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The Law: Notes on Corbyn Carroll, Hunter Brown and Other Important September Convocations

The September convocation will be different than before. Back in my day, I could summon everyone in the system, even from the Class Q League. Players wore onions on their belts because that was the style at the time. Currently, the MLB club’s September roster is limited to his 28 players. That’s just two spots more for him than his first five months of the season. This small roster sidesteps part of the circus of teams playing with 35 active players, but limits the rebuilding of clubs that might want to give more prospects a taste of the majors. We had some important calls this week, including two of the game’s top prospects. Here’s a quick check-in on what to look for from each player and what their call means in the long run.


Corbyn Carroll, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

What to look for: Carroll was baseball’s number one choice in my mid-season update, only to perform everywhere he played in professional baseball. 36 attempts. His 16th pick in 2019 has also received rave reviews for his make-up and feel of the game.

Important reasons: Arizona is in the midst of a major rebuild and has a very strong farm system, but a weak major league roster, especially its lineup. Carroll is the team’s long-term center his fielder and franchise he’s a potential player. The prospective promotion. Since he still qualifies for the offseason rankings, the D-Backs enter next year with his three of the top 15 prospects, Jordan Lawlar and Druw Jones joining his Carroll.

Gunnar Henderson, SS/3B, Baltimore Orioles

What to look for: Henderson’s last two years required continued improvement as he improved across the board as a hitter despite aggressive promotion in the Orioles system. He’s a solid defender at shortstop and elite at third base, giving Baltimore an option, but I’m in favor of putting him at third.

Important reasons: The Orioles are currently in the playoff hunt but will be real contenders next year with Adley Latchmann established, Henderson likely on the Opening Day roster, and DL Hall and Grayson Rodriguez at least in the rotation. prize. (Joey Ortiz, Jordan Westburg, Colton Cowser) are also almost ready. Ortiz is, in short, such a strong defender that if the Orioles believe he’ll be a future regular, move Henderson to his No. 3 spot and make him the best defensive infielder in the game. can do.

DL Hall, LHP, Baltimore Orioles

What to look for: Hall can display an above-average 3 pitches, but despite his high level of athleticism, he always had problems throwing strikes.

Important reasons: The Orioles’ surprise run was more of a pitching feature than any other factor, as they topped full runs per nine innings (last year’s team ERA of 5.84) from the worst kept team in the AL. to the league average (3.79 this year). Some of the starters have outperformed the underlying stats, including Dean Kremer, Spencer Watkins and Austin Voss. Perhaps he could be one of those players entering the Orioles rotation in the long term, but both Hall and Rodriguez, who just started their first rehabs on Thursday, should be a part of it.

Hunter Brown, RHP, Houston Astros

What to look for: thing. Brown throws hard throws up to 99 mph with a potential 4-pitch mix from a powerful 6-foot-2 frame that looks built for starts.

Important reasons: Brown can certainly help the Astros in a relief role now, but Justin Verlander has player options and frequently injured Lance McCullers Jr. has started just three games this year. It’s possible he’s auditioning for next year’s rotation spot as well because he’s not. It will probably increase in the majors because hitters don’t chase as often as underage players.

Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Detroit Tigers

What to look for: Torkelson’s first go-round in the majors was not successful.He missed more in-zones than expected and consistently did not make hard contact. , can you make sure that more contacts are of higher quality?

Important reasons: The Tigers’ turnaround has been unsuccessful, at least so far, with all three 2020 top three pitching candidates shelved and top hitter prospects still to be topped — Riley Green is 103 in wRC+. Leading the team. He’s still nowhere near his expectations. For Detroit to do well next year, it takes a lot of things that didn’t work this year, and 2020’s first pick, Torkelson, is near the top of that list.

Miguel Vargas, 3B/1B, Los Angeles Dodgers

What to look for: 304/.404/.511 lines in Triple-A this year at age 22, and has 32 doubles, 4 triples and 17 home runs in 113 games. The only real issue is where he can play defensively. He can handle first base, but this year he has third base, second base, and even a little bit left.

Important reasons: The Dodgers covered first base in Freddie Freeman for quite some time, but they have one open infield slot next year, and Trea Turner could leave as a free agent, while Max Muncy and Justin Turner ( If Gavin Lux can handle shortstop, that means second or third is open to Vargas, although the Dodgers were an alternate-level player in 2022. Vargas could also end up playing left if he decides to bench Chris Taylor, who has three years left on his deal.

Garrett Mitchell and Esterly Lewis, CF, Milwaukee Brewers

What to look for: For Mitchell, it’s really about impact with the bat. He’s a runner in his 80, center plus his defender, a swing that feels good but doesn’t produce much power. With Lewis, it’s a little wider — he can hit, but he doesn’t have Mitchell’s approach, or at least he didn’t until this year. Lewis can definitely play center. one season less than any MLB player since 2009), he’s not as good as Mitchell and could be cornered.

Important reasons: The Brewers need answers in center field now for the rest of the year and into 2023. His one of these players should be in center field every day next year. This will help the Brewers try to address some of the other weaknesses in their lineup.

Ken Waldichuk, LHP, Oakland A’s

What to look for: Waldichuk grabbed everyone’s attention with a 30 2/3 inning scoreless streak to start the 2021 minor league season, missing an at-bat all the way to Triple-A. Spins and movements and an above average slider. He has experienced massive platoon splits, lacks his third pitch suitable for a right-handed hitter, and has below-average command, both of which undercut his future potential as a reliever. is showing.

Important reasons: Waldichuk was the star of Frankie Montas’ four-man return at the trade deadline, so the pressure to work out is a little more intense than if he were to come out of Oakland’s system. If Waldichuk does well this month, the A’s certainly have a chance in the 2023 rotation. I think he’s more likely to be a relief pitcher, but Oakland’s big ballpark has helped many fringe his starting prospects in the past.

(Photo by Corbyn Carroll: Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today)

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