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Jonathan Mayo

Pederson, Walker among potential September callups

Clubs can expand rosters to 40 players on Monday, possible promotions aplenty

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On Monday, the floodgates will open. Or at least there will be a trickle.

Monday is September 1, the day teams can expand their big league roster to as many as 40 players. That doesn't mean every prospect will get the call. As teams make decisions about who to bring up to the parent club, a few variables will be taken into account.

First, obviously, is opportunity. A top prospect might not get called up if there isn't any chance he'll play, especially for a non-contender. Another consideration will be the status of the 40-man roster. A prospect who is on the roster has a much better chance to spend September in the Major Leagues. If he's not, but needs to be put on the roster this offseason, that enhances his odds. Finally, if a prospect's Minor League team is headed to the playoffs, some consideration will be given, development-wise, to the benefits of playing in the postseason vs. spending all of September in the big leagues.

With all of those conditions in mind, the following is a list of the top 10 prospects who have the chance to be called up. This isn't a wish list, which is why the Cubs' Kris Bryant isn't on it (Pipeline Perspectives covered that last week). With each prospect is their ranking on the Top 100 list, their 40-man roster status and their postseason chances.

4. Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians
Level playing: Triple-A
40-man: No
Needs to be protected this offseason: No
Minor League team in playoffs: Yes

Defensively, Lindor has been ready for a while. His bat continues to improve and he's done it as a 20-year-old in Triple-A. But Lindor's odds of being called up are probably the slimmest on this list. The Tribe is more likely to see what he can do in Cleveland in 2015.

7. Taijuan Walker, RHP, Mariners
Level playing: Triple-A
40-man: Yes
Minor League team in playoffs: No

If it hadn't been for shoulder soreness early in the year, Walker would've long since graduated off of the prospect lists. The last spot in Seattle's rotation isn't exactly settled for the playoff stretch, and Walker also has the kind of power that could help out of the bullpen in the short-term.

12. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Mets
Level playing: Triple-A
40-man: No
Needs to be protected this offseason: Yes
Minor League team in playoffs: Yes

General manager Sandy Alderson recently talked about the benefits of giving his top pitching prospect a taste of big league life, but he also mentioned the number crunch on the 40-man roster as an obstacle, though Syndergaard does need to be protected this offseason. Perhaps the Mets will let Syndergaard get some Pacific Coast League postseason experience and then make a decision in mid-September.

18. Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers
Level playing: Triple-A
40-man: No
Needs to be protected this offseason: Yes
Minor League team in playoffs: No

Pederson almost got called up a year ago, but Yasiel Puig got the nod instead. A 30-30 season proves he's ready for a shot and could help out defensively, on the basepaths, as a pinch-hitter or even as a spot starter.

21. Andrew Heaney, LHP, Marlins
Level playing: Triple-A
40-man: Yes
Minor League team in playoffs: No

Heaney made his big league debut in June, with four starts that didn't exactly go as well as planned. Miami could give him a month's worth of starts with an eye to 2015 or use him as an extra lefty out of the bullpen if the club hangs around the National League Wild Card race a bit longer.

28. Daniel Norris, LHP, Blue Jays
Level playing: Triple-A
40-man: No
Needs to be protected this offseason: No
Minor League team in playoffs: Maybe

Few pitching prospects have made leaps performance-wise better than Norris. He began the year in the Class A Advanced Florida State League and now is in Triple-A. Norris could be an upgrade over the back end of Toronto's rotation, though the fact he doesn't have to be protected until after the 2015 season may come into play.

29. Eddie Butler, RHP, Rockies
Level playing: Double-A
40-man: Yes
Minor League team in playoffs: Yes

Butler was called on to make a start in the big leagues in early June, two years after being drafted. He's spent most of the rest of the year in Double-A, performing better in the first half than he has in the second. Colorado could let Butler finish up the Texas League playoffs and then give him another taste of big league life as it plays out the string.

30. Alex Meyer, RHP, Twins
Level playing: Triple-A
40-man: No
Needs to be protected this offseason: Yes
Minor League team in playoffs: Maybe

Meyer has pitched well in Triple-A all year, and the potential for a callup has been there for all of 2014. He's set a career high in innings pitched, something Minnesota is cognizant of given his shoulder issues in 2013.

53. Domingo Santana, OF, Astros
Level playing: Triple-A
40-man: Yes
Minor League team in playoffs: Yes

When Santana comes back to Houston, he'll be looking to pick up his first Major League hit after going 0-for-17 during his first two callups. To his credit, he hasn't sulked after being sent down, hitting .364/.475/.591 for Oklahoma City in August.

57. Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies
Level playing: Triple-A
40-man: No
Needs to be protected this offseason: Yes
Minor League team in playoffs: No

Franco just turned 22 this week, and he made some very impressive adjustments at the plate in Triple-A, turning around his season and hitting .319 while slugging .577 in the second half of the season. He's played both infield corner spots, and giving him some time now might be a good way to see how he handles it heading into 2015.

Other Top 100 prospects who could get a September callup: Garin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox (No. 58); Nick Kingham, RHP, Pirates (No. 61); Michael Taylor, OF, Nationals (68); Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Red Sox (78); Christian Bethancourt, C, Braves (80); Rafael Montero, RHP, Mets (98)

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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