Every year, towards the end of the season, when MLB teams start gearing towards making or missing the playoffs. The fans have something to look forward to… September Call-Ups. In years past, this has been an extension from the 25-man roster to the 40 Man Roster… though that is not the case this year. This season, every team in Major League Baseball gets the chance to call up two players. Whether it be youngsters that the fans can be poised to see in the future or veterans that will help the team win a couple of ball games, its time to take a look at the potential September Call-Ups of every team:
American League East:
Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox is currently on the hunt for a wild-card spot. A race that may come down to the wire between the New York Yankees, Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, and Seattle Mariners. Assuming that every team will call up both a pitcher and a hitter, the Boston Red Sox could use the services of a power-hitting infielder who made his debut last season; Jonathan Arauz. This year in AAA, he is hitting .236 with 6 home runs, 1 Triple, and 4 doubles. The Red Sox could also call up a young pitcher that has dominated every league of the minors; Connor Seabold. Combined between Rookie, A, and AA in 2019… Seabold pitched in 12 games and pitched to a 2.24 ERA. This season as a starter at Triple-A, he has pitched to a 3.65 ERA.
New York Yankees
The New York Yankees have some tough decisions facing their roster in the next couple of weeks. With guys set to come back from the Injured List. Corey Kluber has been out since May 25th but recently made a rehab start in Double-A in which he went 4 2/3 innings. Gleyber Torres may be on the horizon for a return to Shortstop, and Gio Urshela may be on the horizon as well. Torres has been out since May 8th with a Thumb strain, and Urshela went 4 for 8 in his rehab assignments at double-a. So as far as the Yankees go, we may not see any call-ups, but more so some activations.
Tampa Bay Rays
Just like the New York Yankees, the Rays will most likely not see a true call-up but more so a few activations from the Injured List. The Rays are missing some key pieces to their bullpen, but have still held on to the division lead. Bolstering the bullpen and adding Nelson Cruz from the Covid List, should be enough of a push to help the club get back to deep play in the playoffs. If they make a true call-up, I would expect Josh Lowe to be a name to watch.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays are a team that may be interesting to watch with September Call-Ups. They do not have any top-tier prospects close to being MLB ready, though #29 Zach Logue and #30 Bowden Francis are both arms that seem to be ready to make the jump from Triple-A. They also have some names on the 40-man roster now to choose from including pitchers and position players.
With the second-worst record in baseball, it seems that the Baltimore Orioles will definitely be calling up a prospect or two. Could we see 2019 #1 Overall Pick Adley Rutschman make his debut? He has been tearing it up in the minor leagues between 2019 and 2021… and may seem on track to make his debut. Whether it be now or next year. The #10 prospect Mike Baumann also looks like he is on pace to be in the MLB very soon. A starting pitcher who is pitching to a 2.14 ERA across 5 games at Triple-A. Both prospects have an ETA of 2021.
American League Central:
Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox are an interesting one, being first place in the AL Central but also having a good farm system. Taking a look at the roster, the White Sox could use a boost on offense. But, as far as pitching goes they have the 7th best ERA in Baseball. Now, the White Sox are without three key position players (Yasmani Grandal, Adam Engel, and Billy Hamilton), so once they’re all back, the team will have some decisions to make but as far as prospects go Jake Burger and Gavin Sheets are two top 10 prospects that have already made their Major League Debuts and are on the fast track to succeed in the MLB.
The team in Cleveland might as well as call this season done and try again when they are known as the Guardians. Without Shane Bieber and Triston McKenzie down the stretch, this team is not going anywhere fast. The Indians could call up a few hitting prospects at positions of need that seem ready: Gabriel Arias, just 21 years old, though on the fast track Arias is hitting .273 at Triple-A with 17 doubles, 2 triples, and 10 homers. As well as Richard Palacios, a youngster that plays both 2B and outfield. The latter is hitting .296 with 29 doubles, 3 triples, and 6 home runs.
You could figure that the Twins were headed towards a rebuild when they traded away Nelson Cruz. The Twins have a few prospects that might be ready to make the jump. Bringing up a young starter to make his debut wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Minnesota Twins. Joe Ryan has been with two different Triple-A teams this year and has shown that he’s is capable of a call-up. As far as hitters Jose Miranda looks ready to get that call to the show. Between Double-A and Triple-A, he is hitting .339 with 24 doubles and 25 home runs.
The Detroit Tigers may be rushing their number one prospect, but Spencer Torkelson is expected to reach the show in 2022. Though the Tigers have a farm full of prospects that they could call up. But, considering that not very many of their top ones seem ready for the call, the Tigers may be forced to call up some lower-tier guys that are already on the 40-man roster. Guys like Jake Foley and Joey Wentz.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals have 5 Top-10 prospects waiting to be called up. A few of these guys are already on the 40-man roster. Bobby Witt could get the call, but Hunter Dozier is currently playing shortstop. In dire need for some youth at First Base, the Royals could bring up Nick Pratto, and then a young relief pitcher that is already on the team; Jackson Kowar.
American League West:
The Houston Astros are still leading the division, with a mix of some youth and veterans on their roster. The Astros could call up a handful of young talent and not be hurt by the move. Though I don’t think that will happen, the most likely candidates are Robel Garcia and Peter Solomon.
In the midst, of a run for a wildcard spot. The A’s actually just promoted Seth Brown back to the big leagues. That was one guy that I thought would get the call for September Call-Ups. He will most likely stay up, even when Stephen Piscotty gets back from the IL. Daulton Jeffries will most likely get the call as well.
Just like the Athletics the Mariners, are in the running for a playoff spot via the wildcard. The Mariners are actually chasing the A’s. Though Mariners fans are eager to see what their top Prospects (George Kirby, Julio Rodriguez, Emerson Hancock, and Noelvi Marte) can do, Jerry Dipoto will probably not start their service clocks here in September… especially with veterans like Kyle Lewis and Justus Sheffield working their way back from the injured list. As well as the pickup of Sean Doolittle. Though the Mariners also have a young reliever that I would like to see get called back up in Joey Gerber.
The Texas Rangers have a lot of work to do until they are in contention. None of their top prospects are ready for the MLB. Though they have minor league guys on the 40 man roster. I would expect Yerry Rodriguez and Curtis Terry to get the call.
Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels are not making the playoffs this year. Shohei Ohtani has had a career year but, without Mike Trout and Dexter Fowler, there is no way. Only one prospect is ready to see a call to the big leagues and that call of Oliver Ortega actually helps the Angels with their arms situation. Chris Rodriguez will probably get called back to the big leagues as well.
Next Up will be a projected September Call-Ups for the National League.
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