Milwaukee Brewers: Top five candidates for September call-ups

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 16: Brett Phillips
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As August winds down, the Milwaukee Brewers are still close to a playoff spot as we head to September. Rosters expand on September 1st and this team could still use some help for the run to the playoffs. The September call-ups will have more of an impact on this team than in the last two years.

While every team can add another 15 players to their active roster, no one ever adds that many. The Brewers generally don’t call up a lot of players, but this year could be different. With an emphasis placed on versatility and considering that most position players on this team can play multiple positions, there’s room for plenty of call-ups.

Throughout the summer, the Milwaukee Brewers have called up many of their top prospects for short stints. The only one who has stayed is Josh Hader. Lewis Brinson, Brett Phillips, and Brandon Woodruff have been up and down throughout the season. Players like that could see more action in September, but there are also a couple of guys called to make their Major League debut.

The Brewers reportedly expect to make two waves of September call-ups. One when rosters expand and one when the Minor League season is over about a week later. The Double-A and Triple-A squads in Biloxi and Colorado Springs are in playoff contention so it could be awhile before the second wave arrives.

Expect to see some familiar faces in September, but there will be a couple of unfamiliar ones to Brewers fans as well. Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell has said himself that they can’t just go .500 to finish out the year. They need to go on a run. These call-ups could provide enough of a boost to helpthe Brewers earn a playoff spot.