Notable Sept. 1 2017 Callups
Baseball America looks at some of the notable additions as teams expand to 40-man rosters.
Most Notable: RHP Dillon Maples. The Cubs nearly released Maples in spring training before he reinvented himself as a reliever. He struck out nearly 35 percent of batters at Triple-A. C Victor Caratini is the Cubs' No. 1 prospect after trades drained the farm system.
Most Notable: RHP Ariel Hernandez. Hernandez's walk rate is unplayable, but his curveball and fastball velocity still make him an interesting project.
Role Players: SS Zach Vincej. The 37th-round pick from Pepperdine in 2012 showed uncommon power in the Arizona Fall League but has not carried that into 2017. Still, his glovework makes him interesting and he's Rule 5 eligible this winter.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Most Notable: 3B Brian Anderson will make his big league debut after a strong AFL in 2016 and hitting a career-high 22 homers, including raking at Triple-A (.339/.416/.602). He's also an above-average defender with a strong arm. LHP Dillon Peters is just 5-foot-9, but holds his velocity (92-94 mph) well and pitches with a moxie that belies his size.
New York Mets
Most Notable: RHP Jacob Rhame. Acquired for Curtis Granderson, Rhame is one of several righthanded relievers the Mets added at the trade deadline when they offloaded Lucas Duda, Granderson, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker and Addison Reed. Rhame, 24, relies heavily on a mid-to-upper 90s fastball and cleaned up his arm stroke, enabling him to throw more strikes.
Role Players: RHP Jamie Callahan. Callahan's weapons are a hard slider and fastball that sits 94-96 mph, as well as an aggressive mound approach, but his wavering command is an issue for a high-leverage reliever.
Nine Top Undrafted Free Agents From The 2020 MLB Draft
Here is an early look at some of the top performers to date who signed as nondrafted free agents in 2020.
San Francisco Giants
Most Notable: LHP Steven Okert. The Giants No. 13 prospect entering the year will get another crack at the majors after posting a 6.75 ERA in 21.1 innings in his earlier stints.
Role Players: RHP Derek Law, C Tim Federowicz
St. Louis Cardinals
Most Notable: RHP Jack Flaherty is set to make his big league debut today. RHP Sandy Alcantara has a big-time fastball and intriguing-if-inconsistent secondary pitches, with projection remaining.
Role Players: OF Harrison Bader got 21 at-bats earlier this season. Bader has an aggressive approach and a reputation for ambushing first pitches.
Boston Red Sox
Kansas City Royals
Most Notable: RHP Noe Ramirez. The Cal State Fullerton product will get a chance to pitch in the MLB stadium just six miles down the I-57 from his college campus.
Role Players: INF Nolan Fontana, C Carlos Perez, LHP Jason Gurka.
Most Notable: LHP Nik Turley will give Los Angeles' Harvard-Westlake High four big league alumni on big league pitching staffs. Unlike Jack Flaherty (2014), Max Fried (2012) and Lucas Giolito (2012), Turley was not a first-round pick; he was a 50th-rounder in 2008 by the Yankees. He's been up before, but now all four Harvard-Westlake pitchers have been big leaguers in the same year.
Role Players: Niko Goodrum is the ultimate utility player who has played center and right field at Triple-A Rochester this year to go with his usual time at third base, shortstop and second. He's also a switch-hitter with a longish swing but a career-high 13 homers this season.
Most Notable: RHP Ben Heller was a part of the Andrew Miller trade but obviously overshadowed by Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield. Heller is already 26, but is on the 40-man roster, which will be tight come the fall. The Yankees want to see what they have in Heller, who averaged 13 strikeouts per nine innings at Triple-A.
Role Players: C Erik Kratz was acquired from the Indians for cash and will likely see time with suspensions due for Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine, stemming from the brawl with the Tigers.
Most Notable: Franklin Barreto got 42 big league at-bats earlier this season and clubbed a couple of home runs but also struck out 18 times. Barreto's positional future is unclear—it's probably second base—but his bat will carry him.
Toronto Blue Jays