A few call-ups were announced yesterday, but we’re likely to see far more prospect promotions and even contract selections take place today as rosters expand. We’ll use this post to keep track of those moves…
- The Marlins selected the contract of righty starter Jeff Brigham today; he’ll be among those playing in the majors for the first time ever. Brigham’s solid 3.44 ERA in Triple-A this season is muddied a bit by his 4.45 FIP, but he’s maintained solid ratios. Brigham’s 8.25 K/9 and brilliant 2.24 BB/9 give him a solid 3.69 K/BB ratio that probably looks quite nice to a Marlins club that’s hurting for serviceable major league starters. Miami has also recalled right-handers Sandy Alcantara and Nick Wittgren along with catcher Chad Wallach.
- The Athletics selected several contracts today, including that of catching prospect Beau Taylor. The lefty-hitting backstop has never played in the majors, but he’s done well for himself at the Triple-A level this season by drawing walks in 14% of his plate appearances while hitting .248. He’s even chipped in a pair of stolen bases. The biggest knock on Taylor is his lack of power; the 28-year-old owns a sub-.100 ISO and has never hit more than eight homers in a given season. Other contracts selected by the Astros today include those of lefty Dean Kiekhefer and righties Chris Hatcher and Liam Hendriks. The A’s recalled lefty Daniel Coulombe and shortstop Franklin Barreto as well.
- The Indians selected the contract of right-hander Jon Edwards today, who hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2015. The 30-year-old Edwards has done well for himself in the Tribe’s minor league system in 2018, though, racking up 56 strikeouts in just 39 1/3 innings while pitching to a 3.64 ERA. Though he’s exhibited extreme control issues in the past, his 2.70 BB/9 in 30 innings with Triple-A Columbus suggests there’s a possibility he’s put those problems behind him. The Tribe promoted catcher Eric Haase to the majors alongside him.
- The Mariners have selected the contract of Justin Grimm among their September moves, whom they signed to a minor league contract on July 25th. Grimm’s been plagued by shoulder and back issues all season and struggled to a cataclysmic 13.50 ERA in 12 2/3 innings for the Royals earlier this season, which led to his release early on in the summer. With the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate, though, he’s put up a pristine 1.64 ERA and an even more impressive 13.91 K/9 mark. In addition to Grimm, Seattle also selected the contract of Kristopher Negron, and recalled right-handers Chasen Bradford and Ryan Cook, lefty James Pazos, catcher David Freitas.
- The Nationals have selected the contract of right-hander Austen Williams, who’ll be getting his first MLB cup of coffee this September. He’s been quite impressive in the upper minors this season, including a 0.55 ERA in 16 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level. That’s backed up by excellent peripherals, including 20 strikeouts against just four walks. Williams had pitched exclusively as a starter until this season, and it appears a transition to a relief role has catapulted him to a status as an incredibly intriguing talent. The Nats also recalled catcher Pedro Severino to fill in while Wieters is dealing with a hip/groin injury (per Jamal Collier of MLB.com).
- The White Sox promoted Caleb Frare to get his first taste of the bigs; as James Fegan of The Athletic points out, he needed to be added to the 40-man roster in order to be protected from the coming winter’s Rule 5 Draft. They’ve good reason to do so, as the lefty reliever has thrived with the organization ever since being acquired from the Yankees a month ago in exchange for $1.5MM in international bonus pool funds. He’s put up fantastic numbers in 12 2/3 innings at Triple-A Charlotte, including a 0.71 ERA and 13.50 K/9. Aaron Bummer will join him as the other White Sox player to receive a September promotion so far.
- The Royals have selected the contract of catcher Meibrys Viloria to account for the hole left by Drew Butera, who was traded to the Rockies yesterday. Fascinatingly, Kansas City decided to promote the 21-year-old Columbia native even though he’s never played above the High-A level. He’s done just fine there, though, batting .260/.342/.360 in 407 plate appearances over the course of 2018. Viriola is expected to maje his MLB debut as early as this week while mainstay catcher Salvador Perez deals with a sprained thumb.
