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Potential September Callups

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As the calendar continues to grow closer to the end of the “dog days”, the Cubs will not be competing for a playoff spot, obviously. An interesting scenario is about to arise as the schedule turns to September 1st, the roster expansion. By rule, any player on the 40 man roster is eligible to be called up to the majors. Kris Bryant will not be on this list and will not be called up in September, but there are some interesting players that could be fighting for a closer look in spring training next spring.

Pitchers: Felix Doubront, Dan Straily, Dallas Beeler, Arodys Vizcaino

Aside from the obvious candidates like Blake Parker, Brian Schlitter, and Chris Rusin, these guys could be interesting new names to the mix. The Cubs have said that they will tinker with the starting staff once the calendar turns to September. With Jacob Turner making a start yesterday, he will stick in the rotation. A few guys I listed (Doubront, Beeler, and Straily) will also make starts when they are called up. Doubront is currently on the 15-day DL and has made rehab starts in AA Tennessee. An acquisition from the Red Sox in July, the left hander could make his Cubs debut as early as this week. As for Beeler and Straily, they have both made starts in Chicago this season. With Iowa looking like they will not make the playoffs, don’t be surprised to see these two guys back up with the big club. Straily, an acquisition from the A’s in that block-buster deal, has pitched better since being traded. In nine starts with the Cubs AAA club, the right hander posted a 3.42 ERA in 50 innings while nearly striking a batter out per inning. As for Beeler, he has been even better in Iowa. Throughout the season, the 25 year old right hander has started 19 games for the I-Cubs, posting a 3.61 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 117.1 innings pitched. The dark horse to be called up is one of the Cubs top prospects, Arodys Vizcaino. Acquired for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson in 2011 from Atlanta, the 23 year old right hander missed over two years with Tommy John surgery and complications from the surgery. Vizcaino came back in 2014 ready to roll, as he has posted a 3.60 ERA through 40 innings spanning three levels of the Cubs system (now in Iowa). In those 40 innings, the righty has held opponents to a .245 batting average and only 1.35 walks and hits per inning. Vizcaino has been on the 40 man since being acquired, and that could lead to his promotion in September.

Position players: Mike Olt, Josh Vitters, Junior Lake

With Logan Watkins, Jorge Soler, and Matt Szczur up in the big leagues already, a trio of players with something to prove will be called up in September. The first of which is Mike Olt. The third baseman started the year with the Cubs and really struggled to make contact consistently, only hitting .139 with a .575 OPS in 187 at bats with the Cubs before being demoted to Iowa in late July. The one big problem Olt had was the strikeouts. The 26 year old struck out in 36.9% of his plate appearances with the Cubs. Since being demoted, however, Olt has turned it around. The third baseman, who has switched to playing first base because of Kris Bryant, is hitting .302 with a .933 OPS in 115 plate appearances and has lowered his strikeout rate to 29%. If Olt can come up and secure the third baseman job in Chicago, that would cause the Cubs to move Bryant to the outfield or could be a useful trade piece. Another player who started with the Cubs this year and has been demoted is Junior Lake. The outfielder played in 98 games with the big league club, hitting .216 with and OPS of .608 over 305 plate appearance. Lake struck out in 33.4% of his plate appearances and was sent down to work on his contact issues, much like Olt. Since being sent down, the 24 year old is hitting .318 with a .862 OPS and only a 23.4% strike out rate. Lake is trying to hang on the big league roster as a backup outfielder. The third and final player that will be called up is a guy who is, essentially, on his last chance with the Cubs, and that is Josh Vitters. The third baseman turned outfielder was, at one time, the big prospect in the Cubs system. After being called up and hitting under .200 with a 33% strike out rate in his only MLB experience in 2012, Vitters has hit a wall in AAA after a very good 2013 season. In 2014, the former first round pick has hit .213 with a .607 OPS in 404 plate appearances, while striking out 26.5% of the time. This is Vitters’ last shot with the Cubs. His spot on the 40 man roster could expire after this season with the influx of young talent coming up. This could spell the end for the 25 year old with the Cubs.

When the Cubs reach September, there are very interesting pieces that could come up and play a significant role. With the Cubs looking to be competitive in 2015, the players coming up this next month have some time to audition to be on the team when the Cubs are doing damage around the league soon.

  • Dork

    It will be interesting to see who gets playing time, I can’t remember when the cubs expanded the roster so much.

    • HLCBSL691

      How many players do you think they will call up? Even teams in a playoff chase will usually call up 5 players. An extra catcher, an extra reliever or 2, etc.

  • Dork

    It will be interesting to see who gets playing time, I can’t remember when the cubs expanded the roster so much.

