Mar 29, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar throws out San Francisco Giants third baseman Conor Gillaspie (not pictured) during the ninth inning at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Normally I post the Report on Saturday, but given that yesterday was September 1, I thought it would be a bit more timely to track all the relevant guys getting their September call ups and post it today so you all didn't have to wait a week. Here's how we'll do this; I'm going to have the normal Seesaw Report info up top for August 25-31, then below that I'll do a September call up/activation section for each team. I won't be speculating, just posting on any relevant people they've already promoted. Let's get to the craziness.
Avisail Garcia - Garcia gets a pre-September call up after starting the year repeating Hi-A. He performed well in Double-A however and gets a nice reward at the end of the season. He has enough contact skills to hit right now in the majors, though his approach could be easily exploited. He's a definite grab for me in deep leagues or AL leagues where you have a minor league roster as well. I recently touted him in a Waiting in the Wings article featuring 5 guys you should know about.
Franklin Gutierrez - Gutierrez is perpetually injured but is generally helpful when healthy. He's an interesting late season pick up if you need to solidify an outfield position. He won't be a game changer but he's a solid option.
MUCH more after the jump...
Jose Bautista - Bautista was activated very briefly but lands back on the disabled list. It is probably safe to cut him in most leagues after he re-aggravated his left wrist injury.
David Ortiz - Ortiz must have liked what Bautista did as he was also activated briefly before heading back to the DL. He's likely safe to drop for a healthy option if there's on available.
Anthony Gose - Gose was sent down upon Bautista's re-activation, but did not get the call when Bautista went back on the DL. He was a nice source of speed while he was up. Looks like Moises Sierra is set to absorb all his playing time.
Denard Span - Span hits the DL with a joint strain in his neck. He isn't highly sought after in fantasy but provides nice speed and doesn't hurt you anywhere else. He's safe to cut for a hot waiver wire add.
CC Sabathia - He's safe to put in all lineups if you haven't already.
Brandon Morrow - Morrow has looked sharp in his two starts since activation and looks ready for use in all leagues.
Brian Matusz - He's back but is being used out of the bullpen, and was not effective in that role in Triple-A. He's safe to ignore.
Chad Billingsley - Billingsley left a start with elbow irritation and has not received anything positive since his exit. He's on the DL and has recently received a platelet rich plasma injection. Doctors have not ruled Tommy John out, though it doesn't appear to be quite that serious at the moment.
Gavin Floyd - Floyd lands on the DL with a flexor strain in his right elbow and is probably safe to drop for a streamer the res tof the way.
September Call Up Portion
Willie Bloomquist - Bloomquist was activated off the DL but he's still not 100%. Could be a pinch hitter.
Josh Collmenter - Collmenter was also activated but I don't see him making much of an impact in fantasy leagues down the stretch.
Jeff Baker - Baker was acquired right at the deadline but shouldn't matter to you, me or really, the Braves.
Jose Constanza - Constanza has the potential to steal some bags, but it's unlikely he is anything more than a defensive replacement the rest of the way.
Wilson Betemit - Betemit comes off the DL and should resume mashing against lefties and sitting on the pine against righties. He's not a bad matchup play, though he's likely ceded third base to Manny Machado. He could still platoon with Thome at DH and see some starts at first occasionally.
Xavier Avery - Avery made some noise earlier this season and was especially active stealing bases in limited time. He'll likely back up all three outfield positions and may steal some playing time from Nate McClouth.
Tony Campana - Everyone's favorite speedster is back in the majors. He has the potential to wreak havoc on the bases if he gets the playing time. Someone to keep an eye on.
Adrian Cardenas - Cardenas has always posted nice numbers at Triple-A but he has struggled in the majors. Not a good defender it's hard to see where he profiles as an empty average type hitter.
Dave Sappelt - Sappelt was acquired from the Reds as part of the Sean Marshall deal, and the Cubs might be inclined to see what he'll give them as the season winds down. He may see some action instead of DeJesus or Soriano.
