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September callups: Arencibia, Moustakas lead prospects
Major-league rosters can expand on September 1, and most will on that date or soon afterwards when minor-league seasons end.
J.P. Arencibia, C, Toronto
We’ve talked about Arencibia before, and since his 31 homers at Triple A are impossible to ignore, we need to do it again. Arencibia spent a couple of weeks with the Jays earlier this month while John Buck was on the DL, but has since been sent back down. The Jays have already requested waivers on Buck, meaning he could be traded by August 31. Even if he’s not, wouldn’t it be smart for them to give Arencibia at least some of the playing time in September, since he’s likely to start for them in 2011? When Arencibia gets called up again, grab him in deep mixed or AL-only leagues.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City
The 21-year-old Moustakas has 28 homers and a .968 OPS between Double A and Triple A this season, and he’s going to get every chance to win the Royals’ third-base job next spring. With the likes of Willie Bloomquist and Wilson Betemit manning the hot corner in Kansas City now, there’s nothing to lose by giving Moustakas a few weeks of exposure to big-league pitching.
Ramos – who came to D.C. from the Twins in the Matt Capps trade a few weeks ago – has struggled at the plate this season. He’s batting .257 with eight home runs and a .673 in the minors, and seems to hate walks as much as I hate black olives. However, Ramos is considered a good-but-not-great prospect, and he might get some time to show his stuff with the Nats next month.
Dustin Ackley, 2B, Seattle
Ackley seems likely to be a better real player than fantasy player, since his strengths are plate discipline, bat control and modest speed. The Mariners might give him a quick look in September, but don’t expect much.
Jared Goedert, 3B, Cleveland
This seems like a match made in September callup heaven, as the Tribe needs a third baseman, and Goedert has 25 home runs with a .906 OPS at two minor-league levels this season. However, Goedert isn’t on the team’s 40-man roster, and the front office says neither he nor fellow 3B prospect Lonnie Chisenhall will be promoted, according to The Cleveland Tribune. Goedert is included here mainly because we think the Indians should reconsider. Bring Goedert up, dammit!
Brandon Allen, 1B, Arizona
Allen, who has 25 homers and a .948 OPS in Triple-A Reno this season, is “all but certain” to join the D-backs in September, according to interim GM Jerry DiPoto. Allen chances to help your fantasy team this season would improve if Adam LaRoche gets traded, but we’ve still got five days left until the deadline, so be patient. Also, since Allen has been playing some outfield this season, his versatility should help his quest for playing time, according to AZCentral.com. Allen is expected to play every day for the Snakes in 2011.
Remember when everyone wanted to draft Chapman as a starter in February and March because he was throwing 101 mph in the Cactus League? Well, he started the season in the minors, and then had some control issues, just as we figured he would. He was moved to the bullpen in June, and has become quite the fire-breathing reliever of late, with 17 strikeouts against just three walks in 10 1/3 innings over his last 10 appearances. Chapman has a good chance to pitch in Cincinnati during September’s pennant race, albeit in a low-leverage role. If you’re in an NL-only league and want to pick up 10 or 15 extra strikeouts, he could be your guy.
Michael Taylor, OF, Oakland
This guy is 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, but he has five home runs in 421 at bats in the Pacific Coast League? Ugh. Taylor does have some speed (12 steals), and he’s one of the A’s top prospects, so there’s no reason why they should keep him buried in favor of Gabe Gross or Rajai Davis as the season winds down. Maybe a promotion will help Taylor stop being such a softie.
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