5 Prospects Ready to Make an Impact in the 2016 Season

Create: 07/14/2016 - 11:57

Baseball has seen an influx of young talent the last few seasons. With more top prospects on the way, we take a minute to examine the most likely to make an impact in the second half of this season.

5. Trea Turner, SS

A plus runner and defender (25 steals in 83 AAA games in 2016), Trea Turner could play the role of spark plug for the first place Washington Nationals once the dog days of August hit. With the ability to play all over the infield and hit at the top of the order, Turner can be Washington's Swiss Army knife utility player. We've seen Turner before in the big leagues, so expect the 23-year-old to hit the ground running whenever he does get the call.

4. Tyler Glasnow, RHP

This could very easily be Jameson Taillon here, but I'm going to go with his taller, less injury-proned fellow Pirates pitching prospect. Look, Tyler Glasnow's potential impact is simple. The Pirates starting pitchers weren't great in the first half of the season (4.83 ERA), but, here they sit, 1.5 games out of the wildcard chase. If the Pirates are going to make their fourth consecutive postseason, they're going to need their 6'8" right hander to be the dominant force many expect him to be.

3. Dansby Swanson, SS

The second of three shortstop prospects on this list, Dansby Swanson is not only the top prospect in the Atlanta Braves system, but also the annointed face of the future of this proud franchise. A star in the making, Swanson pairs five Major League-ready tools with 80-grade hair and a strong pedigree (Swanson was named the 2014 College World Series Most Outstanding Player). Look for the native Georgian to give fans a taste of the future later this summer.

2. Alex Reyes, RHP

The most likely candidate to be this year's version of Noah Syndergaard, Alex Reyes showcases a blazzing heater, a wipe out hammer and a propensity for striking dudes out. It's easy to envision Reyes pitching in St. Louis down the stretch.

1. Alex Bregman, SS

Since being drafted No. 2 overall (on the same day that Carlos Correa was called up to the major leagues), Alex Bregman has hit, hit and hit some more. Bregman's lightning quick hands and advanced plate discipline have resulted in a gaudy .309/.416/.603 slash line across AA and AAA in 2016. Look for the former LSU Tiger to debut in Houston sometime in July and make an immediate impact in a playoff race.

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