Tyler Flowers - Flowers was activated yesterday and despite the talent to be effective in two catcher leagues is buried behind Pierzynski, Dunn and Konerko at the C/1B/DH spot.
Dan Johnson - He's baaaaaaaaaack! He might matter to the ChiSox and the post-season hopes of others, but he shouldn't matter to your fantasy team.
Didi Gregorius - A shortstop prospect with an impressive glove and not a ton of bat (but an awesome name), Gregorius will see time as a utility man for the playoff bound Reds. I'm considering adding him in my 20-team league and optioning to the minors, but that's about as far as his fantasy value goes right now.
Jordan Schafer - Schafer is activated off the DL but he might not have a job at the moment. He wasn't going to be valuable in any leagues save for some speed, and with the Astros lineup being fairly malleable he could see some time here or there. I'm hoping you won't need him though.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:
Scott Downs - Downs is back off the DL but it appears that Frieri still has a hold on the closers job so Downs will only matter in holds leagues.
Nick Maronde - Maronde is the other notable call up here as he has had an impressive year in the minors and has always had the stuff to pitch in the majors. They will likely ease him in as a reliever but he could be an option in the rotation before long. Again, in leagues where you can stash him or option him to a minors roster, he's a worthy addition.
Javy Guerra - The former closer is back from Triple-A but will only see time in middle relief even with Kenley Jansen ailing. Ronald Belisario and Brandon League are splitting the closing duties in the mean time.
Tim Federowicz - Federowicz put up nice numbers in the hitters haven that is Albuquerque, but isn't much with the bat. That said he still might be better than Matt Treanor and is almost certainly an improvement defensively. He may steal some back up at-bats from Treanor during September.
PJ Walters - Walters isn't much to write home about but there's a chance that he earns a start in the near future for the disaster that is the Twins rotation. If you're streaming starters or in a deep deep league, he's got the stuff to be a 5th starter in the majors or a 2nd starter on the Twins.
Adam Warren - Warren is likely to be used out of the bullpen but has experience starting and has always had interesting stuff.
Eduardo Nunez - Nunez is back and is likely to be used as a utility infielder though he could draw some starts given how banged up the Yankees are on the corners.
Andrew Cashner - Cashner is activated off the disabled list and has missed just over two months of the season. It will be interesting to see how they handle him, as he doesn't appear to be able to hold up as a starter even though that's where he is most valuable. If they transition him back to reliever it could be dangerous as he has already gone from reliever to starter this year.
Aubrey Huff - Mainly known in fantasy circles as "the guy who was amazing that one year" or more recently "that guy who keeps stealing Brandon Belts playing time", Huff is back off the DL and ready to resume pissing us all off.
Brett Pill - Man the Giants are just begging Bochy to sit Brandon Belt aren't they? In all seriousness, Pill could see some action in Left Field while the Giants continue to figure out how to replace Melky Cabrera.
Xavier Nady - Another LF option, Nady is expected to get some playing time this month.
Carlos Peguero - Peguero has serious power issues but doesn't have the contact skills to access it. He's not much of an option.
Lance Berkman - Berkman returns from the disabled list, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he will only be used in a pinch hitting role.
Jeff Niemann - The Rays activated a whole slew of guys, but Niemann is the only one who could have any potential impact, though he has tightness in his shoulder once again. He's probably safe to avoid.
Jurickson Profar - Here's the big name for September call ups. Profar was limited to pinch hitting duties his last week or so in the minors to prepare him for his time in the Majors. He's an otherworldly talent, reaching the majors at 19 years old with more than enough defense to stick at shortstop and an approach lightyears beyond his age. He won't amass much value this month but he's likely worth a stash in almost any league as an option for next year.
Leonys Martin - Martin is back up, but is slated for back up duty at multiple outfield positions.
Martin Perez - Perez is likely to be used out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season but could see the occasional spot start.