle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He played in 21 games for the Greenville Drive of the South Atlantic League, where he batted a respectable .373 BA. The future is still bright for Rizzo, as he is currently playing for Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate. He is tearing up the Pacific Coast League with .384 BA, 7 HR, 23 RBI.
2. Texas Rangers: Jurickson Profar – Jurickson Profar is hoping the be the next Little League World Series alum to make it to the big leagues. Profar, who is a native of Curacao, is considered by some to be a can’t-miss prospect for the Texas Rangers. The 19-year-old put up respectable numbers in 2011 (.286 BA, 12 HR, 65 RBIs) for the Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League. He was promoted to the Frisco Rough Riders of the Double-A Texas League, where he currently sports a .235 BA
3. St. Louis Cardinals: Shelby Miller – The big story this spring for the St. Louis Cardinals was figuring out who would fill the void in the starting rotation for the injured Chris Carpenter. Could Shelby Miller be an option if Carpenter suffers a setback? Miller is currently pitching for the Cardinals’ Triple-A Memphis affiliate. He has had a so-so season to this point, with a 3-2 record and 5.09 ERA. He has given up an alarming amount of home runs—five in 23 innings pitched. Those numbers will have to improve if he has a chance at a summer call-up.
4. Arizona Diamondbacks: Trevor Bauer – Bauer would compile a 34-8 record with a 2.36 ERA during his three-year career with the Bruins. He posted his strongest season by far in 2011, where his 13-2 record earned him Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year and the prestigious Golden Spikes Award. The award is handed our yearly by USA Baseball to recognize the top amateur baseball player in the country. Bauer was drafted third overall by the Arizona Diamondacks in 2011 amateur draft. There is a good chance Bauer could see some action with the big club this season. He is currently pitching for the Diamondbacks’ Double-A affiliate Mobile BayBears of the Southern League. He has posted a strong 5-0 record with a 1.26 ERA so far this season.
5. Baltimore Orioles: Dylan Bundy – Bundy was selected fourth by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2011 amateur baseball draft. He is currently pitching for the Orioles’ Single-A affiliate, the Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League. If you were going to sum up Bundy’s performance to this point in one word, you would have to say it’s been…impressive. He has yet to allow an earned run in 17 innings of work. If he keeps up these impressive numbers, it will only be a matter of time until he makes his first appearance for the Orioles at Camden Yards.