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08-11

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The Call-Up: Ryan McMahon
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

08-11

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The Call-Up: Dominic Smith
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Jarrett Seidler and Bret Sayre

08-10

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The Call-Up: Rhys Hoskins
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Jarrett Seidler and Scooter Hotz

08-07

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The Call-Up: Max Fried
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David Lee and Mike Gianella

08-01

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The Call-Up: Ozzie Albies
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

08-01

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The Call-Up: Amed Rosario
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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

07-28

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The Call-Up: Erick Fedde
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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

07-27

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The Call-Up: Harrison Bader
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Mark Anderson and George Bissell

07-27

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The Call-Up: Chris Flexen
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

07-24

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The Call-Up: Rafael Devers
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Ben Carsley

07-01

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The Call-Up: Clint Frazier
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Jarrett Seidler and Wilson Karaman

06-30

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The Call-Up: Nick Williams
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Jarrett Seidler and Bret Sayre

06-29

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The Call-Up: Dustin Fowler
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Jarrett Seidler and Mike Gianella

06-28

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The Call-Up: Tyler Wade
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

06-26

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The Call-Up: Franklin Barreto
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

06-21

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The Call-Up: Andrew Moore
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JH Schroeder and Wilson Karaman

06-15

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The Call-Up: Matt Chapman
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Wilson Karaman

06-15

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The Call-Up: Derek Fisher
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Scott Delp and Mark Barry

06-13

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The Call-Up: Lewis Brinson
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Kate Morrison and Mike Gianella

06-13

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The Call-Up: Josh Hader
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Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell

06-09

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The Call-Up: Sean Newcomb
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

06-08

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The Call-Up: Francis Martes
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Wilson Karaman and Mark Barry

06-07

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The Call-Up: Jacob Faria
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John Eshleman and George Bissell

06-07

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The Call-Up: Brett Phillips
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Wilson Karaman

05-29

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The Call-Up: Franchy Cordero
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Wilson Karaman and George Bissell

05-24

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The Call-Up: Sam Travis
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Scott Delp and Ben Carsley

05-19

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The Call-Up: Anthony Alford
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

05-17

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The Call-Up: Bradley Zimmer
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Erich Rothmann and George Bissell

05-15

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The Call-Up: Ian Happ
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Jarrett Seidler and Mark Barry

05-08

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The Call-Up: Magneuris Sierra
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Javier Barragan

04-26

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The Call-Up: Nick Pivetta
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Chaz Fiorino and Mike Gianella

04-26

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The Call-Up: Cody Bellinger
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

04-25

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The Call-Up: Christian Arroyo
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Wilson Karaman and Mark Barry

04-24

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The Call-Up: Chih-Wei Hu
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-22

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The Call-Up: Jorge Bonifacio
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-14

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The Call-Up: Jesse Winker
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

04-07

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The Call-Up: Kyle Freeland & Antonio Senzatela
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Wilson Karaman

04-07

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The Call-Up: Amir Garrett
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Eric Roseberry

04-06

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The Call-Up: Rookie Davis
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Eric Roseberry

04-03

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The Call-Up: Yandy Diaz
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Craig Goldstein and Mark Barry

09-22

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The Call-Up: A Triplet of Padres
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Christopher Crawford, Mauricio Rubio and Greg Wellemeyer

09-13

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The Call-Up: September Call-Ups 2016
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BP Prospect Staff and BP Fantasy Staff

09-06

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The Call-Up: Jharel Cotton
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Wilson Karaman and George Bissell

09-06

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The Call-Up: Gavin Cecchini
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Jarrett Seidler and Scooter Hotz

09-03

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The Call-Up: Jose De Leon
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Brendan Gawlowski and Scooter Hotz

09-02

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The Call-Up: Raimel Tapia
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Jeffrey Paternostro and George Bissell

09-02

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The Call-Up: Yohander Mendez
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Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

09-01

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The Call-Up: Yoan Moncada
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Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen

08-31

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The Call-Up: JaCoby Jones
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Mark Anderson and Scooter Hotz

08-26

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The Call-Up: Jorge Alfaro
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Jarrett Seidler and J.P. Breen

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Viva la Franch.

