Buxton, Lindor join Correa in Majors
Three top prospects from Minors move to the bigs within a week
For prospect fans, it doesn't get any better than this week, when the three most talented players in the Minors got the call to the Majors. After shortstop Carlos Correa joined the Astros on Monday, outfielder Byron Buxton and shortstop Francisco Lindor were called up to The Show with the Twins and Indians on Sunday.
Buxton, Correa and Lindor currently rank 1-2-3 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. The last time three prospects with this much potential were called up in such a short period of time was way back in ... mid-April, when the Cubs brought up third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Addison Russell and the crosstown White Sox sent for left-hander Carlos Rodon.
Correa has homered twice in his first five big league games, showcasing the power that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 Draft. Buxton went No. 2 in that same Draft and since has displayed all-around brilliance that has led scouts to compare him to Mike Trout. Lindor, the eighth overall selection in 2011, is such a brilliant defender that his glove overshadows his solid offensive potential.
That trio continues a trend that has seen the top five prospects and nine of the top 15 on MLBPipeline's preseason Top 100 make their Major League debuts since Opening Day. Bryant (preseason No. 2) has made the most noise, batting .287/.401/.468 with seven homers in 51 games, and several others have contributed to playoff contenders.
The Cubs also have upgraded their infield with Russell (preseason No. 5), who has hit .244/.301/.400 in 44 games. It hasn't taken long for Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo (preseason No. 9) to unleash his tremendous power, as he launched his third homer in 10 games Saturday to boost his numbers to .306/.405/.583. Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard (preseason No. 10) began his big league career with four straight quality starts and has gone 2-4 with a 4.15 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings.
Summoned less than seven months after he signed as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 Draft, Rodon (preseason No. 14) has permitted a total of three earned runs in his last four starts and has gone 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA and 40 whiffs in 40 2/3 frames. Righty Archie Bradley (preseason No. 15) made the D-backs' Opening Day roster and broke in with three straight quality starts before a line drive hit him in the face. Currently on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, Bradley owns a 2-3 record and 5.80 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings.
This is shaping up as a potentially special year for Major League debuts. In the Draft era, there have been two seasons that have seen four future Hall of Famers break into the big leagues: 1967 (Johnny Bench, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson, Tom Seaver) and 1988 (Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz; Curt Schilling could get the Cooperstown call as well).
So who's next? The Nationals are bringing right-hander Lucas Giolito (No. 4) slowly and he's only in high Class A, but Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (No. 5) is handling Triple-A pitching and Jimmy Rollins is struggling. At this rate, look for Seager in Los Angeles by Tuesday.