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07-24

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The Call-Up: Rafael Devers
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Ben Carsley

07-01

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The Call-Up: Clint Frazier
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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

06-30

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The Call-Up: Nick Williams
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Jarrett Seidler and Bret Sayre

06-29

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The Call-Up: Dustin Fowler
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Jarrett Seidler and Mike Gianella

06-28

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The Call-Up: Tyler Wade
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

06-26

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The Call-Up: Franklin Barreto
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

06-21

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The Call-Up: Andrew Moore
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JH Schroeder and Wilson Karaman

06-15

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The Call-Up: Matt Chapman
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Wilson Karaman

06-15

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The Call-Up: Derek Fisher
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Scott Delp and Mark Barry

06-13

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The Call-Up: Lewis Brinson
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Kate Morrison and Mike Gianella

06-13

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The Call-Up: Josh Hader
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Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell

06-09

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The Call-Up: Sean Newcomb
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

06-08

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The Call-Up: Francis Martes
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Wilson Karaman and Mark Barry

06-07

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The Call-Up: Jacob Faria
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John Eshleman and George Bissell

06-07

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The Call-Up: Brett Phillips
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Wilson Karaman

05-29

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The Call-Up: Franchy Cordero
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Wilson Karaman and George Bissell

05-24

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The Call-Up: Sam Travis
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Scott Delp and Ben Carsley

05-19

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The Call-Up: Anthony Alford
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

05-17

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The Call-Up: Bradley Zimmer
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Erich Rothmann and George Bissell

05-15

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The Call-Up: Ian Happ
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Jarrett Seidler and Mark Barry

05-08

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The Call-Up: Magneuris Sierra
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Javier Barragan

04-26

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The Call-Up: Nick Pivetta
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Chaz Fiorino and Mike Gianella

04-26

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The Call-Up: Cody Bellinger
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

04-25

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The Call-Up: Christian Arroyo
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Wilson Karaman and Mark Barry

04-24

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The Call-Up: Chih-Wei Hu
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-22

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The Call-Up: Jorge Bonifacio
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-14

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The Call-Up: Jesse Winker
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-07

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The Call-Up: Kyle Freeland & Antonio Senzatela
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

04-07

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The Call-Up: Amir Garrett
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Eric Roseberry

04-06

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The Call-Up: Rookie Davis
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Eric Roseberry

04-03

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The Call-Up: Yandy Diaz
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Craig Goldstein and Mark Barry

09-22

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The Call-Up: A Triplet of Padres
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Christopher Crawford, Mauricio Rubio and Greg Wellemeyer

09-13

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The Call-Up: September Call-Ups 2016
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BP Prospect Staff and BP Fantasy Staff

09-06

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The Call-Up: Jharel Cotton
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Wilson Karaman and George Bissell

09-06

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The Call-Up: Gavin Cecchini
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Jarrett Seidler and Scooter Hotz

09-03

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The Call-Up: Jose De Leon
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Brendan Gawlowski and Scooter Hotz

09-02

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The Call-Up: Raimel Tapia
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Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell

09-02

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The Call-Up: Yohander Mendez
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Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

09-01

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The Call-Up: Yoan Moncada
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Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen

08-31

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The Call-Up: JaCoby Jones
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Mark Anderson and Scooter Hotz

08-26

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The Call-Up: Jorge Alfaro
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Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen

08-23

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The Call-Up: Robert Gsellman
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mike Gianella

08-20

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The Call-Up: Jeff Hoffman
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James Fisher and Scooter Hotz

08-17

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The Call-Up: Chad Pinder
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-17

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The Call-Up: Dansby Swanson
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-15

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The Call-Up: Aaron Judge
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Steve Givarz and Mike Gianella

08-10

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The Call-Up: Luke Weaver
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-09

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The Call-Up: Alex Reyes
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-05

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The Call-Up: Jake Thompson
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

08-02

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The Call-Up: Orlando Arcia
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

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July 24, 2017 12:01 am

The Call-Up: Rafael Devers

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Ben Carsley

The Third Baseman Who Was Promised.

The Situation: It’s July 23rd. Red Sox third baseman have hit .224/.284/.307. Rafael Devers can probably do better than that.

The Background: Devers signed out of the Dominican Republic as part of the 2013 IFA class for $1.5 million. He came stateside the following summer after just 28 games in the DSL. In 2015, he was given an aggressive assignment to the South Atlantic League as an 18-year-old. He held his own—batting .289/.323/.443—and jumped up our 101 from No. 90 to No. 35. He almost xeroxed his line in 2016 as a 19-year-old in Advanced-A, and that was after an ice cold start to the season. The continued development of his offensive tools—along with solid on-field performance as one of the youngest players in the Carolina League—made him one of the top-20 prospects in baseball coming into this season, despite questions about his ultimate defensive home. If a top-20 prospect in baseball could “break out,” Devers 2017 would qualify. He mashed in Double-A, hitting .300 with 18 bombs in a half season before a recent promotion to Pawtucket. It took a mere week of additional mashing to get the call to Boston. Devers checked in at No. 5 on our Midseason Top 50, but he had a case for No. 1.

