This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
The trade deadline has passed, and the dog days of August are upon us. Though some deals through waivers could still occur, the next big decision for each organization is really how to handle September call-ups. Do contending teams bring up prospects to serve as extra depth for the stretch run? Do non-contending squads give their young neophytes a taste of the big leagues? Each organization has its own agenda and style, so it will be interesting to see which players get the call and which players will be forced to wait until 2018.
Reynaldo Lopez, P, CHW – Lopez earned Pitcher of the Month honors for the White Sox organization in July. Though he allowed four earned runs in five innings in his last start for Triple-A Charlotte, Lopez has been rumored to be in line for a promotion to the big leagues. Prior to his last outing, he had allowed two runs or fewer in seven-straight starts. In addition, he's fanned at least nine batters in four of his last eight appearances. Opposing batters are hitting just .220 on the season against the right-hander, who has performed better than more highly touted rotation mate Lucas Giolito in 2017.
Sheldon Neuse, 3B, OAK – The Athletics have a bevy of young corner infielders ahead of Neuse on the depth chart, but that fact should do nothing to diminish his production in 2017. The second round pick from last year's draft out of Oklahoma started the season