- After a short stay in the minors, righty reliever Ray Black is back up with the Giants. He’s had a poor showing in the majors so far, allowing ten earned runs in 15 1/3 innings. He did manage to strike out 22 batters in that span, though, and owns a 2.11 FIP in 25 2/3 innings at Triple-A this season. His blistering 16.13 K/9 at that level perhaps speaks to his potential even more.
- The Cardinals recalled catcher Carson Kelly today, who’s widely considered to be the club’s catcher of the future once Yadier Molina’s contract is complete. However, he’s yet to prove his worth at the major-league level, as evidenced by his .150/.216/.187 batting line across 118 MLB plate appearances. The Redbirds have also called up lefty Tyler Webb and righty Daniel Poncedeleon.
- The Phillies have opted to recall outfielder Aaron Altherr, who’d largely been a fixture in the club’s major-league outfield for the past two seasons prior to a late-July demotion. While his 13.3% walk rate so far this season was downright fantastic, that was about the only aspect of Altherr’s performance to be happy about; he was striking out at a 32.7% clip while hitting just .171 and slugging just .305. Philadelphia also added outfielder Dylan Cozens and righty reliever Yacksel Rios to their active roster.
- The Yankees are set to give right-hander Stephen Tarpley his first taste of major-league action after selecting his contract earlier today. Tarpley is quite an interesting arm-he’s been utilized as a multi-inning reliever at two levels of the minors this year, and to great effect. Most recently, he’s pitched to a 2.65 ERA and 10.06 K/9 across 17 appearances spanning 34 innings at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Infielder Tyler Wade and right-hander Luis Cessa will also join the MLB club as rosters expand.
- The Mets will give righty Eric Hanhold his first taste of major-league action, MLBTR has learned. Acquired in the 2017 trade that sent Neil Walker to the Brewers, Hanhold has apparently been quite unlucky to own his 7.11 ERA at Triple-A this season. Rather, his 3.43 FIP in 19 innings at that level produces some level of optimism that he can serve as a quality reliever in the majors. A .429 BABIP and 2.86 K/BB ratio further strengthen that case.
- The Reds are set to give shortstop prospect Blake Trahan a September call-up, as C. Trent Rosencrans of The Athletic was among those to tweet. Trahan came to the Reds by way of the club’s third-round draft pick back in 2015. He did not rank amongst MLB Pipeline’s top 30 Reds prospects in the publication’s most recent rankings, though Fangraphs ranks him 24th in that regard thanks to a 55 speed tool and a 60-grade arm. He’s also likely to be a league-average shortstop. That’s about all there is to like about Trahan at present, as he’s only hit .245/.327/.302 at the minors’ highest level.
- The Reds have also recalled Lucas Sims, who arrived in Cincinnati just prior to the non-waiver trade deadline as part of the package in exchange for sending Adam Duvall to Atlanta. Sims owns a 5.96 ERA and 7.15 K/9 in a Braves uniform, but his minors track record indicates he might have better days yet to come; the righty has managed to strike out at least ten batters per nine innings at every level of the minors post-Rookie ball, and has a sub-4.00 MiLB ERA in each of the past two seasons.
- The Twins will promote right-hander Zach Littell, according to Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Littell has but 3 1/3 innings of MLB experience, during which time he allowed seven earned runs with one strikeout en route to a demotion. His 3.57 ERA at Triple-A this season is far more palatable, albeit unspectacular.
- The Twins also announced that they’ve selected the contract of left-hander Andrew Vasquez, who’ll be receiving his first cup of coffee after pitching to a sub-1.50 ERA out of minor-league bullpens across the past three seasons combined. They’ve also selected catcher Chris Gimenez in addition to recalling outfielder Johnny Field and right-hander Tyler Duffey.
- The Red Sox have officially recalled five players, including first base/outfield type Sam Travis. After serving as a somewhat serviceable piece in 2017 (.263/.325/.342 batting line), Travis has struggled in limited major-league action this year to the tune of a 45 wRC+ and -0.1 fWAR. Boston has also promoted left-handers Bobby Poyner and Robby Scott, as well as right-hander William Cuevas and infielder Tzu-Wei Lin.
