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Prospect Post-Mortem: AL East Birds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rob Leibowitz   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:00
The minor league regular season is now over. It’s time to assess the status of key young players and see how they lived up, or failed, to meet expectations.

Blue Jays
I got on the Blue Jays' Mitch Nay bandwagon this season, but I suspect I might be too early an adopter here. Nay, a former supplemental first round pick by the Jays is a third baseman with good bat control, contact-making ability, size and bat speed that suggests above average long-term power potential. In his first full season of A-ball, Nay managed just a .285/.342/.389 line. Not bad for a 20-year-old, but far from dominant, though the 35 doubles and 41 total extra base hits is quite encouraging. The foundation is there and the righty is still worthy of tracking in AL-only dynasty leagues, but there is little reason to keep him in most fantasy leagues until he starts turning some of those doubles into homers. Of course, though, he’ll be on everyone’s radar. He’ll spend the majority of 2015 in A+ ball.

Marcus Stroman was among the top pre-season targets to help out at the MLB level this year and he has generally delivered, showing some rookie inconsistency, but also dominant at times. The righty completely translated his strike-throwing abilities, albeit with a near-4.0 point drop-off in K/9 from Triple-A. The former first round pick has multiple plus pitches, plus command, and does a good job of keeping the ball on the ground. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go for $15 or so in AL-only leagues next season.

I expected Daniel Norris to spend 2014 in A+ ball, yet the lefty is up in the Majors for a cup of coffee. Norris ended up being dominant at three different levels, striking out in excess of 10.3 batters per nine innings at every level while improving his mechanics and control. The 21-year-old will likely head back to Triple-A and could be next year’s Marcus Stroman.

Orioles
I’ve long been a Caleb Joseph supporter and had hoped the Orioles would give him a chance. While the circumstances of that chance were not expected, Joseph has shown off his power in the Majors. Unfortunately, the contact-making skills did not come along for the ride. The righty has often in his career needed a season or so of adjustment time at each level and at this point, the Orioles are unlikely to bring back Matt Wieters. It is uncertain whether or not Joseph will receive a second opportunity as a starter in 2015.

The converse here is Michael Ohlman, who looked like a possible long-term successor to Wieters given power and advanced approach. Instead, the 23-year-old has been a flop at Double-A, showing little to no pop. Chance Sisco, on the other hand, has been quite exciting in A-ball with a .340/.406/446 line along with 34 extra base hits. Sisco doesn’t project as a home run hitter, but his contact/gap power could make him a worthy addition as a fantasy catcher. Keep in mind the lefty is 19 years of age and the majority of his career in the Majors, should he make it, will be next decade.

Over at first base, I expected Christian Walker to be a tweener/organizational type with few opportunities beyond the likes of Chris Davis. Well, he has not gotten a call-up but torched Double-A while showing far more power than he displayed previously in his career. The righty continued to hit for power in Triple-A, but the plate discipline faded and overall Walker’s strikeout rate rose from 14.5% to over 25%. He’ll spend most of 2015 in Triple-A and will need a repeat of his Double-A performance to push his way into the lineup.

The Orioles' new supplemental first round pick, Josh Hart, was a toolsy, but raw athlete when they drafted him in 2013. Hart, at 19, may have 15-30 HR potential but was a washout at the plate, in the power game and in the plate discipline development game. There’s plenty of time here for him to develop into something, but the odds are against him.

As expected, Kevin Gausman is now a mainstay in the Orioles rotation. As with Stroman, the minor league strikeout rates have not yet fully moved up with him to the Majors. He’s essentially a two-pitch pitcher at the moment with his mid-nineties fastball and split-finger fastball. The strikeouts should come as he incorporates more of his repertoire into his game.

After a solid performance in Double-A, it looked likely Mike Wright would make his MLB debut in 2014 after some time in Triple-A. Things have not gone so well. The former third round pick has been hittable, posting a 4+ ERA while seeing his strikeout rate drop two points. His profile has always been that of a fourth or fifth starter, so repeating Triple-A in 2015 may yet give him that opportunity.

Tim Berry is enjoying a successful one level at a time approach, his skills moving solidly up from A+ ball, though his control has not been quite as sharp as previously. His issue remains finding a pitch with which to combat right-handed batters. The former fifth round pick will move up to Triple-A next year and should remain in the rotation for now, but he may have a long-term role as a specialist reliever rather than as a starter.

