And just like that, there is only a month and change left in the regular season. Some MLB rosters will be turned upside down next week when the September call-ups get promoted (some were covered last week), but there has been some movement on the league's depth charts in recent weeks.
Without any further ado...
White Sox 2B
Starter: Carlos Sanchez
Next: Leury Garcia
In the minors: Marcus Semien
Gordon Beckham's six-year run with the White Sox came to an end last week when he was dealt to the Angels for cash or a player to be named later. Will Carlos Sanchez take his place for the next six years? He should at least have the next six weeks. Sanchez has served as the team's starting second baseman for each of his first three games with the club. He's a contact hitter with little power and efficient, but not elite, speed, and he should benefit from hitting between Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu. Leury Garcia saw the first start at second of the post-Beckham era, but he has not started since and he has been a minor factor all season. Marcus Semien was the team's starting second baseman earlier this season while Beckham was on the DL, but he has played much more at shortstop and in the outfield at Triple-A Charlotte. He should be in the mix come the September roster expansion, but it should remain the Sanchez show for now.
Starter: Brayan Pena
Next: Todd Frazier, Jack Hannahan
On the DL: Joey Votto
Joey Votto has not been seen ‘round these parts in months, and it does not sound like he will return from his quadriceps injury when eligible on September 4. Given the Reds' minute playoff chances, it would not be a surprise to see him call it an early winter to ensure he is closer to 100 percent come Opening Day 2015. Brayan Pena has played more games at first than catcher this season, and he could eclipse Votto's total if he remains the team's primary first baseman through September. That could happen, given the team's limited options at the position. Todd Frazier has been playing a bit here, but he has no reason to leave third base more than a few times a week. Neftali Soto should come up from Triple-A Louisville in September, but there isn't really anyone in the Reds' minor league system worth an extended look.
In the mix: Gaby Sanchez, Ike Davis, Pedro Alvarez
In the Minors: Tony Sanchez
The Pirates' early-season trade for Ike Davis has yielded little fruit. His .350 OBP ranks third on the team (behind Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin), but he's slugged a meager .368 and he has hit .195 in the month of August. As such, he has yielded an increasing number of starts to Gaby Sanchez, and as of this past weekend, Pedro Alvarez. The Alvarez situation may be the most interesting, as his placement at first allows the Pirates to play both him and Josh Harrison simultaneously (Alvarez at first and Harrison at third). Sometimes-catcher Tony Sanchez has been playing some first base at Triple-A Indianapolis, but he is also slugging an unimpressive .418 in his age-26 season (his third season at the level). He should be up next week, but it's doubtful that he'll see more than one start per week.
Starter: Jake Goebbert
Next: Tommy Medica
Out for the season: Yonder Alonso
The Padres lost Yonder Alonso for the season since he was last discussed in In Some Depth a few weeks ago. The loss is somewhat tragic, as he slashed .421/.477/.737 in between his two DL stints, but such is life for the Padres in 2014. Tommy Medica seemed like the obvious on-roster replacement at first base, but the team has instead used Jake Goebbert as their primary first baseman. Goebbert had a .996 OPS at Triple-A El Paso in 200-ish plate appearances in the Padres system, but that figure is not all that striking for a 26-year-old in the PCL. Still, the job should primarily be his for the next few weeks, especially with Kyle Blanks unlikely to return in 2014.