Freeman leads Braves’ list of September call-ups – updated

Braves first base prospect Freddie Freeman has had to wait more than a month for his first major league call-up, so the Braves weren’t going to make him wait one more day.

The Braves announced Tuesday Freeman would be joining a handful of others among their September call-ups on Wednesday.

Rather than packing his bags and heading to Norfolk with the Gwinnett Braves, the Braves notified Freeman Monday night he’d be joining the Braves when rosters expand on Wednesday.

Also coming are relievers Mike Dunn and Scott Proctor, catcher J.C. Boscan and Kenshin Kawakami.

(The Braves optioned Kawakami to the Danville Braves Tuesday in a procedural move to open up a roster spot for center fielder Nate McLouth, whom they recalled from Gwinnett Tuesday. But Kawakami will rejoin the Braves roster on Wednesday.)

Braves general manager Frank Wren always says a prospect will tell the organization he’s ready by how he plays. Freeman? He hit .394 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 24 RBIs in 28 games in August.

“He’s been screaming pretty loud for about a month,” Wren said with a smile. “He’s done everything and more we would expect from a 20-year-old in Triple-A. He’s played extremely well, he’s gotten better and better. He’s carried that team, from a standpoint of batting in the third slot, and being the leader offensively.”

After a relatively slow start this season, Freeman came on in June and ended up hitting .319 with 18 home runs and 87 RBIs on the season. He was named the International League rookie of the year Tuesday, the first Brave to win the award since Chipper Jones in 1993.

He’s had the kind of season that more than just the most avid fans notice, but veterans in the Braves clubhouse – and not just his roommate Jason Heyward.

“He’s had a great year in Gwinnett,” Braves pitcher Tim Hudson said. “He’s obviously deserving of a September call-up, probably deserving of a normal call-up some time before now. But he’s a good kid. He deserves it. It’s a great time for him to get his feet wet.”

The Braves traded for veteran first baseman Derrek Lee to play every day down the stretch of this pennant race. But Freeman gives manager Bobby Cox a nice power bat he can bring off the bench.

“He’s had a tremendous year,” Cox said. “He can help us.”

Tuesday was also a day to celebrate for Boscan, a 30-year-old native of Venezuela who’s spent 14 years in the minor leagues, including 12 with the Braves, before getting his first call-up.

“(Bullpen coach) Eddie Perez will tell you his phone has been blowing up today with people from Venezuela calling because they’re so excited for J.C.,” Wren said. “J.C. has earned it. He’s a tremendous defensive catcher, and it’s a credit to him that he’s worked hard to get here.”

Another better-late-than-never addition is Proctor, a reliever coming off “Tommy John” elbow reconstruction surgery, whom the Braves first thought might join them in late April or early May.

“We always hope guys can come back in 12 months, it just took him longer to get his command,” Wren said. “We saw his stuff was good in spring training, but he never was able to quite get over the hump with his command to allow him to pitch consistently well until the last two, three weeks.”

Proctor is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 10 outings for Gwinnett in August, with four walks and nine strikeouts.

Relievers Cristhian Martinez and Craig Kimbrel will both rejoin the Braves bullpen after Gwinnett’s season ends on Sept. 6.

94 comments Add your comment

Ben

August 31st, 2010
3:14 pm

What are the odds that McLouth does well enough to generate some interest for a trade before next season? I wish the best for him, but I really can’t see him as a long term option–if he ever was.

DC Brave

August 31st, 2010
3:15 pm

close…GoBraves!!!!

ITP Braves Fan

August 31st, 2010
3:21 pm

DOB:

Does the KK option to Danville mean that he is not eligible for the postseason roster? I don’t understand any other reason for the move.

Thanks.

JMar

August 31st, 2010
3:21 pm

“What are the odds that McLouth does well enough to generate some interest for a trade before next season?” Zero. McLouth hit .234 in AAA. He’ll be a pinch runner and sparingly used pinch hitter. Even if he overcomes that hurdle of getting playing time, he has to play out of this world for a team to want his big contract, when he’s shown no signs of even being an average player.

Savior

August 31st, 2010
3:22 pm

What are freemans splits vs. left handed and right handed pitchers this year?

