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07-23

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The Call-Up: Aaron Sanchez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

07-10

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The Call-Up: Christian Vazquez
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Al Skorupa and Ben Carsley

07-09

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The Call-Up: Arismendy Alcantara
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Mauricio Rubio and Craig Goldstein

07-02

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The Call-Up: Domingo Santana
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Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

06-30

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The Call-Up: Mookie Betts
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

06-24

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The Call-Up: Marco Gonzales
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Jeff Moore and J.P. Breen

06-17

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The Call-Up: Andrew Heaney
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-10

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The Call-Up: Gregory Polanco
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Ethan Purser and Paul Sporer

06-05

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The Call-Up: Eugenio Suarez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

06-05

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The Call-Up: Eddie Butler
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Craig Goldstein and Ron Shah

06-05

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The Call-Up: Cam Bedrosian
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Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

06-04

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The Call-Up: Jonathan Singleton
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Chris Rodriguez and Craig Goldstein

05-31

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The Call-Up: Oscar Taveras
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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

05-29

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The Call-Up: Tommy La Stella
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

05-23

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The Call-Up: Corey Knebel
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Jordan Gorosh and Mauricio Rubio

05-13

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The Call-Up: Rafael Montero
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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

05-09

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The Call-Up: Rougned Odor
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Chris Rodriguez and Craig Goldstein

05-07

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The Call-Up: C.J. Cron
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Ron Shah and Bret Sayre

05-05

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The Call-Up: Marcus Stroman
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Nick J. Faleris and Ben Carsley

05-01

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The Call-Up: Robbie Ray
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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

04-29

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The Call-Up: Randal Grichuk
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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

04-22

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The Call-Up: Luis Sardinas
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Jason Parks and Craig Goldstein

04-17

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The Call-Up: George Springer
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Nick J. Faleris and Craig Goldstein

09-17

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The Call-Up: Yordano Ventura
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Jason Parks and Craig Goldstein

09-10

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The Call-Up: Christian Bethancourt
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Jason Cole and Paul Sporer

09-04

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The Call-Up: Chris Owings
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

09-04

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The Call-Up: Jonathan Schoop
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

09-03

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The Call-Up: Billy Hamilton
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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

09-03

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The Call-Up: Nick Castellanos
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

09-03

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The Call-Up: Michael Choice
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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

08-29

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The Call-Up: Taijuan Walker
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Jason Cole and Paul Sporer

08-19

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The Call-Up: Xander Bogaerts
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Chris Mellen and Paul Sporer

08-19

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The Call-Up: Travis d'Arnaud
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

08-16

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The Call-Up: Kolten Wong
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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

08-13

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The Call-Up: Matt Davidson
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Chris Mellen and Bret Sayre

08-07

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The Call-Up: Wilmer Flores
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

08-02

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The Call-Up: Chad Bettis
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Nick J. Faleris and Mike Gianella

07-23

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The Call-Up: Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick
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Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Paul Sporer

07-12

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The Call-Up: Jarred Cosart
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Nick J. Faleris and Mike Gianella

07-11

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The Call-Up: Danny Salazar
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Jason Parks

07-11

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The Call-Up: Sonny Gray
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Nick J. Faleris and Bret Sayre

07-08

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The Call-Up: Grant Green
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Nick J. Faleris and Bret Sayre

06-28

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The Call-Up: Kyle Gibson
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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

06-28

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The Call-Up: Brad Miller
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Jason Cole and Paul Sporer

06-27

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The Call-Up: Johnny Hellweg
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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

06-18

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The Call-Up: Zack Wheeler
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-18

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The Call-Up: Wil Myers
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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

06-12

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The Call-Up: Mike Zunino
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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

06-11

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The Call-Up: Gerrit Cole
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Mark Anderson and Paul Sporer

06-04

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The Call-Up: Scooter Gennett
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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

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May 31, 2014 2:03 pm

The Call-Up: Oscar Taveras

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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

The best bat in the minors makes the major leagues.

The Situation: The Cardinals need an offensive boost and Taveras bleeds rocket fuel.

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May 29, 2014 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Tommy La Stella

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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

The Braves call up a hit-first second baseman whose performances have carried him up the ladder.

The Situation: The Braves incumbent second basemen, Dan Uggla (.177/.254/.257) and Tyler Pastornicky (.200/.317/.257), have struggled mightily so far this season, and as a result, the club is looking for a spark to help their offense. On the horizon, the Braves' no. 6 ranked prospect (by Baseball Prospectus) Tommy La Stella will get a chance to have an impact with the big-league club.

