Breaking Down the Top September Call-Up Candidates at Every Position

Mike Rosenbaum@GoldenSombreroMLB Prospects Lead WriterAugust 21, 2014

Breaking Down the Top September Call-Up Candidates at Every Position

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    The expansion of the active roster from 25 to 40 players on September 1 means something different to every team. 

    For clubs hoping to retain a lead in the standings or make one last run at the postseason, it’s essentially an opportunity to address deficiencies by handpicking the top talent from within the organization. 

    Meanwhile, teams that have already thrown in the towel for the season have the freedom to experiment with their lineups and audition younger players.

    In both scenarios, the common denominator is the use of prospects over the final month of the season. Whether those call-ups are fueling a team toward the postseason or competing for a spot in next year’s starting lineup, the success of prospects in September can receive as much attention as the playoff and MVP races.

    So, which players can we expect to see in the major leagues when the rosters expand? Here’s a breakdown of the top candidates for a September call-up, position by position.


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    Christian Bethancourt, Atlanta Braves

    2014 Stats (AAA): .268/.292/.393, 24 XBH (7 HR), 43 RBI, 12 BB, 54 K (84 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Christian Bethancourt has appeared in 13 games with the Braves this season, batting .240/.283/.260 with 14 strikeouts during that span. The 22-year-old hasn’t progressed offensively this year as hoped after a strong finish in 2013, but his superb defense will have him back in the major leagues on Sept. 1.

    It is worth noting that Bethancourt was recently placed on Triple-A Gwinnett’s disabled list with a left-hand contusion, but the injury isn’t believed to be serious.


    J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins

    2014 Stats (AA): .293/.360/.455, 36 XBH (7 HR), 56 RBI, 17 SB, 35 BB, 54 K (88 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    J.T. Realmuto always has held a spot in my heart, and not just because he batted .595 with 28 home runs in 42 games as a high school senior while also setting national records with 88 hits and 119 RBI. The 23-year-old struggled last season at Double-A Jacksonville, but he’s improved across the board this year in his second tour of the Southern League, raising his OPS by more than .150 points.

    Realmuto’s spot on the Marlins’ 40-man roster led to an earlier-than-expected call-up this season when Jarrod Saltalamacchia went down with a concussion, and the athletic backstop held his own by going 4-for-20 with five RBI in seven games.


    Max Stassi, Houston Astros

    2014 Stats (AAA): .239/.289/.361, 28 XBH (7 HR), 40 RBI, 20 BB, 95 K (93 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Max Stassi had been plagued by injuries for most of his professional career, but he was able to stay on the field last season and turned in a breakout performance, posting a career-high .863 OPS and 17 home runs in 76 games at Double-A Corpus Christi.

    The 23-year-old even got a look in the major leagues thanks to his spot on the team’s 40-man roster, as he went 2-for-7 over three games before suffering a concussion. Stassi has struggled this season against Triple-A pitching, but he’s swung the bat well as of late, with a .333/.366/.487 batting line and four extra-base hits in 10 games this month.


    James McCann, Detroit Tigers

    2014 Stats (AAA): .305/.355/.436, 38 XBH (6 HR), 53 RBI, 24 BB, 80 K (101 G)

    40-Man Roster: No

    James McCann, a second-round draft pick back in 2011, took a big step forward last year in Double-A Erie and has continued to improve this season at Triple-A Toledo with a .305/.355/.436 batting line, 32 doubles, six home runs and 53 RBI in 101 games. 

    Defensively, McCann has allowed only five passed balls in 92 games this season and has thrown out base stealers at a 42 percent clip. He’s deserving of a look in the major leagues in September, though the Tigers would have to make room for him on the 40-man roster.

First Basemen

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    Jesus Aguilar, Cleveland Indians

    2014 Stats (AAA): .293/.389/.473, 40 XBH (15 HR), 66 RBI, 61 BB, 93 K (109 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Jesus Aguilar, 24, has hit the snot out of the ball this year at Triple-A Columbus, posting an .862 OPS with 15 home runs and 25 doubles over 109 games. During his time with the Indians, however, Aguilar batted just .188/.300/.188 over eight games. With the news that Nick Swisher underwent season-ending knee surgery on Tuesday, Aguilar will likely see more time in the Indians infield next month.


