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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

09-04

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The Call-Up: Corey Seager
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

08-24

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The Call-Up: Trea Turner
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

08-14

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The Call-Up: John Lamb
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-13

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The Call-Up: Greg Bird
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Al Skorupa and Mike Gianella

08-12

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The Call-Up: Colin Rea
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Christopher Crawford and J.J. Jansons

08-10

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The Call-Up: Jose Peraza
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-03

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The Call-Up: Jon Gray
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Brendan Gawlowski and J.P. Breen

08-03

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The Call-Up: Luis Severino
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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

08-03

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The Call-Up: Henry Owens
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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

08-03

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The Call-Up: Richie Shaffer
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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The Call-Up: Ketel Marte
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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

07-27

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The Call-Up: Zach Lee
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Brendan Gawlowski and Wilson Karaman

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After burning through first baseman of the future in Jon Singleton and Tyler White, the Astros turn to A.J. Reed.

The Situation: The Astros are white-hot, taking over second place in the AL West over the freezer-burn cold Mariners and positioning themselves for another run at the wild-card. To help with that pennant push, they’ll call on one of their best offensive prospects in the system: First-baseman A.J. Reed.

Background: It may seem hard to believe now, but at one point Reed was one of the best two-way prospects in college baseball while at the University of Kentucky. After a dominant junior year, most believed that his future was with the bat, and that included the Astros who took him with the 42nd pick of the 2014 MLB Draft. To say that his stock shot up upon entering the Houston system would be the understatement of this and many other articles. After posting an impressive .289/.375/.522 line in stops at both Tri-City and Quad Cities (note: That’s a lot of cities), Reed was dominant in 2015, recording a backyard baseball-like .340/.432/.612 with 34 homers and 86 walks for Lancaster and Corpus Christi. He got off to a slow start with ridiculously high expectations, but he’s hit .282/.333/.576 in June, and Houston believes he’s ready to contribute to the big-league club.

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It's Overton's window in Oakland.

The Situation: Oakland’s pitching staff has been ravaged by injuries, and with Sean Manaea and Rich Hill both rehabbing, Dillon Overton will be the next prospect to step up and get a chance to show what he can do in green and gold.

Background: Overton was a highly regarded prospect in his time at the University Of Oklahoma, and was actually the “go-see” pitcher to start the year on a staff that included Jon Gray. A so-so junior season along with injury concerns saw his stock drop, but Oakland saw enough to take him in the second round of the 2013 draft. He quickly underwent Tommy John surgery after signing, and didn’t make his pro debut until the summer of 2014. He overmatched hitters in his time in Arizona and the NYPL upon his return, and in much tougher surroundings in 2015, he was able put up solid numbers in the treacherous Cal League and even better numbers upon the promotion to Double-A. Before the call-up he was more than holding his own for Triple-A Nashville, posting a 3.01 ERA with 72 strikeouts in just under 83 innings.

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Don't make the obvious Kuhl/cool joke. Don't make the obvious Kuhl/cool joke. Don't make the obvious Kuhl/cool joke.

The Situation: Clayton Kershaw has been sensational for the Dodgers, posting an unheard of strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 1.57 ERA. He might be the best left-handed pitcher any of us have ever seen. On Sunday night, he’ll be faced by Chad Kuhl.

Background: Kuhl was an unheralded ninth-round pick out of the University of Delaware, but was so impressive that the Pirates skipped Low-A and sent him to the Florida State League for his first professional season. He pitched in Bradenton, but his stock really jumped up last year after posting a 2.48 ERA in just under 153 innings at Double-A Altoona. He’s been just as good in Indianapolis, and while he was overshadowed by the more “famous” (and better) pitching prospects Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon, his 2.58 ERA and 58/16 strikeout-to-walk ratio is pretty impressive.

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The last piece of the Cueto deal to make the bigs might end up being the real prize.

The Situation: When Alfredo Simon pitching every five days is Plan A, virtually any other pitcher is an upgrade. Simon lost his rotation spot, Daniel Wright stepped in and now the Reds will summon Reed to pitch Saturday after the latter was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Reed had to play the waiting game to avoid reaching Super Two status and should be in Cincinnati for the long haul now that the deadline has passed.

Background: Drafted out of Northwest Mississippi Community College with the Royals’ second-round pick in 2013, Reed stalled in his first two pro seasons as he fought his command. But after finding a more repeatable delivery, he was able to reverse his control issues and pound the strike zone. The Reds flipped Johnny Cueto for Reed, Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb at the trade deadline last summer; coincidentally, all three will start for Cincinnati against Houston this weekend. Reed put up gaudy numbers in the Southern League, capping a breakout season with a career-best 10.87 K/9 in eight starts for Double-A Pensacola. He kept a similarly impressive pace in five spring training games, joining the Louisville rotation after the Reds’ last round of cuts and averaging just under a strikeout per inning.

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June 17, 2016 10:23 am

The Call-Up: Willson Contreras

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Why call him up as a third catcher? We suppose this era of Cubs management has always been a bit Contrerian.

The Situation: The Cubs aren’t really struggling for production behind the plate. Miguel Montero missed a few weeks and is running the worst BABIP of his career, but David Ross has filled in admirably, and the two have been solid, if unspectacular contributors in the National League’s best offense. Willson Contreras has not been summoned to Chicago out of need, but rather because his talent has forced the issue. The 24-year-old backstop has little to prove in the minor leagues: A solid defender, Contreras is also hitting .350/.439/.591 in Triple-A, with nearly as many walks as strikeouts. It remains to be seen how much he’ll play in the Windy City, but it’s clear that he’s ready for the challenge of the highest level.

