Fantasy Baseball: September Call Ups

By Raymond Ayala

Every September means a new chance for your fantasy baseball team to get that extra boost to send your team to the playoffs. If you are like me, and right on the playoff borderline in some of your baseball leagues, then add some of these September call ups for a needed boost in stats.

1) Pedro Alvarez – PIT (3B) – Alvarez gained National recognition for his efforts at Vanderbilt University, but after signing a pro-contract with the Pirates he struggled a little bit out of the gate. Now what all the scouts are saying about him has come true, and it won’t hurt that he will have Andrew McCutchen hitting in front of him come September.
2) Ross Detwiler – WAS (SP) – With Stephen Strasburg being the teams ace of the future, Detwiler must prove that he can be a solid two. He will be Washinton’s most competitive pitcher come September, with heavy strikeouts being his bread and butter. Who knows, with that offense Detweiler might be able to squeeze out a couple wins for you as well.
3) Carlos Santana – CLE (C) – Everyone knows how valuable a catcher is in fantasy baseball, well Santana is going to really turn some heads in September. He comes in a little package, but he gets a lot of pop, and I could see him hit anywhere between 3-5 Homeruns once he is called up with the Cleveland Indians. He will replace Shoppach, from the minute he is called up.
4) J.P Arencibia – TOR (C) – Arencibia is a prospect who has just shot quickly through the Blue Jays farm system. Last year Travis Snider came up big for those who picked him up for a playoff stretch. I would expect Arencibia to play some good September baseball, as he fights for the 2010 job.
5) Todd Frazier – CIN (2B, 3B, OF) – Frazier should be called up by the hapless Reds, and will add another solid young bat. Similar to Reds prospect Jay Bruce, last season, expect Frazier to introduce himself to the big leagues with a couple of important knocks in September.
6) Scott Elbert – LAD (SP) – Elbert has had a very successful season in the minor leagues, and the Dodgers might need another starter from within the organization. Some say that Elbert is not ready yet, but after his recent outing for the AAA-team, expect Elbert to be a contributer down the line for the Dodgers, as well as your fantasy team.
7) Carlos Carrasco – CLE (SP) – He was supposed to be the next big thing in Philadelphia, but when they dealt for Cliff Lee, Carrasco found a new home in Cleveland. Carrasco is only 22, and is destined to be a strikeout leader in the League. Expect Carrasco to be among the leaders in strikeouts for the month of September. He is that good.