Projecting the Mariners’ September Call-Ups

We’ve discussed this on Baseball Things in-depth, but things have changed a bit. Jarrod Dyson is on the 10-day disabled list, there have been numerous roster moves and even a handful of acquisitions.

So less than two weeks until Major League Baseball rosters can expand beyond 25, who are the most likely call-ups for the Mariners?

I think it starts with pitching and ends with pitching but there are a handful of bats that make some sense, too.

Players currently on the disabled list not considered.

High Probability

Dan Altavilla, RHR
40-Man?: Yes

Altavilla continues to struggle with deep counts and the base on balls, issuing 11 walks in his past 12 2/3 innings. He’s also fanned 20 in that span and allowed just one earned run.

The 24-year-old is worth calling up, but his leash won’t be very long.

Sam Gaviglio, RHP
40-Man?: Yes

Can start, pitch in mop-up situations or used in long relief.

Max Povse, RHP
40-Man?: Yes

Same as Gaviglio, Povse can pitch in various roles, but for 2017 is best suited in relief.

Andrew Moore, RHP
40-Man?: Yes

Moore’s value is as a starter and his stuff doesnt project well to the bullpen, but as a long reliever there’s value here if the club wants to push his innings.

Thyago Vieira, RHR
40-Man?: Yes

He might throw a fastball through the earth before he pitches a clean inning in the majors, but he’s likely to be recalled and used accordingly.

Taylor Motter, UT
40-Man?: Yes

Motter is tearing the cover off the ball in Tacoma and may be the best bet of all to be recalled since the club has decreased depth at shortstop and second base.

Shawn O’Malley, UT
40-Man?: Yes

He doesn’t have the pop Motter has and Danny Espinosa is a more established version of him but O’Malley offers versatility and speed and can handle the bat.

Mike Marjama, C
40-Man?: No

The Mariners almost certainly find a third catcher to add for September and Marjama is the best in-house option.  They’ll need to find a 40-man spot for him, but there are some candidates. (See Below)

Tier 2

Daniel Vogelbach, 1B/DH
40-Man?: Yes

Vogelbach is having a very good year at the plate in Triple-A but it’s difficult to see where he’d get time since the acquisition of Yonder Alonso. And teams in any kind of playoff race don’t add players that aren’t going to play, not to mention there’s only so much room.

Shae Simmons, RHR
40-Man?: No

Simmons’ chances will depend almost solely on his medicals. I say ‘almost’ because his last two outings were a disaster; Tuesday he failed to record an out, walked two and gave up three hits. Wednesday he went 2/3 of an inning and walked two batters.

Ernesto Frieri, RHR
40-Man?: No

Frieri had been lights out until Thurday when he allowed four hits and issued two walks, but he has MLB experience and has solid stuff. Not being on the 40-man doesn’t help his chances but he’s an intriguing candidate.

Ryan Garton, RHR
40-Man?: Yes

Ditto for Garton, who can cover multiple innings and has struck out 52 batters in 38.1 innings in 2017… and is on the 40-man roster already.

Jeanmar Gomez, RHR
40-Man?: No

Gomez doesn’t have the raw stuff of either Frieri or Garton but he struck out 8.5 batters per nine in 18 games for the Phillies earlier this season. The problem was the home-run ball. Gomez served up long ball on more than 41 percent of the fly balls he yielded. Ouch, but might be fixable.

Tier 3

Gordon Beckham, IF
40-Man?: No

Beckham was hurt most of the year but is mashing now and can play second, third and even shortstop in a pinch, plus he has nearly 1,000 games of MLB experience. It’s a bit of a longshot, but …

Evan Marshall, RHP
40-Man?: No

Christian Bergman, RHP
40-Man?: No

Cody Martin, RHP
40-Man?: No

Marshall, Bergman and Martin all fall into the same range. All three have pitched in the majors with the Mariners this season, all three have been DFA’d to clear space on the 40-man roster.

They all are unlikely but in case of injury serve as viable backup options.

Ian Miller, OF
40-Man?: No

Barring a more long-term injury issue with one of the current outfielders it’s difficult to see Miller getting a look, but if he did, the defense plays and he might be the second or third best base stealer above Double-A Arkansas, including the current 25-man roster.

Darkhorse

Zac Curtis, LHR
40-Man?: Yes

I’m not a huge fan but as a third lefty out of the bullpen Curtis may have a better shot than many in Tier 3, He’s also on the 40-man already, so if he’s not going to be called up, he may end up below.

40-Man Roster

If the Mariners indeed look to clear space on the 40-man roster, here are the top candidates to be removed.

  1. Chase De Jong, RHP
    De Jong was recently shipped to Double-A Arkansas and does not appear to be in the immediate plans of the club.
  2. Danny Espinosa, UT
    Once Motter is recalled, Espinosa will not be necessary, especially with O’Malley around, too.

    UPDATE: Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times:

    Motter coming back NOW likely means Espinosa gets the three-letter tranaction treatment.

  3. Zac Curtis, LHR
    If Curtis is not getting the call, he’s a strong candidate, too.
  4. Shawn O’Malley, UT
    Since O’Malley isn’t a surefire call-up with Espinosa and Motter both appearing like similar options, he’s a candidate for the three-letter transaction if it’s needed to clear space for an arm.
  5. Casey Lawrence, RHP/Sam Gaviglio, RHP/Ryan Garton
    If the Mariners exhaust the above scenarios, these three are on the shakiest ground.
  6. Felix Hernandez, RHP
    Of course Felix isn’t getting DFA’d, but if his injury isn’t going to allow him back in time he can be placed on the 60-day DL, clearing a spot for a necessary, healthy player. Hernandez’s initial prognosis was 3-4 weeks and received a PRP injection in his shoulder earlier this month, so the plan still is for him to return.
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