September 1st may mean autumn is around the corner for meteorologists, but you’re not Sam Champion, are you? No, of course you’re not. He’s handsome. For us in the fantasy baseball trenches, September 1st means rosters expand and rookies are called up. Unlike the September hitter call ups we went over yesterday, I’d use kid gloves with these call ups. As Paula Dean might say, pitchers can hurt you, ya’ll. If you need to take a flier on a rookie pitcher, tread carefully, young Razzball reader. Anyway, here’s some potential September call ups to keep your eye on for fantasy baseball, the pitchers:
Aaron Poreda – I’m crazy for HodgePadres, what can I say? Actually, I just said it. But even I’d be careful with Poreda. In NL-Only leagues, yes, please. Elsewhere, maybe home matchups.
Madison Bumgarner – Scouting the Unknown broke down, Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner will be one of those adds that everyone does and just about everyone regrets (this year). Though I am prepping a giggle for when Bumgarner attacks Pujols with his number 2.
Tim Hudson – I heard this kid’s got good stuff. Hope his call up goes smoothly, he might have a nice career ahead of him. /sarcasm
David Purcey – Blech.
Carlos Carrasco – I was bonkers for him in the preseason. That’s the drawback to working without a net in December. Carrasco’s hype I extolled was obviously a year too early. Don’t worry, I’m go crazy for him again this offseason. You’ve been caveated.
Hector Rondon – Is Wedge trying to get fired? Are the Indians trying to lose? Heffin’ hey in the screw hole, bring up Rondon and see what he can do. Cause right now he do what he do and he do it in Triple A. Over a 9 K/9 and under a 2 BB/9, which comes out to 42 Ks to 7 walks.
Wade Davis – For a while he looked better than David Price, then for a while he stopped striking out hitters. And both “whiles” came in the minors, so there will be some growing pains, Kirk Cameron.
Dana Eveland – Had a long look last year and pitched well enough for AL-Only leagues. Might have some matchup value in September.
Brandon Morrow – Not a rookie, but I think he can make a nice fantasy impact in September. Worth grabbing in all leagues.
Todd Wellemeyer – He wasn’t that great when he was already in the majors.
Daniel McCutchen – What’s the chances the Pirates have another fantasy-worthwhile McCutchen? Okay, combine those odds with the chances the Pirates have a worthwhile pitcher.