September Call Ups – AL Central
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 continuing with the AL Central.
Detroit Tigers - Andy Dirks OF (age 25) has spent most of the season with the Tigers. He was demoted after Detroit picked up Delmon Young in a trade with the Twins. Dirks will most likely remain in Detroit for the postseason since Brennan Boesch’s season has ended with a thumb injury.
Luis Marte LHP (25) was also promoted from Double-A Erie. Durability issues within the last three seasons have sent Marte to the bullpen, where he has flourished, scoring a 1.92 ERA, allowing 32 hits, 12 earned runs, and racking up 70 strikeouts in 56 innings. He comes at you with a low 90s fastball, a plus curve, and a slider and change that lack consistency. Due to his early season struggles at Triple-A Toledo, Marte may have trouble translating his minor league success to the big leagues.
Jacob Turner RHP (20) could be the team’s more controversial promotee. Still just 20 years old, this move bolsters the Tigers reputation for rushing pitchers to the show. This season in the minors, he’s been good, but not dominant. Check out our Jacob Turner Prospect Instinct for more info.
Omir Santos C (30) is not a prospect. Santos has been promoted to give rising star Alex Avila a breather behind the plate. Nothing to see here. The call for Will Rhymes 2b (28) fills a need for infield depth. Rhymes may see at bats until Carlos Guillen is healthy again.
Minnesota Twins – Jim Hoey RHP (28) has been promoted to the big club again. Hoey sports an ugly Twins ERA of 7.71. He’s a hard thrower with career control issues. Possibly a last dig effort for him to find a major league home.
By far, Minnesota’s most exciting move is the summoning of Liam Hendricks RHP. Another Aussie (joining Shane Lindsay) in the big leagues. Hendricks is another arm that we have been watching since his professional beginnings. Check out the Prospect Instinct article. It says it all.
Chicago White Sox – Shane Lindsay RHP (26) – Called up from Triple-A Charlotte, Lindsay is now the first Australian to play for the White Sox. The right-hander busted out this season in a relief role, holding down a 2.18 ERA, striking out 90 batters in 70.1 innings. We’ll see if he can become more than bullpen depth.
RHP (22)Addison Reed’s journey to the bigs has pretty much been a whirlwind. In 78 professional innings, he managed to punch out 111 hitters while keeping a 1.26 ERA. In the rotation, his fastball sat at 90-93 mph, but now moved to the bullpen, he brings it at 96 mph or higher. The White Sox may have a problem deciding who the closer of the future will be, Reed or Chris Sale. Either way, it’s a good problem to have.
Chicago also called Eduardo Escobar SS (22) up responding to a need for infield depth. A valued utility player, he can play both 2b and SS positions. Escobar has good speed on the base paths, but needs to learn how to get on board more.
Kansas City Royals – The Royals have already promoted Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas this season. Followed up with Danny Duffy on the mound and then Johnny Giavotella at 2B. So while the farm system is deep, there isn’t much in the way of September call ups. But once the Storm Chasers end their playoffs some possible call ups include Kila Ka’aihue, Clint Robinson, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain.
But so far, Jesse Chavez RHP (28) made his MLB debut back in 2008 with the Pirates. He’s back again with KC in what should be a long relief role. In 57.2 innings, Jesse scored a 3.75 ERA and struck out 54 but only walked 16 batters in Triple-A Omaha.
Cleveland Indians – Josh Judy RHP (25) is getting his feet wet again in the majors. In the minors, Judy has flashed some nice late-inning potential. In 52 innings, he’s struck out 60 hitters, but walked 25, on route to his 3.12 ERA. He’ll need to cut those walks down in order to enter the conversation for saves with the Tribe.
Corey Kluber RHP (25) brings to the Indians an arm that has struck out nearly a batter per inning throughout his minor league career without really dominant stuff. He simply knows how to pitch. He throws an average low 90s four-seamer and two-seamer, along with a good slider and average change-up. He’ll need to keep the ball on the ground at a better rate for success in the majors. Cleveland should utilize him in the bully right now, but clearly, Kluber should be looking at this as an audition for next year’s rotation.
Nick Hagadone LHP (25) rated in our 2010 Top Prospects List:
61 Nick Hagadone SP Indians – Ready now and no where near ready for the workload, plus FB/SL combo suited for bullpen, could be dominant closer.
He was picked up, in 2009, from the Boston Red Sox in the Victor Martinez deal that also brought Justin Masterson and Bryan Price to the Indians. In return, Cleveland got a big (6’4” 230lbs) lefty starter be we noted that he was better suited as a bullpen arm. Especially with K rates that have reached as high at 27% and scored 26% in Triple-A Columbus. He throws a 92-94 mph fastball, but he can reach back for more if needed, a good hard slider and a below average change-up. In relief, he’ll stick with the heater/slider combo. With some success, he could be in the bigs for good.
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 us now at Tom@baseballinstinct.com.