TigsTown Roundtable: September 1 Call-Ups

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: Which players would you target for a September 1st call-up?

Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
Given the number of players that have already received a look in the big leagues at some point this season, I think it's likely that the call-ups will be limited. A few extra pitchers is of course a no brainer to avoid a tired out bullpen, so Robbie Weinhardt is a good bet to return, and Jay Sborz and Daniel Schlereth could also be options as well. In addition, unless the Tigers have more developmentally-focused plans for Andrew Oliver, expect to see him back in Detroit, at least working in the bullpen and possibly getting a spot start or two. In addition, I'd expect Scott Sizemore to return for another shot at extended playing time to see if he should factor into their 2011 plans. But beyond that, and maybe one or two others that aren't targeted for the FIL or the AFL, I wouldn't expect the roster to get too bloated.

Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
Though this season may seem like a perfect opportunity for the Tigers to give several additional young players a try during the season's final month, I'm not expecting many players to see Detroit after the season ends in the minor leagues. For one thing, many of the players that may have been candidates to be called up, are already in the big leagues; players like Will Rhymes, Casper Wells, and others. There are still a few players the Tigers should give additional opportunities this fall, including pitchers Andy Oliver and Robbie Weinhardt, and second baseman Scott Sizemore. The Tigers could opt to recall someone like Brent Dlugach or Jeff Frazier, but there is no certainty that they'd get more than a handful of at-bats, and they may be better served starting their off-season after a long campaign. If the Tigers do recall Oliver, Weinhardt, and Sizemore, it will be with an eye towards 2011 and an attempt to figure out how they may fit into the future of this organization.

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I would venture to say that those players that have already been up to the big leagues, but were sent back down will be brought back to get a final look before the season ends. Relievers like Jay Sborz and Robbie Weinhardt fall into this category, as do starter Andy Oliver and second baseman Scott Sizemore. There is also the possibility the Tigers may start shaping their 40-man roster for next year by calling up some players that need to be protected in order to avoid being lost in the Rule 5 Draft. Although the Tigers may be on the outside looking in as far as the playoffs go, September will be an important month as far as the team getting the chance to further evaluate their younger players before the offseason begins.

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