29 August 2012
After losing their sixth consecutive game on Wednesday afternoon, the Diamondbacks chances of making the postseason have just about disappeared - Coolstandings.com has the Diamondbacks with a 3% chance of making the playoffs, and Baseball Prospectus has the probability at just 1%. If this had been a six game winning streak instead of a six game losing streak, the Diamondbacks would have been tied with the Dodgers and right in the thick of the playoff hunt. But six straight losses means that the playoffs are almost certainly out, and maybe it's time to look ahead to the 2013 season. On Saturday, September 1, rosters can expand, and any player on the 40-Man roster can be added to the Major League club. Who are some potential callups for the Diamondbacks? One complication is that both the AAA Reno team and the AA Mobile team should make the playoffs in their leagues, so that will delay some callups for a week or so.
Players Who Will Be Added to the Major League Roster on September 1:
SS Willie Bloomquist, RHP Josh Collmenter, RHP Takashi Saito
All three players are on the Major League Disabled List right now, but will be activated once rosters expand, assuming they are healthy. Collmenter threw 4 IP in a Rookie League game on Tuesday, and says he will be ready to go on Saturday. Bloomquist also played in a Rookie League game on Tuesday, and will be activated if his back continues to feels OK. Saito has been on the DL since August 14 with a hamstring injury, but is expected to pitch in a minor league game this week.
Players Who Should Be Added to the Major League Roster after their Minor League Season Ends:
RHP Trevor Bauer, OF A.J. Pollock
Bauer has pitched much better in his last three starts in AAA, striking out 26 batters in 22 IP while walking only 4. This is exactly what the Diamondbacks wanted to see from Bauer, and Kevin Towers has stated that he expects Bauer to get another "start or two" in the Majors this year. But Manager Kirk Gibson also stated that if Reno makes the playoffs (to clinch a spot, their Magic Number is 3 with 6 games left), he is sure that Bauer will stay with them.
Pollock has been up with the team a few times, and after a slow start when he began 1 for 18, he batted 13 for 38 (.342/.395/.474). He should get some opportunites to show his abilities in CF after the Reno season is over.
Players Who Could Be Added to the Major League Roster after their Minor League Season Ends:
OF Adam Eaton, C Konrad Schmidt, LHP Joe Paterson, RHP Sam Demel, RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, 3B Matt Davidson
Eaton has had a terrific year for AAA Reno, hitting .379/.452/.536, and leading the PCL in Batting Average, On-Base Percentage, Stolen Bases, Hits, Runs Scored, and Total Bases. There are two things that could prevent Eaton from being added to the roster - he is not on the 40-Man roster, and he is currently on the 7-Day DL for Reno for a concussion. But the Diamondbacks have space on the 40-Man roster (39 players right now), and could always create more space by transferring Daniel Hudson to the 60-Day DL. So if Eaton is healthy (he is eligible to be removed from Reno's DL this weekend), the Diamondbacks could choose to reward him for his fantastic season.
Catcher Konrad Schmidt has had a mediocre season for AAA Reno, batting .280/.340/.418, but he is the only other healthy catcher on the 40-Man roster. Managers love having a third catcher on the roster, so Schmidt might get called up, even if he won't see much playing time. Paterson, Demel, and Albaladejo all struggled during their brief time in the Majors this year, but all three are on the 40-Man roster, so they might be called up as extra pitching depth. Several of the Diamondbacks' young pitchers, such as Wade Miley and Patrick Corbin, have already thrown over 150 IP this year, so the team could decide to ease up on their workload over the final few weeks. Paterson would also give the team an extra LHP in the bullpen.
Earlier in the season, Matt Davidson seemed like a very likely September callup. He had a .912 OPS with 15 HR over the first half of the year, but slipped to just .735 and 7 HR during the second half. Davidson has been named to the Diamondbacks' Arizona Fall League team, which begins its season on October 9, so the organization may choose to let Davidson rest for a couple of weeks between the Mobile and the AFL seasons.
Other Players Currently on the 40-Man Roster
3B Josh Bell, RHP Joe Martinez, C Henry Blanco (Injured), OF Cole Gillespie (Injured), RHP Daniel Hudson (Injured)