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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

08-02

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The Call-Up: Andrew Benintendi
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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The Call-Up: Joe Musgrove
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Brendan Gawlowski and Scooter Hotz

07-25

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The Call-Up: David Dahl
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

07-25

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The Call-Up: Braden Shipley
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

07-25

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The Call-Up: Alex Bregman
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

07-18

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The Call-Up: Reynaldo Lopez
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Christopher Crawford, Adam McInturff and Scooter Hotz

07-18

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The Call-Up: Ryon Healy
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

07-15

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The Call-Up: Carson Fulmer
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

07-08

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The Call-Up: Josh Bell
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Craig Goldstein and Mike Gianella

07-08

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The Call-Up: Andrew Toles
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Wilson Karaman

07-07

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The Call-Up: Tyler Glasnow
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Grant Jones and Ben Carsley

07-03

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The Call-Up: Jeimer Candelario
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Will Haines and George Bissell

06-28

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The Call-Up: Lucas Giolito
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Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen

06-27

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The Call-Up: Brandon Nimmo
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

06-27

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The Call-Up: A.J. Reed
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

06-25

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The Call-Up: Dillon Overton
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

06-25

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

06-20

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The Call-Up: Cody Reed
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Kourage Kundahl and George Bissell

06-17

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The Call-Up: Willson Contreras
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Brendan Gawlowski and George Bissell

06-13

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The Call-Up: Zach Eflin
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

06-11

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The Call-Up: Daniel Mengden
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Brendan Gawlowski and Scooter Hotz

06-10

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The Call-Up: Tim Anderson
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

06-07

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The Call-Up: Jameson Taillon
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Grant Jones and J.P. Breen

06-07

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The Call-Up: Albert Almora
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Grant Jones and George Bissell

05-27

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The Call-Up: Julio Urias
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Wilson Karaman and Ben Carsley

05-18

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The Call-Up: Colin Moran
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Kit House and J.P. Breen

05-18

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The Call-Up: Mike Clevinger
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Will Haines and Scooter Hotz

05-17

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The Call-Up: Alen Hanson
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Will Haines and Ben Carsley

05-13

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The Call-Up: Gary Sanchez
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Christopher Crawford and Greg Wellemeyer

04-29

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The Call-Up: Michael Fulmer
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Grant Jones and J.P. Breen

04-29

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The Call-Up: Sean Manaea
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Grant Jones and George Bissell

04-26

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The Call-Up: Jose Berrios
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Will Haines and Mike Gianella

04-25

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The Call-Up: Aaron Blair
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

04-22

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The Call-Up: Blake Snell
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Steve Givarz and J.P. Breen

04-11

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The Call-Up: Mallex Smith
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

04-11

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The Call-Up: Max Kepler
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Christopher Crawford and J.J. Jansons

04-11

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The Call-Up: Nomar Mazara
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

04-07

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The Call-Up: Robert Stephenson
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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

10-27

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The Call-Up: Raul A. Mondesi
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Craig Goldstein and Ben Carsley

09-09

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The Call-Up: The September Crash Course
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BP Prospect Staff and BP Fantasy Staff

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August 26, 2016 3:27 pm

The Call-Up: Jorge Alfaro

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El Oso gets to hunt in Philly for a bit.

The Situation: The Phillies dealt Carlos Ruiz, one of the last vestiges of the 2008 World Series champions, to the Dodgers. They did get erstwhile Clayton Kershaw personal catcher A.J. Ellis back in the deal, but he’s not expected to report until Saturday or Sunday. Therefore, Jorge Alfaro gets at least a day in the majors—and wins the lifetime healthcare coverage lottery—by virtue of being the only other catcher on the 40-man roster.

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August 23, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Robert Gsellman

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Robert Gs... Gsell...Gonna pitch out the bullpen so it doesn't really matter.

The Situation: The Mets face what amounts to a do-or-die three-game set with St. Louis, the second wild card leaders, this week. One of those games will be started by Jacob deGrom. That is good. The other two are scheduled to be started by Jon Niese and Seth Lugo. And now that Steven Matz is headed to the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, it isn't a huge surprise that they called up their best upper-level starting pitching prospect to...uh...well...pitch out of the bullpen?

The Background: Gsellman was the Mets 13th-round pick in 2011 out of Westchester High School in Los Angeles. A multi-sport athlete, he was also only 17 when drafted and proceeded through the system slowly, spending a Summer at each of the organization's three short-season affiliates. He's been on prospect radars for a while but only cracked the Mets top ten for the first time this past offseason off a strong campaign between St. Lucie and Binghamton. Gsellman struggled to miss bats in his first taste of Double-A, but the addition of a slider this Spring has helped him find more success in the upper minors in 2016.