    • AC0000000

      How many players do you think they will call up? Even teams in a playoff chase will usually call up 5 players. An extra catcher, an extra reliever or 2, etc.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I beleive we are missing one important call-up. Mr. pot-head coach Ramerez. He is being given tons of credit for helping all of those AAA hitters.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I beleive we are missing one important call-up. Mr. pot-head coach Ramerez. He is being given tons of credit for helping all of those AAA hitters.

  • Doc Raker

    Just waiting to see a post I can mock. It’s been a little boring the last day or two around here. CAPS, Seymour, Jswan what say you?

    • Doug S.

      Damn . I had something typically stupid to post but didn’t make the medal podium.

      • Doc Raker

        Why don’t you post something about Edwin Jacksons unlucky BABIP against or whatever you batch cook before your hot yoga class. That would most probably provide plenty of mocking fodder. Much appreciation in advance.

      • Doug S.

        Batch cook? Yoga? You got the wrong guy.

    • Buddy

      Ask and you shall receive…
      1. That Koyie Hill could sure hit!
      2. I love the way Dusty Baker handled the Cubs pitching staff.
      3. Junior Lake looks like a future All Star.
      4. I really miss Darwin Barney.
      5. The Cubs need to bunt more often.

      • Doc Raker

        6. Len Kasper is an exciting baseball broadcaster.

      • Buddy

        7. The Cubs should put James Russell back in the starting rotation.

      • HLCBSL691

        Manatees eat lettuce. Seriously that’s what he’s talking about today.

      • Doc Raker

        I love the way Len introduces the bumper music at the end of each half inning. “Men at Work”…………………..vegimite sandwich……………..

    • HLCBSL691

      Find your own bait

  • Doc Raker

    Just waiting to see a post I can mock. It’s been a little boring the last day or two around here. CAPS, Seymour, Jswan what say you?

    • Doug S.

      Damn . I had something typically stupid to post but didn’t make the medal podium.

      • Doc Raker

        Why don’t you post something about Edwin Jacksons unlucky BABIP against or whatever you batch cook before your hot yoga class. That would most probably provide plenty of mocking fodder. Much appreciation in advance.

      • Doug S.

        Batch cook? Yoga? You got the wrong guy.

    • Buddy

      Ask and you shall receive…
      1. That Koyie Hill could sure hit!
      2. I love the way Dusty Baker handled the Cubs pitching staff.
      3. Junior Lake looks like a future All Star.
      4. I really miss Darwin Barney.
      5. The Cubs need to bunt more often.

      • Doc Raker

        6. Len Kasper is an exciting baseball broadcaster.

      • Buddy

        7. The Cubs should put James Russell back in the starting rotation.

      • AC0000000

        Manatees eat lettuce. Seriously that’s what he’s talking about today.

      • Doc Raker

        I love the way Len introduces the bumper music at the end of each half inning. “Men at Work”…………………..vegimite sandwich……………..

    • AC0000000

      Find your own bait

  • Jedi

    Two different call-ups with three bombs in their first three games…and both had a multi-HR game. I feel bad for Kris Bryant. Anything less than instant dominance and he’s going to be “the other guy.”

    • Eddie Von White

      What better place than St. Louis!!

    • CAPS recently mentioned Kosuke’s hot start. He still talks about 2008 all of the time, and now batch-cooks food. It sounds weird, but totally makes sense.

      • HLCBSL691

        How do you know that? I don’t talk about 2008 all the time. There was a post about 2008 recently, which is where the mention of Fukudome’s hot start came into discussion.

      • Jedi

        “CAPS recently mentioned Kosuke’s hot start.”

        Feels like you could start every comment with that and it’d be true.

        Didn’t he start that batch-cooking a while ago when his doctor outlawed certain fast foods and other random items?

      • HLCBSL691

        About a year now. I’m about to batch cook some Scooby Lentils.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU13wiUw07U

        And yes I am making them without a shirt.

  • Jedi

    Two different call-ups with three bombs in their first three games…and both had a multi-HR game. I feel bad for Kris Bryant. Anything less than instant dominance and he’s going to be “the other guy.”

    • Eddie Von White

      What better place than St. Louis!!

    • CAPS recently mentioned Kosuke’s hot start. He still talks about 2008 all of the time, and now batch-cooks food. It sounds weird, but totally makes sense.

      • AC0000000

        How do you know that? I don’t talk about 2008 all the time. There was a post about 2008 recently, which is where the mention of Fukudome’s hot start came into discussion.

      • Jedi

        “CAPS recently mentioned Kosuke’s hot start.”

        Feels like you could start every comment with that and it’d be true.

        Didn’t he start that batch-cooking a while ago when his doctor outlawed certain fast foods and other random items?

      • AC0000000

        About a year now. I’m about to batch cook some Scooby Lentils.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU13wiUw07U

        And yes I am making them without a shirt.