Finally, the talk of the town earlier this season was Hunter Harvey. Unfortunately, the former first round pick developed elbow inflammation and the Orioles took no chances, shutting him down for the season back in late July. A 2013 first round pick and son of former Marlins and Angels closer Bryan Harvey, Hunter had produced a 10.9 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 as a 19-year-old in full-season ball over 17 starts. He screams upper end of the rotation potential if that elbow can stay healthy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:13
 
Call-Up and Deliver PDF Print E-mail
The Prospector
Written by Rob Leibowitz   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

We no longer need to discuss “potential” call-ups. We may instead focus on the reality of which prospects are actually receiving a major league assignment and which are worthy of targeting down the stretch and in particular for keeping for 2015. Some of these call-ups are borderline prospects too who are getting a chance to play and their career path may already be on the line.

The Dodgers’ call-up of Joc Pederson was the leading move. The 22-year-old outfielder has delivered a monster year, producing a 30-30 season while batting .303/.435/.582. There are no questions here about Pederson’s raw power, 20-plus stolen base potential and patient approach. The question that remains is how much of all this production will actually translate to the Majors. Some will of course have to be taken off given the move from one of the best hitter's parks in the Minors to a ballpark that has traditionally favored pitchers. Moving on from that, the knock on Joc prior to this year was his ability to hit lefties. This season, his splits were virtually invisible and quite surprisingly, Pederson actually showed more power against lefties than righties. For now, however, it appears given the Dodgers’ depth that he will be utilized in a back-up capacity for the rest of the season.

Taijuan Walker was supposed to come up in an equally frustrating capacity for the Mariners as a top prospect unlikely to see much action beyond long or middle relief. The complete ineffectiveness of Chris Young on Monday, however, allowed Walker a chance to shine with a six inning, five strikeout and two walk performance. The righty appears to be over, at least for now, his shoulder problems, throwing into the mid-nineties and showing multiple plus pitches to good effect. While this outing may afford Walker another opportunity to start down the road this season, James Paxton remains ahead of him on the depth charts and will return to the rotation as soon as his turn comes up again.

The Mets made a surprising move, recalling the youngest player in the Eastern League when Daniel Murphy hit the DL this past Friday. Dilson Herrera, acquired from the Pirates in the Marlon Byrd deal, has exceeded expectations. The 20-year-old has surprising pop for his size and could be a 10 to 15 HR threat in the Majors long-term. The righty has improved his plate discipline, walking 10-percent of the time while cutting his strikeout rate. Range-wise, he is limited to second base, but he has good enough hands for the position. While he will see a fair amount of playing time while Murphy is out, Herrera will likely return to Triple-A to start next year, though it’s possible he could inherit the everyday job should the Mets decide to move Murphy at some point.

Another recent call-up seeing steady playing time is the Cubs' Jorge Soler. The 22-year-old Cuban has taken over right field and has an edge on keeping the job for the beginning of 2015. The righty has tremendous power, blasting 18 long balls in just 252 plate appearances amongst four levels of pro-ball, including three since his recall. Soler also possesses tremendous bat speed as well as a fair eye and is not an all or nothing power hitter, meaning there is a very fair chance he’ll be able to hit for average and power for the Cubs.

Ryan Rua's minor league hitting success has granted him an opportunity. In 2013, Rua hit 32 homers and he has followed that up with an 18 HR campaign between Double-A and Triple-A. While traditionally a third baseman, the Rangers have used him at second base and have now made him their starting first baseman due to injury and the ineffectiveness of others. The righty could hit 20-plus homers at the MLB Level and most impressively has actually improved his ability to make contact over time and is showing signs of possibly being more than a utility or platoon player. His role for next season, however, is well up in the air as both Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland are expected to return.

Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez and now Daniel Norris. The Blue Jays have not been shy about bringing up their young guns, but given Norris’ Triple-A success, it is hard to argue against it even if he is just 21 years old. A lefty, Norris has posted no less than a 10.4 K/9 at any one of his three levels of play this season. With the exception of his time in Double-A, he has been able to throw the ball for strikes and is a power-pitching lefty with a plus fastball, slider, and changeup. Another half-season in Triple-A is likely, but he could be a #2 or #3 starter long term for the Jays. For now, however, it appears Norris will just get a cup of coffee, working in long and middle relief.

