By now, you know that Oscar Taveras got the big league call that Cardinals' fans, prospect junkies, scouts and fantasy players alike have been waiting for for almost a year, and if you didn't, just take a minute and bask in the glory of this swing.
But Taveras was hardly the only notable prospect to get the good news this weekend. While the top prospect in the game grabbed the headlines, other teams made moves that could have various levels of impact for their respective teams.
Not every move has to be in response to a glaring need. The Braves bullpen has been good, notes Dan Simpson of Talking Chop.com, but that didn't stop them from promoting reliever Shae Simmons in a somewhat unexpected but exciting move.
The Braves love their hard-throwing, strikeout relievers and Simmons should fit right in. The 5'11" right-hander attacks hitters with a mid-90's fastball that can touch mph on occasion and pairs it with a slider that flashes plus potential. The power arsenal has led to high strike out numbers throughout his professional career. In his first appearance, Simmons pitched a scoreless ninth inning, and while he's not replacing Craig Kimbrel anytime soon, that may have given us a glimpse of how the Braves may plan to use him.
The role of Simmons has yet to be determined, but as a reliever, he should get opportunities to show what he can do in low-leverage situations at first. The same remains to be seen for Garin Cecchini, who the Red Sox called up on Sunday to help with their woes at the hot corner, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com.
Cecchini may not be in the majors for long, with the impending arrival of short stop Stephen Drew looming. That transaction will see current short stop Xander Bogaerts slide over to third base and effectively block Cecchini. Until then, however, with Will Middlebrooks on the disabled list, Cecchini could see some at-bats, especially against right-handed pitching.
Cecchini does not profile as your typical third baseman, with limited power but extreme on-base skills. Cecchini walked more times than he struck out last season between High and Double-A, but has never hit more than seven times in a season.
The Marlins made a move of their own, calling up catching prospect J.T. Realmuto to fill in for Jared Saltalamaccia, who has hit the7-day DL with a concussion. Jeff Mathis is in tow, but Realmuto offers slightly more offensive value. His ceiling isn't terribly high, but he's a major leaguer, though he may only actually be one for a week or so until Salty returns.