Since the All-Star Game, 29 players have made their Major League Baseball debut.
On the year, that’s 189 debuts through August 11, 26 debuts ahead of this day in 2014.
At this time of year in Fantasy Baseball, September call-ups matter. Little additions off the waiver wire can bolster your lineup just enough once the playoffs arrive.
As always, you’re encouraged to do your own research. Target the guys who will improve your team based on your league’s format, your lineup’s strengths and its weaknesses. If you’re wondering how much FAAB to spend on somebody or if he’s a good fit for your team, leave a comment.
Here’s a look at 10 players who could get the call in September.
Fantasy Baseball September Call-Up Targets
Josh Bell, 1B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
By position, the Pirates have received the worst offensive production from their first basemen this year: 73 OPS+, .279 OBP, 0.23 BB/K. Enter Josh Bell. In his 96 games with Double-A Altoona, the switch hitter had an .803 OPS carried by 17 doubles, six triples, five home runs and a tremendous 0.88 BB/K. The Pirates could afford to give Bell a chance in September.
J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
With an eye to the future, the Phillies could give Crawford a taste of big-league action with everyday shortstop Freddy Galvis posting a sub-0.675 OPS. Crawford is walking more than he strikes out, which is better than his MiLB career (147:148 BB:K in 259 games). His power and speed have slowed in 2015, but that could be due to his new plate approach. In deep leagues where SS is absolutely depleted, Crawford is definitely worth following, as are the remaining shortstop options.
Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
Yes, the Dodgers already have an abundance of infielders, but they’ve been wise to hoard them to navigate injuries. Still, Jimmy Rollins’ .640 OPS could easily give way to 21-year-old Corey Seager. After getting the call to Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier this year, Seager has responded well in 356 plate appearances. He’s posted a 0.53 BB/K and a solid .280/.334./.441 line to accompany his 33 extra-base hits. His young, developing power makes him a better fit in head-to-head leagues, but he’ll likely deserve full ownership across all formats.
Orlando Arcia, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
Again, at the shallow position, Arcia is worth a look. Although he’s played at the Double-A level this year, he’s done well in 448 plate appearances: .300/.342/.435 with 41 extra-base hits and a 0.42 BB/K ratio. On top of that, he’s 21 for 26 on stolen base attempts. If the Brewers decide to add him to take time from Jean Segura (.610 OPS, 0.17 BB/K, 16 SB), Arcia could make a splash with the Brew Crew.
Trea Turner, SS, Washington Nationals
Once the Washington Nationals acquired Trea Turner, they kept him at Double-A Harrisburg for just 10 games before sending him to Triple-A Syracuse, where in 41 games he’s hit .299/.335/.420. He’s going through a power outage, but has stolen 11 bases in 12 attempts. Ian Desmond’s continued success could block Turner, so keep track of Desmond in August.
Joey Gallo, 3B/OF, Texas Rangers
In deep leagues, there’s a good chance an opposing owner made room to keep Gallo on their roster. He’s far more valuable in rotisserie leagues because his MLB strikeout rate is an ugly 43.9 percent. More than likely, Gallo will return to Arlington in September to hit home runs.
Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
In 280 plate appearances at Double-A Trenton this year, Judge hit 12 home runs and 16 doubles while posting a .387 wOBA. Although Judge has struggled through 151 plate appearances at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (.231/.318/.377), his raw power makes him worthy of a Fantasy Baseball September call-up. An injury to any of their 31-year-old outfielders, and Judge might have a shot to help your power stats.
Dalton Pompey, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
Something might’ve clicked for Pompey in Triple-A Buffalo this year. He’s got an outstanding 29 walks to 32 strikeouts in 47 games while batting .277/.374/.356. He’s been caught stealing six times in 17 attempts, so that speed tool needs sharpening. Nevertheless, the Blue Jays might want his legs for late-inning situations in close games. He should supply OBP help, runs and stolen bases.
Sean Newcomb, P, Los Angels of Anaheim
Through 100 innings of low- and High-A ball this year, Newcomb posted an 18.1 K-BB percentage, 3.02 FIP and allowed just two home runs. Newcomb’s window for a 2015 call-up is closing. He just recently made the jump to Double-A Arkansas where in 11 innings, he’s walked eight batters while allowing only five hits—two home runs—and striking out nine. Newcomb could return to his A-ball form and the Angels could find a need with a rotation that lost C.J. Wilson, but added Jered Weaver. Newcomb could earn a call if health is an issue for that rotation.
Robert Stephenson, P, Cincinnati Reds
As Stephenson improves his game, he becomes more valuable to a Cincinnati Reds team that’s looking ahead. With no pressure to win, and the stuff to strike out 25 percent of his opponents, Stephenson is a low-profile candidate for a Fantasy Baseball September call-up. Across Double- and Triple-A this year, in 118.1 innings, he’s fanned 130 and walked 60, but only 17 walks have come in his 40 innings of Triple-A work. At both levels, his HR/9 dropped below 1.00. He’s struck out 10 or more batters in four outings this year and hasn’t allowed a run in three of his seven Triple-A outings.
Keep One Eye On
AJ Reed, 1B/OF, Houston Astros
Mark Appel, P, Houston Astros
Aaron Blair, P, Arizona Diamondbacks
Jose Berrios, P, Minnesota Twins
Blake Snell, P, Tampa Bay Rays
Whenever you choose your Fantasy Baseball September call-up waiver targets, do so without rose-tinted glasses. Do not expect to get a Hall of Fame caliber player who will charge your team to victory. Expect results, just in modest doses.
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