Projected Impact for Atlanta Braves' Likely September Call-Ups

Daniel Kock@@dannykockContributor IIIAugust 30, 2013

Projected Impact for Atlanta Braves' Likely September Call-Ups

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    With September just around the corner, that means rosters will be expanding to the 40-man roster rather than just the standard 25-man squad.

    While it is odd the MLB expands the rosters for one month, it is a good chance for fans to see some young players at the MLB level.

    It also gives managers much more flexibility in the season's final month.

    Last year, the Braves called up Lyle Overbay, Peter Moylan, Jose Constanza and J.C. Boscan. Pitchers Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran also were called up to Atlanta in September.

    Here's a look at a few players who could get the promotion to Atlanta in September with their potential impact on the team.

1. Todd Cunningham

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    Todd Cunningham recently went back to Triple-A Gwinnett when Dan Uggla was activated, but his stay in the minors will be short-lived, as the 24-year-old will likely be back in Atlanta in a few days.

    With the injury to Jason Heyward, the outfield could use some depth, and Cunningham can provide that with solid defense and speed.

    In eight at-bats in Atlanta, Cunningham has two hits (.250 average) and two runs scored.

    Cunningham will serve as a late-game situational player whether as a pinch-runner, defensive substitution or pinch hitter.

    Consider Cunningham as some much-needed depth with limited impact.

2. Philip Gosselin

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    Similar to Cunningham, Philip Gosselin got some experience in Atlanta and could return in a few days.

    While the Braves do have more bodies at the infield with the return of Uggla and the addition of utility infielder Elliot Johnson, there isn't much downside to bringing Gosselin back to Atlanta.

    The 24-year-old can serve as an extra pinch hitter while Paul Janish serves as the defensive specialist.

    Gosselin found some success at the plate in limited action in the major leagues as he collected two hits, two runs and a walk (.333 average, .429 on-base percentage) in seven plate appearances.

    This is a case of using an extra man since he's available and on the 40-man roster.

3. Aaron Northcraft

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    Aaron Northcraft has always flown under the radar with pitchers J.R. Graham, Sean Gilmartin, Alex Wood and Lucas Sims rated more highly.

    However, the right-hander continues to be productive with three consecutive seasons with a sub-four ERA in the minors.

    This season in Double-A Mississippi, Northcraft has posted a 3.40 ERA with 114 strikeouts in 132.1 innings. He's gone seven straight starts allowing three earned runs or less while pitching five or more innings.

    With the Braves still sitting in an enviable position for a division title, a spot start for Northcraft would be beneficial for both the team and him.

    Northcraft is on the 40-man roster and would provide bullpen depth if nothing else.


4. Juan Jaime

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    The trend for bullpen pitchers in the MLB are going towards guys with high velocity.

    Juan Jaime fits that bill.

    While the 25-year-old struggles with consistency, there is no denying the velocity on his fastball that sits in the upper-90s.

    Jaime's posted a 1.36 WHIP in 2013 for Double-A Mississippi but has struck out 64 batters in just 38.1 innings.

    You never quite know what you'll get from Jaime, but his potential is through the roof.

    September would be a perfect time to get him some major league action while adding some major talent to the Atlanta bullpen.


    All statistics according to Baseball-Reference.