This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
The trade deadline is approaching fast. The end of July will signal the close of business on the trading front. Several starting pitchers could be on the move, including Marcus Stroman, Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner and perhaps even Trevor Bauer. The returns for these hurlers will vary, but all will likely involve prospects in some way, shape or form. The Red Sox have already attempted to shore up their rotation, dealing a couple of lower-level teenaged prospects to the Orioles in exchange for Andrew Cashner. It will likely take more than what the Red Sox gave up to secure any of the other arms listed above, so be prepared for a bevy of prospects changing organizations as we head into the last couple of months of the 2019 campaign.
In addition, here are some prospects making headlines in this edition of the Minor League Barometer.
Joey Cantillo, P, SD – The Padres are flush with pitching prospects right now, led by MacKenzie Gore, Luis Patino and Ryan Weathers. Cantillo has burst onto the scene over the last two seasons, and should be slotted in right after those hurlers. The 16th-round pick from Hawaii in 2017 has shown signifcant strikeout stuff. He tormented the opposition in the Arizona (Rookie) League in 2018, and has been equally as dominant in his first taste of full-season ball. The 6-foot-4, 220lb southpaw is only 19 but has compiled a 2.03 ERA and 105:21 K:BB in just