The Padres promoted former first round pick Cory Spangenberg from Double-A after he hit .331/.365/.470. The 23-year-old’s shine had lost quite a bit of its luster in recent seasons. While the lefty still showed 30-plus stolen base speed, a lack of pop and on-base skill was pushing him towards a utlity or organizational role rather than the everyday starter that was once his forecast. Despite his Double-A performance, I continue to remain skeptical given a lack of pop, power contact skills for a player with said limited pop, and a very aggressive approach. Spangenberg will play off the bench and perhaps get some pinch running opportunities.

The trade of Adam Dunn has opened up playing time for 25-year-old Andy Wilkins. A former fifth round pick, Wilkins has been enjoying a breakout season in which he has hit 30 homers at Triple-A while making contact 83% of the time and producing a .293/.338/.558 line. Like Rua above, it is difficult to see where Wilkins fits with the White Sox long term as he is not a huge on-base threat and has no true standout tools other than his power. For now, he’ll see almost everyday action at first base and try to continue to make his mark.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 03:31
 
The Call-Up Candidates Keep Coming PDF Print E-mail
The Prospector
Written by Rob Leibowitz   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

This week, we conclude our look at some of the potential late-year minor league call-ups of note, but not to worry, we will reflect upon the actual call-ups next week!

Philadelphia Phillies
Maikel Franco is not on the 40-man roster and the Phillies still have yet to decide on whether or not to call him up this September. This is pretty reasonable considering Franco’s age (21) and struggles this season in Triple-A. Despite not producing splashy numbers, the righty translated his contact and power to the highest level of the Minors at a very young age. Yes, he is very aggressive and needs to improve his selectivity and he may never be a great on-base threat, but there are certainly useful talents here. It would be no great surprise to see him dominate as a 22-year-old in Triple-A in 2015.

As much doubt as to whether or not Franco will get the call, Aaron Altherr is pretty much guaranteed a promotion. Though only in Double-A, Altherr remains on the 40-man roster and has already spent a very brief stay in the Majors in 2014. His long term future as a regular or as a back-up remains in question, but his tools are not. The 23-year-old outfielder has 15 to 20 HR and 20 SB potential as well as true centerfielder defensive skills. On the other hand, the righty is a very aggressive hitter who strikes out far too frequently and it has shown at Double-A in his .232/.283/.401 line.

Altherr’s teammate Kelly Dugan may be even more likely to receive the call to the Majors. The former second round pick repeated Double-A and the results have been telling as he found his patience from the lower minors and it resulted in a very similar season to his 2013 A+ ball campaign in which he was able to hit for average, get on base and demonstrate some pop. He may profile best as a left-handed hitting platoon player.

Chicago White Sox
The White Sox made a preemptive September call-up move recently by recalling and inserting second baseman Carlos Sanchez into their everyday lineup. A switch-hitter, Sanchez answered critics regarding his lack of pop by hitting more home runs this season than in the rest of his entire minor league career (seven compared to three over three seasons previously) and tied his career high in triples with six. Sanchez is a fair contact hitter with high teens to mid-twenties stolen base potential. One word of caution, the 22-year-old managed his accomplishments after repeating Triple-A, a level at which he spent the entirety of 2013 to very mediocre results. His transition to the Majors could be quite slow.

Matt Davidson is a call-up candidate, but while once again he impressed with his power production (20 HR) and continued to walk often, he has just barely been able to hit above the Mendoza line in the Minors. His ceiling is that of a .230s to .240s hitter who can hit between 20 and 25 homers, but the odds of him getting an opportunity to try and accomplish that are fading fast. Davidson might be best utilized as a right-handed platoon player.

Marcus Semien struggled mightily with the White Sox earlier this season, but his performance in Triple-A may have redeemed him and should get him another call-up in September. After striking out nearly a third of the time in the Majors, he is back to his usually very refined plate approach with a 16% strikeout rate and 14% walk rate along with a .264/.371/.482 line. There is talk the Sox may even try him in the outfield. His combination of mid-teens power potential, on base skills and position flexibility are starting to remind me a little bit of former big leaguer Tony Phillips. We just need to see this type of play in the Majors. Semien is no longer a rookie, but don’t count him out just yet.