- The Tigers have recalled right-hander Sandy Baez from Double-A Erie, per a club announcement. Baez made his major-league debut back on June 4th, entering the game in relief during a double-header. He didn’t allow any runs in 4 1/3 innings, though he did walk three batters in that appearance. Aside from that, Baez has never pitched above Double-A, and owns a troublesome 5.64 ERA there on the 2018 season, in part due to command issues.
Man have the Twins been rough on Nick Gordon. 2200 minor league at bats and they still don’t want a look at him.
He struggled a bit after his promotion to AAA, but I’m shocked as well. I thought he’d be up this year for sure at some point.
I’m not saying he’s hitting well at AAA but at a certain point you have to actually give a kid a chance. He’s been in their system for 5 years. His dad and brother both made it.
I mean he’ll probably figure it out if given a chance. It’s just mind-numbing how cheap the Twins are.
We could always save him until a couple of weeks next year for more control
Sounds similar to what happened to Jesus Aguilar in Cleveland. Stuck in the minors for years and then sent out on waivers. Look at the season he is having this year.
249 combined average with 7 hr and you think he deserves a promotion based on the fact his dad and brother made it and because he’s been in their system 5 years……. I can’t even believe I need to type this out….. do your parents know you’re on this site saying dumb things
Oh yeah and the cherry, you think it’s money related….. adorable
Your state is adorable not you…. felt the need to spell it out. Just feel like you’d get it mixed up
Batting .212/.259/.280 across 372 AB’s in AAA isn’t going to help him get the call.
I agree, but he’s rule 5 eligible this December. They have to make a decision on him this offseason, figured now would be the time to add him.
Might as well see what you got with him in the majors, should make the decision easier to keep on 40-man or let him go.
Where’s the mystery here? Do people usually hit MLB pitching better than Triple-A pitching?
No, but some have.
I mean, it’s not like I said bring him up and start him every day.
But, you know, the Twins are out of it so who cares about Forsythe not playing a few days in meaningless games?
Gordon’s been in the system 5 years and the Twins are still trying to hold him back to save a buck.
His numbers say he doesn’t deserve a callup. He starts out hot every season and then falls flat on his face around mid season every single year. He doesn’t appear to have the stamina for pro baseball as of yet.
He can and probably will be added to the 40 man in the offseason and then optioned down to the minors once the season starts. And that’s what he deserves until he can show he can play decently for more than a couple of months.
Better than Chris Gimenez
Gordon hit at every level, consistently, until this year. He was drafted in 2014. He can play 2B and SS, and has been a top 5 prospect in their system all these years. It’s not like he’s some chump. Not a world-beater, but there are lesser players being called up all over baseball today.
He ain’t a short stop. Whose in front of him at second? Logan is sitting pretty there now.
Who’s not a SS? Gordon is, he’s played about two thirds of the year at SS and the rest 2B.
Giants called up Ray Black.
ray black had been on the club for at least a month already. Granted ive shifted more to oakland news. May have missed sending him down to call him back up maybe to get stratton that start.
Yeah he’d been down for about 3 weeks for fresh arms (pierce johnson, derek law, stratton) and they called him back up today.
Sox farm system doesn’t have s***!
They will probably call up Travis Lakins when the IL playoffs are over, about the only kid will see Boston call up that that can help them in the future. Rest are just filler. Lin can field, tho has hit at AAA this year.
As for no prospects in the system? Must be some rock ur under.. Chavis has been raking since returning from his ped suspension and not stopped since called up to Pawtucket, would expect him to stay in the annual BA top 100, suspension and all. Houck turned his season around the last dozen starts before going down with his season ending injury and Bobby Dalbec’s 32MiLB HR’s for a 23YO kid between A-AA in non offensive leagues are worth noting, even if he’s K prone.
Pitches Love Velocity
Still empty. 3 guys doesnt mean your system is flourishing. It means its empty. And 2 of the 3 play the same position 3B lol.
