Notable Sept. 1 Callups

Baseball America looks at some of the notable additions as teams expand to 40-man rosters.


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Arizona Diamondbacks

3ds_diamondbacks21Most Notable: 2B/3B Brandon Drury has seen his power disappear this year but he still is a viable long-term option somewhere in the infield as he’s a solid defender and either second or third base.

Role Players: RHP Matt Stites has to learn to throw more strikes but he has an excellent arm. Veteran RHP Enrique Burgos can eat some innings.

— J.J. Cooper


Atlanta Braves

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Most Notable: 3B Hector Olivera came to the Braves from the Dodgers in their three-team deal with the Marlins at the trade deadline. The Cuban native has been limited by a hamstring injury in his first season in the United States after signing a six-year $62.5 million deal with the Dodgers in March. Olivera has a disciplined approach at the plate and a solid overall skill set that should fit well at third base. LHP Manny Banuelos is being activated from the disabled list after missing the last month with elbow inflammation.

Role players: RHP Danny Burawa will join the Braves for the first time after being claimed off waivers from the Yankees last month. He has a powerful fastball-slider combination, but has struggled with his control throughout his career. SS Daniel Castro appeared briefly in the big leagues earlier this season, and now returns to provide depth and versatility in the infield, while RHP Brandon Cunniff does the same out of the bullpen.

— Teddy Cahill


Chicago Cubs

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Most NotableJavier Baez struggled mightily in his first taste of the big leagues last year but he's toned down some of the more aggressive parts of his swing in his return to Triple-A Iowa (.324/.385/.527). He's a better defender at second base than newly installed 2b Starlin Castro (who has made four errors in the past two games). This is one September callup who could end up playing himself into a significant role.

Role Players: OF Quintin Berry fills perfectly the Cubs' need for a late-inning pinch runner. Berry is 35-for-41 on stolen base attempts in the minors this season and he's a perfect 25-for-25 in his MLB career. Veteran RHP Trevor Cahill and LHP Tsuyoshi Wada both provide extra arms for the bullpen but are unlikely to play significant roles.

— J.J. Cooper


Cincinnati Reds

3ds_reds83Most Notable: The big name the Reds may bring up later this month is RHP Robert Stephenson, the team’s best pitching prospect, but he’s yet to get the call.

Role Players:Ramon Cabrera was released by the Pirates last offseason. Now he’s a big leaguer for the first time as he was brought up to serve as an extra catcher. RHP Carlos Contreras returns to the Reds’ bullpen to provide an extra arm.

— J.J. Cooper


Colorado Rockies
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Most Notable: RHP Miguel Castro, part of the bounty from the Blue Jays for Troy Tulowitzki, is a hard-thrower with a fastball that touches 99 mph and sits in the mid-90s. The Rockies are expected to transition him back to a starting role, but he pitched in relief at Triple-A Albuquerque.

Role Players: IF Cristhian Adames had a brief stay with the Rockies earlier this season; he’s a solid defender at short and a switch-hitter with more power from the right side; 1b Wilin Rosario, the former catcher, brings a decent righthanded bat and some pop; LHP Rex Brothers, the former closer, has struggled mightily with control this season.

— Vincent Lara-Cinisomo


Los Angeles Dodgers

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Most Notable: No notable callups, but the Dodgers probably will call up SS Corey Seager, the No. 1 prospect in the game at midseason, at some point after Triple-A Oklahoma City's season ends.

Role Players: The Dodgers added a third catcher in Austin Barnes and also added bodies to the pitching staff with starter Mike Bolsinger and relievers Joel Peralta and Ian Thomas.

— Matt Eddy


Miami Marlins

Miami MarlinsMost Notable: None. What happens if a team decides not to add any players for September? It may come close to happening in Miami. The Marlins have seven pitchers and two position players on the disabled list. They have not added anyone yet and with only two position players on the 40-man roster who aren’t currently on the big league roster and few healthy pitching options, they are unlikely to do much to change that.

