Impact: Mid-September Call-Ups

The September call-up season isn’t done quite yet. Here are some recently called-up names that could make an impact down the stretch.

 

Chris Carter 1B/OF – OAK

Despite his 0 for 20 with nine strikeouts major league debut in August, Carter is likely one of the few big-time power threats on your free agent wire. He finished his minor league season with 31 home runs, four of which came in 12 games after being demoted.

 

Vin Mazzaro SP – OAK

The A’s have used Mazzaro in an up-and-down fashion this season, moving him between their big league rotation and triple-A. He has been effective in stints, posting a 3.71 xFIP in July. However, he has been far from consistent and his peripherals don’t scream upside. The A’s may use Mazzaro in a six-man rotation from here on out, which is the only way he’ll have value in any format.

 

Kyle Drabek SP – TOR

Drabek will make his major league debut tonight against the Orioles. While it will be interesting to see how he fares in his first big league action, the key piece to the Roy Halladay deal didn’t exactly dominate hitters at double-A this season. Posting a 2.94 ERA, 3.87 FIP with 7.33 K/9 and 3.78 BB/9 while showing the ability to keep the ball on the ground (47.7% ground ball rate) and keep the ball in the yard (0.63 HR/9). Still, everything from his K/BB ratio to his ground ball rate doesn’t show up as front-line starter material and neither do his scouting reports. Depending on how he looks tonight, Drabek may be worth a flier in deeper formats, but just because he was the big name in the Halladay deal doesn’t mean he’ll be a big-time major league pitcher, especially right away.