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Five for Friday: Call-up Watch

Last week we took a look at six names that could see a call up to the Majors in the near future. It was so much fun that we're going to take a look at five more names to monitor as the season progresses.

Andrew Cashner | RHP | Chicago NL: The starting rotation looks pretty solid in Chicago right now, but things can change in a flash. Cashner was the club's 2008 first round draft pick out of Texas Christian University. Converted to a full-time starter in pro ball after seeing time as a closer in college, many have suggested that the right-hander is destined for the bullpen in the Majors. If the early returns on his '10 season are any indication of his future ability, though, don't be so sure to write him off as a starter. He struck out 42 batters in 36.0 double-A innings before a recent promotion to triple-A. In his first start at that level, Cashner allowed just one run in six innings and struck out six batters.

Scott Mathieson | RHP | Philadelphia: Health concerns continue to swirl around veteran closer Brad Lidge and back-up closer Ryan Madson is dealing with health issues of his own. As a result, a door could be opened for the hard-throwing Mathieson to gain some experience at the MLB level. The Canadian has been very good since the beginning of '09 now that he's finally healthy. Last season, he struck out 34 batters in 32.1 innings and held them to a .149 average. This season, he currently has a 0.54 ERA in 13 triple-A games. He's also struck out 18 batters in 16.2 innings of work.

Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis: If the club ever tires of Kyle Lohse's performance, Lynn is waiting in the wings in triple-A. The club selected the right-hander out of the University of Mississippi with the 39th pick of the amateur draft in '08. He's not a dynamic, hard-thrower, but he's durable and gets his fair share of ground-ball outs. Lynn currently has a 3.26 ERA in seven triple-A starts. The 23-year-old pitcher has 31 strikeouts in 38.2 innings of work, but he's also walked 21 batters. His overall ceiling is that of a No. 3 starter.

Brad Lincoln | RHP | Pittsburgh: The pitching has been ugly in Pittsburgh, but Lincoln has yet to take advantage of the clear opening. The former No. 1 draft pick has pretty much gone one-good-start-one-bad-start-one-good-start... all season long. However, he's been good for two straight starts now with 11 hits and just two walks allowed in 14.0 innings. He's also struck out 11. Although Lincoln is limiting the hits overall on the year, his ground-ball rate has diminished recently and his strikeout total is still modest (29 in 42.1 innings). If he can string a few more good starts together, though, he could convince the Pittsburgh head office that he's better than some of the other pitchers being trotted out to the MLB mound. 

Neil Walker | IF/OF | Pittsburgh: Just when you'd written him off... Walker is back from the dead. The former local high school star who became the club's No. 1 draft pick in '04 has resurrected his career with a move from third base (He was originally a catcher) to a utility role. Walker has played first, second, third and the outfield so far this season at triple-A. All the moving around has clearly taken his mind off of his struggles at the plate and he's currently hitting .338/.399/.602 in 133 at-bats. Current Major Leaguers like Akinori Iwamura, Jeff Clement, Ryan Church, and even Andy LaRoche should be looking over their shoulders.

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