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May 23, 2014 11:55 am

The Call-Up: Corey Knebel

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Jordan Gorosh and Mauricio Rubio

The Tigers promote one of the minors' best relief prospects.

The Situation: The Tigers bullpen has floundered out of the gate to the tune of a 4.22 ERA and a bunch of revolving doors for the last two spots. Enter Corey Knebel, the Tigers’ fifth-rated prospect according to Jason Parks' preseason ranking, and one of the best pure relief arms in the minors. Knebel will look to lock down the middle to late innings and hand the ball off to Joe Nathan.

Background: Selected in the compensatory first round (39th overall) in the 2013 draft out of the University of Texas, Knebel flew through the minors at a torrid pace after eviscerating the competition. In Low-A West Michigan last season, Knebel appeared in 31 games, allowed 14 hits, and struck out 41 with 15 saves, posting a .133 batting average against and a 0.87 ERA. After that stellar performance, he headed to the Arizona Fall League, where he 8 tossed 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs and striking out 11. To start this season, the Tigers gave Knebel an aggressive assignment to Double-A Erie—where he allowed two earned runs in 15 IP, striking out 23 with a WHIP of 1.06—before sending him to Triple-A Toledo for three appearances that spanned four scoreless innings.

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May 13, 2014 10:29 am

The Call-Up: Rafael Montero

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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

The Mets bring a mid-rotation arm to the majors.

The Situation: With the Mets sliding down the National League East standings, Jenrry Mejia moves from the rotation to the bullpen, clearing the way for BP’s no. 4-ranked Mets prospect, Rafael Montero. Montero will make his MLB debut at home against Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

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May 9, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Rougned Odor

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Chris Rodriguez and Craig Goldstein

Get to know the Rangers' other second baseman of the future.

The Situation: Former no. 1 overall prospect Jurickson Profar is out for several more weeks and Donnie Murphy just landed on the disabled list with a neck strain. Josh Wilson, the Rangers’ Opening Day second baseman, was designated for assignment. The Rangers are looking for a jolt until Profar returns.

Background: The Rangers signed “Roogie” Odor out of Venezuela for $425,000 and he immediately found success in the states, slashing .262/.323/.352 in 258 plate appearances as a 17-year-old in Low-A Spokane. The promising start jumpstarted an accelerated path to the big leagues for Odor, as he landed in Hickory (A-Ball) in 2012 and again held his own. Often in the shadow of other highly touted middle-infield Rangers prospects, Odor finally got his time to shine in 2013. Across two leagues, he hit .303 with a .369 on-base percentage and raised his slugging to .474. In fact, in 144 Double-A plate appearances, Odor slugged an eye-popping .530. After the season, he was rated the no. 1 overall player in the Texas Rangers system and second-best second baseman in the minors according to Baseball Prospectus.

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May 7, 2014 6:00 am

The Call-Up: C.J. Cron

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Ron Shah and Bret Sayre

Is the Angels' newly promoted prospect worth your time, attention, and dynasty-league dollars?

The Situation: Key injuries and a lack of production have tested the Angels’ internal depth, and the team is now turning to C.J. Cron (the no. 3-ranked prospect in the system entering 2014) in hopes that he can fill the void.

Background: With their first-round selection (no. 17 overall) in the 2011 draft, the Angels opted to go the safe route, taking Cron, an advanced college bat with a history of performance. From the day Cron entered pro ball, talent evaluators labeled the Utah University product a designated hitter, alluding to his lack of defensive value while simultaneously putting enormous pressure on the bat. Despite his college polish, the Angels have taken it slowly with Cron, with annual promotions up the minor league ranks. He stumbled some in Double-A last year but put up a .319/.369/.602 slash line in 28 games in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.

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May 5, 2014 12:20 pm

The Call-Up: Marcus Stroman

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Nick J. Faleris and Ben Carsley

The Blue Jays bring up their top starting pitching prospect, though it's not clear how soon he'll be starting.

The Situation: With injuries and ineffectiveness dragging the Toronto pen through a month of underperformance, the Jays look to Marcus Stroman (the top prospect in the system entering 2014) to help hold down the late innings.

