MLB 40 Man Roster
Time to start thinking about the Diamondbacks’ expanded roster allowed by MLB on September 1st. For all MLB teams this means that every member of the 40-man roster is available to the team, including players who have appeared with the team at some point during the season and those added to the 40-man roster before the season began.
Let’s take a look at the list of players who will be called up after the AAA Reno Aces season ends on September 2nd. Reno will not make the playoffs, so look for several players to be called up.
Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch and third baseman Matt Davidson were sent back to AAA on Monday; they will certainly be called back up to provide depth. Both will get long looks from the Diamondbacks to see if they will compete for a job with the 2014 team.
Chris Owings will also be given a look by the Diamondbacks the last month of the season. The Diamondbacks have to make a decision on whether they keep Cliff Pennington, Willie Bloomquist and Chris Owings next season. Owings is currently hitting .331 with 12 homeruns and 73 RBI at Reno.
David Hernandez, since being sent down, has thrown 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing only two hits. He will be back up for some more work, but most likely will not be the 8th inning set-up guy.
Charles Brewer has been a work-horse for the AAA Reno Aces. He will provide additional long relief along with Josh Collmenter. The Diamondbacks will take a long look at Brewer for next year’s pitching staff.
Tony Sipp has been outstanding since being sent down. He has not given up an earned run in his 8+ innings of work. He needs to show he can perform at the MLB level.
Joe Paterson has a 2.05 ERA on a not-so-good Reno team. The left-hander will get a long look, as he has an opportunity to make the 2014 pitching staff.
Tyler Skaggs has been up and down, with two quality starts and one disastrous start with the Diamondbacks. He is being counted on as a starter for the 2014 season.
Zeke Spruill did have some trouble facing MLB pitching, but with a 2.72 ERA in the minors, between Mobile and Reno, shows he has the mechanics to pitch at the Major league level.
Two pitchers left off this list are David Holmberg and Archie Bradley. Both are not on the current 40 man MLB roster and would have to be added. That would require the Diamondbacks to make two moves [to remove current players from] the 40 man roster.
It should be an interesting September! I hope to see you at the ballpark.
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