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September 4, 2014

The Call-Up

The Others

by Mauricio Rubio, Tucker Blair, Jordan Gorosh, Craig Goldstein, Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre and Jeff Moore


We’ve devoted full articles to the most promising prospects promoted to the majors late this season, but we're offering scouting and fantasy takes on the best of the rest here.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, RHP, Phillies
Scouting Take:
The Cuban import entered 2014 having not thrown a competitive pitch since he left his home country. Gonzalez’s medicals revealed some injury concerns that prompted the Phillies to rework his deal and turn him into a reliever this year. He worked in the low 90s as a starter but can work in the mid-90s as a reliever. He also has a splitter and a spotty breaking ball. The Phillies still have plans to convert him back into a starter next year but he’ll have to tighten up the command and work on the breaking ball. —Mauricio Rubio

Fantasy Take: He’s going to be used out of the bullpen for Philly. Gonzalez was signed out of Cuba as a starter but he experienced arm tightness and shoulder soreness that required a DL trip. The Phillies converted him into a relief role and that’s where he’ll contribute this year. Gonzalez showed some swing and miss ability in the minors but he also displayed a lack of command. The Phillies closer situation is on lockdown with Jonathan Papelbon and Ken Giles so he’s really only an asset in NL Only if you need to gamble and keep your ratios down. In Dynasty formats he’s a spec play as the Phillies still want Gonzalez to start, but he’s still a long ways a way from that. —Mauricio Rubio

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Terrance Gore, OF, Royals
Scouting Take:
Terrance Gore was called up for one reason - to pinch run. Gore does not have the typical tool set of a prospect, with a hit tool grading as a 3 and no power whatsoever. However, his 80 speed is truly one of the most elite tools in the game. I have routinely clocked Gore with times less than 3.70, which is otherworldly. Just to put this in perspective, those speeds are faster than Billy Hamilton. Gore can play a formidable defense in the outfield as well, but his calling card will serve as a pinch runner for the Royals down the stretch. —Tucker Blair

Fantasy Take: Gore won’t get many (if any) starts in the outfield for Kansas City. He’s going to be a pinch runner for the slow guys pretty exclusively. The good news is that he can really, really run. He might be faster than Billy Hamilton. The bad news is that role makes him relevant in AL Only formats and even then it’s as a one category contributor. He’ll be fun to watch though. —Mauricio Rubio

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