As it is each season about this time, it has been a real bonanza of prospects available as rosters are expanded to 40 players at the Major League level. For the most part, clubs have brought up the elite prospects that have been protected on their 40 man rosters, so there has been accuracy and predictability in advance of the actual moves. If you have reserve rosters, giving the prospects a shot in a “no brainer”, however if you cannot “stash” the talent and are forced to run with them “active”, then that’s a much different story. If you are in a “keeper” league and aren’t in the running for the league prize, then you should certainly be tapping into some of these future stars. This week’s edition takes a look at ten recent hitters who were called up at, or since September 1st roster expansion. At the top of the list, three potential future All-Star back stops, then a taste of the flavor at each position.
Two weeks from the September 40-man expansion so your focus needs to narrow to the minor league elite. It’s not as much who will get an opportunity as most will be at the show at call-up time on September 1st. A few have already had a taste and others are rehabbing from injury. Be careful to evaluate playing time if you remain in a pennant race of your own.
The 2011 Major League Baseball season has seen a particularly high number of elite prospects get a call to "the Show". Over the past few weeks names like Jason Kipnis, Desmond Jennings, Brett Lawrie and Paul Goldschmidt have not only been called up, but shown they have what it takes to stay up. As we approach the expansion to 40-man rosters on September 1st, our focus will remain on the elite prospects, those that will get called up and will make a difference in your pennant run. What is becoming increasingly more clear is that Nationals megastar Stephen Strasburg is returning and it will be sooner than later!