For the American League, everyone seems to be chasing the Houston Astros in the league’s quest back to the World Series. By utilizing the final season of allowing 40 players to be up with each team at a time, franchises are using September to gain a better understanding of their minor league system and its prospects.
Anytime a prospect is called up from the minor league, it is a very impressive feat, even if they have been up and down before. For teams like the Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins, they are fighting for their playoff lives as we speak, so any sort of reinforcements are welcomed.
Included in this list are two players from the Athletics and Rays alike, and there is a final entrant on this list from the Twins, who currently are holding onto a 5.5 game lead over the surging Cleveland Indians.
Both the Rays and the Athletics are in the playoffs if the regular season ended today, as the Rays currently lead the A’s by one game. Hot on their tails is the Indians, who currently sit 1.5 games back. All other teams are eight games ore more back, show the Wild Card race is strictly comprised of three contenders who are trying their best to not be pretenders.
Nate Lowe – Tampa Bay Rays
The young first baseman for the Rays is back up in the major leagues for his third stint this season, with his debut having occurred all the way back in May. For the Rays, Lowe has made the most of his stints with the big-league squad, showing both his offensive and defensive skill sets.
At the plate, Lowe has hit .294 across 102 at-bats, including five home runs and 13 runs driven in. His 10 walks and a 0.64 WAR has also shown his patience and value at the plate, showing that the team is right to have brought Lowe back up from Triple-A.
30 games and 26 starts also show the importance that the team has put on Lowe and his role in this playoff-chasing team, as the front office and manager Kevin Cash have entrusted Lowe with a decently-large role in the team’s plans going forward.
The 24-year-old, 13th-round pick in 2016 looks to solidly be in this team’s plans, as they continue to compete for both the playoffs this season and next.
Brendan McKay, Tampa Bay Rays
The other high-profile member of the Rays, Brendan McKay has been a really bright spot in the team’s minor-league pitching ranks, and he also translated those results to the big leagues too.
Drafted as a dual-purpose player out of the University of Lousiville, the former pitcher and first baseman was on a strict pitch count against the Toronto Blue Jays, going 3.2 innings and striking out seven of the 12 batters that he faced, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Having thrown 59 pitches in his return from a small stint of the injury list, McKay looks to be a valuable weapon for the Rays down …read more