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Liam Hendriks
Clear No. 1 closer for playoffs?
PChicago White Sox
September 27, 2021
Hendriks has dominated save opportunities for the White Sox lately and looks like the clear top closer option ahead of Craig Kimbrel heading into the playoffs.
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Dallas Keuchel
Getting right for playoffs?
PChicago White Sox
September 27, 2021
Keuchel allowed just two earned runs across five innings to grab the win Monday against the Tigers, and the lefty could be righting the ship in time to grab a postseason rotation spot.
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Jake Woodford
To stick in rotation?
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 27, 2021
Woodford has pitched well as a starter for the Cardinals and may hold onto his role in the rotation, with the recently reinstated Dakota Hudson and Jack Flaherty pitching out of the bullpen.
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Jack Flaherty
Sticking in relief role?
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 27, 2021
Flaherty recorded just one out in his return from the injured list Friday and may stick in a long relief role due to the Cardinals having a handful of other rotation options.
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Dakota Hudson
To stick in relief role?
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 27, 2021
With the Cardinals playing well lately, they may opt to keep Hudson in a long relief role after recently activating the pitcher following his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
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Julio Rodriguez
To skip Triple-A?
OFSeattle Mariners  AA
September 27, 2021
After performing well in Double-A this season, Rodriguez may skip Triple-A and head straight to the majors early next year, Keith Law of The Athletic speculates.
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MJ Melendez
Ready for majors next Opening Day?
CKansas City Royals  AAA
September 27, 2021
Melendez has performed well this year at Double-A and Triple-A and could be ready to make the jump to the majors early next season, Keith Law of The Athletic notes.
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Nick Pratto
MLB debut coming early next season?
1BKansas City Royals  AAA
September 27, 2021
Pratto has had a big year in Double-A and Triple-A and could be ready to make the jump to the majors early next season, Keith Law of The Athletic notes.
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Bobby Witt
Ready for majors to start 2022?
SSKansas City Royals  AAA
September 27, 2021
Witt has had a big year in Double-A and Triple-A and could be ready to make the jump to the majors early next season, Keith Law of The Athletic notes.
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Pedro Severino
Moving on from Baltimore?
CBaltimore Orioles
September 27, 2021
Adley Rutschman could be Baltimore's Opening Day catcher in 2022, Keith Law of The Athletic speculates, meaning Severino may look for a starting gig elsewhere.
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Adley Rutschman
Debuting early next season?
CBaltimore Orioles  AAA
September 26, 2021
Rutschman has absolutely raked in the minors this season and could be Baltimore's Opening Day catcher in 2022, Keith Law of The Athletic speculates.
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Josh Rogers
Locked into 2022 rotation?
PWashington Nationals
September 26, 2021
Rogers has been excellent in his four starts with Washington and figures to be part of the starting rotation next season.
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Brian Goodwin
Postseason roster spot in doubt?
OFChicago White Sox
September 26, 2021
Goodwin will likely miss the rest of the regular season with back spasms, and he could be left off the ALDS roster even if healthy.
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Huascar Ynoa
Postseason role unclear
PAtlanta Braves
September 26, 2021
Ynoa has struggled in recent starts and could find himself in the bullpen if the Braves hold on to win the National League East.
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Shane McClanahan
Rays' postseason ace?
PTampa Bay Rays
September 26, 2021
McClanahan has been extremely dependable lately and will likely be Tampa Bay's Game 1 starter in the ALDS.
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Jordan Hicks
Heading to fall league
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 26, 2021
Hicks has begun rehabbing with Triple-A Memphis and will pitch in the Arizona Fall League, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Jake McGee
Returning for postseason?
PSan Francisco Giants
September 26, 2021
McGee has played catch up to 90 feet and appears on track to return from his oblique injury by the end of the regular season.
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Willi Castro
Loses starting 2B job?
SSDetroit Tigers
September 26, 2021
Castro hasn't been the starting second baseman for three consecutive games, suggesting he may have lost the starting job there.
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Luis Severino
In prominent set-up role?
PNew York Yankees
September 26, 2021
Severino has thrown four scoreless innings since returning from the injured list and appears to be one of manager Aaron Boone's more trusted options out of the bullpen.
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Jose Cisnero
Season likely over
PDetroit Tigers
September 26, 2021
Manager A.J. Hinch said it's "improbable" Cisnero returns from his elbow laceration before the season ends, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Cole Sulser
Leading candidate for saves
PBaltimore Orioles
September 25, 2021
Sulser seems likely to be Baltimore's primary closer over the rest of the season with Tyler Wells landing on the 10-day injured list with a shoulder injury Saturday.
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AJ Ramos
Looking for 100th save
PLos Angeles Angels
September 25, 2021
Ramos says he will get his 100th career save, whether it's this year or next year, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
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Pedro Baez
Could factor into October bullpen
PHouston Astros
September 24, 2021
Baez began a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday and could play a substantial role in Houston's postseason bullpen once he returns from his shoulder injury.
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Nathan Eovaldi
Lined up for WC game
PBoston Red Sox
September 24, 2021
Manager Alex Cora has lined up Boston's rotation to have Eovaldi well-rested for the AL Wild Card Game on October 5.
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Alex Cobb
Building free-agent appeal
PLos Angeles Angels
September 24, 2021
Cobb has impressed in his two starts off the IL and could draw considerable interest on the open market this offseason.
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