Right-handed relief pitcher A.J. Schugel
One player that is a shoe-in to earn a September call up is right-handed reliever A.J. Schugel. Schugel has spent a lot of time in the Major Leagues this season. Schugel has pitched 49 innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates so far in 2016, and he has pitched very effectively in those 49 innings.
In these 49 innings pitched A.J. Schugel is averaging 7.90 K/9, 2.39 BB/9, 0.73 HR/9, and he has a 1.08 WHIP. Schugel has also flashed a plus change up that opposing batters are hitting just .086 against. Due to this great change up Schugel has held left-handed hitters to just a .169 average, .258 slugging percentage, and a .228 wOBA.
In 2016 A.J. Schugel has been the Pittsburgh Pirates’ best rookie. If the season ended today, he would be my Pirates’ rookie of the year for 2016. Without a doubt he will earn a September call up and he will be a boost to an already strong bullpen.
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