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09-13

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The Call-Up: Willie Calhoun
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JH Schroeder

09-08

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

09-07

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The Call-Up: Victor Robles
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Jarrett Seidler and George Bissell

09-06

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The Call-Up: Luiz Gohara
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Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell

09-06

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The Call-Up: Walker Buehler
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Kate Morrison and Mark Barry

09-05

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The Call-Up: Francisco Mejia
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Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell

09-05

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The Call-Up: J.P. Crawford
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Jarrett Seidler and Ben Carsley

09-01

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The Call-Up: Alex Verdugo
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Keith Rader and George Bissell

09-01

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The Call-Up: Jack Flaherty
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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

08-11

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The Call-Up: Ryan McMahon
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

08-11

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The Call-Up: Dominic Smith
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Jarrett Seidler and Bret Sayre

08-10

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The Call-Up: Rhys Hoskins
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Jarrett Seidler and Scooter Hotz

08-07

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The Call-Up: Max Fried
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David Lee and Mike Gianella

08-01

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The Call-Up: Ozzie Albies
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

08-01

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The Call-Up: Amed Rosario
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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

07-28

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The Call-Up: Erick Fedde
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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

07-27

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The Call-Up: Harrison Bader
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Mark Anderson and George Bissell

07-27

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The Call-Up: Chris Flexen
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

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

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September 13, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Willie Calhoun

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JH Schroeder

He can friggin hit.

The Situation: Willie Calhoun, perhaps the best pure hitter remaining in the high minors, received his call-up today. The Rangers needed to add Calhoun to the 40-man roster, and released Tyson Ross in a corresponding move. Calhoun has played a little second base and left field in the minors, transitioning to the outfield this season. Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels indicated that Calhoun would only be called up if the team could offer him significant at-bats. Given the Rangers current injury situation, the team is now in the position to provide Calhoun ample opportunity.

The Background: Calhoun was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, 132nd overall by the Dodgers, and signed for a slightly below-slot $347,500. Calhoun played junior college ball at Yavapai, one of the nation’s best programs located outside of Phoenix. Calhoun hit immediately upon his introduction to pro ball, finishing 2015 with a .316 batting average. In first full season Calhoun launched 27 home runs, and earned a Future’s Game nomination playing in Double-A for the Tulsa Drillers. Calhoun was the centerpiece of the Rangers haul for Yu Darvish at this season’s trade deadline.

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September 8, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: September Call Ups

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BP Prospect Staff and BP Fantasy Staff

A rundown of some relevant players who are getting a September cup of coffee.

Austin Hays, Baltimore Orioles
Scouting Report: The Orioles 2016 third-round pick out of Jacksonville has greatly upped his prospect stock after having one of the best offensive seasons in all of minor league baseball. It’s not too surprising that Hays had a ton of success in his first professional season given that he’s got a strong and mature body, which helps him to drive the ball to all fields. Hays possesses strong hands that can get to velo on either side of the plate and he has enough barrel control to adjust to offspeed when he is fooled. There’s some concern that he’s a bit too aggressive in the box as he tends to expand the zone and pull his head when he’s attacking the baseball. However, Hays is very physical in the box with the tools and swing for potential above-average hit and power grades. Defensively, Hays has the arm and speed to play capably in all three outfield spots. He’s started in both center and right field this season, but long-term I think that his plus arm and aggressive nature play best in right. Hays is as gritty and energetic as they come on the baseball field, harkening back to the days of old school baseball as you see with his lack of batting gloves. While there may not be an elite carrying tool in the profile, Hays can really do it all and has a chance to develop into an above-average regular in the outfield. Greg Goldstein

Fantasy Impact: Do you like guys that rake? Of course you do, what a silly question. Hays is one of said guys. The 22-year-old spent his summer dominating High-A and Double-A pitching to the tune of .329/.368/.593 with 32 dingers and 32 doubles in 563 plate appearances. He doesn’t walk much, which could exacerbate growing pains associated with leaping to the big leagues from Double-A, but he doesn’t strike out a ton either, posting strikeout rates under 16 percent at each stop this season. The Orioles outfield is fairly crowded already, so it’s hard to foresee Hays getting too much time this season, but in dynasty formats, he’s a guy that could hit for average and power in the very near future. —Mark Barry



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September 7, 2017 4:48 pm

The Call-Up: Victor Robles

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Jarrett Seidler and George Bissell

This is a proportionate response to Bryce Harper's hair, we think.

