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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

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

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August 19, 2013 6:51 am

The Call-Up: Xander Bogaerts

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Chris Mellen and Paul Sporer

The Red Sox summon their top prospect for the stretch run.

The Situation: With the Red Sox 3-7 in their last 10 games and playing only .500 baseball since the All-Star break, the club has decided to call up top prospect Xander Bogaerts, who ranked no. 3 on our Mid-Season Top 50. Bogaerts is likely to spell Stephen Drew during the stretch run, especially against left-handed pitching, and can also spend some time at third base when Will Middlebrooks needs time off. Look for the infield prospect to play both positions as needed during the Red Sox’ push to the postseason.

Background: Bogaerts was signed as an international free agent out of Aruba in 2009. Since coming stateside, the infield prospect’s stock has skyrocketed in parallel with his rapid ascension up the rungs of Boston’s system. Bogaerts was a standout at the Fall Instructional League in 2010, with his talent and potential clearly on display. As an 18-year-old in the South Atlantic League during his 2011 campaign, the right-handed hitter slammed 16 home runs in 72 games and began to turn heads with the way the ball jumped off his bat. The following season saw the now 20-year-old breeze through the Carolina League, showing both power and the ability to hit for average while beginning to prove that the bat was more than ready for the upper minors in a 23-game taste of Double-A. This season, the infielder has continued to take the upper minors by storm, posting a .299/.389/.481 between Portland and Pawtucket at the time of his promotion.


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August 19, 2013 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Travis d'Arnaud

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The arrivalof John Buck's baby boy precipitates the arrival of baseball's best catching prospect.

The Situation: Mets starting catcher John Buck is away from the team to welcome a baby boy into his family, and to replace him the club will turn to the top catching prospect in the system, calling up Travis d’Arnaud.

Background: Originally selected in the first round by the Phillies in 2007, d’Arnaud had already established himself as a top-flight catching prospect at the time he was dealt to Toronto as a piece in the Roy Halladay trade. After rising to Low-A as a 20-year old with the Phillies, d’Arnaud posted a .259/.315/.411 line in the High-A Florida State League in 2010 and then broke out with a massive .311/.371/.542 slash line for Double-A New Hampshire in 2011. Following that explosive season, d’Arnaud battled through injuries to hit .333 in just 67 games in the high-octane Pacific Coast League in 2012. Last winter, d’Arnaud was the centerpiece in a deal that sent knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, and he has followed up that trade with a nifty .304/.487/.554 line across 19 Triple-A games after returning from injury.

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August 16, 2013 2:59 pm

The Call-Up: Kolten Wong

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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

With David Freese slumping, the Cardinals dig into their deep farm system and bring up a second baseman who raced up the minor-league ladder.

The Situation: With the Cardinals offense sputtering just slightly of late, St. Louis is calling up second baseman Kolten Wong, who ranked no. 34 on Baseball Prospectus’ mid-season top 50 prospects list, to jolt the offense. Although the Cards already have an All-Star second baseman in Matt Carpenter, it’s unlikely the 22-year-old Wong is being brought up to ride the pine. Expect to see some lineup and positional shifting. Regular third baseman David Freese is having an underwhelming season––he’s hitting just .269/.348/.386––and Carpenter is experienced at the hot corner. St. Louis could begin placing Wong at second base and Carpenter at third with Freese coming off the bench. That’s a likely scenario against right-handed pitching especially, as Wong and Carpenter are both lefty bats while Freese is a righty.

Background: St. Louis selected Wong with its first-round pick (no. 22 overall) in the 2011 draft. A Hilo, Hawaii native and University of Hawaii product, Wong was a first-round pick despite his second-base profile and 5-foot-9 frame, which speaks volumes about his natural ability to hit and impressive overall skill set. Coming out of UH, Wong was regarded as an advanced bat who would hit his way through the minors quickly, and that’s exactly what he has done.

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August 13, 2013 8:56 am

The Call-Up: Matt Davidson

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Chris Mellen and Bret Sayre

Reeling from injuries and falling behind in the standings, the Diamondbacks turn to a powerful third-base prospect for help.

The Situation: With Eric Chavez hitting the disabled list due to knee and hip soreness, Arizona has called up third baseman Matt Davidson from the Reno Aces. Martin Prado was expected to see the bulk of the playing time at the hot corner during Chavez’s absence, with Davidson in reserve, but with Cody Ross now out with a dislocated hip, it remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old right-handed hitter is pressed into more consistent action.

Background: The Diamondbacks selected Davidson as a sandwich pick in 2009 out of Yucaipa High School (Yucaipa, CA). The third baseman immediately began to flash the power he had been touted for, belting 18 home runs in his first full professional season between A-Ball and High-A in 2010. After posting a .277/.348/.464 line in the California League with Visalia in 2011, Davidson was tasked with the challenge of Double-A and proving he wasn’t the product of a hitter-friendly league in 2012. He did not disappoint. Davidson put up a .836 OPS and launched 23 bombs with Mobile to begin solidifying himself as a prospect on the rise. The 22-year-old continued to prove the bat is trending in the right direction this year in Triple-A, and was named MVP of this year’s Futures Game after his go-ahead home run. Davidson entered the year ranked fourth on Baseball Prospectus’ Diamondbacks Top 10 Prospects list.

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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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