Weâ€™re in the final month of the fantasy baseball season. By this time next month fantasy GMs will be focused solely on football (assuming most of your league mates arenâ€™t already) and fantasy baseball will be discussed with an eye towards 2014.
September first also means that itâ€™s time for baseball teams to bring up their prospects. All the sexy names that fantasy pundits have casually mentioned as being worthy of a roster spot will actually be worthy of a roster spot. Names like Oscar Taveras, wait, no, heâ€™s not up yet. Names like Dylan Bundy, wait again, heâ€™s not even healthy. Names like Miguel Sano, sorry, heâ€™s still not up. Actually, a lot of the really exciting names are already on rosters. September 1st came and went with a whimper. Sure, Hawk Harrelson will get to gush over Charlie Leesman (again), but there wasnâ€™t much for fantasy GMs to get excited about.
Remember when fantasy GMs were falling over each other to draft Josh Rutledge? Heâ€™s back from raking in Triple-A. He posted a .371/.444/.587 slash line in 38 games at Triple-A. Whoâ€™s ready to get sucked back in? He wasnâ€™t good the first time he was up, but he could actually have some value on a team that will miss the playoffs in garbage time…if he gets a full-time job.
Tigers outfielder Nick Castellanos was called up to ride the pine in Detroit. The Tigers are in a pennant race right now. They have been willing to give at-bats to younger players down the stretch before (Avisail Garcia last year), but that was due to necessity more than anything else. Castellanos will be limited as long as Torii Hunter, Austin Jackson and Andy Dirks are healthy. This is likely a move with an eye towards 2014. Castellanos is a legit prospect who has proven all he needs to in the minors. He slashed .276/.343/.450 in 596 Triple-A at bats this year.
The most significant move from Sunday was the Minnesota Twins adding Alex Presley to the roster. Minnesota has a dreadful outfield and Presley should bat leadoff and get a chance to play everyday for the next 30 days or so. He was essentially out of the picture in Pittsburgh and heâ€™s shown both speed (17 steals in 89 Triple-A games this year) and pop (10 homers in 370 at-bats last year). Heâ€™s worthy of a fifth outfield/utility spot in a 15-team mixed leagues from here on out.
Jemile Weeks is apparently back in the majors. He got a call back up to the show on Sunday. Jemile actually played reasonably well at Triple-A…as long as you donâ€™t pay attention to the 16.1% strikeout rate. Have they tried the Willie â€œMaysâ€ Hayes punishment with Weeks yet? 20 pushups every time he strikes out? Howâ€™s he supposed to swing if he canâ€™t lift his arms?
One Oakland Athletic that fantasy GMs in super deep leagues should take a look at is outfielder/legitimate baseball prospect Michael Choice. Choice posted a .302/.390/.445 line in Triple-A this year. He hasnâ€™t shown the power that helped him bash 36 homers across two levels in 2011, but he has shown improved plate discipline. The Aâ€™s have been using Alberto Callaspo as a DH recently. What have they got to lose by running Choice out there?
The Nationals called up a righty, Erik Davis, and a lefty, Ian Krol. Both are worth a look in leagues that count K/9. Davis owned a 9.29 K/9 in Triple-A and Krol posted a 10.04 K/9 in Double-A. Neither have any shot at closing in Washington any time in the near or far future.
The Rangers didnâ€™t really call anyone up (well, does Robinson Chirinos count? No? Well, then), but they activated a bunch of guys off the DL. Lance Berkman is back in the major leagues. Heâ€™s essentially OBP only at this point in his career, but heâ€™ll likely pick up some at-bats. Neftali Feliz has finally worked his way back to the majors. Heâ€™s already tossed 1 2/3 innings with the Rangers and struck out two. He could figure in a set-up role down the stretch and will likely nick a few holds for those of you who play in holds leagues.
Delmon Young will likely end his career known more for throwing a bat at an umpire and his legendary character at The Dugout than he will be for what he accomplished on the field. Heâ€™s back where he started all those years ago. His contract was purchased from Double-A by the Tampa Bay Rays. Young had only 31 at-bats at the Rays Double-A affiliate, but he managed to strike out 22.6% of the time. Thereâ€™s nothing to see here even in the deepest of deep leagues.