Cleveland Indians
As of this article, the Indians are five games out of the wild card and five and a half games out of first place in the AL Central, so opportunities for rookies may be slim. Jesus Aguilar made a few brief appearances in the bigs for the Tribe this year. The right-handed first baseman has little to prove in the Minors, having quieted critics somewhat with a power display of 17 homers and the raw potential to be a 20 to 25 home run hitter in the Majors. Aguilar also continues to exhibit an advanced and patient approach, walking 13% of the time while making contact 80% of the time, a quality accomplishment for someone expected to hit for some pop. File him under “someone who just needs a chance”.

Expect Cleveland to also take a brief look at their haul from the Justin Masterson trade. James Ramsey was promoted to Triple-A upon acquisition and has transitioned there pretty much without a hitch (except a climb in the strikeout department), still showing his mid to upper teens power and patience and continuing to hit over .300. Still, Ramsey has no true standout tool and may end up a fourth outfielder or platoon player.

Francisco Lindor may get the call in September on the basis of being a late inning defensive replacement. The 20-year-old made it to Triple-A and has hit .287 with four homers at Columbus, but has otherwise seen his typically disciplined, contact-oriented approach disintegrate. At 20 years of age, he really would benefit from at least a half season, if not a full season, at Triple-A.

Next week, it’s 40-man roster expansion day and a look at the call-ups of note that may have slipped through the cracks.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 08:10
 
NL East Call-Up Candidates PDF Print E-mail
The Prospector
Written by Rob Leibowitz   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00

This week, we continue our look at some of the potential late-year minor league call-ups of note.

Atlanta Braves
The Braves are very much in contention and their roster offers few opportunities for youngsters to shine. On the other side, the Braves have few upper level prospects ready to really make a splash regardless. Christian Bethancourt has seen some time in the Majors and is likely to get a call-up once rosters expand. Despite being the superior receiver, he won't upstage Evan Gattis. Bethancourt has some pop and has made rather consistent contact throughout his minor league career, but he has a penchant for being overly aggressive and getting on-base at sub-.300 rates. All the tools are there for him to be a valuable real and fantasy baseball player, but unless he drastically improves his pitch recognition, he’ll end up a back-up no matter his pedigree.

Jose Peraza is a bit of a wild card. At 20 years of age, it is premature for the Braves to start his arbitration clock. On the other hand, this is a mature hitter with elite speed, good defensive skills and an aggressive, but very good contact-making approach. The righty has hit over .340 at two minor league levels and his utility as a defensive replacement/pinch-runner in the late-season/post-season may be too tempting to resist keeping him in the Minors.

Miami Marlins
J.T. Realmuto may have moved to the top of the long-term catching herd in Miami, but it remains to be seen whether or not that is cause for celebration. The 23-year-old is a Double-A repeater with solid defensive skills and gap power. This season, he has made some progress in becoming more selective while continuing to put the ball on the bat with some consistency (14 percent strikeout rate and 9 percent walk rate).

Justin Bour is a journeyman at 26 years of age, but he is a very interesting one. The Marlins selected him in the minor league phase of the Rule-5 draft last fall and so far it has worked out well. Bour has been enjoying a breakout season that has resulted in a .319/.389/.549 line. The lefty is also showing excellent strike zone discipline by making contact 88% of the time while also displaying a patient approach. Bour is limited to first base defensively, so the Marlins would have to decide to sit Garrett Jones in order to play him. Given that Jones is signed for two years, they may be reluctant to do that even if Bour deserves the shot.

Despite a pedestrian ERA of 3.51, Andrew Heaney has pretty much dominated two levels of play and only got better with his promotion to Triple-A, where he produced a 10.4 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9. He’s made a few spot starts with Miami and may not get much of an opportunity down the stretch but has a good chance to make the 2015 opening day rotation or at the very least claim a spot by mid-season. The lefty is not a blazer, but he has pinpoint control of his fastball, a wipeout slider and can change speeds at will. The combination could make him a long-term #2 type starter.