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July 1, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Clint Frazier

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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

The Ginger God has risen.

The Situation: All of the stuff I wrote on Thursday about the Yankees using their vaunted prospect depth to cover position player injuries from Dustin Fowler’s Call-Up is still true. Throw on top of it that Fowler himself tore his patella tendon in his MLB debut, and the Yankees are now firing their last big hitting bullet from the farm, top outfield prospect Clint Frazier.

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June 30, 2017 3:26 pm

The Call-Up: Nick Williams

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Jarrett Seidler and Bret Sayre

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing.

The Situation: This was supposed to be the season that the Phillies came out of their rebuild, but instead they have the worst record in baseball. Michael Saunders was supposed to bridge the gap between Philadelphia’s outfield of today and outfield of tomorrow, but was instead so bad that he was released. The overall situation is even more dire, as with the exception of Aaron Altherr, the Phillies’ group of promising young MLB hitters has all spiraled down in performance at once—as has top prospect J.P. Crawford at Triple-A. So with just a group of random Quad-A guys in the outfield corner not featuring Aaron Altherr, why not give the best outfield prospect in the system some run?

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June 29, 2017 1:37 pm

The Call-Up: Dustin Fowler

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Jarrett Seidler and Mike Gianella

The Yankees will have an entirely new team of players by next week, all named Tyler or Dustin or Blake or something.

The Situation: The Yankees are muddling through a cold streak during a season of unexpected contention. With the Super-2 window having passed and injuries creating needs all over the diamond, they’re calling up much of their vaunted upper-level prospect depth. Today’s newest Baby Bomber is versatile and toolsy outfielder Dustin Fowler.

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June 28, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Tyler Wade

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

The last piece of the Yankees' Tyler Voltron has arrived.

The Situation: Starlin Castro tweaked a hamstring, so the Yankees have called on their swiss army prospect, Tyler Wade, to give them some additional flexibility in the infield.

The Background: The Yankees selected Wade in the fourth round of the 2013 draft as a SoCal prep shortstop, signing him for a little over $370,000. He got a somewhat aggressive assignment to Charleston in his first full pro season, considering he wasn’t a highly-touted prep pick, and both his raw athleticism and his general rawness showed up there. He progressed to Tampa in 2015 and prospect team member Jeff Moore saw a future big leaguer whosecontact skills, left-handed bat and ability to play two up-the-middle positions [gave] him a chance to play a nice role on a big-league roster.” I got eyes on him in 2016 in Trenton and saw much of the same, although I thought his athleticism was starting to show up more in the baseball skills now. He faded a bit down the stretch in Trenton, but overall put together a solid performance for a 21-year-old in Double-A. With the acquisition of Gleyber Torres at the trade deadline, the Yankees sent Wade to the AFL for the second straight season, this time to get some reps in the outfield. This year in Scranton he has played all three outfield positions in addition to shortstop, second, and third. He’s in the midst of a bit of a breakout season, adding a bit of pop to the profile and improving his efficiency on the bases.

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Can the A's top prospect make regretting the Josh Donaldson trade a thing of the past?

The Situation: As infielder Chad Pinder heads to the disabled list with a hamstring strain, the A’s turn to their top prospect to help fill the void. Just days after calling up Matt Chapman, and as the team looks to retool in the second half of the season, Barreto has an opportunity to make an impression and stick around despite struggling at Triple-A so far this season.

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June 21, 2017 8:24 pm

The Call-Up: Andrew Moore

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JH Schroeder and Wilson Karaman

If you're going to be a right-handed pitcher with no particular out-pitch, it's best to be one in Seattle.

The Situation: Despite being among the best and most advanced arms in the Mariners’ system, Andrew Moore was a bit of a surprise call-up today. Most notably, the Mariners needed to DFA Tyler Cloyd to add Moore to the 40-man roster. Moore is expected to start for the Mariners; Christian Bergman was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, presumably to create space in the Mariners rotation. Felix Hernandez is also expected back this Friday, so it remains to be seen whether Moore, or Sam Gaviglio get sent back down this weekend.