Background: Stroman was a first round selection out of Duke University in 2012, coming off the board with the 22nd overall pick. Despite one of the loudest arsenals in the draft class, consisting of three potential plus-plus offerings (fastball, slider, and cutter) and an average to plus changeup, Stroman’s diminutive stature (listed at 5-foot-9) and dominant stint as closer for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team led many evaluators to place the Friday night ace into the “bullpen bin.” The Blue Jays saw a starter and, after easing his arm into the pro game via the pen in late 2012, inserted Stroman into the Double-A rotation for 20 starts in 2013.

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May 1, 2014 6:06 am

The Call-Up: Robbie Ray

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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

The centerpiece of the package the Tigers received in return for Doug Fister is about to arrive.

The Situation: When Anibal Sanchez went on the disabled list with a finger laceration, the Tigers knew they would need another starter on May 6. The speculation as to who that starter would be ended when Detroit announced that the headliner in the Doug Fister trade, Robbie Ray, would take the bump next Tuesday in place of Sanchez.

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April 29, 2014 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Randal Grichuk

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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

Looking for a boost at the plate, the Cardinals turn to the prospect they acquired from the Angels for David Freese.

The Situation: With the Cardinals offense continuing to struggle, posting just a .242 batting average to date, the club made some moves looking for a spark. Calling up Greg Garcia and Randal Grichuk could give the Cardinals the boost they need to get their offense rolling in support of a pitching staff that has posted a cumulative 2.76 ERA through the season’s first 26 games.

Background: Possibly known better for being the player the Angels took one pick before popping Mike Trout, Grichuk was a legitimate first-round selection in his own right. After raking in the Arizona League in 2009 and 2010, Grichuk kept right on hitting after a promotion to Low-A Cedar Rapids, posting a .292 average in 52 games during his first full-season experience. Grichuk battled injuries in 2011, and then put up a California League-bolstered .298/.335/.488 line in 135 games, as he regained his prospect stock in 2012. The 2013 season saw Grichuk struggle at times, as he garnered his first exposure to higher-level pitching. In the end, Grichuk managed to pop 22 home runs and rip 27 doubles en route to a .780 OPS with Double-A Arkansas. An off-season trade sent Grichuk to the Cardinals in exchange for third baseman David Freese, and in his first 21 Triple-A games, Grichuk has hit .310 with eight doubles and three home runs.

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April 22, 2014 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Luis Sardinas

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Jason Parks and Craig Goldstein

With their roster low on left-side infielders, the Rangers turn to a top 101 prospect for help.

The Situation: The Rangers need a warm-bodied athlete to fill a temporary void on the 25-man roster, and Sardinas’ left-side-of-the-infield skills, speed—and more importantly—existence on the current 40-man roster make the call-up a simple solution.

The Background: Considered one of the slickest gloves available in the 2009 international amateur class, the Rangers made a sizeable investment in the Venezuelan shortstop with a $1.5 million bonus. Signed in the same class as former top prospect and current disabled list darling Jurickson Profar, Sardinas struggled to carve out his own identity in the early going, logging more time on the shelf than he did on the field, and his stock slipped as a result.

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A big piece of the Astros' future arrives.

The Situation: Underperformance in the Astros’ outfield and the passing of enough days to guarantee that coveted seventh year of team control has opened the door for the promotion of the organization’s no. 2 prospect on Jason Parks’ 2014 team rankings and the 20th-ranked prospect overall on Parks’ 2014 Top 101. The powers that be in Houston are ready to show off to the franchise’s patient fan base another young piece of what they hope will become the foundation for future competitive Astros teams.

Background: Springer, a University of Connecticut product, was selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2011 draft. Considered perhaps the toolsiest player in an absolutely stacked draft class, Springer was a divisive collegiate player for evaluators due to the nature of his aggressive approach and the amount of swing-and-miss in his game. Even with a troubling start to his junior season, Houston was not dissuaded and jumped on the opportunity to add his potential plus power/speed talent as the cornerstone of their rebuilding process.

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September 17, 2013 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Yordano Ventura

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Jason Parks and Craig Goldstein

Kansas City reportedly calls up a flamethrower who could be a back-of-the-bullpen force or a top-of-the-rotation starter.

The Situation: The Royals find themselves in the playoff hunt for the first time since the advent of manned flight, and adding a potent weapon to an already potent bullpen could help propel the team toward October baseball. With the grind of a long season wearing heavily on the legs and the hands of hitters, a high-octane flamethrower capable of hitting over 100 mph on the gun can be a devastating force, even more so when you consider that the league is unacquainted with the young arm.

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