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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

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

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August 7, 2013 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Wilmer Flores

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Mets call up a player you've been hearing about for years.

The Situation: After sending David Wright to the disabled list with a hamstring strain, the Mets will turn to 22-year-old Wilmer Flores to man the hot corner. Flores has been torching the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League with a .321/.357/.531 line through 107 games, mostly at second base.

Background: Flores was a high-dollar Venezuelan signing in 2007, inking for a $750,000 signing bonus on his 16th birthday. Despite his youth, the Mets started him off in the rookie-level Appalachian League in 2008 where he notched a .310 average and slugged 24 extra-base hits in 59 games. Promoted to Low-A for the 2009 season, Flores struggled as one of the league’s youngest players, hitting just .264 across 125 games and earning himself a return trip to the South Atlantic League to start the 2010 season. After improving across the board in 2010, Flores took on the High-A challenge as an 18-year-old and hit an impressive .300/.324/.415 in 67 games. Despite his early success in High-A, Flores spent all of 2011 and the first half of 2012 battling in the Florida State League before earning his first shot at Double-A. In the second half of last year, Flores found his stride at the plate and hit .311/.361/.494 down the stretch for Binghamton with 18 doubles and eight home runs. The Mets shipped Flores off to their new Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas this season, and while all Las Vegas stats are buoyed by the accommodating offensive environment, Flores’ .321 average, 36 doubles and 15 home runs are still impressive.

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August 2, 2013 3:15 pm

The Call-Up: Chad Bettis

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Nick J. Faleris and Mike Gianella

Is the newest member of the Rockies' rotation worth a mixed-league look?

The Situation: The Rockies optioned Jeff Francis to Triple-A on Thursday in order to give 2010 second rounder (and 77th overall selection) Chad Bettis the opportunity to make his first major league start.

Background: Bettis split time between the rotation and the closer role during his three years at Texas Tech, drawing mixed projections from scouts due to his big fastball/breaking ball combo being paired with a shorter stature, inconsistent command, and fringy third offering. The Rockies pegged him as a starter and have given him every opportunity to stick in that role as he worked through the developmental system.

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July 23, 2013 11:51 am

The Call-Up: Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick

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Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Paul Sporer

The Marlins sparkle up their season with two big call-ups.

The Situation: The Miami Marlins have been allergic to offensive production in 2013, developing rashes and hives whenever runs cross the plate, which has only happened 309 times in 97 games. For perspective, the Astros have similar run allergies but have managed to score 59 more runs, and I’m pretty sure I could get at-bats on that team. Looking for some offensive epinephrine, the farm is being raided and top prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick are getting the call to the majors, a youth infusion that should provide a necessary boost to a struggling lineup.

Background: Christian Yelich was drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft out of high school powerhouse Westlake High School. He was viewed by many as one of the better high school bats in the entire draft. He wasted little time proving that to be the case, showing impressive bat-to-ball skills in his initial debut. Yelich has continued to rake all the way up the chain, pushing himself up prospect lists each year, plateauing as a top 10 prospect in the game on the Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Top 50.

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July 12, 2013 6:03 am

The Call-Up: Jarred Cosart

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Nick J. Faleris and Mike Gianella

Another piece of the Astros' future arrives.

The Situation: After 82 starts, 447 minor-league innings, and four seasons as a top 10 prospect across two organizations, Jarred Cosart will make his first major-league start. He draws the Tampa Bay Rays and defending AL Cy Young winner David Price.

Background: Cosart was a 38th-round selection for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2008 first-year player draft, signing for late-second-round money out of Clear Creek High School (League City, TX). A two-way Missouri commit, Cosart immediately switched to the mound full time when he entered the Phillies system.

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July 11, 2013 11:07 am

The Call-Up: Danny Salazar

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Jason Parks

The Indians try another rookie in the rotation.

The Situation: Where others have tried and failed, 23-year-old Dominican pitcher Danny Salazar will attempt to step into the Indians rotation as a rookie and stake his claim at the highest level. The promotion might be seen as a surprise to some, but Salazar has been shoving it in the upper minors and has the mental fortitude to make the jump.

