This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
Organizations will have to get creative this season when it comes to September call-ups as new rules limit roster expansion to just 28 players, which means only two extra spots per club. It'll be interesting to see how organizations manipulate transactions to maximize experience for some of their prized prospects. The Nationals have already called up Keibert Ruiz, one of their prized acquisitions in the Trea Turner/Max Scherzer trade, and he should start the majority of games at catcher. This week's Minor League Barometer will hit on some more possible promotions as we enter the final month of play.
Colton Welker, 1B/3B, COL – It's been a dismal season for the Rockies at the big league level, and Welker probably didn't care for his 2021 either as he failed to make the team out of spring training despite plenty of hype and then was suspended 80 games in May for testing positive for a banned substance. He's returned and is currently slashing .292/.373/.477 with two homers and 16 RBI in 17 games at Triple-A. The Rockies have a lot of infield options, but the outfield is in shambles, Charlie Blackmon is in the twilight of his career, and they can afford to move some guys around. With Trevor Story likely leaving in the offseason, the Rockies could be in line for a total rebuild and getting a glimpse at a player like Welker could just be the start.
Bobby Witt, SS/3B, KC – Don't believe everything you hear. Remember when