The Tacoma Rainiers completed their season last night, meaning Seattle’s ranks are now replete with 36/40 members of the 40-man roster. While Marco Gonzales remains on the 10-day DL, only Matt Festa (AA), Nick Rumbelow (AA), injured Max Povse, and rehabbing Dan Altavilla remain in the minors.
With Tacoma’s season ending last night, Mariners make another round of September callups. Recall— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) September 4, 2018
INF Gordon Beckham, RHP Casey Lawrence and 1B Daniel Vogelbach.
Gordon Beckham will join the rotation of potential backup infielders and pinch-runners, but with the healthy rotation of the typical starters around the diamond yielding more savory offensive numbers, Gord figures to see sparing use. Proud owner of a >4 run discrepancy between his ERA and his FIP, Casey Lawrence will once again slide into a mop-up role in the bullpen, confirming the end of position player pitching possibilities for the rest of the season.
Lastly, and most compellingly, Daniel Vogelbach will provide a power bat on the bench for late-inning pinch-hitting now that his hamstring injury has hopefully healed. It’s a frustratingly limited role for Vogelbach, who is the lone September call-up thus far under the age of 26. His titanic offensive season is a marvel, even in the offense-heavy PCL, but with Robinson Canó and Ryon Healy cycling back and forth at 1B, it seems unlikely Vogelbach receives more than a rare spot start, barring a Nelson Cruz injury. Hopefully he can make something happen in limited appearances, but as of now, these moves seem likely to only serve as depth.
Both Festa and Rumbelow should be recalled once the Travelers conclude their season in the next week or so, and Altavilla should be activated when healthy. The only players that seem like possible fits to join the Mariners that are still in the minors are OF Ian Miller and RHP Hisashi Iwakuma. Max Povse hasn’t pitched since June, and might be a candidate for a 60-day DL spot should Seattle need to clear a space. Kristopher Negrón, recently acquired for cash from the Diamondbacks, could also be the top candidate to be jettisoned.