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08-29

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The Call-Up: Dilson Herrera
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Jeff Moore and Craig Goldstein

08-27

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The Call-Up: Jorge Soler
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J.P. Breen and Mauricio Rubio

08-13

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The Call-Up: Rymer Liriano
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Craig Goldstein

08-11

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The Call-Up: Michael Taylor
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Tucker Blair and J.P. Breen

08-05

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The Call-Up: Javier Baez
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Mauricio Rubio and Jordan Gorosh

08-02

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The Call-Up: Mike Foltynewicz
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Jason Parks and Mauricio Rubio

07-25

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The Call-Up: Chris Taylor
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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

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

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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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September 10, 2013 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Christian Bethancourt

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Jason Cole and Paul Sporer

The Braves call up a glove-first catcher of the future with the offensive potential to be an everyday guy.

The Situation: With an NL East crown all but officially secured, the Braves have called up top catching prospect Christian Bethancourt to give him a taste of major-league life. While Atlanta already has three capable catchers on its roster, Bethancourt should still get a few in-game looks this month as the club begins to evaluate its potential 2014 catching corps. Perennial All-Star backstop Brian McCann appears set to test the free-agent waters this offseason, and while Evan Gattis and Gerald Laid will remain under team control, Bethancourt is considered the Braves’ catcher of the future. If McCann is wearing another uniform next season, Bethancourt’s readiness––or lack thereof––will play a key role in determining what the club does behind the plate in 2014. The Braves could potentially acquire a stopgap to give Bethancourt a year in Triple-A, rely on the Gattis/Laird combo, or roll with the 22-year-old prospect.

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September 4, 2013 1:06 pm

The Call-Up: Chris Owings

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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

The Diamondbacks' young shortstop has an intriguing speed/power combo, but may not be in line for playing time yet.

The Situation: Ranked as the Diamondbacks no. 3 prospect heading into the season, Owings will make his debut on the heels of a season in which he was named both the Pacific Coast League MVP and Rookie of the Year.

Background: Signed for $950,000 as a supplemental first-rounder in 2009, Owings made his professional debut as a 17-year old in the short-season Pioneer League. After hitting .306 in 24 games during his debut, Owings followed that up with a .298/.323/.447 showing in full-season ball in 2010. Heading to the high-octane environment of the California League in 2011, Owings was expected to post impressive numbers but struggled as he hit just .246 with 15 walks and 130 strikeouts in 121 games. He returned to the California League in 2012 and torched the circuit the second time through, posting a .324/.362/.544 line before being promoted to Double-A. While he hit just .263 with six home runs in 69 games at Double-A last season, Owings was promoted to Triple-A to start the 2013 campaign. In his first taste of the minor leagues’ highest level he hit .330 with 31 doubles and 12 home runs for Reno.

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September 4, 2013 1:03 pm

The Call-Up: Jonathan Schoop

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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

The Orioles call up an infielder of the future.

The Situation: With the minor-league season complete, the Orioles decided to give Schoop his first taste of the major leagues in the middle of the American League Wild Card race.

Background: Signed out of Curacao in 2008, Schoop has only intermittently posted strong numbers during his minor-league career. After seeing action across three rookie levels—the Dominican Summer, Gulf Coast, and Appalachian Leagues—in 2009 and 2010, Schoop finally got a serious taste of full-season ball in 2011 with Low-A Delmarva. After he posted a .316/.376/.514 line as a 19-year-old, the Orioles promoted him to High-A Frederick where he held his own and hit .271 with 12 doubles and five home runs in 77 games. With Double-A Bowie in 2012 Schoop struggled at times, hitting just .245 with 14 home runs while splitting his time between second base and shortstop. Schoop’s 2013 season has been marred by a stress fracture in his lower back, but he has managed to post a .256/.301/.396 line in 70 games as a 21-year-old in Triple-A.

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September 3, 2013 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Nick Castellanos

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Tigers, on the cusp of locking up the division, give their top prospect a look.

The Situation: After winning the first two games of a three-game set against the Indians this weekend, the Tigers appear to be pulling away in the AL Central. The expanding division lead opens an opportunity for the club to play top prospect Nick Castellanos in September.

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September 3, 2013 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Michael Choice

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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

The A's bring up a power-hitting outfielder, though his window to contribute meaningfully may not open until next year.

The Situation: After posting a strong .302/.390/.445 slash line in 132 games at Triple-A Sacramento, Choice has received his first call to Oakland. It’s a true September call-up, as Choice isn’t being brought up with the expectation that he’ll receive regular at-bats in the club’s chase for a postseason berth. As reported by A’s beat writer Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Choice’s call “is a reward for a solid season by a high-profile prospect.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean Choice can’t make an impact or work his way into some playing time. Oakland’s outfield situation is tenuous at present, with Chris Young and Seth Smith underperforming while Josh Reddick is on the shelf for at least another week. As a result, regular first baseman Brandon Moss has taken over in right field––filling in for Reddick––with Daric Barton and Nate Freiman working the first-base platoon. While the unstable situation could yield a slight window of opportunity for Choice, it’s more likely that his first serious look comes next spring.

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