The Background: Moore was selected in Competitive Balance Round B in the 2015 draft, 72nd overall, out of Oregon State. Moore has been very successful through almost two full years in the minors, with an impressive composite ERA of 2.59. He was recognized as the Mariners minor league pitcher of the year in 2016. Perhaps most noteworthy, Moore has registered a 1.58 BB/9 throughout his minor league career.

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June 15, 2017 9:24 am

The Call-Up: Matt Chapman

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Wilson Karaman

The A's rookie has a potent glove, but can he make enough contact at the plate?

The Situation: The Super-Two window has all but closed, and as they sit 17 games out of first the A’s have entered period of roster transition that has already seen youngsters Chad Pinder and Jaycob Brugman wrestle playing time away from veterans. With Trevor Plouffe scuffling on both sides of the ball and Ryon Healy really better served not subtracting value by trying to fake it at third, the timing is just right for Oakland to call up one of their top position prospects for a look at the hot corner.

The Background: A former 25th-overall pick out of College World Series-bound Cal State Fullerton, Chapman has progressed steadily through the minor leagues with consistent production at east step along the way over the past three seasons. The 24-year-old has averaged a homer every 15 at-bats in his professional career, pacing the Texas League last year and mashing 16 long balls to date in a truncated season in the Pacific Coast League. He appeared to dodge a bullet earlier this spring, when on a check swing he suffered what initially looked like a hamate fracture, but turned out to be a mere strain.

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June 15, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Derek Fisher

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Scott Delp and Mark Barry

With Josh Reddick ailing, the Astros turn to their farm system for reinforcements.

The Situation: The Astros have been using Nori Aoki and Josh Reddick as the lefty side of their outfield-corner platoons, Reddick might hit the DL with a concussion, and Aoki is little more than a warm body at this point in his career. With the passing of the Super 2 deadline for 2017, Derek Fisher becomes the latest beneficiary. The call up comes just a day after GM Jeff Luhnow pronounced Fisher “ready” to MLB.com.

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June 13, 2017 11:36 am

The Call-Up: Lewis Brinson

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Kate Morrison and Mike Gianella

Hey look, another top prospect headed to Milwaukee.

The Situation: Though they entered the year with inscrutable expectations, the Brewers find themselves on top of the heap that is the NL Central. Recently, however, they’ve had several of their key hitters go down with injury (Ryan Braun, Jonathan Villar) leading to the promotion of one of their top prospects, Lewis Brinson. Luckily for the Brewers, Villar’s injury came right after the projected Super 2 deadline, meaning they’ll get to pay Brinson less when it comes to arbitration.

The Background: The Brewers acquired Brinson in 2016 from the Rangers in the Jonathan Lucroy trade, alongside pitcher Luis Ortiz and, later, outfielder Ryan Cordell. The Rangers drafted Brinson in their loaded 2012 class out of Coral Springs high school in Florida, taking the lanky outfielder with their first-round pick, 29th overall.

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June 13, 2017 10:19 am

The Call-Up: Josh Hader

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Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell

The hard-throwing lefty takes his fastball/slider combo to the Brewers' bullpen, for now.

The Situation: The pipeline of prospects keeps coming in Milwaukee. Shortly after calling up Brett Phillips, the Brewers have added their top pitching prospect Josh Hader to the bullpen mix.

The Background: Hader was the Orioles' 19th-round draft pick in 2012. A local prep arm, he burst onto prospect radars with a dominant professional debut in short-season ball that summer. His full-season debut went swimmingly as well. Hader struck out nearly a batter per inning as a 19-year-old in the South Atlantic League before he was dealt to the Astros at the deadline as part of the Bud Norris package. The lefty wasn’t done wandering yet, though (he even looks the part of a well-traveled roadie).

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June 9, 2017 11:35 am

The Call-Up: Sean Newcomb

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

No one can ever really fill a Bartolo-sized hole, but Newcomb will try, at least for a spot start.

The Situation: Atlanta has an injured Bartolo Colon and a doubleheader this weekend, so they’ve decided to call up their closest pitching prospect, and a pretty good one at that, in Sean Newcomb.

The Background: Newcomb was selected 15th overall by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2014 draft out of the University of Hartford. He was the first player picked from Hartford in a decade and the highest overall pick in school history, besting Jeff Bagwell by almost 100 spots. In his first short season assignment that Summer, he established a pattern of performance that has repeated at every level— overpowering stuff, but troubles keeping it in the zone. Nevertheless, he got to Double-A in 2015 during his first full professional season. That winter he was dealt to the Braves for Andrelton Simmons. He spent all of 2016 back in Double-A as he tried to iron out his control issues with limited success. His 2017 campaign in the International League has gone much the same, striking out well over a batter an inning, but also walking over 13% of the batters he’s faced.

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