LuisG - Win-it-4-Bobby-n-Chipper

August 31st, 2010
3:23 pm

What about Clint Sammons?

Andy

August 31st, 2010
3:23 pm

Can you explain the procedural move? I understand that we couldn’t call up both Kawakami and McLouth on the same day, but why call Kawakami up and then back down to Danville as opposed to holding him in Gwinnett for another day?

SeaAtl

August 31st, 2010
3:23 pm

Yeah, the KK move confuses me but I guess it doesn’t really matter. I had actually forgotten about Proctor……how has the guy progressed lately? Seems like he could be a decent addition to the overly-taxed bullpen if he’s healthy…..

Mathman

August 31st, 2010
3:24 pm

Here’s hoping and suggesting that Freeman is in the lineup tomorrow night against Pelfrey. Makes sense and gives Lee a rest. Lineup tomorrow:

Infante 3B
Heyward RF
Prado 3B
McCann C
Freeman 1B
Gonzo SS
Cabrera or Hinkse LF
Ankiel CF
Hanson P

Jake

August 31st, 2010
3:25 pm

I was hoping we’d see Stephen Marek instead of Proctor…

Jake

August 31st, 2010
3:25 pm

Enter your comments here

LuisG - Win-it-4-Bobby-n-Chipper

August 31st, 2010
3:26 pm

and Joe Thurston?

GT Fan

August 31st, 2010
3:26 pm

Wow, I had forgotten about Proctor. I’m sure this has been a disappointing season for him.

Wonder how much gnashing of teeth there will be that Canizares isn’t on that list. This should be a pretty good indication that the Braves don’t really expect him to be an asset to the major league team and view him as just a roster filler for Gwinnett.

glove51

August 31st, 2010
3:27 pm

I’m surprised Barbaro didn’t get the call just to have as a bat off the bench. The guy has no real position, but he can rake.

Mathman

August 31st, 2010
3:28 pm

Obviously, there has been some interest from someone for McLouth and he needed to be on the roster Aug 31 for a trade. Hopefully, this is true. Karakami optioned to Danville because their season ends early and he couldn’t be sent to Gwinnett or it would be Sept 6 before he could be recalled.

If you recall, Braves did the same thing with Blanco before the trade. Brought him up and put him on the ML roster and then traded him.

RickW

August 31st, 2010
3:29 pm

Looking forward to seeing what Freeman can do for the team down the stretch. I’m sure he will pinch hit frequently and maybe even get a spot start or two against RHPs. If he has good ABs and doesn’t look overwhelmed by the whole thing, I could see him finding a place on the postseason roster (not counting my chickens, though). I know I’m in the minority on this, but I like the fact that Glaus is back. Hopefully, he won’t be asked to do more than PH and spot start at 3B, but I think he will be a huge help for us in the postseason and definitely if we get lucky enough to make it to the World Series as a DH.

GT Fan

August 31st, 2010
3:30 pm

Mathman, I hope you’re right. As long as we’re not taking back an even worse contract, trading McLouth would be addition by subtraction. I’d be extremely happy to find out we traded him for PTBNL.

Ralph

August 31st, 2010
3:31 pm

Why on earth would they want Proctor, he can’t even pitch in AAA, however there are several others at Gwinette that can pitch including Kimbrel, Martinez and Redman. This is to be expected though, nothing braves management does makes a lot of sense, Freeman should have been up a month or more ago, if he had been we would problably have 3 or 4 more games up on the Phils. Too bad that since he is finally up he probably won’t see very much playing time.

DC Brave

August 31st, 2010
3:31 pm

I wonder how Proctor has been doing in the past 3 weeks….maybe he has found it.

SeaAtl

August 31st, 2010
3:32 pm

I guess I did expect Canizares and Thurston to get call ups…..

GoBraves

August 31st, 2010
3:35 pm

What about Kimbrel? Did I miss a roster move?

LuisG - Win-it-4-Bobby-n-Chipper

August 31st, 2010
3:35 pm

Ralph – Actually, we’re 3 games in front of the Phillies.

Jammin'

August 31st, 2010
3:36 pm

Is Freddie related to Marvin?

