Hello Baseball fanatics, once again it is Jeffrey Snedden here to update you on the call-ups and rookie status changes of the week in Major League Baseball. Welcome to “Moving On Up” for June 18 – June 24.
The Milwaukee Brewers called up RHP Tyler Thornburg from AA-Huntsville of the Southern League. Thornburg started his first game for the Brew Crew on June 19 against Toronto. Through 5.1 IP, he has an ERA of 8.44. Thornburg was sent back to the minors the next day.
The Tampa Bay Rays called up RHP Chris Archer from AAA-Durham of the International League on June 20. He started on June 20 against Washington and gave up three earned runs in a loss. Thru 6.0 IP he has an ERA of 1.50. Archer will replace the injured Jeremy Hellickson in the rotation.
The Oakland Athletics called up C Derek Norris from AAA-Sacramento of the PCL on June 21. He made his ML debut that night and through three games has a .250 BA and four RBI. His 3-run walk off homer to beat the Giants on June 24 was the biggest rookie moment of the week. The A’s will use Norris to spell starter Kurt Suzuki, however he could earn more playing time if he continues to hit well.
Oakland also called up RHP A.J. Griffin from AAA-Sacramento on June 24. He started against the Giants on June 24 and pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two ER, and sports a current ERA of 3.00. Griffin will take the spot of injured starter Brandon McCarthy, who was placed on the 15-day DL.
No Longer Prospects, Welcome to Your Rookie Season
These players have reached the MLB thresholds to be considered a rookie, and thus are no longer prospects. This is your Rookie of the Year pool for 2012:
NYM OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis has 255 PA on the season.
PHL 2B Freddy Galvis has 200 PA on the season.
WAS OF Bryce Harper has 215 PA on the season.
OAK OF Yoenis Cespedes has 168 PA on the season.
MIL OF Norichika Aoki has 203 PA on the season.
MIN SS Brian Dozier has 178 PA on the season.
BOS 3B Will Middlebrooks has 156 PA on the season.
LAD UTIL Elian Herrera has 144 PA on the season.
TEX SP Yu Darvish has 88.2 IP on the season.
BAL SP Wei-Yin Chen has 85.1 IP on the season.
DET SP Drew Smyly has 63.2 IP on the season.
TOR SP Drew Hutchison has 58.2 IP on the season.
COL SP Christian Friedrich has 51.0 IP on the season.
The next group of prospects who will be coming up on the change-over to their rookie campaigns are as follows. These players are anywhere from a few days to a few weeks away from crossing over into rookie status, but appear to be en route.
*A player needs 130 PA to be considered a rookie and a pitcher must accrue 50 IP.
DET OF Quintin Berry has 112 PA on the season.
BAL UTIL Ryan Flaherty has 80 PA on the season.
STL 1B Matt Adams has 91 PA on the season.
HOU SS Marwin Gonzalez has 72 PA on the season.
PIT 1B Matt Hague has 71 PA on the season.
ATL SS Andrelton Simmons has 76 PA on the season.
TEX RP Robbie Ross has 40.0 IP on the season.
CWS SP Jose Quintana has 43.1 IP on the season.
NYY P David Phelps has 33.2 IP on the season.
CWS RP Nate Jones has 34.2 IP on the season.
SDP SP Joe Wieland has 27.2 IP on the season.
That’s it for the Week of June 18 – June 24.
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