The Situation: Manuel Margot hit the shelf with a strained calf, and the Padres will continue making good use of their catastrophic start to work another rookie into big-league experience by unleashing Franchy on the expansive Petco center field landscape. After starting to put it together with a strong performance across two levels last year, Cordero has continued to hit well at Triple-A El Paso, posting a .289/.349/.520 line across 42 games to start the season. That sound you hear in the distance is a giddy Jason Parks (#RIP) merrily frolicking along a hillside under a cool, come-hither sky. 

The Background: The Padres inked Cordero to a $175,000 deal in November of the 2011 international signing period when he was 17, and he tantalized with explosive quick-twitch athleticism and projectability in the DSL the following summer before heading stateside in 2013, where he showcased more of the same. Parks said he had Role 6 potential in Spring Training of 2014, though he noted at the time that Franchy’s home would probably need to migrate from the six spot he’d occupied up until that point. He remained there through a successful short-season debut, but moved to the outfield grass in time for full-season ball in 2015. The gap between his raw present and intriguing potential future skill was on display in the Midwest League in 2015, but despite struggling with the bat he impressed the brass enough to warrant promotion to the Cal League in 2016, where he started to pick things up production-wise. He hasn’t really stopped hitting over the past calendar year, traversing three levels in the process to arrive at the doorstep of the majors.

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May 24, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Sam Travis

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Scott Delp and Ben Carsley

Never trust a man with two first names.

The Situation: Marco Hernandez, Pablo Sandoval and Brock Holt are all on the DL and the Red Sox don’t need a fifth starter until Saturday so they have a chance to add a bat. Welcome to the bigs, Sam Travis.

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May 19, 2017 3:44 pm

The Call-Up: Anthony Alford

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Kevin Pillar's suspension led to Anthony Alford's debut.

The Situation: With backup outfielder Darrell Ceciliani on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and starting center fielder Kevin Pillar suspended by the team, the Blue Jays have need of an outfielder for a few days. They’ll be using this as an opportunity to get their best outfield prospect’s feet wet in the majors.

The Background: Anthony Alford was taken by the Blue Jays in the third round of the 2012 draft out of Petal High School in Mississippi. He was expected to go higher, but signability concerns attached to his NCAA football commitment dropped him to Day 2. The Jays gave him $750,000 as part of a two-sport deal that also allowed him to play football at Southern Mississippi. He began focusing on baseball full time in 2015 and immediately broke out at the plate, smashing both A-ball levels to the tune of .298/.398/.421 and breaking onto top 100 lists. His 2016 return to Dunedin was marred by a concussion and leg injuries, but a healthy Alford has resumed mashing the baseball this season, posting an .866 OPS in 33 games in the Eastern League.

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May 17, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Bradley Zimmer

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A top prospect, Zimmer has a power-speed combo that has become increasingly rare in fantasy, and because of Cleveland's injury troubles in the outfield, is getting a chance to contribute now. What can we expect?

The Situation: The Indians outfield is in dire need of help due to the injuries to Abraham Almonte, Brandon Guyer and Austin Jackson. Also, while Michael Brantley has hit fairly well so far, his playing time is being managed cautiously given his recent injury history. They have addressed this situation by calling up Zimmer, one of their top prospects (No. 3 in our 2017 Indians organizational ranking).

Background: Cleveland selected Zimmer 21st overall in the 2014 amateur draft, and the start of his first full pro season could not have gone much better. After he slashed .308/.403/.493, hit 10 homers, and stole 32 bases in 335 plate appearances for High-A Lynchburg, he was named to the Carolina League All-Star team and participated in the Futures Game. However, he struggled with Double-A Akron in the second half of the season, in large part because he tried to play with a hairline fracture in his right foot. The 24-year-old’s stock fell in 2016 after striking out 115 times in just 407 plate appearances with Akron, and 56 times in 150 plate appearances for Triple-A Columbus. Zimmer got off to a better start with Columbus before his promotion, as he slashed .294/.371/.532, along with five homers, nine stolen bases, and “only” 43 strikeouts through 144 plate appearances.

