On Thursday morning, each MLB team will have the ability to expand its roster from the current limit of 25 to a maximum of 40 players.
For many teams who are out of contention for the postseason, it gives management a full month to evaluate some of their top-tier prospects who could make an impact for the team in the very near future.
For teams currently in contention, it gives them a chance to not evaluate prospects, but also to periodically rest position players over the last month of the season in preparation for the playoff run.
In some cases, September call-ups have proven to add great value to their teams in the postseason.
In mid-September, 2002, the Anaheim Angels called up reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who had never played in a major league game. Rodriguez was instrumental in the Angels’ World Series run that particular year, winning five postseason games before ever registering a regular-season win.
So, are there prospects out there that can be a factor in the last month of the regular season and beyond?
Bleacher Report will take a look at some of the big-name prospects who could indeed help their teams significantly during the final season and also make enough of a splash to be considered for a roster spot next season as well.
Doug Mead is a Featured Columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle. Follow Doug on Twitter, @Sports_A_Holic.