CALL-UPS: September 7-13

September 12

L.J. Hoes (OF, BAL)
The Orioles recalled the 22-year-old from Triple-A and he’ll serve as outfield depth for the remainder of the season. The right-handed hitting Hoes began the year in Double-A as a CF and was later promoted to Triple-A in early June where he played mostly in an outfield corner. He is a pure hitter with a solid, but unspectacular offensive package. Hoes’ power is below average and failed to match the 9 HR he posted in ’11. He gets better each year in different facets of the game based upon his patient approach, and balanced, level swing. He has enough bat speed to lace doubles to the gaps and he makes good contact with excellent barrel awareness and keen hand-eye coordination. Hoes will likely not hit for much power because of his swing path and strength, but he hits for a high BA and gets on base. As a defender, he was moved to the outfield in ’11 where his arm strength is sufficient, but his instincts are still lacking. He is a career .283/.358/.375 hitter.
STATS: Norfolk (AAA) – 317 AB, .300/.374/.397, 14 2b, 3 HR, 0.79 Eye, 8 SB
Bowie (AA) – 196 AB, .265/.368/.372, 9 2b, 2 HR, 0.94 Eye, 5 SB
CURRENT ROLE: Reserve outfielder
POTENTIAL: Starting outfielder
RATING: 7B

Melky Mesa (OF, NYY)
To provide depth and a little offensive punch, the Yankees summoned the 25-year-old to the majors. Mesa is a very toolsy player with well above average athleticism. The right-handed hitter posted a career high in HR this season and has plus, raw power to all fields. He also offers slightly above average speed and has been a consistent double-digit SB producer. Despite his strength and speed, Mesa has been victimized by a shoddy, aggressive approach that has been exploited at all levels of the minors. He’s made more contact in ’12, but he still swings and misses far too often. As a result, he hasn’t hit for a high BA or gotten on base consistently enough to use his speed. This trend would likely continue in the big leagues unless he becomes more selective and patient at the plate. Mesa is a good defender with exceptional arm strength. He’s patrolled CF this season, but will likely end up in RF where he profiles very well. He is a career .238/.314/.426 hitter in the minors.
STATS: Scranton/W-B (AAA) – 126 AB, .230/.271/.524, 8 2b, 9 HR, 0.16 Eye, 5 SB
Trenton (AA) – 332 AB, .277/.344/.464, 18 2b, 14 HR, 0.39 Eye, 17 SB
CURRENT ROLE: Reserve outfielder
POTENTIAL: Backup outfielder
RATING: 6C

 

September 11

Darin Ruf (1B/LF, PHI)
The 26-year-old has capitalized on a 20 HR August in Double-A by getting his contract purchased by the Phillies. Ruf has enjoyed a breakout season that eclipsed everybody’s expectations by winning the Eastern League MVP. A player who many considered to be nothing more than an organizational player has vaulted himself into discussion. The Phillies have vowed to give him a serious look at LF in winter ball which would allow him to battle for playing time as soon as next season. Ruf dabbled in the outfield in ’12, but didn’t get good reviews. He lacks athleticism, quickness, speed, and range, but given how he’s evolved with the bat, it may not be a surprise to see him improve with the glove. The right-handed hitter crushed left-handed pitching in ’12 by hitting .385/.475/.838. He has a nice swing with plenty of leverage and strength and some of his success can be attributed to being more selective at the plate. Some of his doubles are turning into HR and he’s using the entire field more. Ruf is more than just power, though. He is a good hitter with a solid two-strike approach. He is a career .305/.386/.520 hitter with a previous high of 17 HR in ’11.
STATS: Reading (AA) – 489 AB, .317/.408/.620, 32 2b, 38 HR, 0.64 Eye, 2 SB
CURRENT ROLE: Could get significant AB between LF and 1B
POTENTIAL: Starting 1B/LF
RATING: 7C

 

September 10

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September 9

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September 8

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September 7

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