Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
We're about two weeks away from a number of well-publicized call ups so as a fantasy owner you should be preparing for that moment. In 2009, the June promotions included; Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters, Atlanta pitcher Tommy Hanson and Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen.
In leagues where waivers are required, not first-come first-serve, I'd be concerned about my waiver number. If you're holding onto the No.1 pick, I'd make sure not to use it over the next few weeks. If you don't hold the top selection, then you should be looking a bit further down the list for your June moves.
Here is a group of 10 youngsters who could get the June call up.
Stephen Strasburg, Washington - Some are already speculating that Strasburg will be called up to pitch on June 4th against the Cincinnati Reds. For those who haven't been paying attention, Strasburg has dominated in both AA and AAA. He went 22.1 innings at AA Harrisburg, striking out 27 and posting an ERA of 1.64 and a 0.86 WHIP. In his second AAA Syracuse start, he threw six innings of no-hit baseball. He's a superstar in the making, who is only in the minors for financial reasons. He was probably already drafted in keeper leagues and in fact is already owned in 75% of all Yahoo leagues. If you are in the other 25%, you should be picking him up immediately.
Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati - Chapman, owner of a 100 m.p.h. fastball, was 1-1 with an ERA of 1.29 and a WHIP of 1.24 through his first 21 innings at AAA Louisville. He had a stellar spring training and should be up with the "big club" in early June. He's owned in less than 25% of all leagues, but will be picked up by many as soon as he arrives with the Reds. You might want to pick him up now to beat the rush.
Carlos Santana, Cleveland - Santana is the reason the Indians were willing to part with Victor Martinez and Kelly Shoppach. A switch-hitter with power (23 HR in 2009 at AA Akron), Santana posted a 0.943 OPS last year. With Lou Marson (.215, no HR, 2 RBI) and Mike Redmond (.244 no HR, 5 RBI) as the current Cleveland catching tandem, Santana should be up the first day he is eligible and not be a "Super 2." He's currently owned in 5% of all leagues.
Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay - Jennings has all the talent in the world, but might not be able to break into the strong Rays outfield lineup in 2010 (Carl Crawford, Ben Zobrist, B.J. Upton). In 132 total games in 2009 with AA Montgomery and AAA Durham, Jennings hit .318 with 11 HR, 92 R, 62 RBI, 52 SB, and .888 OPS. He reminds you of Crawford, but Tampa Bay already has the original, so he might not play significant innings until 2011. Plus rookies don't usually see a lot of time when teams are in the middle of a hotly contested pennant race.
Jesus Montero, New York Yankees - He looks to be the eventual replacement for Jorge Posada, but that might not be in 2010. He has the offensive ability to hit in the major leagues, but has to work on the defensive end, particularly footwork and a slow release. In 92 total games with A Tampa and AA Trenton, Montero hit .337 with 17 HR, 45 R, and 70 RBI while posting a .951 OPS before breaking a finger which prematurely ended his season.
Kyle Drabek, Toronto - Drabek was one of the keys components to the Roy Halladay deal. In 23 starts between A Clearwater and AA Reading in 2009, Drabek was 12-3 with a 3.18 ERA, 150 K, and 50 BB. This year he is 5-3 and in his last outing went seven innings of six-hit shutout baseball. With Toronto being mid- pack from a pitching standpoint, Drabek could get an opportunity to replace either Brett Cecil (2-2, 5.46 ERA) or Brandon Morrow (3-3, 6.15 ERA) in the starting rotation.
Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay - As if the Rays needed more great young pitching. Hellickson is another flamethrower in their organization. He's currently 6-1 at AAA Durham with an ERA of 2.93 and 49 strikeouts in 46 innings. It will be tough for him to break into the starting rotation of David Price, Wade Davis, James Shields, Matt Garza and Jeff Niemann, but if there is an injury, he should be the first option.
Buster Posey, San Francisco - The Giants are having trouble generating runs and Posey could certainly help the situation. He's batting .338 at AAA Fresno with an OPS of 0.962. The problem is he's a catcher and Bengie Molina is one of the few Giants actually hitting the baseball. Still, if the team is smart they'll find a way to get both in the lineup to help protect struggling Pablo Sandoval.
Brett Wallace, Toronto - As another part of the Roy Halladay deal, Wallace didn't look ready for the Blue Jays roster in March. However, since being sent down, he's batting .311 with 11 HR and 31 RBI in 38 games for Las Vegas. Given that Edwin Encarnacion isn't tearing it up, the Jays could bring up Wallace to see what he can do.
Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh - With Andy LaRoche having limited upside and hitting .254, it's not out of the realm of possibility that the Pirates will bring up prize prospect Pedro Alvarez. Though he's also only hitting in the .250 range, he's showing much more pop - having blasted nine homers for the AAA Indianapolis Indians.