The Situation: The Nationals are 18 games up in the NL East and pretty obviously going to the playoffs, but their outfield situation has been a mish-mash ever since Adam Eaton went down for the season in April. Bryce Harper should be back from his own knee injury for the playoffs, but that’s not even a guarantee. In center, Michael Taylor played unexpectedly well in the first half, but has been awful since his return a month ago from an oblique injury. It’s unwise to count too much on the Howie Kendrick resurrection tour to continue with such aplomb in left, and Jayson Werth is a shell of his former self. Victor Robles is among the best prospects left in the minors, has had success (albeit limited) at Double-A, and can play all three outfield spots, so it’s time to get weird.

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September 6, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Luiz Gohara

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Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell

The hefty lefty makes his MLB debut.

The Situation: September is also the time that teams like to audition their young arms for potential roles in next year’s starting rotation. Luiz Gohara is the next in the seemingly endless pipeline of Braves pitching prospects to get a shot.

The Background: Gohara was signed out of Brazil by the Mariners in 2012 for $880,000. He came appeared in the Appalachian League the following Summer, and the 16-year-old southpaw struck out better than a batter per in his brief stateside debut. The road got bumpier from there as he spent parts of the next three seasons in the Northwest League and struggled with mechanical inconsistency despite continuing to generate whiffs. He started to figure it out in 2016, putting together ten very nice second-half starts in the Midwest League followed by a dominant cameo in the AFL. The Mariners dealt him that offseason to the Braves for Mallex Smith. Gohara broke out this year, carving up three levels of the minors.

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September 6, 2017 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Walker Buehler

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Kate Morrison and Mark Barry

Buehler? Buehler?

The Situation: The Dodgers are in the middle of a mini-swoon as the season hurtles towards a close, and have lost nine of their last ten. This isn’t a huge worry as they still maintain a commanding lead on the best record in baseball, but injuries and the potential mental consequences of falling backwards into the postseason are beginning to be a concern. Honestly, though, the previous two sentences likely have less to do with Walker Buehler’s call-up than the end of the Triple-A season for the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

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September 5, 2017 3:12 pm

The Call-Up: Francisco Mejia

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Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell

Just what Cleveland's been missing: a potent bat behind the plate.

The Situation: September is the time that teams like to have a third catcher on the bench and like to give their top prospects on the 40 a taste of major-league action. Francisco Mejia fits both criteria.

The Background: Cleveland signed Francisco Mejia out of the Dominican Republic for $350,000 as part of their 2012 July 2nd class. He came stateside immediately the following year and after two summers bashing short-season pitching, he slotted in second on the Cleveland team list and 84th on the 101. He was sent to full-season-ball as a 19-year-old in 2015 and scuffled in the Midwest League, slashing a mere .243/.324/.345. A return engagement in 2016 went much better and Mejia posted a 50-game hit streak between two A-ball levels. He popped back on the 101, at no. 34 this time, and continued to hit in Double-A in 2017 while reports on his defense behind the plate improved as well. He clocked in at no. 3 on the 2017 Midseason 50 and was arguably the best prospect in the minors at the time of his call up.

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September 5, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: J.P. Crawford

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Jarrett Seidler and Ben Carsley

Sometimes I think that I know / What [g]love's all about And when I see the light / I know I'll be all right.

The Situation: Coming off a strong second half at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the Phillies are recalling longtime top prospect J.P. Crawford. Even though there’s no real need with incumbent shortstop Freddy Galvis continuing to do Freddy Galvis-quality work out there, it’s September and Crawford has to go on the 40-man after the season anyways, so why not?

