Major League Baseball's trade deadline is less than 10 days away. Because there will be no waiver period in August, teams will have to make calls on whether they're buying, selling, or standing pat earlier than normal. As such, front offices around the league will be evaluating a ton of scenarios over the next week-plus, including sizing up various prospects.
We decided to get in on the fun, too. Below you'll find our list of 10 prospects to keep in mind heading into the trade deadline. We're not saying each (or, necessarily, any) of these players will be on the move. But we've included them either because we suspect it's possible, or we've heard that they've surfaced in negotiations. The prospects are presented in alphabetical order.
1. Ian Anderson, SP, Braves
Originally the No. 3 pick in the 2016 draft, Ian Anderson has a starter's frame and the chance for three above-average offerings once he reaches full maturation, including a swing-and-miss curveball. The downside with Anderson is he continues to walk about four batters per nine innings in Double-A, which could postpone his big-league debut as he attempts to further refine his command. League sources have informed CBS Sports that the Braves are at least willing to discuss Anderson in negotiations, as Atlanta is loaded with young arms and continues its pursuit of a veteran frontline starter. Be it through trade or development, Anderson could prove to be the key in the Braves further upgrading their rotation over the coming months.
2. Jordan Balazovic, SP, Twins
We're including Jordan Balazovic because the Twins are shopping around for help and either he or Trevor Larnach is the best prospect they're willing to move (with Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff, and Brusdar Graterol deemed off limits). Balazovic won't turn 21 until later in the year, but he's dominated High-A and could continue to get better as his big frame fills out. Even if he doesn't, he has the makings of a mid-rotation starter thanks to good control over a deep arsenal.
3. Joey Cantillo, SP, Padres
The Padres are said to be aggressively pushing left-handed starter Joey Cantillo in trade talks. He's seen his velocity improve this season, but his stuff still doesn't match his outstanding numbers -- he's averaging nearly 12 strikeouts per nine innings in A-ball while topping out in the low-90s. Cantillo won't turn 20 until December, so the Padres are hoping some other team values him as a climber with more upside remaining. Considering he was the 468th pick in the 2017 draft, the Padres could be in line to get a big-time return on their initial investment.
4. Estevan Florial, OF, Yankees
Based on current indications, the Yankees seem intent on keeping right-handed prospect Deivi Garcia and outfielder Clint Frazier. Almost everyone else in the system is on the table, including outfielder Estevan Florial. Florial has missed significant time the past two seasons due to wrist injuries, but has the secondary skills to project as a likely big-league player. His bat will determine if he ever lives up to his star upside. It's unclear if Florial will be enough to front a deal for a top-of-the-rotation starter, so the Yankees may have to settle for less.
5. Sheldon Neuse, 3B, Athletics
As with Balazovic, we're using Sheldon Neuse as a stand-in for various Athleticsprospects. The A's are looking for pitching help, and -- in the words of a rival front-office member -- are "willing to trade prospects." Neuse would make sense as an inclusion: He's about ready for primetime but has no hope of dethroning Matt Chapman as the A's third baseman. Oakland has tinkered with Neuse at other positions -- he's seen action at second, shortstop, and in left field this year -- but he could have more value to them as a trade chip.