Background: Salazar was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2006 and started his slow climb up the professional ranks, logging 25 starts at the complex level before making the jump to full-season ball in 2009. The production was hit and miss. The electricity of the arm showed up but he was more often than not unable to harness it or find consistent utility of his secondary offerings. His career veered off course in 2010, when his elbow decided to have a sad and require Tommy John surgery, which basically ruined the better part of two seasons and cost the young arm valuable developmental time. Salazar returned healthy and his powerful fastball was not only lively but under more control than ever before, and the secondary offerings, especially the slider, were flashing above-average potential. Building on a strong recovery season, 2012 was the big step forward for the 6’0’’ righty, as he pitched his way to the Double-A level and put himself firmly on the prospect map, ranking sixth on the Baseball Prospectus Indians’ Top 10 list after the season. Another developmental step forward in 2013 has put Salazar on major-league soil, and the continued refinement of his command and improvement to his changeup can take a lot of the credit for the rapid rise.

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July 11, 2013 5:00 am

The Call-Up: Sonny Gray

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Nick J. Faleris and Bret Sayre

The A's call up young pitching prospect Sonny Gray.

The Situation: With the All-Star break looming, the Athletics do not have a need for a fifth starter until late next week. Accordingly, Oakland is utilizing that roster spot to provide Sonny Gray with his first taste of major-league action, with the 2011 first rounder to work out of the A’s ‘pen.

Background: Gray was a first-round selection out of Vanderbilt University back in 2011, showcasing some of the best raw stuff in the draft but slipping to the A’s at 18th overall due to the depth of talent in the draft class, some questions about his sub-six-foot stature, and the quality of his off-speed. The former ‘Dore carved up the Texas League after signing in 2011 but took a step back, developmentally, in 2012, struggling to implement some mechanical tweaks and suffering through some regression in stuff and command.

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July 8, 2013 10:24 am

The Call-Up: Grant Green

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Nick J. Faleris and Bret Sayre

In search of more bang from second base, the A's call up a former first-rounder.

The Situation: The first-place Oakland Athletics have received lackluster production out of the second base position in 2013—.264/.339/.343 and just one home run through 89 games—and now look to Triple-A Sacramento for an offensive boost in the form of Grant Green. After a solid but unspectacular year in Sactown last summer, Green has broken out in his second tour through the hitter-friendly PCL, triple-slashing .318/.374/.500 through 81 games whiles launching 11 home runs and 25 doubles.

Background: After entering his junior year at USC as a potential top five draft pick in 2009, Green struggled at the plate and in the field, ultimately dropping to Oakland as the 13th overall selection that June. Since then, he’s slowly climbed through the minor league ranks, showing steady growth in his game, and particularly in his approach at the plate. After shuffling around the diamond through his first three full seasons, Green made the permanent move off of shortstop in 2013 and looks to have found a permanent home at the keystone.

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June 28, 2013 12:12 pm

The Call-Up: Kyle Gibson

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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

With Mike Pelfrey injured, the Twins bolster their rotation with a former first-rounder.

The Situation: Mike Pelfrey hit the shelf with a back injury, and Gibson was already on alert-five in Triple-A, eagerly awaiting his first major league opportunity.

Background: Gibson was a highly touted collegiate arm coming out of Missouri, but a few velocity valleys and an injury concern (forearm stress fracture) pushed him down the board. He fell to the Twins with the 22nd pick and signed for $1.85M. Most thought that when and if healthy, Gibson could move through the ranks of the minors in short order and provide the major league staff with an innings-chewing arm with upside. Healthy in 2010, the tall right-hander looked the part, making 26 starts and logging 152 IP in his minor league debut, erasing most of the injury concerns, and looking like a safe bet to develop into an above-average starter.

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June 28, 2013 6:37 am

The Call-Up: Brad Miller

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Jason Cole and Paul Sporer

The Mariners look to Triple-A for some offensive help in the infield.

The Situation: With the Mariners’ offense once again struggling to score runs, Miller is being called up to replace incumbent shortstop Brendan Ryan. Although Ryan has flashed his usual fantastic glove, he’s hitting a punchless .196/.254/.252 in 67 contests. Seattle will look to play the hot hand with Miller, who’s currently riding a 22-game hitting streak while batting .356/.426/.596 in 26 Triple-A games.

