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Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Busy day. The White Sox recalled top prospect MI Gordon Beckham from Triple-A this evening, designating CI Wilson Betemit for assignment. Unless the team wants to bench 2B Chris Getz or 3B Josh Fields, Beckham's playing time will probably come piecemeal, splitting time between 2B, 3B, and SS. He'll also probably have a chance to overtake Getz or Fields at some point if he hits well, but he should probably get close to regular at-bats anyway. I doubt the team would recall him just to sit on the bench.
AL-only leaguers, go get him now if he's not already owned. Mixed leaguers can probably hold off for now. He doesn't really excel in any one category, and he probably won't show much speed at all. His batting average might be serviceable and he has a little power, though it's yet to be seen where he'll hit in the order for RBI and runs. Probably in the 7-8-9 area to start.
MI Jayson Nix will probably lose some at-bats with this move.
Posted by Derek Carty at 11:09pm (0) Comments
As I suspected earlier this evening following the Nate McLouth trade, Pirates top prospect OF Andrew McCutchen has been called up. He'll start tomorrow night. Go get him NL-only leaguers. Mixed leaguers, show some restraint unless you're going to try and spin him off immediately.
Posted by Derek Carty at 8:09pm (0) Comments
First big trade of the year. Pirates OF Nate McLouth has supposedly been traded to the Atlanta Braves for prospects P Charlie Morton, P Jeff Locke, and OF Gorkys Hernandez (h/t Rotoworld). This is great news for Brandon Moss owners (like me in LABR NL!) as he no longer has to worry about being replaced when the team decides Andrew McCutchen is ready. Nyjer Morgan's playing time is also secure now, and this improves the short-term value of OF Craig Monroe and OF Eric Hinske.
It also could mean that a McCutchen promotion is upcoming. I'd grab him in all NL-only leagues but only in the deepest of mixed leagues where you're desperate for steals. With the emergence of Morgan, he almost certainly will not lead off and may only provide real value in one category.
As for the Braves situation, Gregor Blanco looked like he would be starting with Jordan Schafer demoted, but now he'll have to settle for a fourth outfielder/platoon role.
Posted by Derek Carty at 6:31pm (0) Comments
The Braves have released SP Tom Glavine and will promote top prospect Tommy Hanson to start on Saturday (h/t Rotoworld). All NL-only leagues in which he's not owned, get him now! He should also be stashed in all but the most shallow mixed leagues. This will likely wreck the short-term value of SP Kris Medlen, who is moving to the bullpen. He could put up good numbers in relief for NL-only leaguers, so don't drop him yet. He could move back into the rotation if Javier Vazquez or someone gets traded.
Posted by Derek Carty at 6:28pm (0) Comments
The Angels are apparently seriously contemplating sending Howie Kendrick to the minors. If they were to do this, they'd have a few options:
1) Replace him with Sean Rodriguez
2) Move Chone Figgins to 2B and let Brandon Wood play at 3B
3) Let Maicer Izturis start at 2B
My money would be on Sean Rodriguez, who has nice power for a 2B and also has a little speed. AL-only leaguers need to stash him now, and deep-ish mixed leaguers should keep tabs.
Posted by Derek Carty at 4:07pm (0) Comments
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Maybe not tomorrow, a week from now, or even a month from now; but sometime this season Cards reliever Chris Perez could see some save opportunities. Even though it may appear on the surface current closer Ryan Franklin is pitching great, (1.35 ERA, 12 for 13 in save opps) he is not dominating hitters with a mere 15 strikeouts in 20 innings and is benefiting from an absurd .195 BABIP. Based on his peripherals he is pitching at the level of a 4.00 ERA pitcher.
In contrast, Perez has shown improved command over his last six appearances, having given up only one walk and continues to blow hitters away with a K/9 in the elevens. Perez has struggled with controls issues in the past, so it is critical to keep an eye on his walk rates and make sure they continue to fall. When he limits the free passes though, Perez is a tough pitcher to score runs against and just might regain the closer role he almost won in Spring Training.
Posted by Paul Singman at 4:28pm (2) Comments
Monday, June 01, 2009
The Rockies outfield situation is a true logjam right now. While logjams can cause frustration for fantasy owners who see their players drop into time-shares, logjams are also great places to look for hidden talent.
Right now the Rockies are going predominantly with the lineup of Brad Hawpe in right, rookie Dexter Fowler in center, and Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith splitting the duties in left. That is merely their predominant lineup. Some nights Spilly will slide over to center and a player not even mentioned yet, Matt Murton, will get the start in left. And then there is center fielder Carlos Gonzalez who is raking to the tune of .333/.421/.598 in Triple-A. That makes a potential six players for three positions.
Right now Hawpe is the only definite everyday starter as he is having himself a very nice season, batting .348 with seven home runs and 39 RBI thus far. With a relatively cheap contract and the Rockies slow start however, Hawpe is most likely going to be traded sometime before the trading deadline.
Fowler is having a decent season in the majors; not good but not bad either for a rookie. I do not see him getting sent down to Triple-A and the Rockies probably want him playing everyday, so his playing time seems fairly secure to me.
The other three players—Spilborghs, Smith, and Murton—are all involved a crapshoot as to who will end up getting the most playing time the rest of the way. Right now Murton (who was mashing Triple-A pitching before getting called-up, albeit as a 26 year old) is the odd man-out, although that can change at any moment's notice.
Despite Gonzalez' success in Triple-A, he most likely will remain there until September when he could be a late call up. The Rockies want to see increased maturity and sustained success from him before potentially rushing him to the majors as the A's did last year.
Although murky now, by mid-summer the Rockies outfield situation should be somewhat resolved. My advice is simply to remain aware of what is going on in the Rockies outfield and the player I'd be looking to jump on at the first sign of increased playing time is Matt Murton because 1) he is not owned in most leagues and 2) has the skills to put up solid numbers if given the playing time. Right now you can let him sit in free agency, though.
Posted by Paul Singman at 9:43pm
Quick - name the right-handed reliever in the Mets bullpen that throws 98 mph. It isn't J.J. Putz, at least not these days. Tonight, as in the recent past, Putz hasn't looked sharp, throwing mainly low-90's fastballs and few split-fingers. If you're looking for holds or a few cheap saves, I'd start perusing in the Bobby Parnell aisle.
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