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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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Rangers calling up top prospect Willie Calhoun

Texas Rangers

Willie Calhoun is finally set to make his long-awaited 2018 debut.

TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Texas Rangers will be calling up the top outfield prospect for Friday’s game against the Cleveland Indians.

Calhoun, 23, was the blue chip prospect acquired by the Rangers from the Los Angeles Dodgers in last year’s Yu Darvish trade. He made his major league debut late last season (hitting .265 in 13 games) and has been batting .306 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs for Class AAA Round Rock this season.

The Rangers are last in the AL West at 41-56, and some of their veterans sure sound like they may be checked out. Now is as good a time as any for the team to embrace a youth movement and get players like Calhoun some reps.

10 MLB rookies who could have a big impact in 2018

Shohei Ohtani

Who’s going to win Rookie of the Year in the American and National League in 2018? It’s way too early to tell, but we can make some educated guesses as to who will land in the conversation.

Some candidates are obvious, while other potential top rookies are still in the minor leagues for various reasons, awaiting the call to the majors. That isn’t necessarily a hindrance, as we’ve seen players who started their seasons in the minors come up and win the award before.

Here are ten rookies who could certainly have a major impact at the MLB level in 2018.

1) Shohei Ohtani, Angels

Like it or not, Ohtani does qualify as a rookie, and he has to be the heavy favorite to win Rookie of the Year. His debut on the mound will have done nothing to hurt that notion. While he had some shakiness early on, he pitched well and looked impressive. The fact that he will also get the opportunity to hit can only help him. He got a hit in his first MLB at-bat, then homered in his first home at-bat as part of an impressive three-hit night. Ohtani does so much well that he has to be at the top of the list at this stage.

2) Ronald Acuna, Braves

Acuna isn’t even in the majors right now, with the Braves keeping him down to manage service time. Once he’s up, he may take the league by storm quickly. Arguably the top prospect in baseball, Acuna hit .325 across three levels of the minors last season, and he’s probably ready for the bigs now. There’s plenty of precedent for late arrivals to win Rookie of the Year, and Acuna could well be the latest if he comes up in May and starts hot.

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12 late-season MLB call-ups worth watching

Lucas Giolito

Expanded rosters change Major League Baseball in a big way in the month of September. The ability to carry up to 40 players on the big-league team gives clubs the opportunity to do much more than when they are limited to 25 players. They can load their bullpen with every conceivable matchup; pile up potential pinch hitters; and, for clubs out of contention — and even a few teams still in it — expanded rosters offer teams the chance to assess some of their top prospects.

Here’s a list of 12 top prospects who have already been called up to the majors in either August or September that are worth watching when they get opportunities down the stretch.

Lucas Giolito, SP, White Sox

Giolito arrived in August — not for his MLB debut, which he’d already made in 2016 for the Washington Nationals, but for a stint with the White Sox that may well prove permanent. It sure looks that way based on his first five starts. He has a 2.56 ERA, 26 strikeouts in 32.2 innings, and two very strong performances against the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays, the latter featuring 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Giolito doesn’t quite have the same reputation he had when he was a Nationals super-prospect, but he clearly has something to offer at this level. He could prove the Nats foolish for trading him in the Adam Eaton deal.

Jack Flaherty, SP, Cardinals

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