Monday, November 16, 2015

Rookie Promotion Watch

Game 20 is coming up and we have a big batch of ML-ready talent whose owners may or may not choose to bring them up.  Here are the big names to watch for (yes, it's an entirely NL-centric list)...

Montreal - OF/1B Leonardo Grimm (Sea 30 #15):  even though he's only in his 3rd pro year, Grimm's very high contact and good power could help out the 1st-place Expos; ML 1B Ernie McNichol is off to a punchless (2 RBI) start.

New York Mets - OF Cecil Bonilla (Sea 29 #2) and Daniel Stevenson (Sea 29 #8): At 9-6 with 6-time defending champ D.C. struggling, this is the year the Mets make their move back into contention.  Bonilla will be an instant ROY candidate.  The outlook is less certain for Stevenson, but at bare minimum he should be a reliable, innings-gobbling SP.

Pittsburgh - RP Ernesto Johnson (Sea 29 IFA, $23MM): the Pirates are a year away from being serious contenders, but it's time to promote Johnson.  He joins Esmil Gonzalez (140+ IP last 2 seasons) as the Buccos' 2nd big-innings RP.

Florida - RP Peter Creek (Sea 28 #29):  Creek's development has been a pleasant surprise for the Marlins.  With the AL South a 4-team dogfight at the moment, any little bit helps, even though Florida already sports a 2.96 team ERA.

Colorado - 3B James Bacsik (Sea 28 #10): Bacsik has patiently worked his way through every minor-league level, waiting for incumbent ML 3rd sacker Luis Fernandez to grow old.  That day has arrived:  Fernandez is OPSing .656 and the Rockies are in for a tough fight with the Giants and Padres.

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