We've made it one week into the month of June, and with that in mind we are rapidly approaching another key date in determining when prospects might be called up as the anticipated Super-Two deadline should pass very soon. The potential for top prospects like Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor to be called up only increases in my opinion once we are past that point.
We had a few call ups this week, one with potentially a huge impact and three more which may or may not have similar impacts depending on your formats. Let's take a brief look at all four.
I don't really need to explain that you should have grabbed Joey Gallo, do I? He's playing third base every day right now, even starting against lefties, which it wasn't clear would occur at first. I will say that it's likely this remains only a temporary call-up, as the Rangers have no plans to use him in left field at this time. The swing-and-miss potential can still limit his batting average, but we've already seen the power, and if he hits .230 with 15-20 home runs the rest of the way, he's still have value in nearly all formats.
We'll also see the debut of Joe Ross today for the Nationals, who is filling in for the injured Stephen Strasburg in the rotation. Ross has pitched well at AA Harrisburg this year in his first year with the Nationals, striking out 54 and walking 12 in 51 innings there so far. It's not clear yet whether this will be more than a start or two just yet, but if Strasburg's stay on the disabled list will be extended, it's possible it will be a long cup of coffee. He's definitely worth grabbing in NL-only, and deeper mixed formats as well.
The Mariners brought up former top prospect Mike Montgomery to start in place of the injured James Paxton, and while he took a tough no-decision in his first start, it appears he'll continue to get a look as long as there is a rotation spot available. With Hisashi Iwakuma on his way back toward the majors, it may not be a particularly long time though. He's worth owning in AL-only leagues, but otherwise I'd watch for good spot-start matchups.
Scott Schebler's an interesting name if he were in a different organization, but with Yasiel Puig expected to return soon, I don't think his stay in the majors is all that long right now. He's another NL-only name as long as he's up, and could provide a little bit of power and speed.
So who's next? Which prospect is still worth holding onto now for when they are called up to the majors later?
Week 3: Kris Bryant, Yasmany Tomas
Week 4: Carlos Rodon, Addison Russell, Kevin Plawecki
Week 5: Dilson Herrera, Blake Swihart
Week 6: Noah Syndergaard, Austin Hedges, Eddie Rosario, Preston Tucker
Week 7: Maikel Franco, Lance McCullers Jr.
Week 8: Rusney Castillo, Wilmer Difo
Week 9: Eduardo Rodriguez, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Michael Feliz
Week 10: Joey Gallo, Joe Ross, Mike Montgomery, Scott Schebler
|1||Carlos Correa||HOU||SS||1||AAA||6/18||Well, we haven't seen Correa get the call yet, and while the Astros no longer have the best record in baseball, they are still holding the best record in the AL and a solid 4.5 game lead in the division. Correa remains the best possible upgrade the team could make in the short-term.|
|2||Hector Olivera||LAD||3B/2B||3||AA||7/1||Olivera made his professional debut this week, starting at AA Tulsa on Thursday, and the hope seems to be that he could be ready in a few weeks.|
|3||Andrew Heaney||LAA||LHP||2||AAA||6/15||Weaver, Wilson and Santiago have all pitched poorly in this go-around through the rotation, and there just doesn't seem to be a lot left for Heaney to learn in the minors.|
|4||Corey Seager||LAD||SS/3B||4||AAA||6/15||Seager is looking more and more like he's a better option at shortstop than Jimmy Rollins, and I honestly wonder what it will take for the Dodgers to call him up at this point.|
|5||Aaron Nola||PHI||RHP||6||AA||7/1||Jerome Williams couldn't get out of the 5th inning last night, and has essentially served as a partially reasonable innings-eater, although not all that effective generally. Meanwhile, Nola has allowed just 1 earned run in each of his last two starts and went 7 innings in each one.|
|6||Rob Refsnyder||NYY||2B||5||AAA||6/30||Refsnyder moves down this list this week as there are additional reports that the team is concerned about Refsnyder's defense.|
|7||Daniel Norris||TOR||LHP||7||AAA||6/25||Norris had his best start so far in the minors, walking just one while striking out 8 over seven innings. There's still no real spot for Norris in the rotation, but at some point Marco Estrada seems reasonably likely to return to his previous form.|
|8||Francisco Lindor||CLE||SS||8||AAA||7/1||The Indians have been starting Mike Aviles at shortstop each of the last three games, but the longer they are out of the division race, the less likely it is we see Lindor for a majority of the season.|
|9||Jose Peraza||ATL||2B/OF||9||AAA||7/31||Peraza has started playing center field in addition to second base in the past week, and the additional flexibility could move his timeline up some. He can be a nice source of steals and potentially batting average if called up.|
|10||Luis Severino||NYY||RHP||10||AAA||7/15||Severino made his AAA debut last week, lasting just over 4 innings. Pinstrripe Alley had a great commenter who wrote up some of his observations of this start (in the comments at the bottom of the post). I'm wondering if the Yankees bring him up to work out of the bullpen before too long, in part to limit his innings, and in part because he could give the team another filthy option at the back end of the bullpen.|