    Kyle Parker, Colorado Rockies

    2014 Stats (AAA): .283/.333/.437, 42 XBH (12 HR), 65 RBI, 32 BB, 88 K (116 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Kyle Parker has received two cups of coffee with the Rockies this season but failed to capitalize on the opportunity by going 1-for-9 with five strikeouts. The 24-year-old’s struggles have continued since returning to Triple-A Colorado Springs, as he’s batting .248/.291/.336 with two home runs and 24 strikeouts over his last 32 games.

    Though first base represents Parker’s long-term position with the Rockies, he’s also likely to see some playing time in right field next month.


    Christian Walker, Baltimore Orioles

    2014 Stats (AA/AAA): .295/.366/.498, 48 XBH (24 HR), 92 RBI, 53 BB, 115 K (126 G)

    40-Man Roster: No

    Christian Walker’s 24 home runs this season are a huge improvement on the 11 long balls he hit last year in 103 games. In general, the 23-year-old has improved across the board at the plate against advanced pitching, as he’s hit for both average and power between the Double- and Triple-A levels.

    Walker has been hot lately, with a .320 batting average, two homers and two doubles during over his last 13 games, and he’s recorded a hit in all but two of those contests. Walker isn’t on the Orioles’ 40-man roster, but his right-handed power and overall consistency could merit a look in September.


    Cheslor Cuthbert, Kansas City Royals

    2014 Stats (AA/AAA): .273/.333/.416, 36 XBH (11 HR), 57 RBI, 10 SB, 38 BB, 75 K (110 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Cheslor Cuthbert has been moved aggressively through the Royals system despite lackluster results, but the 21-year-old is enjoying a long-overdue breakout campaign. The right-handed hitter has already established a new career high with 11 home runs, and he’s improved his OPS by roughly .50 points against advanced pitching.

    Cuthbert has seen more playing time at first base (eight games) than third (three) since reaching Triple-A Omaha, which suggests his potential position if promoted in September.


    Other Potential Call-Ups:

    Andy Wilkins, Chicago White Sox

    Travis Shaw, Boston Red Sox

    Ji-Man Choi, Seattle Mariners

    Jason Rogers, Milwaukee Brewers

Second Basemen

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    Alex Guerrero, Los Angeles Dodgers

    2014 Stats (R/A+/AAA): .324/.368/.579, 32 XBH (13 HR), 43 RBI, 15 BB, 44 K (68 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Alex Guerrero missed two months after Miguel Olivo bit off a chunk of his ear during a scuffle in the Albuquerque dugout in late May. The Cuban infielder has been a force offensively when healthy and still has a good chance to make his major league debut in September.

    Though second base is his primary position, it’s worth noting that Guerrero has also spent time at third base (four games), shortstop (seven) and left field (seven).


    Robert Refsnyder, New York Yankees

    2014 Stats (AA/AAA): .323/.387/.509, 55 XBH (14 HR), 60 RBI, 47 BB, 93 K (125 G)

    40-Man Roster: No

    Robert Refsnyder has surged through the Yankees system and onto the major league radar this season with a strong overall performance between the Double- and Triple-A levels.

    General manager Brian Cashman stated back in July, per John Harper of the New York Daily News, that Refsnyder would likely work in the outfield if promoted in September, though that was also before the team made a series of moves at the trade deadline.

    The 23-year-old has played second base exclusively over his last 19 games, and, in my opinion, he’s still a candidate to receive a call-up next month.


    Enrique Hernandez, Miami Marlins

    2014 Stats (AA/AAA): .327/.373/.497, 35 XBH (11 HR), 39 RBI, 26 BB, 34 K (88 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Enrique Hernandez, 22, has quietly hit his way to the major leagues this season, debuting with the Astros on July 1 and then batting .284 with seven extra-base hits and eight RBI in 24 games. Hernandez’s impressive showing at the highest level led to him being dealt to the Marlins at the trade deadline, and he’s been primarily working at second base at Triple-A New Orleans.

    He’s likely to see fairly regular playing time at the keystone in September, but Hernandez’s defensive versatility should help keep his bat in the lineup.


    Other Potential Call-Ups:

    Jorge Polanco, Minnesota Twins

    Tim Beckham, Tampa Bay Rays


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    Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

    2014 Stats (AA/AAA): .269/.335/.376, 27 XBH (9 HR), 58 RBI, 28 SB, 46 BB, 87 K (115 G)

    40-Man Roster: No

    Francisco Lindor has excelled on both sides of the ball this year as one of the youngest everyday players at the Double- and Triple-A levels. In addition to his trademark defensive prowess at shortstop, the 20-year-old switch-hitter has once again hit for both average and modest power this year while reaching base at a high rate and stealing bases with efficiency.

