Being called up on September 1 is no longer quite the spectacle it used to be. Whereas previously rosters expanded up to 40 players they now increase by just two, from 26 to 28.
In one respect this can be perceived as unfair for peripheral players, just looking for that one opportunity to get/return, to the Majors and show what they can do. At the same time, it makes it more intriguing when considering who will get that golden chance to prove themselves in the bigs.
For the Phillies specifically, neither of their top two prospects will be in consideration to be called up come September. Andrew Painter is now out until at least 2025 due to Tommy John surgery, while it's too soon for Mick Abel, who still has work to do on his game in Double-A Reading.
This leads to the question of who will actually get the call up by the Phillies? Here are four candidates to consider, who all have legitimate claims to be in the Majors as of September 1.
NB - All statistics up to and including August 13.
If we're talking just pure talent, then calls for Griff McGarry to be promoted to the Majors make total sense. He is often referred to as one of the top pitching prospects in the game.
McGarry has a fastball which can reach 100 mph, with an enticing backup combo of a slider and curveball. Heck, even his changeup is considered above average.
Of course, it's about more than just having the talent and potential - you also need to be able to put it all together on a consistent basis. In terms of the righty specifically, his main challenge has been issues with his location.
One area where this has been highlighted, is in McGarry averaging 5.9 walks per nine innings during 13 starts in Double-A Reading. However, in stark contrast, he has also displayed his sensational arm strength with 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
In addition, the 24-year-old has impressed in limiting opponents to a .163 batting average during this season in Double-A. Combined with a 3.79 ERA and 1.226 WHIP, there's enough to be encouraged by.
As a result, McGarry earned a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the second consecutive season earlier this month. It didn't quite go to plan however, as he allowed seven hits, three walks and eight runs during 2.2 innings in his first start.
Despite this, the thinking among baseball analysts is still to seriously consider the San Franciso, California native for a call-up in September. This is a caveat however, to use him out of the bullpen as opposed to in the rotation.