Best Highlight Video of Each Major MLB Prospect Called Up on Sept. 1
September is without a doubt one of the most interesting months of the baseball season. A number of top prospects reach the big leagues as September call-ups.
Teams that are in contention are fighting it out for spots in the postseason, and some of their call-ups could help them reach that goal. For teams that are looking forward to the next season, seeing the September call-ups play provides another reason to watch.
There have already been a number of elite players called up this September, and some of them have already made an impact.
It would have been virtually impossible for Jurickson Profar to get his major-league career off to a better start since he homered in his first at-bat. Profar was the the second-best prospect at midseason this year, according to Baseball America, trailing only Dylan Bundy.
The Texas Rangers are hoping that Profar continues to show that he can make an impact during the month of September. If he proves that he deserves to be on the major-league roster, then Profar could be an X-factor for the Rangers in October.
The Texas Rangers gave young, left-handed starter Martin Perez a cup of coffee in the majors earlier this season. Perez showed flashes of his potential and looked like he could hold his own over three starts and three relief appearances.
Perez, Baseball America's 31st-best prospect entering the year, will be a relief pitcher for the Rangers in September. There is a chance that Perez does get a start or two in the majors if the Rangers lock up a playoff spot early.
Shelby Miller has climbed up Baseball America's prospect rankings over the past few seasons, reaching No. 8 this year because of his talent and performance in the minors (via Baseball-Reference). Miller has struggled a bit this season, but that did not prevent him from reaching the majors.
With the St. Louis Cardinals trying to fight off the Pittsburgh Pirates for one of the wild-card spots, they are going to need to get quality innings out of Miller's arm in September.
The Atlanta Braves have given Julio Teheran a few starts in the majors over the past couple of years, and he has not fared that well. Teheran has also struggled in the minor leagues this year.
That did not prevent the Braves from calling Baseball America's fifth-best prospect up to the majors this September. Teheran will likely be pitching out of the bullpen in September and could give the Braves some quality innings.
Tony Cingrani spent the 2011 season with the Cincinnati Reds' rookie-league team, and he has quickly risen to the major leagues this season thanks to a tremendous performance in 2012. Between High-A and Double-A, Cingrani went 10-4 with a 1.73 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 146 innings.
Chances are that Cingrani, like most pitchers called up in September, will be spending a lot of time in the Reds' bullpen. He could end up being a starter for them as early as next season.
Jeurys Familia began his career in the New York Mets' minor-league system. At just 22, he has now reached the major leagues and emerged as one of the more promising pitching prospects in the Mets' system.
While he has been a starter in the minors, the Mets are using him in the bullpen for now. He made his major-league debut against the St. Louis Cardinals and displayed some good stuff.
Considered to be the 19th-best prospect in the Detroit Tigers' system by John Sickels of Minor League Ball entering the year, Avisail Garcia turned some heads and certainly changed some minds with his performance in the minors this year.
Garcia hit just under .300 in 513 at-bats between High-A and Double-A with 14 home runs and 23 stolen bases. He has demonstrated the potential to be a 20-20 player. However, Garcia does have some plate discipline issues that will likely be exposed by major-league pitchers this September.
Nick Maronde has moved quickly through the Los Angeles Angeles' system this year, making starts at the rookie-league, High-A and Double-A levels. He had a 2.26 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 99.2 innings across those levels.
Maronde is pitching out of the Angels' bullpen and has already made his debut. He was brought on to face Carlos Peguero, and Maronde struck him out looking.
Wily Peralta was the top-rated prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers' farm system, according to John Sickels of Minor League Ball, and Baseball America considered Peralta to be the game's 56th-best prospect (via Baseball-Reference).
Peralta went through some ups and downs this year in Triple-A and finished with a 4.66 ERA in 28 starts. The Brewers are giving Peralta a chance to start this September, which could help him break camp with the team next year (h/t Fox News).
Hitting .381 in Triple-A will certainly get a player noticed. It also helped that Adam Eaton was able to steal 38 bases on the year.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have brought Eaton up to the majors for September. This could be a trial to see if he deserves a starting job next season. If Eaton performs well, the Diamondbacks may be more open to dealing Justin Upton this winter.