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September Call-ups, How it all Works

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September Call-up’s Explained

Throughout the regular season teams are held to a strict standard of no more than 25 players on an active roster, which is made up from their 40-man roster.  They must shuffle players up and down from the Minors to the Majors to fit their current needs and shortcomings.  You may see a team carrying three catchers for a week and then send a guy down to add an arm to the bullpen after a long road trip or several extra inning games.  This gives guys little chance to truly showcase their talents at the Big League Level.  They must be able to show what they have in short bursts and hope it is enough to allow them a longer stay on a Major League Roster. Which brings us to September call-ups.

On September 1st something happens every year that frees a team from all the shuffling they have been forced to do.  September 1st is Call-up day for every Major League team.  All active Rosters are allowed to expand , which allows a club to use any player on its 40-man roster during any game.  This expansion allows teams to add to their team in the areas they need the most help.  Team’s not in contention are able to use this time to let a young ball player showcase what they have for a longer period.  Teams in contention are able to add extra arms to their pitching staff or fill gaps to either propel them to the post season, or allow them to rest more players as they prepare for the Post Season battles.

As of September 1st teams are still able to make trades.  Just like in August they must place the player on waivers and see if any team picks them up.  If a team picks them up they must decide if they want to keep him or work out a trade for that player with the team that claimed them.  These same rules still apply in September.  However, August 31 is the deadline to trade for a player that would be eligible to play in the playoffs.  Any player acquired after August 31st is ineligible to compete in the postseason.

This period can make for an exciting run towards the playoffs as teams that are pretty much already eliminated are able to play players that would run through a wall to make the team.  You will often see teams that are out of the playoff picture be spoilers as their young players are able to come up and play with an intensity most teams out of contention wouldn’t regularly have.  This gives fans of teams that aren’t relevant a chance to take a glimpse at what their team may offer come next opening day.

Here is a list of some of the Top 30 prospects that have already been called up:

Giants- Steven Okert, LHP, Ty Blach, LHP

Indians- Erik Gonzalez, SS

Marlins- Tommy Telis, C, Destin Hood, OF

Mets- Gabriel Ynoa, RHP

Rangers- Yohander Mendez, LHP, Brett Nicholas, C/1B

White Sox- Juan Minaya, RHP

Red Sox- Yoan Moncada, INF, who was the Red Sox number 1 pick in 2015.