Tale of Woe

August 31st, 2010
3:38 pm

I expected Canizares – however, the Gwinnett season isn’t over and they probably needed a 1b for the rest of the season with Freeman being called up. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the call once the season ends this weekend…

Glavine95

August 31st, 2010
3:39 pm

JMAR – The team is adding Nate before the deadline so he can play in the postseason.

BoroBall3

August 31st, 2010
3:39 pm

Proctor started off VERY poorly in AAA, but he has done quite well his last ten outings

BoroBall3

August 31st, 2010
3:40 pm

It would’ve been nice to see Lee Hyde up from the 40-man roster to the full roster w/ the call-ups though… would be another left handed specialist w/ EOF

the OC

August 31st, 2010
3:40 pm

Mathman, I too would love to see Freddie in the line up, but there’s no way Bobby’s gonna throw the kid into the 5 spot in his first ML start. 7th or 8th in the line up would be more sensible.

GT Fan

August 31st, 2010
3:42 pm

Tale of Woe -

Hadn’t thought about that. I really only thought he might be called up because Wren and Bobby have been talking about needing RH bats since before the season started, so you’d have to think he’s at least worth giving a shot against some lefty relievers.

JT Grace

August 31st, 2010
3:43 pm

DOB, why won’t the Braves call up Stephen Marek? He has been lights out all season for Gwinnett.

GT Fan

August 31st, 2010
3:44 pm

BoroBall, we’ve already got EOF, Venters, Dunn and Wags. I don’t know that we specifically need another lefty specialist.

Dave

August 31st, 2010
3:45 pm

@BoroBall – I would have liked to see Hyde as well, but with EOF, Dunn, Venters, and Wagner I thing that Wren seems satisfied with the lefties in the bullpen

JPM

August 31st, 2010
3:45 pm

Regardless of what anyone says, these are decent moves and we could have the right bench to make a deep run in the playoffs. We’ll have the extra bats to hopefully help us put a few more games between us and the Phils. McClouth and Glaus have something to prove and this whole team has something to play for. Just check out last night’s game for evidence of that.

Dent

August 31st, 2010
3:47 pm

Kimbrel? Didnt he get optioned back for Minor?

GoBraves

August 31st, 2010
3:47 pm

dawgforlife

August 31st, 2010
3:48 pm

the reason for the KK roster move has to do with the number of Gwinnett players that can be called up before their season ends Sept. 6th…the Danville season is basically over so he can be promoted to atl from there

GoBraves

August 31st, 2010
3:48 pm

Supposedly closer for next yr?

Suicidaire

August 31st, 2010
3:49 pm

Jammim’ – I would doubt it considering Marvin is a black man and Freddie is VERY white.

He looks like a goober, but he can play ball.

Tale of Woe

August 31st, 2010
3:49 pm

Just saw a report that Francoeur could be headed to the Rangers….

BoroBall3

August 31st, 2010
3:50 pm

well… i guess the point i was trying to make is that Dunn has hardly been the best LHP we’ve used this season, and was hoping he would be up vice that of Dunn

wiki

August 31st, 2010
3:52 pm

I think Kimbrel can’t come back until the 7th. Any chance they could just keep KK in Danville for the winter?

BoroBall3

August 31st, 2010
3:53 pm

Hyde vice Dunn woulde been nice (forgot to specify in my last post at 3:50)

FJR

August 31st, 2010
3:55 pm

Isn’t Kimbrel already eligible for the post-season roster, and thus wouldn’t need to be called up right now?

adam

August 31st, 2010
3:55 pm

is freeman elgible for the post season roster if called up wed?

Tale of Woe

August 31st, 2010
3:56 pm

I keep seeing conflicting stories, but as long as a player is on your roster as of 8/31 they are eligible for the post season. So yes, Freeman is eligible

PDOG

August 31st, 2010
3:56 pm

Kimbrell and Martinez can’t be recalled till Sept 5 or 6 whenever the AAA season is over. I am sure that both along with Marek and Clint Sammons will be called up. I hope that Matt Young also gets called up, he would make a great pinch runner and might be able to win a game with his legs.
Here is to Nate getting sometime over the two stiffs Ankiel and Melky.

vmguru

August 31st, 2010
4:00 pm

Any Braves player (in other words not acquired via trade after 8/31) is eligible for the post season roster but the difference is that if they are not called up until Sept.1 or later they can only be put on the postseason roster as a replacement for one of the 25 on the roster prior to Sept. 1. So Freeman could only be on the postseason roster as a replacement for someone else who was injured. That would be true for any other callups Sept. 1 or later.

