It’s almost September, which means its time for every MLB team to call up some of their best prospects for the final month of the season.
Even if your favorite MLB team is buried 30 games under .500, there is still reason to look forward to the final month of the season — September callups are here! When the active rosters expand to 40 men on Sept. 1, teams will begin slowly adding pieces to their bench and bullpen. For some teams, these players will play key roles in helping out with the playoff race.
In recent years, several current All-Stars made their debuts in September and then went on to impact the postseason. It was only two years ago that Corey Seager was a rookie stealing the shortstop job from Jimmy Rollins and then nearly winning the NL MVP in 2016. These callups can mean a lot for teams in playoff races.
For teams floundering well below .500, September is a chance to get a look at players that could be in line to battle for a starting job in 2018. No matter where your team stands in the standings, there are plenty of reasons to keep watching baseball all the way up to the 162nd game. These are the MLB prospects we’re hoping to see when the rosters expand.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Anthony Banda
The Diamondbacks traded away a handful of their top prospects to the Detroit Tigers for outfielder J.D. Martinez, but were able to hold onto a few pieces that could potentially have an impact at the MLB level one day down the road. The Arizona system was already one of the five-worst in the league before the trade, so there really isn’t much coming in terms of reinforcements for September and the final push for the playoffs.
Left-hander Anthony Banda has fallen behind right-handers Jon Duplantier and Taylor Clarke in the Diamonbacks system, but is more ready to contribute at the MLB level. Duplantier is still in Single-A, while Clarke is making a big innings jump this season. Banda made his MLB debut in July and got four starts before being optioned back down to Triple-A. His 2017 numbers are not great, but Banda seems to have a good feel and approach to pitching with his three-pitch mix and 95-mph fastball.