As of September 1st, every Major League team was allowed to expand its playing roster from the normal regular season limit of 25 players to an expanded roster of 40. The annual September call-ups are viewed as an opportunity for teams that are out of contention in their divisional races to get a good look at some of their top minor league prospects and see how they fare at the major league level.
For teams that are still in the race, it is a chance to bring up some young players to give some of their veteran everyday players a chance to get a game off now and then as they prepare hopefully for a play-off run. While the Philadelphia Phillies definitely fall into the latter category, it is curious that they have yet to make any September call-ups.
Part of the reason is that the Phillies’ triple-A minor league team, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs are in the play-offs for the first time in their four year existence. Phillies GM, Ruben Amaro Jr. hopes to be able to let the Iron Pigs play out their season unless the Phillies find themselves with any unexpected urgent needs.
That being said, the minor leagues season will be over soon one way or the other so Phillies fans should get ready to see some familiar, and not so familiar, faces on the field and in the dugout. To help you keep track of all the comings and goings here are the possible top ten exciting players coming soon to a ballpark near you.