Thursday, August 28, 2008

Who will get called up September 1st??

A lot of players have the goods to get called up when roster expansion takes place on September 1st, but here is a list of the players I think will be called up-

1. Micah Hoffpauir- Lighting it up in AAA. There is no reason why the power hitting lefty does not get called up.

2. Koyie Hill- To give Soto and Blanco time off and rested for a possible playoff run. He is a switch hitter and decent behind the plate. He has been doing well in Iowa hitting .274, 16HR, and 63 RBI. He will get the call.

3. Micheal Wuertz- Was with the big club for majority of the year but lost command. He will get the call for extra arms in the pen and give some of the righties time off.

4. Kevin Hart- Spent some time in Chicago. He has been doing well down there with a 4-2 record and a nice 2.91 ERA.

5. Angel Guzman- This guy has been a stud during his rehab. He could get some starts in Chicago if the Cubs build a big enough lead in the division. In Iowa he 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA. Lou has already said he will get the call.

6. Felix Pie- I think Lou will bring him up again, mainly to showcase him for other teams so they can trade him this winter.

Now here are some guys on the fence in my opinion. There are guys also on here that I think should be called up. It is still unknown how many will get the call.

1. Bobby Scales- This guy has been Mr. Production in Iowa, hitting .320 with 15 homers and 59 RBI. He also post a robust .415 OBP. Not to mention he is a switch hitter. The thing that does not help him is the amount of MI we have.

2. Josh Kroeger- This guy is better than Pie and is a really good defender. He has hit .306 with 14 homers, 64 RBI, and 12 SB. I can see it being a toss up between Felix, Josh, and Torres.

3. Andres Torres- I think this should be the one outfielder that the Cubs should call up. I watch him throw out a guy at third when he was 10 feet from the track in CF on the fly. He is a hard worker, hit hits well posting a .302 Avg., 11 homers, and 49 RBI. He also posted a .384 OBP and stole 24 bases. He is my pick.

Honorable Mention= Jason Dubois and Jose Ascaino

The guys I would have in Chicago on Sept. 1st are-

K. Hill


Anonymous said...

i don't think scales or torres are on the 40 man roster, so we'd have to put someone on the 60 day DL or release/trade a guy or two...unfortunately, that wont happen unless someone gets really hurt.

Nick I Cub Fan said...

I don't know why Scales and Torres were never called up, except that they are both 30 years old and not on the 40 man roster. I think Lieber and C.Fox will come off the D.L. now also. 2 others i would like to see brought up are J.FOX (31 HR'S) and Deeds both playing in AA.

Anonymous said...

Call the whole list up. Cant hurt except the locker room and clubhouse will be a little jam packed.

Anonymous said...

I'm really excited about the Hoffpauir and Guzman call-up. Hoffpauir can help us in a myriad of ways at first base and pinch-hitting, but I think if Guzman stays healthy could actually slip onto the playoff roster (you heard it here first). He was a top prospect in baseball for many years before he had some arm problems, and always did pretty well for the Cubs in a starting role. He has nasty stuff and a power arm. His potential is off the charts. If you haven't seen him pitch I recommend you go to the cubs website and look up his 8 k game video on his player profile. I have no idea how his velocity is since his return from surgery, but hopefully he can pitch well in September!