A Look at September Call-ups

Tyler's BylineIt’s almost Sept. 1 and that means it’s almost time for the Orioles to bring up a new line of players via call-ups.

Baltimore has a seven-game lead right now in the East, but could definitely use extra players to help secure the division and give some starters rest.

Some of the hitters that could be added to the roster are catcher Steve Clevenger, first baseman Christian Walker, infielders Steve Lambardozzi and Jemile Weeks, and outfielders Quentin Berry and Julio Borbon.

502182Clevenger has already been called up this season and posted a .305 average at Triple-A Norfolk, along with two homeruns and 30 RBIs.

Walker is the biggest longshot to be added to the team, as the Orioles have depth at first baseman.

However, Walker’s numbers are hard to ignore, as he has hit 25 homeruns and batted .291 between Double-A Bowie and Norfolk.

Buck Showalter may want to wait until next season to use the young first baseman, but it won’t be shocking if the O’s choose bring him up.

It’s a guarantee that either Steve Lombardozzi or Jemile Weeks will be called up in order to add depth to the middle of the infield.

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Lombardozzi has a better chance of being called up over Weeks though, as he can play multiple positions.

He played well for the O’s at the beginning of the season; batting .288 in 20 games, but had to be sent down in order to make room for Manny Machado.

Lombardozzi has batted .280 at Norfolk since then and should provide solid depth as a utility man.

Weeks may be called up as well, as the Orioles are lacking speed and could choose to use him as a pinch-runner.

Quentin Berry and Julio Borbon are also options, as they also provide decent speed. Berry has 24 steals at Norfolk, while Borbon has 32 steals of his own.

As for pitching, the main options for the Orioles would be Joe Saunders and Ryan Webb.

Saunders, who is most memorable by O’s fans for his playoff win against the Rangers, has pitched well in Norfolk. He’s pitched 11 innings and has only given up two earned runs.

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Showalter could call Saunders up in order to use him as a spot starter for the end of the season.

Webb has pitched most of this season for the Orioles and is also a guarantee to be called up.

Buck has a lot of options on he can bring up, as the O’s look to wrap up the East and get ready for a playoff run.


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