Here we are in the season's final month. You might already be out of contention in your league, but there are still plenty of depth chart situations to monitor. These situations should continue to change in the coming days/weeks as the trickle of roster additions accelerates with even more players receiving a cup of coffee.
Without any further ado...
Starter: Martin Prado
Next: Stephen Drew, Brendan Ryan
In the minors: Rob Refsnyder
It looked as though Martin Prado's playing time would decline when he moved from Arizona to New York, but he has become the Yankees' starting second baseman in recent weeks. He had only played four games at the keystone for the Diamondbacks, but he has already played 12 there in his month in the Bronx. It is evident that manager Joe Girardi and the team's front office prefer to deploy Prado than Stephen Drew. Drew has 14 starts at second since joining the Yankees at the trade deadline, but only three of those have come since August 16. Of course, Prado has also been employed at various other parts of the field, as someone with his glove skills is apt to do, but he might be most valuable at second since Drew has struggled to hit the ball this season. Robert Refsnyder has an OBP near .400 over the past month, and his batting line has not taken a hit since he was promoted from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Refsnyder has not been mentioned as a September call-up (yet), but he could be in the 2015 picture.
Starter: Omar Infante
Next: Jayson Nix
Next (soon): Christian Colon, Johnny Giavotella
Omar Infante has played at about replacement level all season, but his adequate glove at second makes up for his 79 OPS+. He has been especially abysmal in the second half, with a .241 wOBA in his 37 games since the All-Star break. The Royals have overtaken the Tigers in spite of Infante's non-presence, but it would not be a surprise to see him serve as a healthy scratch occasionally in September. The freshly-added Jayson Nix could steal a start or two, as could Christian Colon and/or Johnny Giavotella if they join the team after the end of the minor league season.
In the mix: Ryan Rua, Mike Carp, J.P. Arencibia, Adam Rosales
I have not counted, but I am fairly confident that the Rangers' first base spot has been one of the most-covered positions of 2014 (thanks a lot Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland). The depth chart received another wrinkle this past week when Ryan Rua joined the squad. Rua had all of three updates by RotoWire writers before his promotion last week, but all three of those updates pertained to his predisposition to hit home runs. He hit a home run once every 21 plate appearances over the past two seasons, and he struck out far less frequently than your typical minor league slugger. You might expect a man of his age to excel in the Texas (Double-A) and Pacific Coast (Triple-A) Leagues, but the Rangers have nothing to lose by starting him over the likes of J.P. Arencibia, Mike Carp, and Adam Rosales for the season's final few weeks. Those three are all known commodities and more likely than not will not be part of the 2015 equation.