— J.J. Cooper


 

Milwaukee Brewers
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Most Notable: RHP Zach Davies will make his major league debut Wednesday. The Brewers acquired him from the Orioles at the trade deadline in exchange for Gerardo Parra. Davies doesn't have overwhelming stuff, but he commands the ball well and has an excellent feel for pitching. His fastball has average velocity, while his changeup is his best offering.

— Teddy Cahill


New York Mets

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Most Notable: As the Mets zero in on the National League East crown, a speed-only player such as LF Eric Young Jr., whom the club purchased from the Braves last week, could provide value as a a high-leverage pinch-runner in September and possibly October.

Role Players: C Kevin Plawecki gives the club a third backstop; LHP Steven Matz moves into the rotation as the Mets transition to a six-man rotation. 3B/1B Eric Campbell can play the infield corners and pinch-hit versus lefty relievers. OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis is the club's best lefthanded-hitting center-field option

— Matt Eddy


Philadelphia Phillies

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Most Notable: None of these names is particularly notable, but this designation will go to C Erik Kratz, who gives the Phillies a veteran backstop to spell Carlos Ruiz and Cameron Rupp down the stretch.

Role Players: The Phillies also summoned a pair of righthanded relievers, Colton Murray and Dalier Hinojosa, to add a few arms to the pen and get a look at players who could make the team on a full-time basis next year. Hinojosa was a waiver claim from the Red Sox this year, and Murray is a hard-thrower whom the team selected in the 13th round of the 2011 draft.

— Josh Norris


Pittsburgh Pirates

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Most Notable: The Pirates have said they won’t be calling up RHP Tyler Glasnow and everyone will have to wait and see on 1b Josh Bell.  In the meantime the Pirates called up their Indians teammate, C Elias Diaz. He brings plus defensive skills and a contact-oriented hitting approach to the table as he prepares for a larger big league role in 2016.

Role Players: LHP Bobby LaFromboise and RHP Radhames Liz rejoin the Pittsburgh bullpen, while SS Pedro Florimon and OFs Travis Snider and Jaff Decker add position depth.

— Matt Eddy


San Diego Padres
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Most Notable: OF Wil Myers was not called up, but he was sent to high Class A Lake Elsinore on a rehab assignment, meaning a 2015 return to the field is possible. Myers has not played since June 13 because of left wrist tendinitis; Recently acquired RHP Jon Edwards probably offers the most intrigue. Edwards, the player to be named acquired from the Rangers for Will Venable, made the Pacific Coast League postseason all-star team, for he currently leads the circuit with 23 saves. He has logged 12.5 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings this year to go with a 1.23 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in 34 appearances.

Role Players: RHP Nick Vincent, a strikeout artist who spent parts of the past four seasons with the big club, was called up to play a bullpen role.


San Francisco Giants
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Most Notable: A supplemental first-rounder in 2007, Nick Noonan returned in August to the organization that drafted him eight years ago after signing with the Yankees in the offseason. Noonan’s a savvy player and solid defender but hasn’t hit much (.682 career OPS).

Role Players: Hector Sanchez is the obligatory third catcher; Cody Hall is a hard-throwing righthander who could pitch some low-leverage innings.

— Vincent Lara-Cinisomo


St. Louis Cardinals

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Role Players: RHP Mitch Harris and LHP Marco Gonzales are returning to the big league roster to provide bullpen help. C Cody Stanley gives the teams the third catcher that every contending team can use in September.

— J.J. Cooper


 

Washington Nationals
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Most Notable: C Pedro Severino has developed into a strong defensive catcher, who earns praise for his arm strength and aptitude behind the plate. He still has a ways to go offensively, but has a loose, easy swing and some raw power. He'll likely provide more value with his glove than his bat as he makes his big league debut, but he only turned 22 in July and still has plenty of upside.

Role Players: LHP Sammy Solis returns to the big leagues to give the Nationals another lefty out of the bullpen. In nine appearances in August for Triple-A Syracuse, he posted a 0.975 WHIP.

— Teddy Cahill


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Baltimore Orioles

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Role Players: RHP Steve Johnson and RHP Oliver Drake have been added to the bullpen. Drake is 28 years old but he’s been excellent as Triple-A Norfolk’s closer.

