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 July 2 – July 8.
A quick note: as pointed out by a few readers, I have been incorrectly using 130 plate appearances as the cut off for rookie qualification. As per the MLB rulebook, the correct cut off is 130 AT BATS. Thank you to those who pointed out the error.
The Chicago White Sox called up RP Brian Omogrosso from AAA-Charlotte of the IL on July 3. The right hander made his ML debut on July 3 in a 19-2 win over the Rangers, giving up one earned run in 1.2 IP. On a personal note, Omogrosso hails from my home area of Beaver County, PA and played his high school ball for Blackhawk High School in Chippewa, PA. Blackhawk has produced many great athletes over the years, and I am thrilled to see another local product in the big leagues.
The Detroit Tigers called up P Darin Downs from AAA-Toledo of the IL on July 3. The 27-year old has had a long road to the big leagues, having suffered a fractured skull when hit by a line drive in 2009. He made his major league debut on July 3, and thus far has compiled 4.1 IP of scoreless ball for the Tigers. The left hander could be a potent situational reliever for Detroit moving forward.
The Toronto Blue Jays called up P Sam Dyson from AA-New Hampshire of the Eastern League on July 5. The 24-year old righty made his major league debut against Kansas City on July 5, recording one K and one walk in 0.1 IP. The Blue Jays have been dealing with an injury-riddled pitching staff, so Dyson could see a good amount of work in his first ML stint.
The Baltimore Orioles called up 1B Joe Mahoney from AAA-Norfolk of the IL on July 7. The 25-year old made his debut that night in a 3-0 loss to the Angels. He was 0 for 3 in his first ML appearance. Mahoney has minor league experience at both corner outfield positions as well as first base, so he could see time at all three positions while the Orioles wait to get some players back from the 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 254 at-bats on the season.
PHL 2B Freddy Galvis has 190 at-bats on the season.
WAS OF Bryce Harper has 244 at-bats on the season.
OAK OF Yoenis Cespedes has 196 at-bats on the season.
MIL OF Norichika Aoki has 226 at-bats on the season.
MIN SS Brian Dozier has 208 at-bats on the season.
BOS 3B Will Middlebrooks has 171 at-bats on the season.
LAD UTIL Elian Herrera has 167 at-bats on the season.
DET OF Quintin Berry has 140 at-bats on the season.
TEX SP Yu Darvish has 102.2 IP on the season.
BAL SP Wei-Yin Chen has 99.0 IP on the season.
DET SP Drew Smyly has 79.1 IP on the season.
COL SP Christian Friedrich has 64.2 IP on the season.
TOR SP Drew Hutchison has 58.2 IP on the season.
CWS SP Jose Quintana has 57.1 IP on the season.
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 At-bats to be considered a rookie and a pitcher must accrue 50 IP.
ATL SS Andrelton Simmons has 113 at-bats on the season.
BAL UTIL Ryan Flaherty has 94 at-bats on the season.
STL 1B Matt Adams has 86 at-bats on the season.
BAL OF Xavier Avery has 89 at-bats on the season.
HOU SS Marwin Gonzalez has 69 at-bats on the season.
WAS OF Tyler Moore has 70 at-bats on the season.
TEX RP Robbie Ross has 46.2 IP on the season.
NYY P David Phelps has 41.1 IP on the season.
CWS RP Nate Jones has 38.0 IP on the season.
SEA RP Hisashi Iwakuma has 35.1 IP on the season.
ARI P Patrick Corbin has 35.0 IP on the season.
LAA P David Carpenter has 31.0 IP on the season.
NYM RP Jeremy Hefner has 30.1 IP on the season.
SEA SP Erasmo Ramirez has 30.2 IP on the season.
SDP SP Joe Wieland has 27.2 IP on the season.
HOU RP Rhiner Cruz has 28.1 IP on the season.
That’s it for the Week of July 1 – July 8. Enjoy the All Star festivities, folks. Andrew McCutchen for NL MVP.
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