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August 2011



Potential September Callups

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With September 1st just around the corner, I thought I would take a look at the potential callups for the Cubs to see if there is any reason to get excited about watching the Cubs close out the season.  Here are the players I think might get the call.

Most Likely

These are players who have already spent some time in the majors this season and will likely get the call.

  1. Justin Berg
  2. Chris Carpenter
  3. Scott Maine
  4. Welington Castillo
  5. D.J. LeMahieu
  6. Lou Montanez

Of the above players, I would most like to see Castillo and LeMahieu get an extended look.  Given that the Cubs are out of contention, there is no reason to give Koyie Hill any playing time down the stretch.  Castillo should be given at least 2-3 starts per week.

As for LeMahieu, unless you plan on picking up Aramis Ramirez‘ option for next year, give LeMahieu a chance to show what he can do at third.


These are players who should get the call, based on their performances, but might not due to other factors.

  1. Brett Jackson
  2. John Gaub

Although he is not on the 40-man roster, you’ve got to think that the Cubs will make room for Jackson and call him up.  He is hitting well at Iowa and the Cubs need to get their future center fielder some major league experience.  As for Gaub, the Cubs will be looking for another lefty in the bullpen when John Grabow‘s contract expires after this year.  Gaub has posted some nice stats this year in the hitter friendly PCL (although the walk total is a little high) and should get his first taste of the majors.

Other Possibilities

  1. Angel Guzman
  2. Rafael Dolis

Guzman has pitched pretty well coming off a potential career-threatening shoulder injury.  He’s not on the 40-man roster, but calling him up would be one of those feel good stories that the Cubs need to help remove some of the stench from this season.


Dolis has pitched well in relief at AA Tennessee and the Cubs may want to get him some major league experience.

  • Doc Raker

    Angel Guzman is still playing baseball? I would bring up every pitcher possible and see what they have. The big club has one starting pitcher, we need more for 2012, let’s see if we have anyone who can get people out.

  • This is usually the time of the year I jump on my soapbox and start singing praises regarding Bobby Scales. Unfortunately, he is fighting hams in Asia.

    130 AB | .331 / .546 / .401 | 7 dingers

  • Buddy

    Don’t feel bad J. I spent years telling people how great Todd Greene was going to be.

  • Seymour Butts

    Here here for the men and women in uniform. Whatever uniform, whatever continent. I’m uncertain why the Asians need to stamp out ham, but am glad we could send one of our boys to help.

  • Buddy

    But what will I eat on Easter Sunday?

  • Doc Raker

    I thought they fought against ham in Israel not Asia?

  • Doc Raker

    The NFL is going to eliminate the Raider 49er game. That is a step in the right direction, now if they could just eliminate all the other Raider games they will be on to something. Raider fan and Dodger fan are morphing into one being, one big criminal being.

  • Lando87

    Bryan LeHair? I know he’s like 30 or something but if we’re letting Montanez come up why not LeHair? If he does well in September call-ups we could let him and a low-cost (not $10Mil, I’m thinking $5mil or less) vet that can play 1st compete for the job next year as a stop-gap.

    I worry that we’re going to resign Pena though, he could even cost more since Pujols and Fielder are going to up the market value, and Pena will be the third most attractive FA option at the position.

  • Doc Raker

    lando87- I worry about signing Pena to but I am hopeful the firing of Jim Hendry means Ricketts understands the Cubs don’t need an expensive first baseman to fix their profound roster problems.

  • Buddy

    As a Raiders fan, my life would probably be easier if they followed Doc’s advice.

  • Norm

    LaHair would have to be put on the 40 man roster to be called up (Cubs currently at 39 I think…maybe less depending on Zambrano). So if Brett Jackson is promoted, it would be hard for LaHair as well.
    Of course, they could just cut guys like Rodrigo Lopez to get more up.

  • Smokie

    If Lehair is not called up it would be one of the greatest injustices of all time. We are so caught up in prospects that we forget about the players that just go out and produce. If Brian Lehair was with almost any other organization he would be up! His numbers are sick.

  • Noah

    Brian LaHair is a 28 year old in his sixth season in Triple A. In large part, he’s facing young guys who are not high level prospects (the high level prospects generally don’t hang around Triple A very long), guys way past their prime, and never will be types. Odds are that LaHair is just the best of the never will bes, although if Pena is traded or otherwise claimed in the next week I do think the Cubs should just play him at 1B for the remainder of the season since they have nothing to lose. The Cubs really can’t sit Pena for LaHair, though, since they’ll still be hoping Pena will jump up to a type B free agent.