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.

Probable

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.

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