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It is officially September -- good research, eh? -- and major league rosters have expanded from 25 to 40. That usually means that an exciting crop of September callups will join the fantasy fray, but the initial promotions this year haven’t been all that enthralling.
Nick Castellanos is a highly-thought-of former first-round pick and joined the Tigers on Sunday, but his numbers at Triple-A were not eye-popping and he probably won’t play enough down the stretch to warrant a starting spot in standard mixed fantasy leagues.
No other major prospects got the call on September 1, though some teams will wait until their minor league affiliates are completely finished before plucking high-impact players away. Be on the lookout all this week for meaningful additions. The best way to do that is through our player news page and our @Rotoworld_BB feed on Twitter. You can also follow me, @drewsilv.
Wacha Flocka Flame
The Cardinals announced on Sunday evening that top pitching prospect Michael Wacha will be promoted from Triple-A Memphis this Tuesday to face off against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. There’s a very good chance that Wacha will remain in the St. Louis starting rotation for the rest of the 2013 season, and that makes him a must-own in standard fantasy formats.
Wacha, the Cardinals’ first overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft, has registered a 3.78 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 37/9 K/BB ratio over his first 33 1/3 major league innings and he boasts a 2.29 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 113/23 K/BB ratio over 106 career innings in the minors. The 22-year-old right-hander out of Texas A&M possesses a high-powered fastball, a well-polished changeup and good but not yet great breaking pitches. Most importantly he throws strikes, and the St. Louis offense is dangerous enough to put him in line for a win every time out.
Emilio Bonifacio was traded from the Blue Jays to the Royals on August 14 in a move that flew underneath many fantasy radars. But it’s time to start paying attention again to the 28-year-old infielder.
Bonifacio is getting everyday-type playing time between second and third base in Kansas City and is rewarding that trust with positive offensive production. He went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, two stolen bases and two runs scored in the Royals’ defeat of Toronto on Sunday afternoon and is now batting .297 with a .384 on-base percentage, five doubles and 11 stolen bases in 18 games with his new team. He’s a nice pickup for any playoff-bound fantasy club in need of a cheap jolt of speed.
National League Quick Hits: Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is day-to-day with a minor ankle injury … Chase Headley (back) is unlikely to play on Monday … Zack Greinke allowed just one run on two hits over seven innings Sunday in an easy win over the Padres … Pirates lefty Wandy Rodriguez has been diagnosed with arthritis in his pitching elbow … Rafael Soriano earned his 36th save of the season Sunday in the Nationals’ defeat of the Mets … Michael Cuddyer went 4-for-4 with a homer Sunday as the Rockies beat the Reds … Jayson Werth doubled twice on Sunday night and is now sporting a career-best .929 OPS … Alex Wood gave up seven runs and didn’t make it out of the third inning Sunday against the Marlins … Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker hit his first major league home run on Sunday … Tyson Ross threw five innings of one-run ball Sunday against the Dodgers … Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with a homer Sunday against the Padres … Joe Kelly held the Pirates to one run over six innings Sunday in the Cardinals’ 7-2 victory … Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen tallied his 24th save of the year Sunday against the Padres … Hunter Pence hit his 17th home run of the season Sunday in a win over the Diamondbacks … Todd Helton collected career hit No. 2,500 on Sunday against the Reds … Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi fired seven scoreless innings Sunday in a win over the Braves … Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-5 with a home run in Sunday’s loss to the Rockies … Matt Kemp (ankle) will continue his minor league rehab assignment rather than returning to the Dodgers on Monday … Carlos Beltran is day-to-day with lower back tightness.
American League Quick Hits: Angels outfielder Mike Trout finished a home run short of the cycle in Sunday’s defeat of the Brewers … Matt Moore (elbow) is set to return to the Rays’ starting rotation Tuesday night against the Angels … A.J. Griffin threw seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the A’s win over the Rays … Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit allowed four ninth-inning runs Sunday in a loss to the Indians … Mike Zunino (hand) is expected to rejoin the Mariners on Monday … Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday’s win against the Mariners … Jacoby Ellsbury stole his 51st base and scored two runs Sunday as the Red Sox beat the White Sox … Kevin Correia tossed seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Twins’ victory over the Rangers … A’s outfielder Coco Crisp hit his 16th home run of the season on Sunday against the Rays … Justin Verlander threw seven shutout innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Indians … Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earned his 16th save of the year Sunday against the White Sox … Alex Presley finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Sunday in the Twins’ win over the Rangers … Danny Salazar struck out five over six shutout innings Sunday against the Tigers … Elvis Andrus (back) is expected to return to the Rangers’ starting lineup on Tuesday ... Twins closer Glen Perkins earned his 32nd save of the season Sunday against the Rangers … Astros left-hander Brett Oberholtzer threw a four-hit shutout on Sunday afternoon against the Mariners … Adam Jones homered and finished with three RBI in Sunday’s defeat of the Yankees … Shane Victorino is day-to-day with a left hip contusion … Indians infielder Mike Aviles hit a ninth-inning grand slam Sunday in a 4-0 victory over the Tigers … James Shields threw seven scoreless innings, fanning nine, in the Royals’ blanking of the Blue Jays on Sunday … Joe Mauer (concussion) could return to the Twins this week.