Trayce Thompson | OF, White Sox | Born:  3/15/1991

As usual, roster activity around the minors has increased greatly as the MiLB regular season approaches its final weeks.  A slew of notable prospects are on the move to new clubs at new levels, and I’ve been doing my best to keep y’all informed in my weekly Minor Accomplishments posts. 

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Given how much he was touted during the preseason, you’d think Shelby Miller would’ve already surfaced in St. Louis after injuries to big league starters Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia.  But a poor spring training followed by a brutal first half in the Pacific Coast League forced the Cardinals to turn to Lance Lynn and Joe Kelly instead. 

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I was gonna write about Jurickson Profar and his possible call-up here, but Grey ran with that yesterday and my take wasn’t offering different advice.  Add him in keepers if he’s not already owned, but don’t waste much energy on him in re-draft formats as playing time will be spotty and he’s still five-or-so years away from peaking. 

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In the wake of his promotion to Double-A, I figured now would be a good time to discuss this Xander Bogaerts guy who has Red Sox fans all hot and bothered.  Middlebrooks is down, call up BOGAAAHHTS!  To be clear:  I don’t think that’ll come to pass this year, but Red Sox fans have good reason to be excited about this particular prospect. 

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 Jorge Bonifacio | OF, Royals | Born:  6/4/1993

The first thing I notice about Jorge Bonifacio is that he’s not like his brother, Emilio.  Well, perhaps they have similar personalities or something.  Maybe they read the same books and watch the same TV shows and share the same wit. 

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For the past few weeks I’ve been super pumped for Dan Straily‘s arrival — like, Brett Lawrie-on-a-shizzload-of-RedBull pumped.  I first wrote about him here, providing a little background and a brief scouting report.  Then, earlier this week, I rolled out my Top Ten Prospects for the Stretch Run, and Straily topped the list. 

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A few of these guys are up as of recently.  Others aren’t, but should be soon.  And then a few more might not surface this year, but the mere possibility of their being called up warrants a mention.  Please understand that I’m using the term “prospects” loosely here — some of the names that follow graduated their prospect status long ago. 

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Once considered an elite prospect, Brett Wallace now has few lingering believers.  The 2008 1st round pick has already been with four organizations, and is currently passing time in the Pacific Coast League at Oklahoma City, Triple-A affiliate of the Astros. 

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Dan Straily | RHP, Athletics | Born:  12/1/1988

Dan Straily hype was virtually nonexistent during the preseason.  It wasn’t yet a thing.  It’s definitely a thing now, but back in the off-season, Baseball America didn’t feature him as a top 30 Oakland prospect, and Kevin Goldstein didn’t include him in his top 20 A’s prospects over at Baseball Prospectus. 

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Storylines in Minor League Baseball are sometimes too good to ignore.  Take this past Wednesday, for example, when Sacramento (OAK) battled Tacoma (SEA) in an 18-inning Pacific Coast League affair.  The game got away from the managers as it reached deep into extras. 

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