It looks like the first of the September call-ups are already on their way to Minneapolis.
According to Darren Wolfson, the Twins are calling up left-hander Nik Turley and super utility player Niko Goodrum when rosters expand tomorrow:
No surprise: told pitcher Nik Turley is on his way back to the #MNTwins with Sept. 1 roster additions kicking in starting tomorrow.— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) August 31, 2017
I already expected Turley to get the call, but Goodrum is a bit more surprising.
Not that bringing up Goodrum is a bad call, though. The 25-year-old has been having a pretty good season in Triple-A, where he’s hitting .265/.309/.425 with 25 doubles and 15 home runs on the year. His extreme versatility will definitely bring value to the Twins too—he’s a switch hitter, and has also played every position besides pitcher and catcher this year in Triple-A.
The reason Goodrum’s call up is a little surprising is because he’s not on the 40-man roster and there has been little talk of calling him up. Many people viewed him as just minor league utility depth before this year. Heck, Goodrum didn’t even make the group of C+ prospects in the Twins system in John Sickels’ Minnesota Twins Top 20 prospects for 2017 post.
There’s no word yet on what the corresponding move will be to get Goodrum on the 40-man roster, though as I suggested earlier, the Twins could probably move J.T. Chargois to the 60-day DL. It doesn’t sound like he’s going to be pitching any time soon.
Paul Moltior also told reporters yesterday that the Twins planned to call up three players as soon as rosters expanded, but I haven’t heard of a third call up yet either. It’ll most likely be Buddy Boshers, though, considering the Twins have already been shuttling him between Triple-A and the majors all year anyway.
UPDATE (4:00 pm CT):
Nik Turley, Buddy Boshers and Niko Goodrum will be called up tomorrow— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) August 31, 2017