Last week was about speculating which players might be getting the call this September and providing any kind of fantasy value in redraft leagues. With September now a week old, we have the names of the players who have indeed been added to rosters. With all of these call-ups, it’s important to remember that playing time could be sparse and their impact in a 12-team standard mixed league may be minimal. However, those of us who are playing in deeper leagues or keepers may have been rostering some of these players already. In that case their call-ups are more meaningful. They can add depth to the fantasy roster and sometimes it’s just fun to get a look at someone you’ve been hoarding in your NA spot or on your farm. Additionally, just because September 1st has come and gone doesn’t mean more players can’t be added as the month progresses and the MiLB playoffs come to an end. We’ll take a look at the pitchers next time, but for now let’s dive into some of the bats that got the call to the majors this past week…

Outfielders

Joc Pederson, OF | LAD

Pederson’s playing time was a big question mark, but he has already started three games. If he hits at all there is no reason why the Dodgers won’t play him a 3-4 times a week, especially with Puig struggling and three other outfielders that were already sharing playing time. It makes for a very expensive bench, but the 22-year-old earned his looks with a 30/30 season in the minors. Deep mixed option.

Dalton Pompey, OF | TOR

Pompey has rocketed through the ranks of the Blue Jays’ farm system this season. He spent time in High-A, Double-A, Triple-A, and is now with the big club for a cup of coffee. Across those three minor league levels the 21-year-old switch-hitting outfielder stole 43 bases and hit .317/.392/.469. Toronto may give him a few looks this month and his speed could bring some immediate fantasy value. AL-only option.

Steven Moya, OF | DET

Moya isn’t quite the extreme case of a player like Javier Baez, but he is similar in that he possesses both raw power and some swing-and-miss. The 23-year-old hit 35 homers in the minors this season but also struck out 161 times. He’s mostly been used as a bench bat/pinch hitter to this point and that will likely be the case moving forward as long as the Tigers continue to fight for their playoff lives. AL-only option.

Aaron Hicks, OF | MIN

The name should look familiar as Hicks lost his rookie eligibility last season, but he’s still technically a September call-up for our purposes. Hicks struggled last season hitting .192/.259/.338 but apparently handled the June demotion as an opportunity to make some adjustments. Hicks hit .291/.387/.441 between Double and Triple-A this year and at just 24 years old still has plenty of time to develop. Hicks was seeing some starts in center field, allowing the Twins to give Danny Santana some more looks at shortstop. The back injury to Santana last night should only help Hicks’s playing time situation in center. Deep mixed option. 

Billy Burns, OF | OAK

Burns joins Craig Gentry and Sam Fuld as another SAGNOF type on the Athletics’ roster. I’d imagine pinch-running will be his primary role down the stretch, but Burns is a burner. He stole 54 bags this season in the minors after swiping 74 last season. AL-only option.

Infielders

Alex Guerrero, MI | LAD

Guerrero has had a couple of pinch-hit appearances already, but could see a start or two down the stretch if the Dodgers decide to spell regulars like Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe, or Dee Gordon. Hanley especially may yield playing time given his apparent affinity for minor injuries. The 27-year-old hit .333 with 17 homers in the minors this season, so he’ll get a chance to play regularly even if it’s not until 2015. NL-only option.

Cory Spangenberg, MI/CI | SD

Hi, you’ve reached the Cory hotline. This is Cory. Here are some words that rhyme with Cory – story, gory, allegory…Montessori. Spangenberg is a 23-year-old infielder who hit .317/.353/.455 across three levels of the minors prior to his call-up last week. So far he has seen action in all but one of the Padres’ games this September. He started two games at third, one game at second, and played the pinch-hit hero with a home run on Tuesday. Deep mixed option.

Maikel Franco, CI | PHI

As a Phillies fan it’s frustrating to see Franco get the call and not get more starts than this. The 22-year-old third baseman is presumably the corner infielder of the future for the Phils, yet he has only started two games (with an RBI in each). If the Phillies were playing for something meaningful, I could see putting Franco in a straight platoon with Cody Asche and only giving him the nod against left-handed pitching. But the Phils aren’t playing for anything. So why not just give Franco some more looks? These types of thoughts/questions are probably why I blog about baseball in my sweatpants instead of running the Phillies’ front office. NL-only option.

