One of the more interesting names among the dozens of September call-ups is former Rookie of the Year and All-Star closer Andrew Bailey, who’s back in the majors with the Yankees for the first time since 2013.
Bailey was a dominant reliever for the A’s from 2009-2011, but was traded to the Red Sox for Josh Reddick and a pair of minor leaguers in December of 2011 and has been repeatedly derailed by injuries since.
He returns to the big leagues at age 31 after throwing 35 innings with a 1.80 ERA and 42/11 K/BB ratio in the minors this season. New York is set in the late innings with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, but Bailey could get a chance to get some key outs in middle relief.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.