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June 13, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Zach Eflin

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It's been a long road for the first-round pick, but he's finally reached the majors.

The Situation: One of the brightest stars of 2016 has been Vincent Velasquez. Because the universe hates us, he’s been put on the DL. In his place, we will get to see another interesting arm in the Phillies system: Right-hander Zach Eflin.

Background: Eflin was rated as one of the top prep pitchers in the 2012 MLB Draft out of Hagerty HS in Oviedo, Florida, and at one point was considered a top-ten selection. Bonus demands and an inconsistent season year caused him to slide, but the Padres scooped him up with the 29th pick that June. After two solid—if not awe-inspiring—seasons with San Diego, he was dealt to the Dodgers in the Matt Kemp trade. His stay in Los Angeles was short, however, as he was traded a short time later from Los Angeles to Philadelphia in the Jimmy Rollins deal. After a pedestrian year in Double-A Reading, Eflin appears to have turned a corner in 2016, posting a 2.90 ERA in Lehigh Valley and striking out 55 in just over 68 innings.

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June 11, 2016 12:37 pm

The Call-Up: Daniel Mengden

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Brendan Gawlowski and Scooter Hotz

What can the 2016 pop-up prospect bring to the table?

The Situation: With Rich Hill on the disabled list, Jess Hahn back in Triple-A, and the rest of the rotation in shambles, David Forst has dipped into his minor league system for starting help. He’s recalled Daniel Mengden, a 6-foot-1, 220 pound right-hander with a mustache and delivery that wouldn’t look out of place on one of Connie Mack’s old Philadelphia clubs. He is scheduled to make his debut today against Cincinnati.

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June 10, 2016 1:08 pm

The Call-Up: Tim Anderson

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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

Can Tim Anderson stop Chicago's slide?

The Situation: After a dominant start, the White Sox have sputtered and now sit in fourth place in the AL Central. To try and help right the ship, they’ll call on Tim Anderson to man shortstop, cutting loose JImmy Rollins in the process.

Background: Anderson was one of the most talented bats in the 2013 draft coming out of East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi, and the White Sox procured his services with the 17th pick that June. The White Sox aggressively sent him to Kannapolis, and he performed admirably. His stock really took off after an impressive 2014 campaign, and it took another jump after hitting .312 in Double-A Birmingham last year. A wrist injury saw him struggle to start the 2016 campaign, but he hit .349/.387/.488 in May, earning a call to the majors in the process.

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June 7, 2016 5:03 pm

The Call-Up: Jameson Taillon

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The second-overall pick in the 2010 draft has some catching up to do.

The Situation: The Pirates and Taillon had an interesting path to navigate because of an injury background that saw the last two seasons wasted due to Tommy John Surgery and a hernia, respectively. After building up his arm strength to start the year, Taillon is up to face off with the reigning NL Champion New York Mets.

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June 7, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Albert Almora

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Grant Jones and George Bissell

He's likely only serving as depth, highlighting the Cubs' absurd depth.

The Situation: Jorge Soler’s injury has added to the Cubs issues in OF. Kyle Schwarber succumbed to a season ending injury, and Matt Szczur has also been on the DL this season. As a result it is time for Jed and Co.’s first draft pick with the Cubs to make his major-league debut.

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May 27, 2016 2:14 am

The Call-Up: Julio Urias

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And so begins the greatest round of "I feel so, so, so old" we've ever seen.

The Situation: The Dodgers’ thin rotation took at least a brief hit with the announcement that, fresh off a 13-strikeout performance in his last start, Alex Wood would have his turn skipped on Friday on account of ominous “triceps tendinitis.” He’s been bumped to Monday for now, and with Ross Stripling procedurally demoted to Oklahoma City in the wake of The 17-Inning Game the Dodgers have elected to turn the ball over to a teenager for the first time since Fernando Valenzuela in 1980. Urias will make his big-league debut riding a streak of 27 innings since allowing his last earned run.

Background: Signed as part of a package deal by the Dodgers on a scouting trip through Mexico in the summer of 2012, Urias is…unique. There just isn’t much in the way of valuable precedent for what he has managed to accomplish at such tender ages in his career to date. He has rung up five and a half strikeouts for every walk this season at Triple-A while pitching eight (that’s right eight) years younger than his average league-mate. His ERA, WHIP, and batting average-against all pace the circuit.

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May 18, 2016 6:07 am

The Call-Up: Colin Moran

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The former sixth-overall pick is set to make his debut.

The Situation: The universal favorites to win the division discovered that the universe had other plans. After a slow start that is crippling postseason hopes, the Houston Astros are shaking up the roster by sending a small wave of players to the farm or DL, most notably Carlos Gomez. The newest deck chair on the Titanic is Colin Moran. The old deck chairs were Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez. Obviously the hot corner deck chairs were not a selling point in the travel brochures when this ship launched in April.

Background: A nephew of B.J. Surhoff, Moran was the ACC player of the year at UNC in 2013 before being selected sixth-overall by the Miami Marlins. After coming to the Astros in the Jarred Cosart deal, the Astros have kept him at Double-A Corpus Christi for the last two seasons and Triple-A Fresno for the beginning of 2016. Although his numbers this year have dropped off slightly, his good average/modest power production has otherwise been remarkably consistent across seasons and levels.

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