ATLien

August 31st, 2010
4:00 pm

Give Barbaro a shot…he has more power than any RH hitter in their lineup

FJR

August 31st, 2010
4:02 pm

nvm on kimbrel, he’s eligible as an injury replacement only

adam

August 31st, 2010
4:03 pm

vmguru
thanks for clearing that up.

The babbimo

August 31st, 2010
4:07 pm

What about Brandon beachy? Guy has been insane this year?

Piedmont Blues

August 31st, 2010
4:09 pm

wiki,

Good one (3:52).

GovClintonTyree

August 31st, 2010
4:09 pm

Freddie is Marvin’s love child.

Quack Quack Quack

August 31st, 2010
4:12 pm

Can’t wait to see the friendship between Heyward & Freeman turn into a FUN batting duel!!!

Naf Sevarb

August 31st, 2010
4:13 pm

Canizares?? Why no love?

bravesfan

August 31st, 2010
4:19 pm

Marek would be a good choice but Proctor has more experience in post season games. We want a championship so a more experienced pitcher is what we need. So ready to watch Freeman. Kimbrel only got called back down for 10 days. He will be back in September.

The Red

August 31st, 2010
4:23 pm

I still don’t see Freddie Freeman listed on the 40 man roster. I assume they’ll need to move someone to the 60 day DL to get him up, or else they’ll have to DFA someone.

ATLien

August 31st, 2010
4:25 pm

That experience in Post Season games is way over-rated..some guys just flip the switch, and some guys dont…doesnt matter how much experience they have…how did Mark Lemke do in his 1st post season? Or Steve Avery? Or Glavine? or Smoltz? or Barry Bonds? — catch it?

AdirondackDave

August 31st, 2010
4:40 pm

DOB — Do you expect Canizares to be called up when Gwinnett finishes its season?

bgvt

August 31st, 2010
4:42 pm

The September call ups are still limited by the 40-man roster. The Braves currently have 39 players on the 40-man roster, but can clear two spaces by moving Chipper & Medlen to the 60-day DL. Some names that are not on the 40-man roster so they will need to be added (I suppose Hicks could be placed on the 60-day DL to add one more spot):

Boscan
Freeman
Proctor
Canizares
Sammons
Beachy

At some point, it becomes ridiculous to call up so many players. Basically, the expanded rosters allow for a bit more bullpen depth, an extra pinch-hitter or two, and the ability to use a pinch runner here or there. You don’t really want to run an untested minor league player into a high pressure situation in a pennant race. They can play a role in giving people a rest in mop-up duty if a game gets out of hand.

BTW, Boscan has hit much better than Sammons this year so I expect he will be the extra catcher. The real reason for having the extra catcher is so that Ross / McCann (whoever isn’t the starter) can pinch hit without the fear of the starting catcher getting hurt and not having someone who can catch.

Proctor has pitched well in August.

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

August 31st, 2010
4:48 pm

Mcclouth? hurrah! Well that does it, world series championship here we come!

LWells2000

August 31st, 2010
4:53 pm

Again [since the spring season I've been saying]…Stop the bleeding~! Replace [bench?] McLouth [and Glaus] NOW~! We need only major leaguers in the biggies~!

GT Fan

August 31st, 2010
4:58 pm

BoroBall3 -

Hyde’s hardly been tearing up AAA. He has a 4.74 ERA with a 1.842 WHIP in 20 games. While Dunn’s had his problems with BBs, he has a .143 avg against him and still hasn’t allowed a run. When he gets the ball over the plate, he’s pretty dominating. All things considered, I think I’d rather have Dunn down the stretch.

The Red

August 31st, 2010
5:04 pm

Adding minor leaguers to Chipper and Medlin’s spots may not have the desired effect. I’m no expert in the rosters dept, but I know it’s not so easy to boot someone off the 40 man roster once they’re on it. I think, even if they’re replacing a 60 day DL player, they have to clear waivers to be removed from the 40 man roster.