    It's long been believed that the Cleveland Indians would promote Lindor to the major leagues at some point this season. After promoting him to Triple-A in July and then trading Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals at the deadline, the Indians appear set to turn Lindor loose at the highest level in September.

    He's set to take over as the Tribe’s everyday shortstop in 2015, so it makes sense for them to have the youngster get his feet wet in the major leagues over the final month of the season.


    Hernan Perez, Detroit Tigers

    2014 Stats (AAA): .287/.327/.406, 43 XBH (31 2B), 53 RBI, 19 SB, 30 BB, 61 K (124 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    The Tigers opted to replace the injured Jose Iglesias with Eugenio Suarez rather than Hernan Perez this season, as the latter represented a weaker defensive option and seemed better suited for second base. Well, Perez’s strong offensive season at Triple-A Toledo combined with Suarez’s recent struggles surely has the Tigers’ front office pondering a move for the final month of the season.

    Therefore, don’t be surprised if the organization gives Perez a look at shortstop in September, with the hope that his bat will outweigh any defensive shortcomings.


    Other Potential Call-Ups:

    Hak-Ju Lee, Tampa Bay Rays

    Aledmys Diaz, St. Louis Cardinals

Third Basemen

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    Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

    2014 Stats (AA/AAA): .336/.444/.684, 75 XBH (41 HR), 105 RBI, 15 SB, 78 BB, 145 K (127 G)

    40-Man Roster: No

    Kris Bryant has done nothing but blow past all expectations since the Chicago Cubs selected him second overall in the 2013 draft, as the 22-year-old third baseman has put up remarkable numbers this season between the Double- and Triple-A levels.

    The right-handed hitting slugger clubbed his minor league-leading 41st home run of the season Wednesday, which also was his 19th in 59 games since reaching Triple-A Iowa.

    Cubs president Theo Epstein previously stated, via's Jesse Rogers on Twitter, that he doesn’t “foresee” Bryant playing in the major leagues this season. However, with youngsters Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Kyle Hendricks now in the major leagues, and outfielder Jorge Soler likely to join in the near future, it doesn’t seem crazy to think the Cubs might still promote Bryant in September.


    Maikel Franco, Philadelphia Phillies

    2014 Stats (AAA): .245/.289/.395, 44 XBH (12 HR), 64 RBI, 28 BB, 76 K (120 G)

    40-Man Roster: No

    Maikel Franco entered spring training with an outside chance of making the Phillies’ Opening Day roster, but he ultimately was assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after batting .184 over 16 games. Unfortunately, the 21-year-old’s struggles didn’t end with spring training, as he posted a disappointing .209/.267/.318 line with five home runs in 78 games spanning the first three months of the season.

    Since the beginning of July, however, Franco has looked more like his 2013 self with a .311 average, .868 OPS, 22 extra-base hits (7 HR) and 33 RBI over his last 41 games. His turnaround couldn’t come at a better time, too, as current third baseman Cody Asche has struggled to the tune of a .631 OPS with five extra-base hits in 30 games since the All-Star break.

    Franco hasn’t exactly made a strong case for a call-up this year, but I’d be surprised if he doesn’t spend the final month of the season in the major leagues.


    Garin Cecchini, Boston Red Sox

    2014 Stats (AAA): .252/.329/.358, 24 XBH (7 HR), 50 RBI, 11 SB, 38 BB, 86 K (103 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Garin Cecchini received an unexpected call-up earlier this season and picked up his first big league hit, a ringing double off the Green Monster, in his only game. Beyond that, Cecchini, 23, has scuffled at Triple-A Pawtucket for most of the season, as his numbers are down across the board.

    That being said, the left-handed hitter has picked a good time to get hot, with a .310/.385/.500 batting line, seven extra-base hits and 15 RBI in 15 games this month.


    Other Potential Call-Ups:

    Ryan Rua, Texas Rangers

    Christian Villanueva, Chicago Cubs


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    Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers

    2014 Stats (AAA): .298/.428/.571, 93 R, 48 XBH (30 HR), 28 SB, 90 BB, 136 K (112 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Joc Pederson would be a starter for pretty much every other team in baseball, but the Dodgers outfield is overloaded with players under long-term, expensive contracts. The good news is that he’ll at least have a chance to showcase his ability next month as a September call-up, according to Dodgers GM Ned Colletti (via ESPN's Jim Bowden).

