This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Welcome to the last installment of this season's "Prepping for the Stretch Run" series. To be honest, I've been waffling over what I want to write about. The general theme is players not currently on 25-man rosters with a chance to be fantasy relevant. The conundrum is how deep to go predicting call-ups once rosters expand. To be honest, I view this as an exercise in futility, especially because the site will be all over anyone summoned. Be it in a player note, FAAB article, podcast, etc., everyone on an MLB roster will be discussed. As I survey the teams, I'll try to point out some under-the-radar pickups, but the main purpose will be reminding you of some injured players and highlighting some scheduling or other quirks apropos to the last month of action.
The Orioles got a head start, promoting Cedric Mullins and inserting Renato Nunez at the hot corner when Manny Machado left town. Mullins hope to be back by the weekend, at which time he could be joined by Austin Hays, currently toiling at Double-A Bowie. Hays has five doubles and four homers over the last two weeks. With the Bay Sox out of the playoff picture, Hays could get the call, especially since Mark Trumbo has opted for season-ending knee surgery.
Another option is Anthony Santander, though the 23-year-old isn't considered a top prospect and he's currently struggling with Triple-A Norfolk. Plus, the Tides are in wild-card contention, so Santander