When the rosters expand to 40 players on September 1st, some teams will be using those call-ups for reinforcements as they approach the playoffs, but for others not in contention, it’s an opportunity to look at the future of the franchise.
The Boston Red Sox, unfortunately, will be getting a good glimpse at the best players in their minor-league system since they won’t have much to play for in the final month of the regular season.
September call-ups aren’t necessarily a bad thing for those franchises that won’t be playing in October. Front offices get to see how close some players are to the majors and how they already look against big-league arms and batters. In most cases, a team has a few exciting prospects that everyone gets to watch for a few weeks.
The Red Sox have several exciting prospects in their minor league system, but only a few who will get called up once the rosters expand. The fact of the matter is that some players aren’t high enough in the organization for a major jump. It’s better that they stay down in the lower levels and develop further.
As I was saying, the Red Sox have a couple of guys down on the farm that will definitely turn some heads when they get the opportunity in just over a week.
Here’s a look at who they are what they’ve done this year at their respective levels.