MLB September Call-Ups: Top 10 Pitchers To Keep An Eye On

MLB September Call-Ups: Top 10 Pitchers To Watch

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It's almost that time of year again in MLB when rosters expand and players get called up. With this in mind, here are 10 up-and-coming pitchers who are worth monitoring this September.

10. Nick Kingham

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10. Nick Kingham

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Nick Kingham, a pitcher in the Pirates organization, has some impressive tools to offer the big club. He is 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and throws three quality pitches. He has good control as well, only surrendering 40 walks in 133.1 IP in the minors this year. His fastball is his best pitch, coming in at the mid-90s regularly, followed by his changeup and curveball. He will almost certainly get a cup of coffee in September.

9. Dylan Bundy

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9. Dylan Bundy

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Dylan Bundy had a small taste of the majors before. That was until he was forced to undergo Tommy John Surgery in June of 2013. He is healthy now though and he is ready to resume his career. Bundy may not be hit triple digits on his fastball anytime soon, but it will be enough to make guys miss. Bundy also features a curve and changeup which are both above-average.

8. Braden Shipley

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8. Braden Shipley

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Braden Shipley, a former shortstop, has shown everyone why he was destined to become a pitcher. The Diamondbacks prospect throws hard, with his fastball reaching the mid-to-upper 90s, and he strikes out a lot of hitters. Besides his fastball, Shipley also uses a curveball and a changeup in his arsenal with good control.

7. Matthew Wisler

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7. Matthew Wisler

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What Matthew Wisler lacks in velocity he makes up for in control and movement of his pitches. The Padres prospect throws his fastball in the low 90s. He also features a slider, changeup and curveball, all of which have good movement. So far homers have been his downfall, but most have come in the hitter-friendly PCL. In San Diego, a notorious pitchers park, the home runs should decrease.

6. Alex Meyer

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6. Alex Meyer

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Alex Meyer, a pitcher in the Twins organization, has massive upside. He is a gargantuan 6-foot-9, 220 pounds, and he throws his fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s. He also throws a changeup and a slider. The issue with Meyer is control. He has 55 walks on the year, an average of roughly a walk every two innings. If he wants to be an ace-caliber pitcher, he must improve in that area.

5. Henry Owens

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5. Henry Owens

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Red Sox prospect Henry Owens doesn't throw particularly hard, and he walks a few too many guys, but that hasn't stopped him from dominating in the minor leagues. Owens' success in part comes from a deceptive delivery and good movement of his pitches. He throws his fastball in the low 90s and also uses his changeup and curveball to make hitters whiff.

4. Robert Stephenson

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4. Robert Stephenson

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Robert Stephenson has velocity to offer the Reds, as his fastball can hit triple digits. His walk rate is too high, and he gives up the long ball frequently, but he also has the ability to strike out hitters. Just in case you thought he was a one-trick pony though, he throws a curve and changeup, both of which are projected as above-average pitches if he can harness them.

3. Archie Bradley

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3. Archie Bradley

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Arizona Diamondback pitcher Archie Bradley has a bright future ahead of him. In fact, he would already be with the team if not for elbow issues this year. Bradley throws a mid-90s fastball, a very good 12-6 curve, and a changeup, all of which are projected to be above-average pitches at the next level. He walks too many guys, but he can definitely make hitters look foolish and strike them out as well.

2. Jon Gray

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2. Jon Gray

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Jon Gray is among the best minor league pitchers out there right now. He throws as hard as anyone in professional baseball, and he has great control with 34 walks in 112 IP. He features a fastball that has been clocked in triple digits, and he also utilizes a nasty slider and an above-average changeup. Unfortunately for him, the Rockies' home ballpark is not a pitcher's friend.

1. Noah Syndergaard

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1. Noah Syndergaard

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Noah Syndergaard is a prototypical MLB power pitcher. He is 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, and he throws very hard, with his fastball regularly reaching 98 mph. He also has impressive control for a big power arm, walking just 31 batters in 102 IP to go along with 107 Ks. He has given up 10 big flies, but they all were surrendered in the PCL. He has star upside with his fastball, curve and changeup all possessing above-average potential.

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