Potential September Call Ups

Posted: August 15, 2013 in by J.P. Schwartz

As we are on the cusp of September, below is my list of the top 15 most notable prospects who have a shot at getting added to their parent teams’ rosters next month.

1)      Xander Bogaerts (AAA Pawtucket, Red Sox) – Has youth, power and a great shot at sticking at short. He can certainly help the Sox maintain their lead in the A.L. East.

2)      Archie Bradley (AA Mobile, Diamondbacks) – The top pitcher in the MiLB this season, he has a Major League arsenal and could help Arizona in their pursuit of L.A.

3)      George Springer (AAA Oklahoma City, Astros) – The minors’ only 30/30 man this year, he certainly seems ready. The question is will Houston add him, knowing they won’t be contending anytime soon; meanwhile, Oklahoma City currently leads the PCL American Southern Division.

4)      Nick Castellanos (AAA Toledo, Tigers) – With Miggy entrenched at third, he has been groomed as an outfielder. He’s developed more pop in his bat since last year, and would be a great boon to Comerica Park.

5)      Taijuan Walker (AAA Tacoma, Mariners) – The M’s top farmhand, he’s been having a great season overall, with terrific athleticism.

6)      Billy Hamilton (AAA Louisville, Reds) – His bat may have taken a hit since last year, but he’s still as fast as ever. Could serve Cincy as a pinch-runner, if nothing else.

7)      Eddie Butler (AA Tulsa, Rockies) – In the middle of a breakout season, he could possibly get his feet wet in the inhospitable climate of Denver sooner than people think.

8)      Jameson Taillon (AAA Indianapolis, Pirates) – Admittedly the biggest longshot on this list, as the Pirates are certainly doing fine without him, and he’s just getting started at AAA. Perhaps if one of Pittsburgh’s rotation goes down to injury, he could see some time.

9)      Andrew Heaney (AA Jacksonville, Marlins) – The top lefty in the MiLB this year, according to Baseball America. The Marlins obviously are not adverse to promoting prospects from AA, and his excellent command and arsenal could make for an interesting tryout.

10)   Yordano Ventura (AAA Omaha, Royals) – The Royals have been grooming him as a SP, but his heater could motivate them to use him earlier than expected, likely in the pen at first.

11)   Joc Pederson (AA Chattanooga, Dodgers) – LA’s outfield is crowded enough already, but should the injury bug strike again, they could summon Puig’s former teammate to show off his impressive tools.

12)   Marcus Stroman (AA New Hampshire, Blue Jays) – They’re obviously not contending, but Stroman was considered one of the most Major League ready arms in last year’s draft, and he could be an asset in Toronto’s pen.

13)   Jimmy Nelson (AAA Nashville, Brewers) – The current top arm in their system, he could be called upon for a spot start or two, just as Wily Peralta was last year.

14)   Michael Choice (AAA Sacramento, A’s) – As Oakland tries to take the lead from the Rangers, Choice’s power is a tantalizing option for them.

15)   Erik Johnson (AAA Charlotte, White Sox) – The top arm in an otherwise desolate system, he might get his first cup of coffee sooner than later, likely in the pen at first.


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