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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

07-24

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The Call-Up: Michael Conforto
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Al Skorupa and Mike Gianella

07-21

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The Call-Up: Stephen Piscotty
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

07-20

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The Call-Up: Aaron Nola
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

07-17

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The Call-Up: Frankie Montas
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Mauricio Rubio and George Bissell

07-13

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The Call-Up: Brian Johnson
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

07-08

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The Call-Up: Gleyber Torres
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

07-02

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The Call-Up: Manny Banuelos
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David Lee and Wilson Karaman

07-02

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The Call-Up: Miguel Sano
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

06-26

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The Call-Up: Alex Meyer
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Mark Anderson and Greg Wellemeyer

06-26

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The Call-Up: Steven Matz
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Jeff Moore and George Bissell

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Nomar comin'.

The Situation: Shin-Soo Choo’s hamstring injury has opened the door for Nomar Mazara, the Rangers top prospect, to get his first taste of big-league action. The Rangers have opted for the sweet-swinging lefty, over previous call up Joey Gallo, who they’ve left in Triple-A to get more time at third base.

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April 7, 2016 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Robert Stephenson

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Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

Stephenson's stay will be a short one, but when can you expect from his spot start?

The Situation: The Reds are not good, and with five pitchers on the disabled list to start the season and no other starting options on the 40-man roster, they’ll give Stephenson a brief, early look making his big-league debut on Thursday. He’ll be sent down after the game no matter what, as they look to secure an extra year of control.

Background: Cincinnati has long shown an affinity for hard-throwing right-handers, so it wasn’t a big surprise when they took him with their first-round pick out of Alhambra High School in Martinez, California in the summer of 2011. In his three-plus seasons in the Reds system, he’s shown flashes of dominance—as seen in his 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings rate—but his inability to throw quality (or any) strikes has impeded his development. Still, there’s been more positive than negative as a professional, and he showed enough quality this spring to make the Reds believer he’s ready to pitch in the bigs in 2016.

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Son of Raul has a chance to make his major-league debut in the golldarned World Series.

The Situation: The Royals are seeking some additional flexibility at the end of their World Series roster, and Raul Adalberto Mondesi will provide the middle-infield depth that Terrance Gore cannot, while still offering speed to burn as a pinch-runner.

Background: Signed for $2 million in 2011, Mondesi has made impressive strides while being aggressively challenged his entire career as a professional. While he’s spent a full season in each level at which he’s played, Mondesi was always one of the younger players at his levels, and he hadn’t faced a pitcher younger than him until this season at Double-A. While he’s made believers out of many with his glove, speed and arm, the aggressive schedule designed by Kansas City has left his offensive future cloudy with no chance of bases on balls. But viewing his production through the lens of age relative to level, merely surviving is a success, and he has done that—if just.

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September 9, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: The September Crash Course

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These are some of the prospects called up for the first time this September not named Corey Seager.

Jett Bandy, C, Los Angeles Angels

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September 4, 2015 12:01 am

The Call-Up: Corey Seager

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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

We haven't seen a younger sibling steal his big brother's thunder like this since Renly Baratheon.

The situation: The Dodgers scuffled slightly in mid-August, but after sweeping the Giants this week Los Angeles has settled into a comfortable lead in the NL West. To help stabilize their third-base situation (Justin Turner got hit in the hand on Wednesday night), the Dodgers will call up the top prospect in baseball for the final month in Corey Seager.

Background: The younger brother of Mariners All-Star third baseman Kyle Seager; Corey was a prep standout out of Northwest Carbarrus High School in South Carolina; and it was no surprise when the Dodger selected him with the 18th-overall pick of the 2012 draft. After two solid seasons at the lower levels, Seager’s stock really took off following his sensational 2014 campaign, where he posted a 1.004 OPS at High-A Rancho Cucamonga and continued to rake in Double-A Chattanooga. He’s continued to put up impressive numbers this year, and after hitting .375/.407/.675 at Double-A Tulsa, he earned a call to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and was ranked No. 1 in the Baseball Prospectus mid-season top 50 this July.

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August 24, 2015 12:35 am

The Call-Up: Trea Turner

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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

The Nationals are both reeling, and not out of the hunt for a playoff spot. Enter Trea Turner.

The situation: The Nationals have been among the most disappointing teams of not just this year, but the past decade. Desperate times call for desperate measures; and Washington will call upon Trea Turner to see if they can rectify the disaster that has been 2015.

Background: Turner was one of the highest-rated juniors coming into the 2014 draft, but a so-so junior season saw his stock slip, and he fell to the Padres with the 13th-overall pick. His stock was quickly reestablished as a professional, as he put up impressive numbers at the lower levels and was a standout out in the Arizona Fall League. He then went on to give an award-winning acting performance as he pretended to be a Padres prospect for eight months, as the player to be named later in the three-team deal that saw Wil Myers end up in San Diego. He’s been just as good since arriving in DC, and was hitting .313 in Triple-A Syracuse before his promotion to the big league club.