    The 22-year-old has enjoyed a power surge as of late, posting a .985 OPS to go along with seven home runs over his last 71 plate appearances (15 games), and he’s now two stolen bases shy of joining the 30-30 club.


    Jorge Soler, Chicago Cubs

    2014 Stats (R/AA/AAA): .317/.413/.650, 35 XBH (12 HR), 47 RBI, 30 BB, 43 K (57 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    After hitting .415/.494/.862 over 22 games with Double-A Tennessee, Jorge Soler has stayed hot, posting an .827 OPS with 10 doubles and five home runs over 27 games with Triple-A Iowa. The 22-year-old has firmly entrenched himself as the Cubs' right fielder of the future and should make his major league debut in September.


    Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis Cardinals

    2014 Stats (AAA): .293/.354/.410, 38 XBH (8 HR), 64 RBI, 10 SB, 38 BB, 56 K (125 G)

    40-Man Roster: No

    Stephen Piscotty has continued to rake this season at Triple-A Memphis, but so far he hasn’t shown the in-game power that many were expecting in his second full professional season. However, he did show good pop last season (15 HR, 23 2B) and certainly has the physical strength at 6'3", 210 pounds to be a 15- to 20-home run guy in his prime.

    Though he’s now hit safely in 14 of his last 18 contests, the 23-year-old right fielder has scuffled since the Triple-A All-Star break, batting .258/.331/.333 with five extra-base hits over his last 34 games. It’ll be interesting to see if the Cardinals give Piscotty, who’s not on the 40-man roster, a look in September should Oscar Taveras continue to underperform.


    Domingo Santana, Houston Astros

    2014 Stats (AAA): .289/.373/.466, 41 XBH (15 HR), 66 RBI, 54 BB, 134 K (109 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Domingo Santana, who turned 22 this month, is on pace to put up career-best numbers across the board this season, despite being one of the youngest everyday players at the Triple-A level. His hit tool is still suspect due to his penchant for whiffing, but the right-handed batter’s power is legit and should translate to 20-plus home runs annually at the highest level.

    Santana has received two cups of coffee with the Astros this season, but he’s still in search of his first major league hit after going 0-for-17 with 14 strikeouts. However, there’s a good chance he’ll get that first knock in September when he rejoins the Astros.


    Randal Grichuk, St. Louis Cardinals

    2014 Stats (AAA): .264/.317/.494, 48 XBH (23 HR), 68 RBI, 27 BB, 100 K (103 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Randal Grichuk, 23, has had two uneventful cups of coffee with the Cardinals this season, combining to hit .136/.191/.273 with three extra-base hits and 15 strikeouts in 48 plate appearances.

    He’ll return to the major leagues in September when rosters expand and will likely see playing time against left-handed pitching thanks to his .325/.377/.708 batting line and 11 home runs in 120 at-bats versus southpaws this season.


    Steven Moya, Detroit Tigers

    2014 Stats (AA): .276/.304/.556, 65 XBH (33 HR), 98 RBI, 15 SB, 20 BB, 147 K (123 G)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Steven Moya still lacks any semblance of plate discipline and has fanned nearly 29 percent of the time this season, but his ability to stay healthy has allowed him to establish new career highs in home runs (32), RBI (97), OPS (.860) and stolen bases (15).

    Furthermore, the 22-year-old has also improved against same-side pitching this season, with a .274/.299/.543 batting line and 22 extra-base hits, but his 51-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio during that span suggests there’s still considerable room for improvement.

    Given Moya’s 80-grade power from the left side and current spot on Detroit’s 40-man roster, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get a few looks off the Tigers bench in September.


    Other Potential Call-Ups:

    Billy Burns, Oakland Athletics 

    Aaron Altherr, Philadelphia Phillies 

    Daniel Fields, Detroit Tigers

Right-Handed Pitchers

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    Archie Bradley, Arizona Diamondbacks

    2014 Stats (R/AA/AAA): 77.2 IP, 4.06 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, .248 BAA, 41 BB, 69 K (16 GS)

    40-Man Roster: No

    Archie Bradley has spent a majority of the season on the disabled list due to a mild flexor strain in his right elbow, but the 22-year-old is now healthy and pitching at full strength. Bradley’s last nine outings have come at Double-A Mobile, where he’s posted a solid 3.77 ERA in 45.1 innings but struggled to consistently pound the strike zone (37-to-24 strikeout-to-walk ratio).