— J.J. Cooper


Boston Red Sox

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Most Notable: RHP Ryan Cook spent time with both Boston and Oakland this year and will give a beleaguered Boston bullpen a blow as they continue looking toward next year.

Role Players: Boston also added RHP Noe Ramirez for much along the same lines as they added Cook, and also brought up C Sandy Leon to add a third catcher to the mix with Ryan Hanigan and Blake Swihart.

— Josh Norris


Chicago White Sox
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Most Notable: RHP Frankie Montas, who has hit 100 mph multiple times this season, got called up after the All-Star break but didn't get to pitch. Montas, who likely will pitch of out the 'pen, gave up only three home runs in 112 innings at Double-A Birmingham; RHP Erik Johnson has had a bounceback season after an awful 2014, going 11-8, 2.37 in homer-happy Charlotte.

Role Players: Leury Garcia fits this category perfectly, since his role is utility man; Rob Brantly is the third catcher every team calls up this time of year.

— Vincent Lara-Cinisomo


Cleveland Indians
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Most Notable: RHP Shawn Armstrong made his major league debut last month and is now back from Triple-A Columbus to give manager Terry Francona another powerful arm out of the bullpen. Armstrong attacks hitters with a fastball-slider combination that can generate plenty of swings-and-misses. His fastball reaches 95 mph, while his slider has hard biting action at its best.

— Teddy Cahill


Detroit Tigers

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Most Notable: This will be LHP Kyle Ryan's fourth stint in Detroit this season. He went 1-2, 5.94 in 10 games. He was 4-0, 1.24 at Triple-A Toledo and hopes to impress the Tigers with an eye toward 2016.

Role Players: C Bryan Holaday will fill the third catcher role. He hit .271 with 12 RBIs in 16 games earlier this year with the Tigers. He was Al Avila’s backup in 2014, but the emergence of James McCann this season pushed Avila to the backup and Holaday to Triple-A.

— Vincent Lara-Cinisomo


Houston Astros
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Most Notable: Josh Fields had a terrific August but was sent down because of the need of a starter and because he had options. He is 4-1, 2.20, averaging 11.85 strikeouts per nine.

Role Players: LHP Joe Thatcher is the classic lefthanded specialist; he’s made 398 major league appearances and pitched just 257 innings in that time. SS Jonathan Villar was unseated by Marwin Gonzalez and ultimately Carlos Correa in the majors. He adds positional versatility.

— Vincent Lara-Cinisomo


Kansas City Royals

3ds_royals29Most Notable: Outfielder Terrance Gore will very possibly finish the month without five at-bats, but he also is the one September callup virtually assured of a spot on the Royals' playoff roster. He's as good a pinch runner as the game has (a better than 90 percent success rate on steals for his career) and he should fill that role very well come October. Righthander Miguel Almonte is one of the better pitching prospects the Royals didn't trade at the deadline. He can help the club in the bullpen with an above-average fastball and an excellent changeup.

Role Players: Catcher Francisco Pena gives the club a third catcher and one who can help give Salvador Perez some rest in September. Expect to see third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert similarly spell Mike Moustakas. Middle infielder Christian Colon and righthander Scott Alexander provide extra depth for a team that can rest up for October.

— J.J. Cooper


Los Angeles Angels
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Most Notable: The Angels brought five big leaguers back off the disabled list, including David Freese and Collin Cowgill, but they also promoted C Jett Bandy to the big leagues for the first time to fill the third-catcher role. For Bandy, it’s a well-earned reward after a solid season at Triple-A Salt Lake.

Role Players: Righthanders Michael Morin and Nick Tropeano and lefthander Wesley Wright all have big league time and now give Mike Scioscia additional matchup options out of the bullpen.

— J.J. Cooper


Minnesota Twins
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Most Notable: 1B Kennys Vargas was up earlier this year and provided a pinch of power but little else. He was sent down to Double-A to continue to refine his approach, and drew 52 walks against just 79 strikeouts in 244 at-bats between Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester. Similarly, INF Danny Santana has been to the majors this season but was sent back to continue getting reps at Triple-A. While he's not going to unseat the Twins' current middle-infield combo of Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe, he'll provide some speed as Minnesota battles for a playoff berth.

