Seattle Mariners make first September call-ups

As we move to the month of September, rosters around the league are expanding for September call-ups as minor league seasons are winding down. The Seattle Mariners have made their first additions to the active roster.

According to Ryan Divish, Mariners beat reporter for the Seattle Times, the first wave of September call-ups includes OF Stefen Romero, utility player Shawn O’Malley, and RHPs Tony Zych and Jose Ramirez.

Romero spent a decent amount of time with the big league club in 2014 as he played in 72 games, but struggled as he hit just .192. This season in Triple-A, he has hit .292 with 17 home runs, 79 RBI, and an .827 OPS. He has a chance to re-prove his worth at the big league level in September.

Ramirez, who was traded from the Yankees to Seattle in the Dustin Ackley deal at this year’s deadline, has only pitched in three big league games this season and spent most of his time in the minor leagues. In 13 innings for Tacoma, Ramirez was 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA. The Mariners’ bullpen has been used a lot lately, which is a good reason for his call up.

As for Zych and O’Malley, they will both be making their MLB debuts when they step foot on the diamond for Seattle. O’Malley, 27, is local to the Seattle area as he grew up in Southridge, Washington, so he is in a way playing for his hometown team. This season in Triple-A, the utility-man has hit .297 with a .758 OPS.

Zych, 25, had a 1-2 record with a 3.41 ERA in 31.2 innings pitched since being promoted to Triple-A Tacoma from Double-A Jackson.

There will be more call ups on their way up when the Tacoma Rainiers season comes to a close on September 7. Likely candidates are C Mike Zunino, INF Chris Taylor, LHP Mike Montgomery, and potentially a few others.

And as Divish points out, the Mariners do have two more spots available on their 40-man roster and there potentially could be a third if they decide to transfer Charlie Furbush from the 15-day DL to the 60-day.

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