As we attempt to gauge the potential impact of various prospects through their brief exposures in September, it’s nearly impossible to predict whether a player will begin the 2013 season in the major leagues.
So much can happen between now and then, as injuries and trades can quickly alter a prospect’s outlook within their organization. At the same time, the team may ultimately decide that, despite an impressive performance in a limited role in the major leagues, its highly-touted prospect would benefit from additional experience in the minors.
However, of the countless September call-ups throughout the major leagues, there are several players who I believe will be on the 2013 Opening Day active roster. And with a full season to showcase their potential, some of these players seem poised to become viable Rookie of the Year candidates a year from now.
Here are five September call-ups who should content for their league’s respective Rookie of the Year honor in 2013.