mlb 07/17/07 2:08 PM ET Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for]]> By now, you probably have a pretty good idea whether you've got any shot for this season. To put it in real baseball terms, you likely know whether you're a buyer or seller. The majority of owners are part of the latter group, so knowing the top Minor Leaguers -- especially in keeper leagues with trading deadlines -- is crucial to rebuilding.

So pay careful attention to the Futures Exchange in the weeks ahead so you know which guys to stockpile. There have been some interesting promotions within the Minors, as guys move closer to being big-league ready. To rebuild quickly, keep a close eye on players moving up, the guys who will be able to help you sooner rather than later.

In the bigs

There aren't many big names left to come up, but there are still some interesting names who have resurfaced. Brandon Wood is back with Howie Kendrick hitting the disabled list. I don't expect Wood to get all that much time with the Angels, nor should there be high expectations for him. That being said, he was red hot at Triple-A in June, during which he slugged .615, so he's figuring things out. If he actually started getting everyday play, the power is still definitely there.

Matt Garza is back as well, getting a shot to keep the No. 5-starter spot many thought he'd have much earlier. He's tossed eight scoreless innings since he was brought back up, including six shutout frames in a start right before the break. That rotation spot is now his to lose, and I don't think he'll lose it. He takes the mound again on Tuesday, so this could be a two-start week for him.

Lastings Milledge isn't technically a prospect, but his return from injury and falling out of favor is definitely worth noting. His overall numbers since coming up aren't overwhelming (though he has driven in five runs over four games), but his energy has certainly helped the Mets as he fills in for Moises Alou, who's slated to come back soon. Still, if you're banking on him staying healthy, you're in trouble. Keep Milledge stashed away if you can, even if he does go back down to Triple-A. He's ready to contribute if given the chance.

Cubs catcher Giovany Soto had a total of 26 big-league at-bats prior to his recent call-up. The Cubs have three catchers on their roster, so I'm not exactly sure how much playing time Soto will get, but he got called up because he was hitting .341 in Triple-A. He's never had that kind of offensive success in the past, but it's possible he's just a late bloomer. He's the best offensive option behind the plate the Cubs have, so if he swings the stick well early, he could start seeing more time and would thus warrant more fantasy attention.

A phone call away

There've been a lot of post-Futures Game promotions to this level that should be of interest. Let's start with Futures Game MVP Chin-Lung Hu. After hitting .329 in Double-A, he's kept on raking at Triple-A Las Vegas. The slick fielder has gone 8-for-18 in his first four games, showing unexpected power with three homers. He's not going to get called up anytime soon with Rafael Furcal entrenched as the everyday shortstop in Dodgertown, but if the need arises, it looks like he's ready.

Fellow Futures Gamer Jay Bruce is also in Triple-A, but it might not be for long. He got called up to replace the injured Dewayne Wise and could go back to Double-A when Wise returns. Of course, if the 2005 first-rounder is hitting, will the Reds really impede his progress? He homered in his first Triple-A game, but that's been about it in four total games. Still, the fact that the Reds were willing to move him up shows how close he is. A September call-up is a possibility, and it could happen even sooner if the Reds are big-time sellers at deadline time.

Three Futures Game pitchers have also moved up to Triple-A. Top Red Sox prospect Clay Buchholz made his debut at that level on Monday night (allowing two earned runs in three innings, to go along with four K's). He had a 1.77 ERA and 116 strikeouts (vs. just 22 walks) in 86 2/3 Double-A innings. To say he's legit would be a vast understatement. Don't be shocked if you see him in the Sox bullpen late in the year to help out the cause. For those of you who need a guy to get to the big leagues in order to pick him up and keep him, be sure to check the transaction wire closely.

Collin Balester is also in the International League now. It's a good night for Triple-A debuts: Balester went on Monday night as well, tossing three innings and allowing one run and striking out three R-Braves. With the issues the Nationals have pitching-wise, it wouldn't shock me if Balester made it to Washington soon.

Luke Hochevar already made his Triple-A debut, on July 15. And it wasn't pretty. He allowed five runs in five innings, though he did strike out seven. He wasn't all that consistent in Double-A, but I think the Royals want to push him. If he can string together a few decent starts with Omaha, he could be in the bigs by September.

A year away

Let's start with a pair of Padres promotions (say that five times fast). On the mound, lefty Wade Leblanc is now in the Texas League. He had a 2.64 ERA in the hitter-friendly California League and has now made two starts in Double-A with decent results. He's never going to put up huge numbers as a pitchability lefty, but he could get to San Diego fairly quickly as a 2006 Draftee already at this level. He's joined in San Antonio by fellow 2006 pick Matt Antonelli. Now a second baseman (he played third a lot in college), Antonelli hit .314 with 14 homers, 54 RBIs and 18 steals in the California League. So far, he's enjoyed the Texas League, going 9-for-16 in his first four games. Second basemen with some pop and speed are rare commodities, so he's worth keeping any eye on.

Andrew McCutchen has been in Double-A all year, but if you pretend he just got there, you'd feel better about him. He struggled with the adjustment at the beginning of the year, hitting .189 in April and .230 in May. He showed some signs of life in June, when he hit .266, and he's looked the elite prospect he truly is so far in July with a .325 average over 40 at-bats. He's just 21, so it's not like he's fallen behind.

Down the Road

I thought we should stick with the Short-Season levels now that they are all in full swing. I'll update you on some of the top Draftees from 2007 next week. For this go-round, let's discuss some lesser-known names off to good starts. Kraig Binick was the Orioles' 27th-round pick out of "powerhouse" New York Tech. At 22, he's too old for the Appalachian League, but it's still worth pointing out what the outfielder is doing. He's hit .426 in his first 25 games with a 1.233 OPS. He came out of the gate by hitting in the first 21 games of his pro career. Hopefully, he'll at least get moved up to the NY-Penn League this season and then get challenged in 2008. Then we'll know if we've got an actual prospect on our hands.

Second baseman Taylor Harbin went to a bigger program in Clemson but wasn't drafted until the eighth round by the Diamondbacks. He's shown power throughout his amateur career, but the question was how much he'd hit with wood. So far, so good, at least in the Pioneer League, where he's hit .307 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 22 games. Again, he needs to be challenged at a higher level next year, but an offensive-minded second baseman, as noted above, would be a good thing.

Finally on the mound, there's Tony Watson. He garnered some interest as a draft-eligible sophomore out of Nebraska but came back for his junior year after turning down a nice-sized bonus. He had a fairly unspectacular junior season, but the Pirates took a shot with him in the ninth round. He's made five starts for State College in the NY-Penn League and has looked terrific so far, going 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in 27 2/3 innings. He's yielded just 19 hits and four walks while striking out 24. Even if he doesn't make it as a starter, maybe he can make it as a lefty out of the 'pen (which doesn't help you much from a fantasy standpoint), since left-handed hitters are batting just .125 against him. ]]>