Top September Call-Ups: American League Central
This is part of a six-part series where we breakdown each team's top 2011 September call-up. Links to other divisions can be found here.
Chicago White Sox: Addison Reed
The 22-year-old right-handed hurler will be in the White Sox bullpen for the month. Though Reed may one day find himself in the starting rotation, the San Diego State pitcher has found some added velocity coming out of the bullpen. His fastball is, at time, touching 96 miles per hour. Look for a high strikeout ratio for the hard-throwing Reed.
- 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Addison Reed (/601)
- 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Addison Reed
Cleveland Indians: Nick Hagadone
The Indians received Hagadone as one of the trade chips in the Victor Martinez trade with Boston. The 25-year-old lefty has struggled during his limited first taste of the Majors, with an ERA hovering around 9.00. However, if Hagadone can settle in on the mound, Indians fans should be pleased. He was struck out four batters in 3.2 innings, thus far.
- 2007 Bowman Chrome Autographs Nick Hagadone
- 2007 Bowman Sterling Autographs Nick Hagadone
- 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Nick Hagadone (/544)
Detroit Tigers: Jacob Turner
The Detroit Tigers seem to have the AL Central locked up this season. With a large lead, the Tigers have called up 20-year-old Jacob Turner and thrust the young hurler into the starting rotation. The right-handed pitcher has struggled in two starts and currently has a 12.46 ERA. Prospect collectors will need to show patience with Turner, much like the Tigers are.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals didn't provide fans with an exciting September call-up. This is because the franchise promoted many of their top prospects earlier in the season. This impressive list includes Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Louis Coleman.
Minnesota Twins: Liam Hendricks
The Minnesota Twins have disappointed fans this season and find themselves in the division cellar. The Twins called up starting pitcher Liam Hendricks, who is from Australia. He joins fellow countryman Shane Lindsay. With just one Major League start under his belt, Hendricks is posting a 3.86 ERA with four strikeouts in seven innings.