Aug 6, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcherAaron Brooks
(36) attempts to pick off a runner at first base during the first inning of the game against the Houston Astros at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Which Players Should the Oakland Athletics Call Up In September?
The Oakland Athletics received several upper-tier prospects in last month’s sale of some of their top Major League talent. This left A’s fans looking forward to Spring Training next year so that they can see how these prospects perform against the pros. Some of the players that are waiting in the minors in the A’s organization should not have to wait all the way until March to audition, though. September call-ups are approaching, and the A’s have some minor league talent that deserves to not only make the roster for the home-stretch, but also get some reps at their position while in Oakland.
In 2014, the A’s had their sights set on earning a playoff berth. Consequently, they stuck with their every-day players for most games and were not very ambitious with September call ups. Last year, the only players beyond the 25-man roster that they promoted were Billy Burns, Fernando Rodriguez, and Bryan Anderson.
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With little to lose in 2015, the A’s should be more aggressive with their September call ups than they were in 2014. If Billy Beane and Bob Melvin want to see Arnold Leon get more chances despite giving up four runs in three innings since he was called up in August, then cases can be made for just about any of the Nashville Sounds that are playing adequately.
But we’re going to explore the top five players in the A’s minor league system that deserve a good-faith audition this September. These are players that deserve a chance to play in Oakland for reasons other than giving the every-day players some time to rest.
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