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September 1, 2017 2:44 pm

The Call-Up: Alex Verdugo

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Keith Rader and George Bissell

Los Angeles calls up Alex Verdugo, not Joc Pederson, for September outfield depth.

The Situation: Alex Verdugo was a popular trade target for teams negotiating deals with the Dodgers, but he stayed put and the 21-year-old outfielder is now getting his first chance in the majors while Joc Pederson remains at Triple-A.

Background: The Dodgers chose Verdugo in with the 62nd overall pick in the 2014 draft. The two-way star from Sahuaro High School in Tuscon, Arizona signed for a $914,600 bonus and was assigned to the rookie-level Arizona League. He got his first taste of full-season ball in the Midwest League a year later while still an 18-year-old. Verdugo has earned a promotion in every subsequent season, spending 2016 in Double-A Tulsa, and the 2017 season in Triple-A Oklahoma City. His bat has been strong every step of the way, with a .305 batting average as a pro. He earned a spot in the Arizona Fall League in 2016, and you may have seen him in Miami during the All-Star break at this year's Futures Game. He has been young for his league at every stop, but has impressed nonetheless.

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September 1, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Jack Flaherty

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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

Mike Leake's rotation replacement has improved his stock considerably.

The Situation: The Cardinals have fallen back to .500, 5.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. While they’re not totally throwing in the towel for 2017, they did salary dump part of Mike Leake’s contract on the Mariners. That opens a rotation spot for their most MLB-ready starting pitching prospect, right-hander Jack Flaherty.

Background: Flaherty burst onto the national scene as a high school sophomore in 2012, rounding out a pitching staff at the prestigious Harvard-Westlake prep school in Los Angeles that included Lucas Giolito and Max Fried. Two years later, the Cardinals made him the 34th overall pick in the draft and signed him for a cool $2 million. After stout years at both full-season A-ball levels, he sliced and diced the upper minors this year, posting a 2.18 ERA and 147/35 K/BB ratio. Flaherty has ranked as high as second in the Cardinals' organization on our pre-2016 rankings, and just missed making the midseason top 50 this year.

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August 11, 2017 8:08 pm

The Call-Up: Ryan McMahon

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

Quarterbacks turned baseball players have a nice history in Coors.

The Situation: Mark Reynolds is nursing a sore hand, so the Rockies might be able to use an infielder with some defensive flexibility and a .354/.401/.587 line in the upper minors this year.

The Background: McMahon was drafted 42nd overall in 2013 out of Mater Dei High School in California. A prep shortstop, he was moved to third base as a pro and mashed his way to Double-A in short order, posting .500+ slugging percentages at each of his stops on the minor league ladder. He hit a speed bump in Hartford last year, struggling with the jump to Double-A to the tune of .242/.325/.399. A return engagement to the Insurance City went much better—and the cozy confines of the new stadium didn't hurt either—and he’s continued to mash in Albuquerque.

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August 11, 2017 12:01 am

The Call-Up: Dominic Smith

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Jarrett Seidler and Bret Sayre

The youth movement in Queens continues. Please don't tell Terry Collins.

The Situation: The Mets are trying to sell that dealing top rental bats Lucas Duda and Jay Bruce off for marginal relief prospects was largely to create playing time for top first base prospect Dominic Smith. So here he is.

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August 10, 2017 11:18 am

The Call-Up: Rhys Hoskins

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Jarrett Seidler and Scooter Hotz

Let's find out if the Phillies like the taste of Rhys' big cuts.

The Situation: The Phillies, as you might know, are not great at baseball. They’ve held overripe first base prospect Rhys Hoskins down at Triple-A all season in favor of so-so 26-year-old incumbent first baseman Tommy Joseph, a move right on the border of defensibility for a rebuilding club. Hoskins started taking reps in left field earlier this week after Aaron Altherr went on the DL, temporarily opening a spot in a previously crowded young outfield. It’s Hoskins’ first playing time in the outfield since he was a semi-regular in left as a college freshman, but it’s not like the next six weeks of Phillies outfield defense matters too much except to the back of Aaron Nola’s baseball card.

 

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