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This is the time of year when owners
become acquainted with a slew of young callups making their entrances onto the
Major League stage.
With rosters expanding Sept. 1 and a slew
of non-contending teams looking to focus on developing their young pups, fantasy
owners will get a close look at the prospects they’ve been following throughout
Here’s a pair of recent callups who can
make an impact during the campaign’s final month:
Young, OF, Rockies
You might already be familiar with the
name although this isn’t the same EY who racked up 465 steals over 15 seasons
— this is his son. The younger E.Y., who spent the majority of his Minor
League career at second base, was called up Aug. 25 to replace fellow rookie
Dexter Fowler in center field.
With Fowler nursing a bruised knee, Young
gets a chance to show off the wheels that made him a constant irritant to
pitchers in the Minors. He averaged 66 swipes on four different levels from
2006-09, and he’s already shown an urge to run in the Majors by attempting a
stolen base in each of his first two contests.
Lest you think he’s a reincarnation of
Carlos Gomez — a world-class speedster whose undisciplined hitting style
results in precious few on-base opportunities — Young held a lifetime .293
batting average with a .385 on-base percentage on the farm. He’s already shown
the ability to hit big league pitching, cracking three base hits in his first
Owners who missed out on Julio Borbon
have been given a chance to redeem themselves in the form of E.Y., Jr.
Allen, 1B, D-backs
Between Conor Jackson’s valley fever and
Chad Tracy’s inability to hit for power, first base has been a sore spot for
the D-backs all season long.
However, Allen’s promotion from Triple-A
Reno on Aug. 22 signals that hope still exists – and it’s in the form of a
player who hit .324 with 12 homers and 32 RBIs in 38 games on the farm after
being acquired from the White Sox on July 7. Allen has a history of pasting the
ball in the Minor Leagues, as he’s slugged over .500 and topped the 20-homer
mark in each of the last two years.
Don’t be put off by his 2-for-12 start
with Arizona: Allen was fending for himself, without the protection of Justin Upton
and Mark Reynolds. With Upton activated from the DL on Wednesday and Reynolds
expected to return Thursday, Allen could follow a pair of fantasy All-Stars in
the D-backs lineup.
Don’t be surprised to see him become an
under-the-radar source of power the rest of the way.
–Kyle Stack, MLB.com