With the summer ending and the calender flipping to September, it’s time for some of the leagues prospects to get a shot at the majors as rosters expand before the playoffs. So we’re going to take a look around the league at some of the most recent call ups starting with the AL East.
Baltimore Orioles – The Orioles didn’t make many moves as rosters expanded. One name of note is Kyle Hudson. A 24 year old OF drafted in 2008 in the 4th round. He’s not much in the way of power as shown by his 0 HR total over 1392 minor league ABs. But he does have some wheels and makes solid contact using the whole field. He’s tallied 117 SB his minor league career and a OBP over .350. So he’ll get on base and is able to run, but he’s nothing more than a 4th OF or bench player at best.
They also recalled Rick VandenHurk. Not so much a prospect as a pitcher with talent that has just never been able to put it all together.
The O’s already have Top 100 Prospect Zach Britton back in action and he seems to have turned a corner. He didn’t have as stellar of a second trip through the league as he did on his first tour. But he’s making adjustments and looks every bit the part of a rotation mainstay.
Boston Red Sox – Felix Doubront is one of the Red Sox top LHP prospects. He’ll serve as a bullpen arm for the stretch and maybe even make the playoff roster if he does well. He offers a low 90s fastball and hard cutter which induces groundballs. So he profiles well as a reliever.
Ryan Lavarnway is the Sox top catching prospect, at least with the bat. He’s going to offer an excellent 3rd catcher for the stretch run and a potent bat off the bench. Next season could be his time to take over as the back-up and spell Salty at times. He’s produced a .295/.390/.612 line at Pawtucket after mashing Double-A. Check back soon for a Prospect Instinct on Lavarnway.
This is the second run for Kyle Weiland this season in Boston. He’s done well at Triple-A, posting a 3.58 ERA and almost a K per inning. He’s not going to front a rotation, but could work the back end and long relief for the Sox.
It’s odd that the Sox chose Nate Spears instead of Jose Iglesias. With Iglesias being the top overall SS in the minors with the glove and neither of them able to hit at a major league level as of yet. I guess with the Pawsox in the playoffs we’ll have to wait for Iglesias to finish up his minor league season and Spears will hold down the spot on the expanded roster until then.
Tampa Bay Rays – Brandon Guyer is the only call up so far for the Rays. He’s getting another taste of the bigs now and it should be a bit more extended than his first. He’s done well in Durham batting .312/.379/.521 and stealing 16 bases with 14 HR. So he provides a bit of pop and bit of speed.
Expect the Rays to also call up the top pitching prospect in the organization Matt Moore. Check out Moore’s Prospect Instinct here.
New York Yankees- The Yankees finally called up top prospect Jesus Montero. Check out the Prospect Instinct | Jesus Montero here for full details on Montero.
They also called up power hitting 3B Brandon Laird. Laird isn’t one of the Yankees elite level prospects, but he has a baseball pedigree and some power to supply off the bench. He’s not going to hit for a high average or be of much help on the bases at this time.
The 27 year old, Lance Pendleton, is getting his first taste of the major leagues. His K rate is 16.4% and his walk rate is 8.8% is Triple-A this year and his ERA of 4.43 says that he’s not going to be a ton of help out of the bullpen. But he could see some innings as the Yankees approach the playoffs and need to rest their starters some for the post season.
Toronto Blue Jays – Having already called up Brett Lawrie and Henderson Alvarez, there wasn’t much for the Jays to take advantage of when the rosters expanded. But check out the Prospect Instinct for both by clicking on the links now.
We’ll be taking a look at the AL Central tomorrow as Dave Reiffer scans the league for us.
Check back soon as we profile many more Top MLB Prospects and also get our baseball geek on and take a look at some of the later draft picks from the 2011 draft that we think could be big names on the prospect radars in the near future. Anyone can tell you that Mike Trout is going to be a stud now, but who told you that when he was drafted? So take a look at our Touch’em All | GCL Hitters and be a step ahead of the game. Thanks for checking Baseball Instinct. We’re working hard to bring you the best of the minor leagues and make the site the best experience it can be. So don’t hesitate to tell us what you would like to read about. Email me now at Tom@baseballinstinct.com.