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August 20, 2016 12:09 am

The Call-Up: Jeff Hoffman

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A new Hoff has appeared.

The Situation: Tyler Chatwood has gone on the disabled list with a lower back strain and the Rockies are calling up another big-time arm, Jeff Hoffman, to fill the void.

Background: Originally from upstate New York, Hoffman went undrafted out of high school because teams were scared away by a commitment to East Carolina and large bonus demands. His first two years on campus were unspectacular but he ventured to the Cape the summer before his Junior year and took a major step forward, striking out 33 in just 24 1/3 innings for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Hoffman continued to improve during his draft year (2014) showing big-time velocity and feel for the breaking ball before succumbing to forearm tightness and eventually Tommy John in May. Teams continued to salivate over his potential and despite being on the shelf, the Toronto Blue Jays took him with their first of two picks in the first round. Almost exactly a year later, Hoffman made his debut in the Florida State League and was quickly promoted to Double-A. The Blue Jays then included him in the Troy Tulowitzki deal and Hoffman got to take his talents to the Rockies. Fast forward to 2016, fresh off a Futures Game appearance and in the midst of striking out 124 in 118 innings Hoffman gets the call and his first assignment is the Chicago Cubs.

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August 17, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Chad Pinder

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He should fill in for the injured Jed Lowrie.

The Situation: The A’s are not a good baseball team. When you’re not good, you often get a good look at young prospects. Chad Pinder is a young(ish) prospect. He’s going to play for the A’s now.

Background: Pinder came to Virginia Tech without much fanfare—he went undrafted his senior year of high school—but he was an immediate contributor for the Hokies, ranking among the league leaders in several categories in the ACC. After hitting .321/.404/.483 in his junior campaign, there was talk of being a day-one draft pick, and Oakland snatched him up in the second-round of the 2013 draft. He struggled in his first professional taste to the tune of a .579 OPS, but Oakland was so confident in his abilities that they had him skip Low-A entirely. He rewarded their confidence with a .288/.336/.489 line in the California League, and he followed that up with an .847 OPS in Double-A Midland the next year. He wasn’t nearly as good this year in Triple-A Nashville, but he does have 40 extra-base hits, and at 24 years of age, it’s time to see what exactly the Athletics have.

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The top triangle on his pyramid of greatness is hair. So are most of the other triangles.

The Situation: Shelby Miller has an ERA north of 7 and is currently pitching in Reno. The guy the Diamondbacks traded Miller for, Dansby Swanson, is coming up to play shortstop for the Atlanta Braves. Whoops.

Background: Swanson wasn’t a household name coming out of Marietta High School in Georgia, and his strong commitment to Vanderbilt saw him slide to the 38th round of the 2012 draft, where he (obviously) didn’t sign. He didn’t play much his freshman season, but after earning the starting job at second base as as sophomore, he quickly established himself as one of the best players in the SEC. He made a seamless transition to shortstop the following year, and he went from being a potential top-10 pick to the overwhelming favorite to be the first-overall pick, which is exactly where Arizona took him. After a strong season in the Northwest League, Swanson was inexplicably dealt to Atlanta that winter in the Miller deal. After dominating at HIgh-A Carolina, Swanson more than held his own at Double-A Mississippi; earning a spot in the 2016 Futures Game, and now a trip to Atlanta to finish the 2016 season.

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His name is Judge.

The Situation: With Alex Rodriguez unconditionally released, the Yankees have room for another bat, and have called upon Aaron Judge (and Tyler Austin) to provide an offensive lift, and audition for a starting role in 2017.

Background: Taken in the 31st round in 2010 out of Linden (CA) HS by Oakland, Judge honored his commitment to Fresno State and in the end it paid off as he was taken 32nd-overall in 2013. Judge put himself on the map following a standout 2012 performance in the Cape, followed by a junior-year campaign where he hit .369/.461/.655 with 12 home runs. Judge has slugged .473 in his minor league career, but has also struck out at a career 24.6 percent rate thus far. The Yankees have taken it slowly thus far with Judge, allowing him to accrue over 650 plate appearances in Triple-A, and nearly 1,300 minor league at-bats in all.

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August 10, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Luke Weaver

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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

With Alex Reyes assigned to the bullpen, the Cardinals will turn to Weaver to fill their rotation slot for Saturday.

The Situation: Yesterday, we wrote a call-up on Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes, and how he was on his way up to help stabilize the rotation. Apparently, that’s all hogwash and poppycock, because Reyes is headed to the bullpen, and Luke Weaver will make his big-league debut on Saturday in place of Michael Wacha.