Background: Miller was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft following an accomplished three-year career at Clemson University. The Orlando native has since produced at every level, quickly mashing his way up the minor-league ladder. While Miller didn’t rank in Baseball Prospectus’ top 10 Mariners prospects this past offseason, he’d certainly crack that list today. Entering this season, Jason Parks wrote that Miller didn’t “have an ideal profile for an everyday shortstop” but could be a “valuable utility player at the major-league level.” The prospect has since hit .319/.399/.521 between the Double- and Triple-A levels, proving that his breakout 2012 campaign wasn’t just a mirage. He’s looking more and more like a big-league regular in the middle infield.

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June 27, 2013 5:00 am

The Call-Up: Johnny Hellweg

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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

With Alfredo Figaro on the DL, the Brewers bring up a 6-foot-9 flamethrower.

The Situation: With starting pitcher Alfredo Figaro landing on the disabled list due to a strained oblique, the Brewers have recalled Hellweg from Triple-A Nashville. He’ll make his big-league debut on Friday against Pittsburgh. Figaro’s issue should sideline him until at least the All-Star break; while Hellweg may not be up permanently, he should get at least a couple starts. If you like big velocity (and who doesn’t?), I’d suggest tuning into Friday’s Brewers/Pirates matchup, as Hellweg will face Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole. Both starters will work mid-to-upper 90s and touch triple digits with their fastballs.

Background: A 16th-round pick out of the junior college ranks in 2008, Hellweg was a 6-foot-7 hurler who threw 90-92 mph at the time he was drafted. In the video interview shown below, the right-hander says he grew five inches between his late high school and early professional years. He now stands a towering 6-foot-9, and his velocity has bumped 101 mph in recent seasons.

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June 18, 2013 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Zack Wheeler

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

After gaining polish over 13 Triple-A starts, Zack Wheeler is ready to prove that he belongs in the Mets rotation.

The Situation: With the Mets struggling at the big-league level and the “Super 2” timeline squarely in the rearview mirror, it was time for the club to call upon their other high-end pitching prospect to pair him with right-hander Matt Harvey. Zack Wheeler will make his major-league debut just down the road from where he grew up near Atlanta on Tuesday night against the Braves.

Background: Wheeler, the sixth-overall pick by the San Francisco Giants in 2009, joined the Mets in exchange for outfielder Carlos Beltran at the trade deadline in 2011. After two successful but inconsistent seasons in Low-A and High-A with the Giants, Wheeler got his first taste of the upper levels in 2012 with the Mets. In 19 Double-A starts Wheeler notched a 3.26 ERA with just 92 hits allowed in 116 innings. He walked a career-low 3.3 batters per nine innings and fanned better than a batter per inning, making progress in his development. The Mets promoted him to Triple-A Buffalo at the end of 2012 season, and he logged a 3.27 ERA in six starts. Returning to Triple-A to start the 2012 season, though this time in the high-octane Pacific Coast League, Wheeler has posted a 3.93 ERA with 61 hits and 27 walks yielded in 68-2/3 innings and an impressive 73 punchouts.

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June 18, 2013 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Wil Myers

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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

One of baseball's best-hitting teams adds one of baseball's best-hitting prospects.

The Situation: Wil Myers, ranked by Baseball Prospectus as Tampa Bay’s no. 1 prospect (and no. 7 in baseball) entering this season, has received his much-anticipated MLB call-up. Although Myers appeared to be near big-league ready after mashing in Triple-A last season, the Rays sent him back to the minor leagues in mid-March, citing adjustments needed both offensively and in right field while likely keeping a watchful eye on this year’s “super two” arbitration window. That window has since passed, and Myers has recently caught fire at the plate, leading to Tuesday’s call-up. The top prospect will look to bolster Tampa Bay’s already strong offense in the midst of a tight American League East race.

Background: Drafted by Kansas City as a catcher in 2009, Myers spent two summers behind the dish before his advanced bat enabled him to fly through the lower minors. After the former third-round pick hit .315/.429/.506 between the Low- and High-A levels in 2010, the Royals chose to accelerate his developmental timetable by scrapping his still-raw catching and moving him into the outfield. Myers has since spent time at all three outfield spots but this year has settled in as a right fielder, where he profiles long term. He continued to mash upper-level pitching in 2012, hitting .314/.378/.600 with 37 home runs between Double- and Triple-A. Although Myers got out to a slow start (by his standards) this season, he’s batting .286 through 64 games and has a .339/.377/.696 slash line this month.

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