We’re again, with a second version of this column, taking a look at important September call-ups from across the majors. This is not a complete have a look at each prospect who bought the decision, and neither was the primary version, however a fast tackle some prospects whose September showings may matter for his or her golf equipment this October or subsequent spring.
Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Rangers
What to search for: Jung missed big chunks of the final two seasons with accidents, together with lacking the primary half of this yr after he tore the labrum in his left shoulder in February. The eighth choose within the 2019 draft, Jung bought 31 video games this yr between the Arizona Complex League and Triple A, hitting for energy however with a shocking 28 p.c strikeout fee on the increased stage, maybe reflecting some rust.
Why it issues: Jung was drafted for his bat, with the potential to hit for top averages and energy. The Rangers have gotten nothing from third base this yr, making an attempt Ezequiel Duran, Josh Smith, Charlie Culberson and Andy Ibañez there. Jung is not going to resolve their total offensive issues, not with huge acquisitions Corey Seager and Marcus Semien additionally underperforming this yr, however he’ll patch a giant gap within the lineup if he can keep wholesome subsequent yr.
Triston Casas, 1B, Boston Red Sox
What to search for: Casas is Boston’s prime upper-level prospect and his ascent via the minors was solely slowed by damage and a while off final yr to play within the Olympics. His energy began to emerge this yr, with 23 doubles and 12 homers in simply 76 video games within the minors, which is a 49-doubles tempo over 162 video games, and at 22 he is doubtless to put even more balls over the fence sooner or later.
Why it issues: The Red Sox bought much less manufacturing from first base this yr – a composite .221/.289/.371 line – than from another place besides proper discipline. That’s proper, the best place on the sector to fill yielded the second-worst manufacturing of any place in Boston’s lineup. Casas will not have an excessive amount of bother producing more than that, however he is more doubtless competing with free agent or commerce choices to fill that spot so Boston can return to competition in 2023.
Alec Burleson, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
What to search for: Burleson is bat-only, however had an enormous yr in Triple A, hitting .331/.372/.532 for Memphis with a 14 p.c strikeout fee, effectively down from 20 p.c final yr. Some of it could have been the transfer to the major-league baseball in Triple A, after all, however it was sufficient for the Cardinals to name him up, even with questions on his protection and proclivity to chase stuff out of the zone.
Why it issues: The Cardinals have gotten mediocre manufacturing from their outfield this yr, thanks to dramatic regression from Tyler O’Neill and no enchancment from Dylan Carlson, and could possibly be contemplating Burleson for one of many nook spots or the DH function in 2023 to attempt to increase their offense
Ryne Nelson, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
What to search for: Nelson was a two-way participant at Oregon and is a wonderful athlete who solely grew to become a full-time starter when the Diamondbacks drafted him within the second spherical in 2019. He’s bought a doubtlessly plus slider and loads of fastball, whereas his command and management nonetheless growing.
Why it issues: Nelson is the primary of Arizona’s huge pitching prospects to attain the majors, with Brandon Pfaadt not far behind and Drey Jameson struggling within the hitters’ paradise of Reno. The D-Backs’ possibilities of returning to competition rely on their means to develop beginning pitching, with an ace now in Zac Gallen however an absence of depth behind him and Merrill Kelly. Nelson’s big-league debut was promising, as his fastball performed up and his slider was plus, though he’ll have to use his changeup more sooner or later.
Ryan Pepiot, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
What to search for: Pepiot has had among the finest changeups within the minors since he entered professional ball in 2019, however he is had bother with walks for simply as lengthy, strolling 10.7 p.c of batters once more this yr in Triple A and 17.4 p.c in his time within the majors to this point this yr. His changeup wasn’t as marketed within the majors, and left-handed batters destroyed him, with a .259/.469/.466 line and more walks than strikeouts, largely by shedding the changeup and taking it for known as balls . The Dodgers introduced him again up for one begin, and then rotated and optioned him to Triple A once more after he walked 4 guys in two innings.
Why it issues: The Dodgers aren’t precisely hurting for arms, however Walker Buehler present process his second Tommy John surgical procedure does create some alternative for one more starter in subsequent yr’s rotation. If Pepiot can get his outdated changeup again, nevertheless, he could possibly be a precious bullpen arm for the Dodgers within the postseason, as a result of that pitch allowed him to get right- and left-handed batters out.
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