But I could be wrong…

clarence berry

August 31st, 2010
5:05 pm

The major difference between Atlanta and the rest of the contenders is speed. Why don,t they add Matt Young. Atlants needs a base stealer.

Chip Shot Free Freddie

August 31st, 2010
5:12 pm

Freddie has been…….well, you know whats next

Ron Roberts

August 31st, 2010
5:17 pm

A lot of the players folks are asking “why didn’t” questions about…. weren’t needed by Atlanta, and WERE still needed by Gwinnett.

Reality 4

August 31st, 2010
5:27 pm

I hope we all remember that we are not the Cubs who are playing for the next season. We have a pennant to win.

ijudgenot

August 31st, 2010
5:31 pm

DOB, can you give a little more insight on why McLouth was called up and put on roster before September 1 and Glaus was not. Is Glaus and KK officially on the roster as of August 31 or will they be put on roster Thursday post September 1. I thought Glaus would be taking Diory Hernandez slot on post season roster, now not so sure. If McLouth is on the 25 man roster now then he is eligible for post season, but that means Ankiel,Cabrera or Diaz would have to be left off. KK took Martinez spot on 25 man roster so that only leaves one open spot Diory’s unless Lowe’s injury is worse than reported. One spot for either McLouth or Glaus. I will bet on Glaus with McLOuth going to another team.

john

August 31st, 2010
5:52 pm

Canizares should get a call up based upon his production at AAA.

PDOG

August 31st, 2010
5:59 pm

ijudgenot
They can’t call up Glaus today because he was DL and can’t come back for 15 days which will be Wednesday.

jj

August 31st, 2010
6:00 pm

Hey SeaAtl,I was wondering about Thurston and Canizares also.These guys are vets and they also give you good hitters from the right side.I know Thurston is not on 40man roster and I don’t know if that’s a reason for not calling him up.I think both of these guys have had a good year,so who knows.GO BRAVESA

PDOG

August 31st, 2010
6:02 pm

Also Glaus is still available to be part of the 25 man post season roster. I think what will happen is both Glaus and Mclouth will be on the post season roster, the Braves will only carry 11 pitchers.

jerry

August 31st, 2010
6:17 pm

I would have liked to have seen the speediest player they have called up, given the Braves lack of speed, just to pinch run in key situations.

NO MORE BOBBY

August 31st, 2010
6:47 pm

I might change my name to No More McLouth.

A-Ville Ranger

August 31st, 2010
9:31 pm

The math is really starting to favor Los Bravos. Win tonight and we’re 3.5 up with 30 to go pending The Phils game later tonight. If we just go 16-14 the rest of the way they would have to go 20-11 just to tie us after 162 games. That would mean we’d just have to play .533 ball ( 86 win pace over a full season) while they’d have to play .645 ball ( 104.5 win pace over a full season).

Of cource we’ve seen how fast this can change. Still if we can just match them for awhile after tonight the math gets better and better.

rayK

August 31st, 2010
10:14 pm

I agree. Marek should have been recalled instead of Proctor. Marek was great at AA and good at AAA. Proctor was good for 2 weeks. Marek deserves to be rewarded with a promtion even if only to sit in the bullpen. More of the usual Braves’ favoritism with no regard to merit.
Marek and DeValle are left from the Teixeira/Mahay fiasco so maybe they don’t want to bring that subject up again.

Lobosolo

August 31st, 2010
10:46 pm

It is such a hoot to read the baseball experts on here!!! LOL!!!

dawg149

August 31st, 2010
10:48 pm

Hotdamn, my man Troy-boy is back where he needs, and deserves, to be……NOW we’re ready

nate who?

September 1st, 2010
12:03 am

Enter your comments here

nate who?

September 1st, 2010
12:07 am

mclout is back! no s–t and he’s not any better. why the he[double hockey sticks] should BC play him. He STUNK before he went down and he STINKS now. I saw him tonight when the great BC put him in to play.

Tremaine

September 1st, 2010
8:22 am

2010 Nate McLouth = 2009 Greg Norton. This guy can’t hit triple A pitching so lets bring him back up to the majors. When are the braves going to realize a lemon is a lemon.

rico43

September 1st, 2010
8:25 am

There is no “calling up” of Glaus. He is on injury rehab. He has been on the major league disabled list this whole time.