    Bradley has logged only 73.2 innings this season due to his time spent on the disabled list, which means he won’t run into any workload concerns. Manager Kirk Gibson recently mentioned that the Arizona Diamondbacks could switch to a six-man rotation in September, leading Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic (via Twitter) to speculate that Bradley will be added to the rotation.


    Taijuan Walker, Seattle Mariners

    2014 Stats (A+/AA/AAA): 70.1 IP, 4.09 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, .223 BAA, 23 BB, 78 K (14 GS)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Taijuan Walker was expected to open the season in the Mariners’ starting rotation after receiving a September call-up in 2013, but he ultimately was assigned to Triple-A after a shaky spring training. The 22-year-old right-hander then suffered a shoulder injury during his second start of the season and didn’t return to action until late May.

    Walker made three starts for the Mariners between June 30 and July 23, registering a 3.00 ERA and .133 batting average against over 15 innings, but he struggled with his control and walked (13) nearly as many batters as he struck out (14).

    However, the right-hander now has thrown well over his last three starts back at Tacoma, with a 2.37 ERA and 29-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 19 innings. More importantly, he seems primed for success when he inevitably returns to the major leagues in September.


    Alex Meyer, Minnesota Twins

    2014 Stats (AAA): 123.1 IP, 3.43 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, .235 BAA, 60 BB, 149 K (25 GS)

    40-Man Roster: No

    Alex Meyer, 24, has checked all the developmental boxes this season at Triple-A Rochester. The 6'9" right-hander has held opposing hitters to a paltry .235 batting average while posting a 10.9 strikeout-per-nine rate in 123.1 innings. His command still needs some refinement, hence the career-worst 4.4 walks-per-nine rate, and he’ll get hit around when working up in the zone with his fastball.

    With a 2.94 ERA and 66 strikeouts over his last 52 innings spanning 10 starts, it’s time for the Minnesota Twins to turn him loose on major league hitters in September and see what he can do, even if that means breaking him in with work out of the bullpen.


    Eddie Butler, Colorado Rockies

    2014 Stats (A+AA/AAA): 106.1 IP, 3.81 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .250 BAA, 34 BB, 66 K (18 GS)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Eddie Butler had a forgettable debut in early June, as he gave up six runs over 5.1 innings in a start against the Dodgers. The 23-year-old right-hander showed good stuff in the outing, but he still yielded 10 hits and three walks while tallying just two strikeouts. Following the game, the Rockies placed Butler on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

    Butler hasn’t pitched particularly well since coming off the shelf in mid-July either, as he’s posted an ugly 5.97 ERA and just 26 strikeouts in 37.2 innings covering seven starts. However, as long as he’s healthy, the promising right-hander should still make at least one more start for the Rockies next month.


    A.J. Cole, Washington Nationals

    2014 Stats (AA/AAA): 129 IP, 3.07 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, .280 BAA, 29 BB, 103 K (24 GS)

    40-Man Roster: No

    A.J. Cole, 22, opened the season at Double-A Harrisburg, posting a 2.92 ERA and a 61-to-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 71 innings over 14 starts. He received a promotion to Triple-A Syracuse in late June.

    While the right-hander has registered a solid 2.87 ERA over 47 innings in the International League, he’s only fanned 34 batters against 11 walks during that span, while opposing hitters are batting .284 with five home runs against.

    Cole won’t carve out a consistent role with the Nationals until 2015 (at the earliest), but a September call-up to work out of the team’s bullpen is a distinct possibility.


    Christian Binford, Kansas City Royals

    2014 Stats (A+/AA/AAA): 132.2 IP, 2.65 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, .236 BAA, 17 BB, 133 K (23 G/22 GS)

    40-Man Roster: No

    Christian Binford made his Triple-A debut on Monday, striking out three batters and allowing one hit over two scoreless innings. The Royals promoted Binford to Triple-A and put him in the bullpen to give them another late-inning option for their run to the playoffs.

    The 21-year-old right-hander is not on the 40-man roster, so it’s unlikely that he will be promoted before September. He profiles as a solid No. 3 pitcher but could be a dynamite late-inning option in September and October.


