September Call-Ups: Who Could We See?
September 1st: one of the more interesting days on the Major League Baseball calendar. This is the day in which major league roster expands from 25 to 40. This gives managers a bunch of new toys to play with. In the Rangers’ case, they have a slew of guys who could see their return to the bigs as September call-ups. They also have a couple of others who could see their first action in the show. Here are most of the players who could be seeing the field in September. Ryan Rua was going to be one of the main call-up candidates, but he is being recalled for tonight’s game due to the broken left forearm Shin-Soo Choo sustained in last night’s game.
Without further adieu:
Joey Gallo, 3B/1B/OF/DH- Gallo’s power potential alone will get him a September call-up to the big leagues for his third stint this year. Gallo’s positional versatility could net him some playing time against right-handed pitchers.
Hanser Alberto, Utility- Alberto’s ability to play all four infield positions well will earn him a call-up for the final stretch. This would be Alberto’s third stint with the team in 2016. Alberto could be used as a defensive replacement late in games or in a blowout. Don’t expect to see him get on the field for a full nine, however, if at all.
Brett Nicholas, C- Nicholas is the only other catcher on the Rangers’ 40 man roster. With rosters expanding from 25 in September, It wouldn’t make sense to not call Nicholas up. Having a third catcher allows you to be more flexible with the position. When there are two catchers on a roster managers are conservative in case of injury. With an expanded roster, you can use one catcher off the bench and still have one left over. With Jonathan Lucroy in the fold, this becomes less important because the gap between him and Chirinos is so wide. This at least provides more options.
Andrew Faulkner, LHP- Since the beginning of June, Andrew Faulkner has been solid as a rock, posting a 2.49 ERA over that time, and has a 2.08 ERA vs lefties in 2016. As a lefty specialist, Faulkner could come in and be a bridge to the back end of the bullpen.
Dario Alvarez, LHP- Alvarez had a promising 2016, albeit short campaign with Atlanta before being traded along with starter Lucas Harrell. The Rangers optioned Alvarez after only two appearances to make room for Jeremy Jeffress. A victim of the Rangers’ incredible depth at reliever, Alvarez will get his chance with Texas in due time.
Nick Martinez, RHP- Martinez’s experience with the big league club, and ability to go multiple innings could see him in the Rangers bullpen sometime in September. I wouldn’t expect to see him in any close games. But if a game goes sideways, he can come in and eat some innings in relief.
Connor Sadzeck, RHP- Sadzeck is a starter in the Rangers’ minor league farm system and has the stuff that can get major league hitters out. Sadzeck would be making his major league debut so I wouldn’t expect to see him in a high leverage situation. Giving him a taste of the big leagues would be a good measuring stick for him. He could at least see how his stuff matches up against big leaguers.
Jose LeClerc, RHP- LeClerc had a short stint with the Rangers in July. While LeClerc showed a lack of control in the zone, he proved that he could get hitters out. Just as a body to have, LeClerc could see his number called.
While it’s very rare that a team would call up all 40 eligible players, the Rangers might get close. Combine the amount of major league experience with the skill set these players have, the Rangers could really use all of them.