The San Francisco Giants appear to be making a serious run at the playoffs, especially in the NL Wild Card race.
With Sept. 1 just a few days away, here are five September call-ups who could push the Giants over the edge, securing them a spot in the postseason.
Tyler Graham is a pure-speed outfielder who can hit for high average.
In 100 games at AAA Fresno this year, he has batted an unbelievable .349 with 33 stolen bases in 100 games. He's not currently on the 40 man roster, but should receive a call-up for his impressive play.
As of now, the Giants' best pinch runner is probably Nate Schierholtz. Tyler Graham would add much depth to a Giants' team that is almost entirely devoid of speed.
Although they are packed with outfielders currently (Schierholtz, Rowand, Burrell, Guillen, Ross, Torres), they should be able to find an extra spot for him on the roster.
Although Brett Pill's ability to play first base is of little use to the Giants, who have four first basemen (Huff, Posey, Sandoval, Ishikawa), the bat he carries could certainly make an impact.
He's raked in 131 games in Fresno to the tune of a .270 batting average with 16 home runs and 32 doubles.
He could be a valuable bat off of the bench for the Giants come September.
Jesus Guzman has quietly put up impressive numbers in Fresno this year, batting .307 with 17 home runs and 21 doubles in 400 AB.
His ability to play third base will be useful for a team currently packed with outfielders and first basemen.
Although he's not currently on the San Francisco Giants' 40 man roster, he should receive a call-up in September (as he did last year).
Eugenio Velez has prospered in Fresno this season, hitting .307 with 28 SB in 72 games.
His ability to switch-hit and his speed will be of value to a Giants team that is quite slow (the obvious exception being Andres Torres).
He can even muscle a ball out of the park every so often, and in September, he could get some big hits for the Giants in their playoff run.
Emmanuel Burriss has the potential to bring great depth to the Giants' middle infield upon arrival.
His defense and speed are undoubtedly upgrades over Uribe/Renteria, and his ability to switch hit makes him a versatile player.
At Fresno this year, he's batted for a good average (.291), and stolen 10 bases in 57 games.
Brandon Belt has raked thus far in the minors (.337 in 175 AB at AA Richmond), but since a promotion to AAA Fresno he hasn't done much.
Although he has performed well this season, he doesn't seem ready to make an immediate impact: an example would be Buster Posey, who didn't really hit well in September 2009.
He will be a great bat for the future, though.