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May 15, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Ian Happ

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Jarrett Seidler and Mark Barry

It's Happening! The Cubs have called up their top prospect, infielder Ian Happ, to the big-league club. What should we expect?

The Situation: The World’s Champion Chicago Cubs have been besieged by injuries to key hitters, including Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward and Addison Russell. The injuries have mostly been minor, but they ran out of functional position players on the 40-man roster to call-up over the weekend. Instead of calling up an organizational player to cover the emergency, the Cubs decided to use the opportunity to break in their top hitting prospect, Ian Happ.

Background: The Cubs drafted Happ ninth overall from the University of Cincinnati in 2015, the last of the series of top-10 picks they accumulated during the Epstein/Hoyer rebuilding period. Happ played all over the diamond in college, and given that he’s a polished switch-hitter, Zobrist comps started long before they ended up with the same employer. The Cubs kept Happ exclusively in the outfield for his pro debut in 2015, but shifted him to primarily play at second base in 2016. Happ breezed through the minors, playing well but not dominating any level until he reached Triple A after camp this year. He ranked as the 67th-best prospect in baseball before 2016 and the 54th-best prospect before this season.

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May 8, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Magneuris Sierra

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Javier Barragan

Injuries hit the Cardinals' outfield hard, so they reached down to Single-A for help.

The Situation: The Cardinals have lost three outfielders in as many days. Thursday night, Dexter Fowler strained his right shoulder after a diving catch attempt. In the same game, Stephen Piscotty strained his right hamstring, which later forced him to the disabled list. Two nights later, Jose Martinez came up limping while legging out a dribbler because of a groin injury. Though the Red Birds called up outfielder Tommy Pham on Friday in the corresponding DL move, they also have another outfielder coming with Martinez’s imminent DL transaction. All the way from Single-A, we have Magneuris Sierra.

The Background: Turning 21 years old a month ago, the Dominican-born prospect was signed in 2012 for the bargain price of $105,000. He promptly started his career in 2013, playing 97 percent of his innings at center field and the remaining action in right field. He has advanced a level each season, reaching High-A Palm Beach this year. Added to the 40-man roster this offseason, Sierra will see MLB time shoring up the Cardinals' defense.

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April 26, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Nick Pivetta

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Chaz Fiorino and Mike Gianella

The return for Jonathan Papelbon, Pivetta has gotten off to a hot start this year.

The Situation: Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola was placed on the 10-day DL as the result of a strained lower back. The Phillies were anticipating calling up 24-year old pitching prospect Nick Pivetta to start on Wednesday, but a rainout has pushed him back, potentially going on Sunday instead.

The Background: Pivetta was a 2013, fourth-round selection of the Washington Nationals out of New Mexico Junior College. He was then traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in July, 2015 for Jonathan Papelbon. Added to the 40-man roster following the 2016 season, Pivetta is off to one of the hottest starts in MiLB, throwing 19 innings, allowing only 12 hits, two earned runs, two walks, against 24 strikeouts, with an 0.95 era with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. His hot start combined with his scheduled turn in the rotation lines up perfectly for Pivetta as the logical choice to get this opportunity.

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April 26, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Cody Bellinger

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

Consider this a renewed request not to use "Bae-llinger."

The Situation: Joc Pederson is on the DL with a groin strain and the Dodgers could use a left-handed center field bat to pair with Enrique Hernandez. So they called up…a first baseman? Yes, but this first baseman also plays center (and left) field. And mashes dingers.

