Today's September Call-Ups

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Devin Mesoraco #65 of the Cincinnati Reds throws the ball down to second base against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on February 27, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The first day of September tends to be a pretty big deal for young players around the league. It's the first day that rosters expand, and teams are able to call up any players that are already on the 40-man roster. These players can't play in the postseason given that eligible players must be on the roster by August 31, but it's usually a good time for teams to see what they have in young players that could potentially be key contributors the following season. Let's take a look at the notable call-ups that we've seen so far today:

  • The Reds officially called up catcher Devin Mesoraco today. Mesoraco, 23, was rated by ESPN's Keith Law as the sixth-best prospect in all of baseball back in July, and he's done little to dispel that notion since then. Over 120 games with Triple-A Louisville, the former first-round pick has posted a .289/.371/.484 line while showing improved catching skills. He won't be a great defender behind the plate, but his offense could make him one of the best players in baseball.
  • Cleveland promoted two pitching prospects today in Corey Kluber and Nick Hagadone. Kluber, 25, was acquired from San Diego in last year's Ryan Ludwick-Jake Westbrook trade, and spent all of this season in Triple-A. You wouldn't have expected Kluber to get a call based on his performance, though, as he's posted a 5.65 ERA in 146 innings. Hagadone has pitched much better, posting a 2.79 ERA in 71 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A. This month could end up being the beginning of a long run of success in the bullpen for the former Red Sox farmhand.
  • The Tigers called up top prospect Jacob Turner today, completing his aggressive climb up the organizational ladder. At just 20 years old, he's immediately one of the youngest players in the league, although he already made his MLB debut in a short one-start stint with Detroit. A potential ace, Turner ranked No. 13 on Law's midseason prospect list and is routinely viewed as one of the game's elite pitching prospects.
  • The Reds made a couple more moves as well, calling up infield prospects Chris Valaika and Juan Francisco today. Valaika, 26, has spent most of the past three seasons playing for Triple-A Louisville, generally struggling for the most part. He batted .304 in 118 games last season, but has posted just a .261/.302/.355 line in 109 games at the same level this season. Francisco, 24, has also spent the year in Triple-A, posting a .307/.334/.540 line in 74 games. Francisco has been flashing his usual power, but he continues to struggle with getting on base.
  • Author's Note: This post previously said that the Reds called up infielder Todd Frazier today. That's obviously incorrect, as Frazier was called up a few weeks ago. The post was intended to discuss Chris Valaika rather than Frazier, and has since been updated. Thanks.
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