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The minor league playoffs will be starting this week, and the Altoona Curve have cut their magic number down to two entering last night’s games. Altoona is the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and they called up top prospect Austin Meadows to help the cause. Meadows has rewarded them with great play, with multi-hit efforts in two of his three games, including a triple. Meadows has always been linked to Clint Frazier in my brain, since both came out of Georgia high schools in the 2013 draft and both were/are super toolsy prospects. Meadows hasn’t displayed a ton of power to this point, topping out at seven dingers this year in the pitching-friendly Florida State League. The 20-year-old has done a lot of everything else though, hitting over .300 at each stop in his young career and swiping 20 bags this season. He’s a great fantasy prospect because he’s either going to keep contributing across the board with solid power and speed numbers, or he may trade in some speed for homers as he fills out his athletic frame. It’s hard to say right now which way he’ll trend, but power tends to develop later and the carrying hit tool makes him a no-brainer Top 50 spec and one that could find himself creeping into the Top 25 now that he’s reached the upper levels. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues this week, with a special focus on players who’ll have some 2016 fantasy value…

Jose Berrios, RHP | Twins

The Twins won’t be calling up Berrios this September, citing innings limits and injury risk as their primary reasons. Oh. Kay. Deep breaths. I’ve been eating a lot of sweet foods to cope and I’m up to 350 lbs, which has forced me to use a special dialing wand to write this post. It took me seven hours. With a 9.9 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 in Triple-A, Berrios has nothing to prove in the minors, so you know what to do in keepers if you’re stashing for next spring.

Blake Snell, LHP | Rays

Snell made his final start for Durham on Friday night, throwing five innings with six strikeouts, three walks, and just two earned runs allowed. That’s the 22nd time he allowed two earned runs or less in 23 starts this season. Snell is in line for minor league player of the year, and unlike the Twins, the Rays never officially ruled out calling him up once the minor league season ends. He’s not on the 40-man though, and like Berrios probably has some sort of soft innings cap. He’s another great stash in keepers for 2016 though, and keep your ear to the ground for a possible call-up this week or next.

A.J. Reed, 1B | Astros

The Cal League performance by Reed wasn’t all a result of the hitter-friendly surroundings. Now with 11 homers and 43 RBI in his first 50 games at Double-A, Reed leads the minor leagues in homers (34). It’s not all-or-nothing power either, as Reed has also posted batting averages of .346 and .333 at his two minor league stops this season. We call that raking, and with the Astros lacking any one no-brainer option at first base, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Reed get a crack at a starting gig next spring. I threw him on my bench in one 12-team keeper just in case he does arrive in early 2016 a la Maikel Franco (heart emoticon) this year.

Jesse Winker, OF | Reds

Continuing with the theme of hot specs who could help you in 2016, Winker’s been en fuego for the better part of the second half. After a torrid August which saw him hit .344 with six homers and six doubles, Winker has already posted three doubles in three September games. The latest damage came in a 4-for-6 night on Friday with three runs scored. I’ve been pretty steady with Winker in my rankings, placing him 23rd in the preseason ranks and 20th in the midseason update. He’ll probably hold heading into next year or even get bumped into the 15-20 range. Despite his big power, Adam Duvall isn’t a reliable option in left field for the Reds, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Winker manning that corner outfield spot by June of next year. There’s also an outside chance he sees the majors this September once the minor league season concludes.

Nomar Mazara, OF | Rangers

Maz is hitting .317 over his last ten games for Triple-A Round Rock, and since his promotion he’s hit .333 with a homer and 13 RBI in 18 games. There’s still an outside chance he comes up this month, but I think if you’re landing Mazara at this point it’s with the hope that he’ll be a keeper heading into next spring. The power-hitting corner oufielder has 30-homer upside while hitting in the .270-.280 range. With Mazara already in Triple-A and hitting, it’s safe to say he’ll be up by June 2016. Now that he’s arguably the best outfield prospect in baseball, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him taken in the later rounds of 2016 redraft leagues either.