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XANDER BOGAERTS, SS/3B, Red Sox
Currently the youngest player in the International League, the 20-year-old is hitting .284/.368/.456 with eight home runs since making the leap to Triple A Pawtucket in June. Bogaerts could be this year's Manny Machado.
ARCHIE BRADLEY, RHP, Diamondbacks
Arizona is fading fast in the NL West, but Bradley, 21, the best pitcher in the minor leagues right now—he has a 2.10 ERA with 100 K's in 103 innings at Double A Mobile—should soon provide a jolt in the desert.
NICK CASTELLANOS, OF, Tigers
Detroit is running away with the AL Central but would be even better with the 21-year-old Castellanos (.278/.351/.438, 13 homers, 64 RBIs at Triple A Toledo) replacing the weak platoon of Andy Dirks and Matt Tuiasosopo in left.
BILLY HAMILTON, OF, Reds
Sliding Billy has struggled at the plate at Triple A Louisville, but with his game-changing speed (he has 69 steals in 106 games after a record 155 last year), he'd still be an intriguing, if one-dimensional, weapon down the stretch.
OSCAR TAVERAS, OF, Cardinals