Background: Weaver was one of the best pitchers in the country his sophomore year at Florida State University, posting a 2.29 ERA and an impressive 119/19 strikeout-to-walk ratio in just over 98 innings. He struggled to repeat those numbers as a junior (85 strikeouts in just over 106 innings), but still was considered a first-round talent in the 2014 draft, and St. Louis procured his services with the 27th pick that June. Since entering the Cardinals system, the numbers have been ridiculous; he’s posted a career era of 1.78, and after posting a 1.40 ERA with 88 strikeouts in Double-A Springfield and a shutout in his first start at Triple-A, St. Louis is ready to see if those numbers can translate to the next level.

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August 9, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Alex Reyes

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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

The Cardinals are calling upon one of the top arms in the minors to aid their run for the playoffs.

The Situation: Barring a 1995 Mariners-esque comeback, the Cardinals are not going to catch the Cubs. They’re right in the thick of the wild-card race despite some so-so starting pitching, however, and they’re going to call on Alex Reyes to see if he can be part of the solution.

Background: Similar to what Lucius Fox did last June, Reyes “defected” from New Jersey to the Dominican Republic in 2012, and the Cardinals were able to sign him $950,000 that December. After impressing the next summer in the Appy League, Reyes struck out 137 batters in 109 innings for Low-A Peoria in 2014 , and quickly became one of the most intriguing right-handed pitching prospects in baseball. That stock went up substantially in 2015 after dominating in the Florida State League, and he more than held his own as a 20-year-old in Double-A later in the year. He was throwing well in the Arizona Fall League, but then a marijuana suspension not only cut his AFL stay short, but caused him to miss the first couple months of the 2016 season. Pitching in the treacherous PCL, he’s posted a 4.96 ERA, but he’s also struck out 93 hitters in just over 65 innings, and the Cardinals believe he’s ready to contribute.

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Can Thompson make the most of this window, and seal up a rotation spot?

The situation: Jake Thompson was going to be the next starter up for the Philadelphia Phillies. The most likely scenario was his taking Jeremy Hellickson's spot after a deadline deal sent the crafty veteran packing for a contending team that needed to stabilize their rotation for the home stretch. That never materialized, but Aaron Nola's elbow woes have opened a spot for the Phillies top pitching prospect, albeit not in the way the phaithful would have preferred.

The background: Thompson was a second-round pick of the Detroit Tigers out of high school in 2012. He was dealt twice during his minor league career, heading first to Texas for Joakim Soria, then to Philadelphia as part of the Cole Hamels deal. He's pitched well everywhere though, using an above-average fastball/slider combo to cruise to the majors at the age of 22. He entered the year as our no. 3 prospect in the Phillies system, and has made the Top 101 two years running, most recently clocking in at no. 36 on our midseason Top 50.

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Orlando Arcia sounds more like a destination resort than a baseball player but here we are.

The Situation: Milwaukee has gone from having one of the worst systems in baseball just a few short years ago to having one of the very best in baseball. On Tuesday, we’ll get to see one of the very best in that system: shortstop Orlando Arcia.

Background: The Brewers gave Arcia $95,000 in the fall of 2011 to procure his services out of Venezuela; a modest—but not insignificant—amount of money. The following year he impressed in the Dominican Summer League, but he didn’t get a chance to build on it after breaking his ankle in spring training, costing him all of the 2012 season. After two pedestrian offensive years in Low and High-A in 2013 and 2014, Arcia took a massive step forward in 2015, hitting .307/.347/.453 in Double-A Biloxi. The 2016 season hasn’t been as impressive, but he has hit a respectable .268/.320/.404 in the friendly confines of the PCL for Colorado Springs, and the Brewers believe he’s ready to show off his talents at the major league level.

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We're not making the obvious pun. You're welcome.

The Situation: Xander Bogaerts. Mookie Betts. David Ortiz. Hanley Ramirez. Jackie Bradley, Jr. These are all names of people who are good at hitting the baseball, and they all play for Boston. Now Andrew Benintendi does too.

Background: Benintendi wasn’t a complete unknown coming out of high school, but he wasn’t taken too seriously as a draft prospect in 2013 (though the Reds did pop him in the 31st round), and he honored his commitment to the University of Arkansas. After a solid but certainly not spectacular freshman campaign, Benintendi shined in 2015, putting up monster numbers in the loaded SEC conference and establishing himself as one of the best collegiate bats in the country. After Boston scooped him up with the seventh pick in the draft, he destroyed pitching at both of his professional stops (Lowell and Greenville) and earned a trip to High-A Salem to start 2016. After beating the crap out of that pitching, Benintendi was hitting .295/.357/.515 in Double-A Portland, and now will get a chance to maim pitching at the highest level.

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August 1, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Joe Musgrove

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Presumably too young to appreciate Command & Conquer, he lives up to the billing anyway.

The Situation: With Doug Fister on paternity leave, the Astros are recalling 23-year-old right-hander Joe Musgrove to make a spot start on Monday, August 1st.

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