24-year-old Brian Flynn has made appearances in the Majors each of the past two seasons with the Marlins. Flynn does not have Heaney’s repertoire with only a slider that is a true plus pitch and only average command. He has enough depth of solid average pitches to be a #3 or #4 type starter given the opportunity. It is more likely he will work in long relief than start during a September call-up.

Anthony DeSclafani was only recently optioned to Triple-A after producing a 6.84 ERA. Despite that, the righty did actually throw strikes (1.7 BB/9) and missed some bats (6.8 K/9) over his brief stay, which is fairly well supported by his minor league production. His changeup gets mixed reviews and that will be the key factor of remaining in the rotation or bullpen. Given his fastball and slider and good groundball tendencies, DeSclafani could make quite a good setup man.

Jose Urena is probably a longshot to get a call-up, but the righty has had success in Double-A and is on the 40-man roster. The righty has a plus fastball and throws it for strikes, posting sub 2.0 BB/9 each of the past three seasons. However, he also failed to strike out more than 6.7 batters per nine innings in any of those seasons. The reason: a lack of a credible secondary pitch. Without another weapon, a transition to the Majors in anything but a relief role could be quite painful.

New York Mets
The Mets would prefer not to call up Noah Syndergaard this season. The top pitcher in the Mets minor league system, Syndergaard has battled some minor health issues this season and also had to deal with the joy of pitching in the hitter-haven of Las Vegas. Despite a somewhat ugly ERA, the former Blue Jay has posted a 9.7 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9. Syndergaard remains a potential ace and one who could be joining the Mets by mid-2015.

The Mets are rapidly fading from contention, so openings for youngsters may occur. I think I have talked ad nauseum about Kevin Plawecki this year, but it is likely the catcher will get a call-up even though he has struggled at Triple-A, producing a .257/.319/.394 line. The Mets are comfortable with Travis d’Arnaud, for now, and Plawecki will likely spend at least half of 2015 in Triple-A.

The Mets may be tempted to bring up former first round pick Brandon Nimmo. The lefty’s power is slowly starting to emerge while he has also retained an elite plate approach that allowed him to hit .322/.448/.458 in A+ ball. His bat is starting to come alive after struggling initially at Double-A, but more importantly he has translated his plate approach to that level too. Nimmo is only 21, young for his league, and not yet on the 40-man roster, so bet against this call-up, but you never know.

23-year-old Steven Matz has worked his way back into the prospectosphere. The former second round pick has pitched almost identically at A+ and AA-ball with a K/9 around 8.0 and BB/9 in the low to mid-twos. Matz does a great job of keeping the ball on the ground and is armed with two plus pitches, including a mid-nineties fastball and change. Matz is on the 40-man roster and should have a solid career at least as a reliever, if not a member of the rotation.

Next week, more potential call-ups of note!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 07:03
 
AL East Call-Up Candidates PDF Print E-mail
The Prospector
Written by Rob Leibowitz   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

September will be here before we know it. It's a good idea to get a jump start on potential impending minor league call-ups. Some are already on the 40-man roster as no player needs to be designated for assignment to make room for them, but plenty of players have their contracts purchased.

Much of the following is common sense, but it is worth mentioning. Redraft leaguers targeting September call-ups are in for a bit of a crapshoot. Yes, you can target skill and talent, but these are young people achieving their dream and over a tiny sample size, anything can happen. If you need to take chances, at the very least target players on teams that are not in contention. Those rookies are the least likely to be riding the pine. For keeper leaguers out of contention, this is a time to feast and try to take some chances.

Baltimore
Playing time for rookies on a first place team will be scarce. The Orioles have many veteran utlity player types who will come up and give their veterans some rest. Notable potential call-ups, however, include Michael Ohlman. The 23-year-old catcher has some power and a patient approach, but is thus far failing to pass the Double-A test with a .240/.312/.328 line and may have to repeat the league. Lefty Tim Berry could see some time making late-season starts, long-relief outings or as a reliever, but he has pitched well at Double-A with a 7.3 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9. His stuff is not overpowering, but he has good command and could be a third or fourth starter in the Majors. Do not expect to see Dylan Bundy this year. The 21-year-old phenom is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery and has continued to have some elbow issues. Maybe next year. Christian Walker may be the most interesting player to likely receive a call-up. Although he’s not on the 40-man roster, the former fourth round pick has had a breakout season, belting 24 homers while hitting over .300 at two minor league levels while showing above average plate discipline skills. Prior to this year, Walker was felt to be an under-powered, contact hitting first baseman. He’s sacrificed some of the contact but is still making contact about 80% of the time. The righty is an interesting stash away pick-up, particularly if the Orioles decide to move on from Chris Davis this off-season.

