As the St. Louis Cardinals near the end of August two games out of the Wild Card and 5-7 in their past 12 games, discussions about upcoming September roster expansions are starting to heat up.
To date, little has been said about what to expect from the Cardinals as the expansions near, but there are always a handful that fans would love to see. Sometimes they'll get the chance, but quite often the ones the fans are the most excited about don't make the jump.
There are many factors that go into determining who does or does not get the much-anticipated call.
Among those factors are whether or not the player is on the 40-man roster, where they are in their development, are they in the team's immediate needs and how are they playing at this time.
It's not always about who has the best statistics for the season, but about who is hot when the big-league team needs them.
Right now, the Cardinals definitely need something, but are any of the most exciting prospects the answer in the immediate future?
Follow the break for four players Cardinals fans would love to see as September call-ups in 2012.