Who is next? As we move towards the midway point of the 2012 season, often times call-ups are a far better option that hitting that has been sitting on your waiver wire off and on all season. Here are half a dozen players worthy of keeping an eye on.
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Dominic Brown Philadelphia- Could it finally be time for the five-star, five-tool talent? With big left handed bats Ryan Howard and Chase Utley still sidelined, the Phils could certainly use Brown. Dominic is hitting .415 with four home runs over the past two weeks. Brown has been getting time in center field as Philadelphia braces for the potential departure of Shane Victorino to free agency next season.
Brett Jackson Chicago Cubs- Despite a good spring and solid 2011 campaign, the Cubs wanted Jackson to continue to get everyday at bats and assigned him ti Iowa. Jackson has seven home runs and 11 steals in just over 200 at bats. Considered by many one of the top-25 prospects in all of minor league baseball, the former Cal star should eventually settle in atop the Cubs batting order.
Travis d'Arnaud Toronto- How much longer will this elite catching prospect be stuck in Las Vegas? Yes, there are much worst places to be toiling in the minors, but 13 home runs and a .321 average in just over 200 at bats shows he is ready. A key in the trade that sent Roy Holladay to Philadelphia, the Phillies have already inquired about getting him back.
Nolan Arenado Colorado- Arenado is expected to make his debut sometime this month. A top-50 player according to Baseball America, Arenado has been driving in runs at Double-A Tulsa. How much longer will the Rockies run with powerless corners? Arenado doesn't have big time power yet, but his current line drive stroke shows signs of developing strength.
Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs- The hitter everyone is waiting on. Rizzo has 17 home runs and is hitting .363 at Iowa. The emergence of Bryan LaHair and the resurgence of Alfonso Soriano has kept things status quo... for now. Many remember the mistake San Diego made rushing Rizzo up a year ago, but as a reminder, he hit .331 with 26 home runs while down at Tuscon.
Yasmani Grandal San Diego- How many owner wasted their time with the Padres two-day call up of Grandal? San Diego's catcher of the very near future receiving only one at bat, then was sent back down to Tuscon. Grandal won't stay in Triple-A long, young switch hitting catchers with power never do. Thus far, Grandal is far better hitting from the left side and although his arm is average at best, he gunned down 35% of base stealers last season.
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