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August 14, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: John Lamb

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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

His call up goes well with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

The situation: The Reds are not very good, and traded away forty of percent of their rotation two weeks ago. One of the benefits of not being very good is you get a chance to see young players perform at the big-league level, and on Tuesday the Reds will call on John Lamb to see if he might be someone they can count on for the 2016 rotation.

Background: A fifth round pick out of Laguna Hills High School in California, Lamb was at one point one of the best left-handed pitching prospects in baseball – punctuated by a dominant 2010 season that saw him reach Double-A as a teenager and post ERAs of 1.58 and 1.45 in Low- and High-A, respectively, and rank 11th in the BP 101 prior to the 2011 season. Unfortunately, the southpaw underwent Tommy John surgery that summer, and he spent the next two and a half years trying to regain that form. He appears to have done just that though, and after a solid first two months of the 2015 season – 2.67 ERA, 96 strikeouts in just over 94 innings – he was one of the key components of the deal that sent Johnny Cueto to the Royals.

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August 13, 2015 12:30 pm

The Call-Up: Greg Bird

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Bird is the word, in New York.

The situation: We’re just about two weeks out from the non-waiver trade deadline and the Yankees have seen their big lead in the division dry up faster than a California aquifer. The Bombers find themselves looking up at a deep and talented Blue Jays team. They are also entering a stretch of 16 August consecutive dog-day games. Concerns about an older roster and the desire for a sparkplug have led them to tap first base prospect Greg Bird.

Background: Bird is from Aurora, Colorado, but he’s not the most famous baseball player from his high school class. That would be Orioles right hander Kevin Gausman. Scouts, crosscheckers and all sorts of people with “director” in their titles came in to see Gausman and many also saw qualities to like in Bird. He was committed to Arkansas, but he never made it to campus. The Yankees took him in the fifth round and gave him an over-slot $1.1 million bonus. Bird missed time in the low minors with recurring back problems, but has hit for power and showed an ability to get on base at every stop where he spent any significant time.

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August 12, 2015 12:01 am

The Call-Up: Colin Rea

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Christopher Crawford and J.J. Jansons

Will Colin be a Rea of hope for the Padres?

The situation: The Padres have been among the most disappointing team in baseball, and their hopes of making the playoffs have all but been eviscerated. The starting pitching has been particularly disappointing, and they’ll call on Rea to see if he can be a part of the rotation in 2016.

Background: The Padres took Rea in the 12th round of the 2011 draft out of Indiana State to little fanfare, and the right-hander struggled to throw strikes on a consistent basis in his first three years in the system, posting walks-per-nine-inning rates above 3.5 from 2011 to 2013. His control took a major step forward in 2014 – 2.4 at High-A Lake Elsinore, and a bigger step this summer in Double-A. Rea was even more impressive this summer, posting a 1.08 ERA in Double-A with a 60-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and earning a trip to this year’s Futures Game in the process.

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August 10, 2015 8:17 pm

The Call-Up: Jose Peraza

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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

The Dodgers need someone to man the keystone while Howie Kendrick and Justin Turner are on the mend.

The situation: The Dodgers are likely going to be without Howie Kendrick for a decent amount of time, and with Justin Turner already on the DL, Los Angeles will call up Peraza to man the keystone.

Background: Peraza was given six figures by the Braves in the summer of 2010 as an athletic but raw middle infielder, and he’s moved quicker than even Atlanta – and maybe even Peraza – could have imagined. After making his stateside debut in 2012, Peraza took a major step forward in 2014, hitting .339 at the High-A and Double-A level, stealing 60 bases in the process. Another strong campaign made him one of the more highly-touted trade deadline candidates, and the Dodgers were able to procure his services along with Jim Johnson and Alex Wood in the deal that sent Hector Olivera over to Atlanta.

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August 3, 2015 8:57 am

The Call-Up: Jon Gray

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"My development has been... unconventional."... "so show me."

The Situation: Mired in last place and committed to a rebuild, the Rockies have recalled their top farmhand, Jon Gray. Gray is replacing Kyle Kendrick in the rotation, after the latter was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

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August 3, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Luis Severino

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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

Severino The Mc

The situation: New York has taken a solid lead in the AL East thanks in large part to one of the best offenses in baseball. The starting pitching hasn’t been up to the task as of late though, and with the Yankees unwilling to move their big prospects at the trade deadline to improve the rotation, they’ll call up one of those untouchable prospects in Luis Severino to make his debut Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Background: The Yankees gave Severino $225,000 in the summer of 2012 as a raw right-hander out of Sabana de la Mar in the Dominican Republic. Despite being in the system for only three years, he’s advanced quickly and put up imposing numbers along the way; with a career ERA of 2.30 and 323 strikeouts in just over 320 innings. He’s been even more impressive in 2015 – particularly since his call up to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, where the 21-year-old right-hander has posted a 1.91 ERA in 61 innings before receiving his call-up to The Bronx.

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