    Other Potential Call-Ups:

    Alex Colome, Tampa Bay Rays 

    Matt Barnes, Boston Red Sox 

    Nick Tropeano, Houston Astros 

    Bryan Mitchell, New York Yankees 

    Cody Martin, Atlanta Braves

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    Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox

    2014 Stats (R/A+/AAA): 15.2 IP, 2.87 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .203 BAA, 8 BB, 23 K (7 G/4 GS)

    40-Man Roster: No

    After making his professional debut on July 22 in the rookie-level Arizona League, Carlos Rodon has rattled off three consecutive scoreless appearances at High-A Winston-Salem during which he’s posted a 12-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 8.2 innings and allowed just six hits.

    The 21-year-old was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte earlier this week, and he impressed in his first International League start on Tuesday, allowing one run on one hit over three innings. The southpaw both struck out and walked three batters in the outing.

    According to Scott Merkin of, there’s a “better-than-average chance” the White Sox will promote Rodon to the major leagues in September, just as they did with Chris Sale in 2010. If that does happen, the left-hander is likely to work out of the bullpen so as to limit his innings, though a start or two shouldn’t be ruled out.


    Andrew Heaney, Miami Marlins

    2014 Stats (AA/AAA): 120.1 IP, 2.99 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, .222 BAA, 28 BB, 129 K (21 G/20 GS)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Andrew Heaney, 23, struggled in July after a demotion from the major leagues, posting a 5.03 ERA in 19.2 innings over four starts back at Triple-A New Orleans. However, he’s certainly righted the ship over his last three turns in the rotation, evidenced by his 1.71 ERA, .139 batting average against and 24-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 21 innings during that span.

    Heaney will almost definitely rejoin the Marlins in September, as he’ll look to improve upon the 6.53 ERA he previously registered over four starts in the major leagues.


    Daniel Norris, Toronto Blue Jays

    2014 Stats (A+/AA/AAA): 113.2 IP, 2.22 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, .211 BAA, 36 BB, 148 K (23 GS)

    40-Man Roster: No

    Daniel Norris received a midseason promotion to Double-A New Hampshire after beginning the year at High-A Dunedin of the Florida State League, and now it appears that he may make his major league debut in September when the rosters expand, per Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith.

    The 21-year-old left-hander was outstanding in his first two starts with Triple-A Buffalo, registering a 0.77 ERA and 23-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 11.2 innings. He likely will work out of the bullpen if promoted so as to manage his innings, but Norris is a big part of the youth movement the Blue Jays may undergo in the next few years.


    Marco Gonzales, St. Louis Cardinals

    2014 Stats (A+/AA/AAA): 116 IP, 2.56 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, .241 BAA, 26 BB, 111 K (20 GS)

    40-Man Roster: Yes

    Marco Gonzales, the Cardinals’ first-round pick from 2013, received a look in the major leagues in late June, but he posted a rough 7.07 ERA, 2.29 WHIP and 10-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 14 innings (three starts). The 22-year-old left-hander has an impressive changeup and an overall impressive feel for his craft, but it was clear he wasn't ready for the big time yet.

    Since his demotion to Triple-A Memphis, Gonzales has pitched to a much-improved 3.86 ERA and 33-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 39.2 innings (seven starts). The southpaw will return to the major leagues in September, and he’s likely to work in long relief with the potential for a spot start or two.


    Jacob Lindgren, New York Yankees

    2014 Stats (R/A/A+/AA): 20.2 IP, 0.87 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, .122 BAA, 8 BB, 41 K (16 G)

    40-Man Roster: No

    Jacob Lindgren was one of college baseball’s better relievers this spring at Mississippi State, and his ability to miss bats at a high rate and potentially reach the major leagues in a hurry led to his selection by the New York Yankees in the second round (No. 55 overall) of this year’s draft.

    The 21-year-old left-hander is currently pitching at his fourth level (Double-A Trenton) since signing, and he’s now struck out two or more batters in 12 of his 16 outings. Lindgren has the kind of pure stuff, highlighted by a devastating, swing-and-miss slider, to make an impact out of the Yankees bullpen before the end of the season.

    Based on his utter dominance, we should see him in the major leagues come September.


    Other Potential Call-Ups:

    Edwin Escobar, Boston Red Sox 

    Tim Berry, Baltimore Orioles 

    Manny Banuelos, New York Yankees 

    Andrew Chafin, Arizona Diamondbacks 

    Enny Romero, Tampa Bay Rays 

    John Lamb, Kansas City Royals 

    Sean Nolin, Toronto Blue Jays