— Josh Norris


New York Yankees
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Most Notable: With Stephen Drew's batting average just now above the Mendoza line, fans have been clamoring all year long for Rob Refsnyder's second act. Now they'll get a chance to see if his defense has improved enough during his second tour of Triple-A.

Role Players: OF Rico Noel was acquired by the Yankees late in the season for one reason and one reason only: Speed. If New York makes the playoffs, he and the prowess that has allowed him to swipe 283 bases in 344 chances will be used as a Terrance Gore-style pinch-running weapon. LHP James Pazos is just what the Yankees need, another high-octane relief arm. Pazos brings his heater in the low-to-mid-90s and has been excellent all season long with Triple-A, holding down righthanders and lefthanders with near-equal aplomb. The Yankees also added veteran RHP Andrew Bailey, who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2013.

— Josh Norris


Oakland Athletics
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Role Players: While many teams out of the playoff hunt made only modest additions on Sept. 1, the A’s brought up eight players. None are expected to play large roles but RHPs Ryan Dull, R.J. Alvarez, Arnold Leon, Cody Martin and Danny Otero give the club a wide variety of relief options. For Dull, it’s a reward for an exceptional season that saw him post a 0.73 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A. The club also added catcher Carson Blair and outfielder Jason Pridie.

— J.J. Cooper


Seattle Mariners
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Most Notable: RHP Tony Zych, a former Cape Cod League top prospect and Louisville alum whom the Mariners bought from the Cubs in April, was just chosen for the Arizona Fall League. Zych can run the fastball up to 99 mph. RHP Jose Ramirez, acquired from the Yankees at the non-waiver trade deadline for Dustin Ackley, has a good fastball/change combo but has trouble commanding the heater.

Role Players: IF Shawn O’Malley is notable for is his ability to make contact and steal bases; Stefen Romero has average power but not great strike zone awareness.

— Vincent Lara-Cinisomo


Tampa Bay Rays
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Most Notable: LHP Matt Moore is coming back to the big leagues after making five starts for Triple-A Durham. He likely will move back into the rotation and hope for better results than he had after initially returning to the big leagues after Tommy John surgery. 3B/OF Richie Shaffer is also returning to Tampa Bay, where his powerful bat and versatility add to the Rays' options.

Role Players: OF Mike Mahtook has spent the season shuttling between Durham and Tampa Bay, and is back to provide depth in the outfield. C Luke Maile is a good defender, but has struggled offensively for Durham this season. LHP C.J. Riefenhauser and RHP Kirby Yates give manager Kevin Cash two more arms to deploy out of the bullpen.

— Teddy Cahill


Texas Rangers

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Most Notable: 3b Joey Gallo has the best power in the minors, as true an 80 on the 20-80 scout scale as there is in the game. Problem is, he struck out nearly 40 percent of the time at Triple-A Round Rock and more often than that in his major league stint. RHP Luke Jackson excelled as a reliever after struggling in the rotation. He has a profound reverse split (.192 BAA vs. LHH, .291 vs. RHH)

Role Players: OF Drew Stubbs has power and can win a game with his legs and defense; RHP Ross Ohlendorf can soak up low-leverage innings.

— Vincent Lara-Cinisomo


Toronto Blue Jays

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Most Notable: CF Dalton Pompey, the Blue Jays' top remaining prospect, won the center-field job in spring training for the Blue Jays before being out-played by Kevin Pillar. He figures to contribute as a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch-runner short-term and still projects as a regular center fielder long-term.

Role Players: IF Munenori Kawasaki contributes clubhouse energy, but his on-field role was replaced with a July trade pickup, Cliff Pennington. LHPs Aaron Loup and Jeff Francis and RHP Ryan Tepera bring bullpen depth, with Tepera most likely to play a significant role. His high-80s cutter and mid-90s sinker help him induce plenty of groundballs.

 

— John Manuel

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