  • Doc Raker

    I like Soler’s swing much better than Baez’s swing. He is in control, makes more contact and has incredible bat speed. I think Soler is going to be an excellent big leaguer. He will have a high WAR very soon, you sabers will see.

    • I’m starting to think Baez’s swing is a little like Gary Sheffield’s.

      • Doc Raker

        Like Gary Sheffield + a 50% K rate and a negative BB rate. I don’t have much respect for mindless swinging from the heals, it reminds me of myself. I had big power during batting practice and I never learned and was never taught plate discipline or how important pitch recognition is. I was told to just go hit. So I would always go and swing for the fences like batting practice. It didn’t work out very well.

      • Dork

        Both of soler’s HR’s came on the first pitch. it looks like the cubs might lead the NL in HR’s by the end of the season.

      • Jedi

        Anyone else even slightly concerned that Manny Ramirez’s “advice” comes in the form of women’s fertility drugs? The guy was only around for a couple of months, but apparently he had a great impact on all these young kids who are hitting bombs.

      • HLCBSL691

        Sheffield didn’t K at such a high rate.

    • Doug S.

      After an unpleasant day, last night’s game was the perfect pick me up.

  • Doc Raker

    I like Soler’s swing much better than Baez’s swing. He is in control, makes more contact and has incredible bat speed. I think Soler is going to be an excellent big leaguer. He will have a high WAR very soon, you sabers will see.

    • I’m starting to think Baez’s swing is a little like Gary Sheffield’s.

      • Doc Raker

        Like Gary Sheffield + a 50% K rate and a negative BB rate. I don’t have much respect for mindless swinging from the heals, it reminds me of myself. I had big power during batting practice and I never learned and was never taught plate discipline or how important pitch recognition is. I was told to just go hit. So I would always go and swing for the fences like batting practice. It didn’t work out very well.

      • Dork

        Both of soler’s HR’s came on the first pitch. it looks like the cubs might lead the NL in HR’s by the end of the season.

      • Jedi

        Anyone else even slightly concerned that Manny Ramirez’s “advice” comes in the form of women’s fertility drugs? The guy was only around for a couple of months, but apparently he had a great impact on all these young kids who are hitting bombs.

      • AC0000000

        Sheffield didn’t K at such a high rate.

    • Doug S.

      After an unpleasant day, last night’s game was the perfect pick me up.

  • HLCBSL691

    Good to see Soler leave the No Homers Club and the Cubs beat the Cardinals. Cubs are doing their part to bringing about CED. At this point, they should call Bryant up. He’s going to be a Super-2 player and they’re going to play the service time game next year to get the extra year anyways, what’s a few extra days this year going to do? Call him up after the AAA season is over.

  • AC0000000

    Good to see Soler leave the No Homers Club and the Cubs beat the Cardinals. Cubs are doing their part to bringing about CED. At this point, they should call Bryant up. He’s going to be a Super-2 player and they’re going to play the service time game next year to get the extra year anyways, what’s a few extra days this year going to do? Call him up after the AAA season is over.

  • HLCBSL691

    I just looked up the cost of Randy Hundley’s fantasy camp and you have to be 30 or older to attend and you need $4200. Dam it.

    • Doc Raker

      I find it hard to believe that Randy Hundley would turn down your $4200 based on your age. Just bring a faux ID.

      • HLCBSL691

        I don’t have $4200.

      • Doc Raker

        That will be a problem for Randy.

      • HLCBSL691

        Hence the dam it and why I can’t go

  • AC0000000

    I just looked up the cost of Randy Hundley’s fantasy camp and you have to be 30 or older to attend and you need $4200. Dam it.

    • Doc Raker

      I find it hard to believe that Randy Hundley would turn down your $4200 based on your age. Just bring a faux ID.

      • AC0000000

        I don’t have $4200.

      • Doc Raker

        That will be a problem for Randy.

      • AC0000000

        Hence the dam it and why I can’t go. Plus flight and rental car are not covered in that package either. You’re looking at close to $5000. That’s more than a week at Disney world for a family of 4 even if they fly.

  • HLCBSL691

    Looks like the cheap prom dresses link has been replaced by an adult dating link.

  • AC0000000

    Looks like the cheap prom dresses link has been replaced by an adult dating link.

  • Doc Raker

    Jr Raker scored 5 goals and 1 assists in his Saturday hockey game and then went and played a baseball game immediately following the hockey game. He went 2 for 3 with a bomb to dead center. Not a bad day.

  • Doc Raker

    Jr Raker scored 5 goals and 1 assists in his Saturday hockey game and then went and played a baseball game immediately following the hockey game. He went 2 for 3 with a bomb to dead center. Not a bad day.

  • Pat

    Use Bryant as a trade piece so that Olt can be our guy??

  • Guest

    Use Bryant as a trade piece so that Olt can be our guy??