Potential September Call-Ups Who Could Directly Change MLB Playoff Races

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Potential September Call-Ups Who Could Directly Change MLB Playoff Races
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LHP Marco Gonzales could fill several different roles for the Cardinals in September.

Teams now have less than a week to decide which of their prospects, if any, will be promoted to the major leagues on Sept. 1.

While most clubs typically recall players already on their 40-man roster, teams chasing a playoff berth may be more inclined to think outside the box and take a chance on a prospect not already on the roster.

Last season, some of the game’s top prospects, namely Billy Hamilton and Yordano Ventura, were promoted to the major leagues on Sept. 1 and ultimately made significant contributions to their respective teams over the final month of the season.

This year, we’re unlikely to see playoff contenders call up their big-name, future stars for the stretch run, but there will be numerous lesser-known but deserving prospects promoted when rosters expand Monday.

In the last week, we’ve looked at the top 25 prospects who could be called up in September and even broken them down position by position.

Today, however, we’re going to narrow our focus to prospects whose seemingly imminent call-ups, based on the latest reports, could improve their team's chances of reaching the postseason. None of these five players profile as everyday players or rotation fixtures down the stretch, but they each have the potential to bolster their respective club's rosters.

 

*All stats courtesy of MLB.comBaseball Reference or FanGraphs unless otherwise noted.

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