It’s empty because of a combination of things. Most teams would love their recent history of MLB promotions. Add in the trades since DD took over as well as the inability the last two years to sign international players and you find the situation the team is in. Now that they can again sign international players, it should improve the system.
Hey Mets. If Sox farm doesn’t have s**t, then your Mets are worse off.
When asked about the September 1st deadline Abbott and Costello (aka Mutt and Jeff stumbled) and when reporters asked specifically if there would be any recalls Mutt sputtered, “I don’t recall”.
Not even reading after I saw your name.
I’m not disagreeing at all.
I have seen a lot worse…but realistically winning the division two years running catches up at the June draft … did DD get took in the Brewer trade, probably, but bottom they have a real good chance to go to the series… and I’m good with that!
Hanhold is a met. We traded him forrr Neil walker
But he wrote it with conviction.
When I see folks criticize the Sox system, I remind them that ALL of the “Killer B-s” (Betts, Bradley, Boegarts, Benetendi) could have EASILY been members of (fill in blank with your team).
Ya, it’s down right now because of promotions/trades/injuries. They draft well, sign Internationals well, develop well. It’ll be back up there shortly…..
Only one problem in your dream coming true:
He hates to develop talent. After Miggy hot two HR last night, John Henry had to take Dave’s phone away after he revealed that he was trying to trade him even up for Betts.
“Miggy” strikes out a ton, is a hazard to navigation on anything hit to him, and has behavioral problems. Kopech? Just keep the medicine cabinet out of reach.
At its floor, it was a FAIR trade….it’s ceiling ? DD commited high way robbery. Probably somewhere in the middle, which is still advantage Red Sox.
Don’t feed the troll Bob.
“Bob” seems like the troll, still salty about Kopech shining with his new team and referring to Bradley as a killer B. Hilarious.
but i’m hungry
Totally agree, Cubs are in the same boat
Last time I looked, you don’t get any awards for having a good farm system. The Rays have a good system….rah! You can start counting the months before Snell is on the block.
Theo really said it best; protect the top 2 or 3 guys in your system….trade all the other ones. Let Baseball America cry their eyes out. And, in the case of a Sale, trade anything not nailed down.
“So what if he has the best team in MLB, DD traded away the farm!!!” – Lunatics.
Hanhold is flipped he went from Mil to Nym for walker
Ray Black’s overall numbers from his first stint with the Giants may not look all that great, but almost all of those runs were given up in either his first game after getting called up, or the last one before he was sent down. The rest of the time in between, he was pretty much unhittable…
Yeah, he had a relief pitcher no-hitter in there too
Almost certain mets traded walker to the brewers in 2017- i think you have that call up backwards
Ok the Mets post is completely wrong. Hanhold was sent to the Mets from Milwaukee in exchange for Niel Walker.
How is this mistake made?
It’s made when you have 90 callups and 15 DFA’s to cover in a five-hour span… fixing the one minuscule error now
Thanks for your good work Kyle!
Ok that sounded sarcastic, but that wasn’t the intention
Neil Walker went to the Brewers last year; Hanhold went to New York in that deal.
Red Sox don’t have a farm system cause they are the best team in Major League Baseball. They don’t need a farm system they will buy and trade with what they have same as the Cubs
Hey Sims. Keep your pants on with designations until after the post season. Best record in regular season is not best team in MLB.
“The Athletics selected a whopping contracts today, including that of catching prospect Beau Taylor.”
I think you missed something.
Afraid to broach this topic but here goes nothing:
Tell me why the Mets aren’t calling up Peter Alonso? The excitement would sell too many tickets?
I read an earlier post about this and it said that he is not on the 40 man roster and does not have to be in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft this winter. If they called him up, they would have to put him on the 40 man roster and drop someone else, potentially leaving them unprotected.
Also, like it or not, Jay Bruce is the September first baseman. Finally, how many people would really buy a ticket to see Alonso?
Giants recalled Kelby Tomlinson.
Giants recalled casey kelly, pierce johnson, and steven okert.
Says right-hander Stephen Tarpley; baseball reference says he throws left (?)
Todd frazier to be suspended next week