It’s been a big week for September call-ups, especially those involved in a playoff race.
Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura got the party started on Tuesday night, making his major league debut in a must-win game against the Cleveland Indians. Boasting a fastball that sat in the upper 90s and bumped 102 mph, the 22-year-old allowed one run on five hits with three strikeouts over 5.2 innings.
On Wednesday night, it was the Billy Hamilton Show in Houston, as the Reds speedster turned in a historic performance in his first major league start. Batting ninth and playing center field, Hamilton went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and a pair of walks and runs scored. He also stole four bases (not a typo), becoming the first player in the Live Ball Era to accomplish the feat in their first career start.
It’s performances such as Hamilton's and Ventura’s that allow us to dream about their potential impact on a playoff series.
Here’s a look at several other prospects that could impact the 2013 MLB postseason.