Boston
Of course, Mookie Betts will be back up, but his playing time will be sporadic. Betts has all the skills to be a potential leadoff hitter and has nothing left to prove in the Minors. He just needs a regular spot in the lineup. Garin Cecchini will also get a look, but after a stellar climb through the Minors, the lefty's career no longer looks as bright after a dismal Triple-A campaign that saw his typically tremendous batting eye disintegrate and with it any offensive production to a tune of a .241/.317/.326 line. Cecchini has displayed too much skill in the past to dismiss him just yet and now could be the best buy opportunity you’ll have for him. Former first round pick Bryce Brentz will also get a look, but he’s managed just 186 plate appearances this year and has not played a full season since 2012 after battling injuries. While Brentz has hit only .241/.333/.457, he’s shown some decent power (.216 isolated power) and selectivity as well. He profiles as a low to moderate hitter for average with decent OBP skills, but it is hard to see how he fits in the lineup given all the depth the Sox have right now.

Anthony Ranaudo had an excellent debut and awaits a more prolonged MLB stint. The righty has become more dominant as the season has progressed, commanding his pitches and gradually increasing his strikeout rates. He's a hard thrower with a plus change and does a good job of keeping the ball on the ground. There is a chance he ends up in relief depending on the development of his curve.

New York AL
It is quite possible that we see a pair of catching prospects reach the Majors this September. Gary Sanchez continues to show 20-plus home run potential and has improved his contact-making game in recent seasons while maintaining above average catch and throw skills. J.R. Murphy has seen some brief action in the Majors already but has been overly aggressive at the plate in the Minors and Majors. His game is in making contact and hitting line drives while possessing high single digits to low-teens pop. Hopefully, he can get back to that approach, but in the end this is not a high ceiling skill set. Bryan Mitchell just made his MLB debut and was optioned back to the Minors on Monday, but he will certainly be recalled in September. The righty is not a high-ceiling starter but has a fastball/change-up/curveball combination that is effective enough to make him a number four or five starter or middle reliever.

Tampa Bay
While no longer a rookie, Nick Franklin will get a chance with his new club this September. The 23-year-old switch-hitter hit very well for Triple-A Tacoma, batting .294/.392/.455 while showing excellent plate discipline and stealing nine bases to go along with nine homers. His move to Durham is off to a slow start, but he could still very well be the Rays opening day second baseman in 2015. Hak-Ju Lee, Franklin’s current and possible long-term double-play partner, will also likely get a call-up despite having a miserable season in which (stop me if this is getting too familiar and sad) his contact-making skills have fallen apart and he’s managed a weak .205/.284/.260 line while coming back from a knee injury that ruined his 2013 campaign. There’s still hope that Lee could end up a possible leadoff man/elite defensive shortstop, but right now he’s in danger of heading down the utility player career path. Former first round pick Mikie Mahtook is nearly 25 years of age, but is currently amid the best year of his playing career, batting .293/.361/.447 with eight homers and 15 steals. Mahtook is a capable defensive centerfielder and has the offensive profile to fit it, but he may be playing a bit over his head given a right-handed stroke and the fact that he is striking out over a quarter of the time. If he could retain the production while returning to making contact over 80% of the time, he would have a more sustainable and exciting skill set. Otherwise, he’ll end up a .250 hitter with mediocre on-base skills.

On the pitching side of things, Enny Romero and Alex Colome could be recalled. Colome missed 50 games due to a PED suspension and made only 11, albeit successful starts, posting a 7.9 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9. Command of his power stuff has been an issue in the past and he has been making a good transition from thrower to pitcher. Romero, a lefty, has managed an 8.4 K/9 but also an ERA above 5.00. His command and mechanics continue to be an issue despite an arsenal of plus stuff that could make him a middle of the rotation or better starter. I am starting to sense a career in relief may occur.

Next week – more potential call-ups!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:07
 
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