Off the 40-man roster
There’s a wrinkle with this year’s expanded roster, with a handful of the club’s top prospects being very close to the Majors. However, none of these players are currently on the 40-man roster. Their talent, however, could force their way into the postseason run.
The club’s top hitting prospect, Corey Seager, has homered in four of his last seven games and gives the Dodgers another option on the left side of the infield. If he is to come up, the 21-year-old shortstop will likely be promoted once OKC’s season is over.
Julio Urias, who turned 19 earlier this month, is the most talked about potential September call-up and could provide a power lefty option out of the bullpen. He missed two months after undergoing elective surgery, so his innings total isn’t a concern.
Another top pitcher, Jose De Leon, has racked up 151 strikeouts in just 105 innings. The 23-year-old righty could get Major Leaguers out with his three pitch mix, and would be an interesting option in the rotation down the stretch.
Two more top arms were recently promoted from Double-A to-Triple A. Chris Anderson, a 2013 first-rounder, and 2012 20th-rounder Jharel Cotton are trying to prove themselves capable of helping the big league club’s bullpen next month.
In Anderson’s debut, he struggled while allowing 5 runs in 1.1 innings. Cotton, on the other hand, pitched two innings and struck out six while also adding a two run triple. Neither should be expected to join the club right away, but could help near the middle of September.
A pair of pitchers are aiming to return to the big club before the postseason. Joel Peralta was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 10, meaning he’s already eligible to return to the club but will likely be brought back after rosters expand.
Carlos Frias, who was placed on the DL on July 1 with a back injury, was transferred to the 60-day DL earlier this month. When he’s able to return, he could provide depth in the rotation or out of the bullpen.