Even though September call ups are not as expansive as they once were, the Pittsburgh Pirates still need to promote these prospects for MLB action this month
September used to mean it was time to see MLB roster expands, which often times led to young players seeing either their first MLB action or first extended MLB action. Now that the rules have changed and active roster can only expand to 28 players, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the rest of baseball can only promote two players to start the month.
The Pittsburgh Pirates decided to promote pitcher Johan Oviedo and outfielder Cal Mitchell. However, these should not be the only two prospects the Pirates promote this month. Even though the roster can only be at 28 players, it would not be difficult to promote other prospects.
There are plenty of players currently on the active roster who have no long-term future with the organization. Dropping some of these players from the active roster to make room for young players would not be a challenge.
Now, to start, we will not go into extreme detail about Ji-Hwan Bae. The need to promote him has been talked about ad nauseam and you can read more about that here. So, we will not spend time going into detail about why Bae needs to be with the Pittsburgh Pirates.