mlb 08/20/07 5:02 PM ET Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for]]> That works to the fantasy owner's benefit, especially for those of us in hardcore keeper leagues, where Minor Leaguers at every level are watched. I'm in a sim league where David Price, this year's No. 1 overall pick in real baseball, was the top pick in the draft ... last winter! So having these guys all in the fold makes it easier to plan for the future. With that in mind, I've included another handful of 2007 draftees down below in "down the road," right after the usual smattering of updates in the other three categories.

In the bigs

It was just last week that we were talking about Cameron Maybin getting moved up to Double-A. Well, after going 8-for-20 (.400) with four homers in six games, he got THE call to the big leagues and made his debut this past weekend in a small arena known as Yankee Stadium. Talk about getting eased in! Craig Monroe was designated for assignment to make room on the roster, and Maybin went 2-for-11 to open things up. One of the two hits was a home run off of Roger Clemens. I could see him struggling initially as he figures things out, so I would keep him in reserve outside of the deepest keeper leagues. Eventually, he may provide a few stolen bases here and there between now and the end of the season.

Clay Buchholz also came up and pitched pretty well in his big-league debut, allowing three earned runs over six innings to get a win for the Red Sox. But it was a one-start deal, and he's back in Triple-A now. He should be back in September and could sneak in a couple of starts before the year is out, so AL-only players should pay careful attention to pitching matchups after rosters expand.

Looking for something a little more permanent? How about Rockies lefty Franklin Morales? The 2007 Futures Gamer has an unbelievable arm, and if his big-league debut over the weekend is any indication, he's not fazed by the bigger stage. The most impressive thing in his 5 1/3-inning, one-run performance is that he didn't walk a batter -- good news for a guy who's been known to struggle some with his control. If you're willing to take a bit of a WHIP risk, Morales could help you the rest of the way in some other categories as the Rockies continue to play meaningful baseball.

A phone call away

I'm not sure who's still playing for Altoona, the Pirates' Double-A affiliate. They've promoted pretty much all of their top players to Triple-A. We've discussed Steve Pearce, who continues to rake while mixing in some outfield play. Joining him now with Indianapolis are Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen. Walker had a nice year while learning how to play third base. He's started to show some of the power the Pirates hoped he'd develop when the drafted him in 2004. We talked about McCutchen's turnaround last week, and he's kept on hitting following his .306 post-break performance in Double-A. In his first three games, he's gone 4-for-12 with a double and a home run. Don't be shocked to see either one in Pittsburgh come September.

You guys are going to think I'm crazy bringing up all these Rockies pitchers, but Juan Morillo is at least worth tracking. A starter prior to this year, the strong-armed righty has had a very good first season as a reliever and recently got bumped from Double-A to Triple-A. For the year, he's combined for a 2.21 ERA, a .207 batting average against and 63 strikeouts in 61 innings. He hasn't been closing games, but he does have that kind of arm. He's hit triple digits in the past and could be ready for a late-inning role in the big leagues soon.

The Rangers hope they have something in Armando Galarraga. The right-hander they got from the Nationals in the Alfonso Soriano deal a while back has been pretty good for them this year, and he was just rewarded with a promotion to Triple-A. He threw only 70 innings last year, so the fact that he's up to 140 this year is a good sign. He sported a pretty good K rate in Double-A (114 in 127 2/3 IP), and while he got knocked around in his first Triple-A start back in May, his second one this time around was much, much better (6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks). In an organization that's pitching-hungry, he might be coming into his own at the right time.

A year away

We'll talk about a trio of pitchers here, starting with one who really doesn't belong. Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto was more than holding his own in Triple-A, but the Reds sent him back to Double-A Chattanooga so he could be on that team's playoff roster. He's one of the better pitching prospects people don't know about, with a combined 3.10 ERA and 142 Ks in 142 1/3 innings this year across three levels. It's not hard to envision him and Homer Bailey in that Reds' rotation in 2008 at some point.

Pitcher No. 2 is Jeff Samardzija. Truth be told, the way the Cubs prospect was pitching in the Florida State League, he wasn't worth mentioning from a fantasy perspective. But then, somewhat surprisingly, the Cubs challenged him with a promotion to Double-A, and he's stepped up. The former two-sport star has won all three of his starts for Tennessee in the Southern League, allowing 16 hits and striking out 12 in 17 1/3 innings. He still has a ways to go, and his last start, while a victory, wasn't pretty. But he at least now deserves to be on the radar screen.

The Devil Rays get a lot of attention for their hitting prospects, and for good reason. But room has to be made for their pitching now as well. Case in point: Jacob McGee, who recently got moved up to Double-A Montgomery to help the club's playoff hunt. Just 21, the lefty got lit up in his Southern League debut but bounced back by allowing no earned runs and just one hit over 6 1/3 innings of seven-strikeout ball. For the year, he's struck out 156, walked 47 and allowed just 92 hits in 125 combined innings, good for a .203 batting average against. Even if he starts next year in Double-A, he could be a guy who sees the big leagues by the end of 2008.

Down the road

The Royals were able to sign No. 2 overall pick Mike Moustakas at the very last moment on Wednesday night, and they wasted no time assigning him. He's already in Idaho Falls and will play the rest of the Pioneer League season. It'll be a very small sample size, but getting his feet wet this summer will help him in terms of how quickly he can move. He's only in high school, but he's got the kind of hitting skills that should allow him to shoot through the Royals' system relatively quickly.

The Braves were able to sign first-round pick Jason Heyward the weekend before the deadline, and he's already gotten into a few Gulf Coast League games. He has tremendous power potential and has already shown a little bit of it with two doubles and a homer in his first three games.

Staying in the GCL for one last player, the Twins surprised many by selecting Ben Revere in the first round. But the speedy outfielder signed quickly and has been very impressive in his pro debut. Speed is always hard to find, and Revere has plenty of it, as evidenced by his 19 steals in 44 games. He's now been caught eight times, so he obviously has a few things to learn about baserunning, but he's hit .314 in that span and used his wheels to leg out nine triples along the way. It may take a while, but he could be a fun one to watch develop. ]]>