Andrew Wilkins, CI | CWS

At 25 years old, Wilkins isn’t the same type of call-up as some of the others on this list. He has always had decent minor league numbers, but it’s a matter of putting the tools to use in the big leagues now. This could be an auditon of sorts for Wilkins. After hitting 30 home runs in Triple-A this season – a mark that led the International League – he will get a shot to fill the hole left by the departure of Adam Dunn. There’s some pop in the bat for sure, but he’s off to a bad start (0-for-8 with four strikeouts). AL-only option.

Mike Olt, CI | CHC

Anthony Rizzo is nursing a back injury which has opened up an opportunity for Mike Olt. While he’s not one of the sexy Cubs prospects in the news right now, he has raw power and could run into a homer or two for fantasy teams down the stretch. The 26-year-old could see starts at both first and third base. He had 12 home runs with the Cubs earlier this season. Deep mixed option.

Extra Credit: Jesus Aguilar, CI | Terrance Gore, OF | Steven Souza, OF | Jonathan Villar, MI | Christian Bethancourt, C

On Their Way?: Francisco Lindor, MI | Domingo Santana, OF | Rusney Castillo, OF

 
  1. Joe says:
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    I wish I had a rookie relevant question :-/ but I’ll hit you with my best shot anyway. I’m about to drop Melky. I’m also torn on what to do about Smyly, since he’s at his innings limit but TB won’t decide until Tuesday whether to let him go against Toronto on Friday. The following three players piqued my interest:

    – Stroman because he has two starts, at home, and has rebounded nicely his last two starts:
    – Quackenbush because I actually like having multiple closers; and
    – Lagares, because he’s been a fuego.

    *Do I drop Melky, or Melky and Smyly and, if so, for whom?* (Happy Sunday!)

    12-Team, H2H, 5×5, nonkeeper

    C – Ramos, 1B – Freeman, 2B – Valbuena, 3B – Longoria, SS – Andrus, OF – Cutch, OF – Cespedes, OF – A.Gordon, Util – Span/Carter (I rotate among util/of), Bench – Melky

    SP – Teheran, Shields, A.Wood, Fister, Fiers, Pineda, Smyly
    RP – K-Rod, Feliz, Hawkins

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Stroman and Lagares makes sense

  2. JP says:
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    Does Jorge Polanco do anything for you this year or next? How about Brandon Finnegan?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Polanco is a nice player, but still young even for Double-A. Twins are usually slow with their specs so I would think we wouldn’t see him much next year. 2016 (he’d be 22?) more realistic IMO.

      Finnegan is nasty. Maybe some value this year in holds leagues but he’ll get a shot at some real value in 2015. Stash in keepers like his buddy Rodon.

  3. grif says:
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    Great write up, Mike. I especially like how you designate the player at the end- AL only, deep mixed option, etc. Very helpful as far as how to view the player.

    Quick question on Pompey: do you think he has a good shot at being on the jays at the start of next year or do you think he will start of in the minors?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Grif, glad it helped.

      I think he’ll start off in the minors. It’s unusual to see a guy progress through the ranks as quickly as he did this season

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Mike: i 2nd that league gauging, yr the first to do it and it’s very useful.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          thanks! good to hear

  4. JP says:
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    Great post again. Non-prospect question, if you don’t mind. I’m entering the playoffs in a 20-team league (standard scoring + OPS) and have lost Rizzo for the foreseeable future. I’ve had Moss filling in for him, but he’s been miserable for a while now. Do you think Loney or Garrett Jones are preferable to Moss for the next week or 2?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks, no problem.

      I’d go with Jones off the top of my head, but at this point it’s best to look at schedules and play the hot hand.

