The time has come for the deep sleepers of fantasy baseball to arise. September call-ups are my favorite time in fantasy leagues, especially if you’re playing in a keeper league. This is how I got Corey Seager last year and plan to repeat that success with some players I will discuss a little later. There’s also some names that many people really want to be brought up, but will most likely not end up getting the call. There’s a few players that are already playing in the bigs that you should look into as well. Let’s venture into September together and show those other teams in your league what it’s like to mess with the best!
Prospects Already in the Big Leagues
David Dahl (OF, Colorado Rockies)
Dahl started out his major league career with a MLB-tying record. Dahl hit safely in 17 straight games, and that hot bat has carried over since the streak ended having hit safely in all but 3 of the 32 games he’s played in this season. Playing at Coors is a large plus for Dahl, and any other person with a bat, and he will continue to produce runs for the Rockies for many years to come. Dahl is currently available in about 35% of ESPN leagues, so be sure to check your leagues free agent list!
Gary Sanchez (C/DH, New York Yankees)
Holy crap has this kid been off the chart! Smashing 11 home runs and seven doubles in his first 21 games and is posting an astounding 1.367 On-base + Slugging (OPS). He is going to be a little bit harder to get a hold of (only available in around 20% of ESPN leagues) but he is definitely worth trying to get a hold of for next year since he has all but secured a spot on the Yankees 2017 opening day lineup.
Dan Vogelbach (1B, Seattle Mariners)
Vogelbach was acquired from the Chicago Cubs for Mike Montgomery near the end of July. With Dae Ho Lee and Adam Lind struggling and the Mariners fighting for their first playoff berth in 16 years, Dan Vogelbach might be the boost that the M’s need. He’s had an awesome year in AAA for both organizations, he went through a bit of a slump when he was traded but it seems that he is back on track now, and just in time for the M’s. Vogelbach is still available in about 98% of ESPN leagues, so odds are fairly good that Vogey is ready for your team!
Ozzie Albies (2B/SS, Atlanta Braves)
Dansby Swanson‘s future double-play mate is ready to hit the big time. Ozzie has done wonders down in AA and AAA this year for the Braves organization. He’s hits well, and he is FAST! That is always a fun combination to watch and for fantasy. The downside is that he’s only 19 so he might not get a call-up due to his age and the Braves not wanting to wear him down too soon. But if he does he has the potential to make an impact. He’s available in 99% of ESPN leagues so odds are pretty solid that he’ll be there.
Be Warned, All Ye Who Pick-Up These Players
Jose De Leon (P, Los Angeles Dodgers)
According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who talked to 570 AM LA Sports about De Leon, The 24-year old will most likely not be getting called-up this year, unless the Dodgers need him and with Clayton Kershaw‘s return on the horizon, De Leon will not be getting any starts in 2016 barring any crazy circumstances. Make sure to keep an eye on Dodger news just in case though, because if he does get brought up, he is a MUST have. He has a 31.1% strikeout percentage in AAA this year in almost 80 innings. Whoosh. De Leon is currently available in 93.5% of ESPN leagues.
Yoan Moncada (2B, Boston Red Sox)
Before you get the torches and pitch forks, let me make my point. Although being down in AA didn’t stop the Red Sox from bringing up Andrew Benintendi, it will should stop them from bringing up Moncada. He doesn’t have a lot of experience at third base where the BoSox would need him, but his biggest value would be as a pinch-runner and from a fantasy perspective, that’s not worth a whole lot. Moncada is available in 93.7% of ESPN leagues. But again — heed my warning.
The most important thing you can do as a fantasy baseball team owner this time of year, especially if you are in an active league, is to FREQUENTLY check team pages and follow your team’s correspondents on twitter and other social media to make sure you can grab the guys that will make your team better before that other guy gets his cheeto-fingers on them.