The Background: Bellinger was the fourth-round pick of the Dodgers in 2013 as an Arizona prep and signed for $700,000. He was drafted as a first baseman, where he played exclusively for the first two season of his pro career. The Dodgers aggressively assigned Bellinger to Advanced-A in 2015 and started playing him occasionally in center field as well. Bellinger broke out in a big way, socking 30 home runs. He proved it was no Cal League mirage last season, mashing his way through Double-A while spending time at all three outfield spots in addition to first. He got off to a hot start in Oklahoma City this year, batting .343/.429/.627 at the time of his call up.

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April 25, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Christian Arroyo

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Mister Christian / Oh the time has come / And you know that you're the only one...

The Situation: The Giants are rocking a collective .236 TAv, which is 25th in baseball, and while their 69 runs scored entering play yesterday was nice and all, it rated just 23rd. Starting third baseman Eduardo Nunez has been a big ol’ part of that problem, sitting on a .208 TAv his own damn self, and the now-DFA’ed Chris Marrero had failed to plug the hole left behind by left fielder Jarrett Parker’s broken collarbone. Enter number two prospect Christian Arroyo, owner of a ho-hum .446/.478/.692 line through 16 games at Triple-A Sacramento.

The Background: The Giants drafted Arroyo 25th overall in 2013 as a prep shortstop, signing him to a slot deal and sending him to the Arizona Rookie League, where he promptly hit .326 in a 45-game professional debut. Outside of a briefly rude introduction to full-season pitching the following year, he hit everything thrown at him up to Double A, climbing to the organizational top spot heading into the 2016 season. Still just 21, he yesterday became the lucky thirteenth member of the first round of his draft class to step between the lines of a big-league baseball game.

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April 24, 2017 10:48 am

The Call-Up: Chih-Wei Hu

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We promise we don't do a "Hu's on first" joke. We make no other promises.

The Situation: Rays long man Tommy Hunter has hit the DL after suffering a calf injury covering first base this past weekend. In his stead the Rays have called up pitching prospect Chih-Wei Hu to take over his role in their bullpen

The Background: Hu was signed out as an 18-year-old of Taiwan by the Minnesota Twins in 2012 for $220,000. He made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League the following season and proceeded level-by-level from there. Although he never posted big strikeout numbers in the minors, his performance was never anything less than stellar at any extended stop. So yeah, he was basically a Twins pitching prospect. Hu was dealt to the Rays in August 2015 as part of the Kevin Jepsen deal and continued to have success while posting average-ish K-rates. A strong Double-A campaign—that level was always going to be an important test of the profile—in 2016, along with flashes of better velocity, was enough to make him the sixth-best prospect on the 2017 Rays Top Ten list.

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April 22, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Jorge Bonifacio

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The Good Face might need a better bat.

The Situation: Jorge Soler still isn’t healthy, and Paulo Orlando has a .333 OPS. Yes, OPS. So the Royals will turn to one of their best position player prospects—and apple of our minor league editor’s eye—Jorge Bonifacio to try and help jumpstart an offense averaging just a tick over three runs a game.

The Background: Bonifacio was signed for $135,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2009, and has been kicking around as a prospect for so long that he first showed up on a Royals team list during the Kevin Goldstein era. A strong 2013 campaign in which he hit .298/.372/.429 between the Carolina and Texas leagues brought him to national attention and he snuck onto the back of the 2014 BP 101. Bonifacio’s bat stagnated in Double-A however, and he would spend all of 2014 and 2015 at that level. He did slowly start to get more of his plus raw power into games—a hamate injury cost him some of 2013—and at the end of 2016 got some post-hype chatter after he set a career high in home runs with 19 for the Storm Chasers. Although he’s been around forever in prospect terms, he is still only 23, and the power is major-league-ready. We are about to find out about the rest of the profile.

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April 14, 2017 3:19 pm

The Call-Up: Jesse Winker

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry

The first-place Reds (it still sounds weird to us too) are adding a top prospect.

The Situation: The Reds have jumped out to first place in the NL Central and…

Wait, is that right?

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