3 players the Tigers MUST call up in September

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Jun 23, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (7) looks on before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers season is over. It’s time to get some prospects playing time in the big leagues. With a number of veteran players nursing minor injuries, there’s no reason we can’t give the boys a day off. Here are the TOP three prospects Detroit should bring up in September:

1Jeimer Candelario

Candelario already had a brief stint with the Tigers when Jose Iglesias was placed on the bereavement list, getting a base hit in two at-bats. With Candelario’s skills at third, Nick Castellanos would likely make a move to right field — a position Nick last played in 2012 in Double-A. Candelario could also get some playing time at first, giving Miguel Cabrera a rest.

2Jairo Labourt

The lefty has worked his way through the Minor leagues this season and is now coming out of the bullpen in Toledo. Labourt came to the Tigers organization when David Price went to Toronto. In 21 innings at Triple-A, Labourt has a 22 percent strikeout rate, which is good, but a 23 percent walk rate, which is bad — really bad. Clearly, the 23-year-old still needs to work on his command before moving up to the big leagues full time, but the Tigers have nothing left to lose on the season so why not give him a cup of coffee?

3Dawel Lugo

While it’s a long shot, I’d love to see Lugo make it up to the Majors this season. He came over in the J.D. Martinez trade and is currently at shortstop/third base in Double-A. It’s uncommon players at Double-A to get called up, but it’s not out of the question. He currently has a .732 OPS in 36 games in Erie. However, with Jose Iglesias and Dixon Machado, it might be hard to find a spot for Lugo on the roster.

I’m happy to see JaCoby Jones on the roster with Anibal Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list. Hopefully, we’ll see him get some more playing time.

After a disappointing season with just the rebuilding Chicago White Sox keeping us out of last place, the Tigers can take advantage of this season’s remaining games to see what the 2018 roster might look like.