Top September Call-Ups: American League West
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.
Los Angeles Angels: Jeremy Moore
As the Angels sit not far behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West, they may continue to look to the left-handed hitting Jeremy Moore to pinch run in key situations. Even with the power he brings to the batter's box, his plate discipline may prevent him from getting there more often in 2011. Though the Angels have only given Moore a single plate appearance so far, he has been able to contribute on the base paths with two runs.
Moore doesn't have any cards of him in an Angels uniform yet. However, he does have a couple of regional Minor League cards collectors might want to track down.
Oakland Athletics: Michael Taylor
The Oakland Athletics are out of the hunt, but the upcoming Moneyball movie and September call-up Michael Taylor should bring the team some attention. Taylor seems to fit the "Moneyball" make-up as a collegiate player with a knack for getting on base. Even though Taylor has only two hits in ten at-bats, the right-handed center fielder has shown plate discipline with two walks, giving him a .333 OBP. The former Stanford standout should get plenty more opportunities to show what he can do before the season is done.
- 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Michael Taylor
- 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Michael Taylor (/720)
- 2008 Playoff Contenders Autographs Michael Taylor (/362)
MICHAEL TAYLOR OAKLAND A'S ACTION SIGNED 8x10
2010 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Topps 100 52 Michael Taylor 50
Oakland Athletics MICHAEL TAYLOR Signed Topps Card
Michael Taylor Oakland A's PSA DNA Signed ROOKIE Baseball
Seattle Mariners: Alex Liddi
The Mariners find themselves in AL West cellar, focusing on 2012. Prospectors should keep an eye on Italian product Alex Liddi. Though Liddi struggled to hit for a respectable average in the minor leagues this season, his 30 home runs got the front office's attention. So far, Liddi hasn't changed his approach and has four strikeouts in just six at bats with the club. Liddi's one hit was a double.
Texas Rangers: Leonys Martin
The Texas Rangers are currently leading the AL West and seem to have a set 40-man roster. The addition of outfielder Leonys Martin should catch the attention of prospect collectors. In his Major League debut, Martin got a pinch hit single. He followed it up by showing off his speed, making an athletic outfield catch. The Cuban only appeared in 73 minor league games before being called up this September.
Martin's only card so far is from a 2011 Texas League Minor League set.