  5. Goose! says:
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    So you get to keep 9 total players in a league. Which pitchers out of the following in a 12 team keeper league h2h category wins (categories are W/K/HR Allowed/ERA/WHIP/NSVH but we’re probably going to vote QS over W for next season) would you keep:

    Chris Sale (would cost a 10th rounder due to way draft/keeping works)
    Dallas Keuchel (costs his ADP)
    Kyle Hendricks (ADP)
    Yordano Ventura (10th rounder, traded for him)
    Jacob deGrom (ADP)
    Matt Shoemaker (ADP)
    Scott Kazmir (11th rounder, traded for him)
    David Robertson (13th)
    Huston Street (12th, traded for him)
    K-Rod (ADP)
    Matt Harvey (18th, drafted and stashed him on my DL)

    Which would you keep? Bear in mind that if 2 guys end up costing the same round due to pick ups/trades, one of them has to cost 1 round higher (IE if I kept both Sale and Ventura, I’d have to keep one of them for a 9th and the other for the 10th).

    • Goose! says:
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      @Goose!: Maybe a better question is: which one can I safely drop to use for a waiver pickup?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        at first glance, Hendricks looks like the best option

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Goose!: agree, so much so that’d i’d find it surprising for anybody to argue for anybody else.

  6. Kenneth says:
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    Would expect Kennys Vargas or Jesus Aguilar to be everyday players from day one next season?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Vargas yes. Not sure about Aguilar though. Gut is leaning no on him.

  7. Swfcdan says:
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    Would like to see Franco playing regularly also as I have him on my farm in one league. Do you think he’ll be a regular in 2015 and will he hit enough to be fantasy relevant?

    Also have Joc on another farm team, same question applies. Will be watching both closely!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think Franco gets a real shot in 2015, yes. Fantasy relevant? Depends on the league, but sure. Just expect the normal pains of a rookie season…

      Same with Joc. I’m assuming he’s going to be an everyday player in 2015.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Mike: Reason I ask about 2015 fantasy relevancy is I’ll have the option to call them up next year or not, thinking Joc will be worth it, not sure about Franco yet unless he sees every day ABs.

        What are your thoughts on 2 other young Bostonians, Betts and Bogaerts. Betts has started to blossom lately whereas Bogaerts numbers are in the basement (alliteration intended). Are you still hopeful for both in 2015?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          gotcha. love both Betts and Bogaerts. Normal to see the struggle, and I still think Bogey becomes a valuable fantasy shortstop.

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Mike: Thanks, good to hear. Guessing you’ll be happy to commit 3 years for $8 on him this offseason in a keeper then!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              yup , he could earn the 8 bucks as soon as next year

  8. Russ says:
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    With Vargas, Mauer and Suzuki are there going to be enough ABs for Josmil Pinto to have value next year?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think he’ll get more looks at catcher next year, yes

  9. Mike says:
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    Next season Nelson or Finnegan who would you rather have
    Same question. For Lindor, Russell or Correa.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      for next season only Lindor…but overall I like Russell the best of the three

      We don’t know what Finnegan’s role is yet but sounds like his stuff is better than Nelson’s

  10. Al koholic says:
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    ten team keeper league, $300 payroll.i have springer for $5 already and will keep Bryant for $5,this league counts k,s against hitters so would you keep Baez for $20,im leaning no but 30-20 at ss is nice

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      20 sounds high for Baez in that format, I’d lean no with you

      • Al koholic says:
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        thanks,nice job as always here

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime. thanks Al

  11. thorbs says:
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    Nice writeup!

    Quick prospect Q on a couple guys with valuable but flawed skillsets: What are your thoughts on Matt Olson and Steven Moya longterm? You’ve mentioned Moya few times and the power is definitely legit, but so is that nasty K-rate. Another site wrote a gushing writeup on Olson, but he also looks like a guy that might struggle to hit .250 in the Show. What’s your take on both longterm?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’s just a matter of seeing what Olson does against better competition in Double A. Looks like he made a big improvement against LHP this season, and while he’s not going to be a batting average guy, he still managed to get on base at a 400 clip. 2015 will tell us a lot more about him.

      Moya’s got raw power but sounds like he needs a lot more polish and he’s already almost 23. I’d hitch your wagon to Olson of the two.

  12. H2h playoffs says:
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    H2h playoffs ESPN
    KiPnis or kendry morales tonight?

    Also for this WEEK shod I drop Baez for either Simmons bogaerts mercer or Lowry. Oh those k’s

    • H2h playoffs says:
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      Saw miller is also available

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Kipnis, hold baez

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