Tate

September 1st, 2010
8:27 am

The thing about Nate is that his swing, essentially, has not changed since he arrived. Once (if) he figures it out, he’ll help someone. He’s two years removed from hitting close to 30 bombs and being an All-Star. But we definitely have a crowd in the outfield for now.

rico43

September 1st, 2010
8:29 am

The problem is that the Braves — and everyone else — have realized it. McLouth is an unmovable player with a unmovable contract.

. Don

September 1st, 2010
9:08 am

Problem is, why was Freeman not called up weeks and weeks and weeks ago when Glaus stopped producing? True, we do not know if he would have hit. But why did they not give him a chance to see. If he didn’t have success, they did not have to keep using him and damage his development.
He may have hit great and helped to carry the Braves for the remainder of the season. There is no way know how many losses that failing to do this and playing Glaus on and on cost the Braves. This is just another example of Bobby Cox’s slowness to make change. For needed changes that are obvious to almost everyone, it takes Cox weeks, sometimes months, sometimes never to make them.
Even now with Cox managing and Freeman coming up, he may not get any playing time even if Lee does not produce. Of couse, Lee has started to hit some — but it seems to be mainly in big margin games. In how many close games, has he hit?

. Don

September 1st, 2010
9:10 am

Didn’t McLouth only hit in the .220s at AAA. If so, what is he doing back up?? I know he could be used as a late inning defensive replacement or as a pinch runner. But you forget, Bobby Cox is the manager – and who knows how much he will try to use him.

Dwayne H.

September 1st, 2010
9:19 am

I cannot believe McLouth gets promoted again. How many times does this guy have to prove he is no help to the Braves? I’ve been following Matt Young for 3 years. He totally out-performs McLouth every day. He deserved the call-up. He gets absolutely no respect from the Braves. I do not understand why he stays with the organization. I do not understand the Braves’ bias against this guy.

Keith

September 1st, 2010
9:29 am

Re: rico43

Actually, he was on the DL, which is only 15 days. I believe he is eligible now (or very soon if not) to play. :)

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 1st, 2010
9:31 am

KK and McClouth are being showcased for trade. McClouth is still an excellenrt defensive center fielder. D. Lee has a one year, high priced contract, with a one year option if the Braves want to keep him next year. That depends on how Freeman progresses. The Braves are a team of destiny and Bobby Cox will go out a winner.

DC Brave

September 1st, 2010
9:31 am

With all the focus on this season, it is almost easy to miss how bright the future is for the Braves. Too bad we had to trade Andrus..but it was worth a shot on Tex.

ijudgenot

September 1st, 2010
9:52 am

I have tried different combinations and I just do not see where McLouth fits into the post season 25 man roster, unless the Braves don’t carry 3 catchers into playoffs which would be out of the norm. Without the move of carring just 2 catchers, the Braves would have to decide among McLouth,Cabrera,Diaz, and Ankiel. Diaz is needed for his right handed bat so that leaves Cabrera, Ankiel, and McLouth. Cabrea despite his quirks is a swittch hitter, plays all outfield positions and has a good arm. That leaves Ankiel and McLouth. Ankiel strikes out as much as McLouth used too, but he covers as much ground as McLouth and has a much stronger arm(best on team says Cox). o that leaves McLouth as the odd man out. With his .234 average at AAA, you have to think Braves are hoping he can make a showing during the month of September so that maybe some team will take him off their hands over the winter.

Braves Fan in N.Y.

September 1st, 2010
9:59 am

Canizares deserves a shot. He has more than paid his dues–done everything the Braves have asked. Dude is hitting almost .340 in what is still referred to as a pitcher’s league. I love Bobby but I think there are certain guys he loves (Norton) and certain guys he doesn’t (Canizares).

Jo-Bu

September 1st, 2010
12:04 pm

KK and McClouth are being showcased for trade. McClouth is still an excellenrt defensive center fielder.

Well, when Nate McLouth learns to come up throwing the ball, I’ll consider him an excellent definsive CF. Even Chipper called him out on that one. No doubt about McLouth’s range and speed.

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