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Thursday, June 04, 2009
Demotion for Atkins?Posted by Derek Carty at 1:28pm
Rockies 3B Garrett Atkins may get demoted as his rough start to the season has continued into June. If he does get demoted, Ian Stewart would probably take most of the playing time at third. Since the team would probably like to trade Atkins, I imagine he'd be called back up shortly after he starts hitting at Triple-A and would be back by July.
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Michael Street said...
I suggested in the May 29 Waiver Wire that teams watch Stewart carefully for a bounceback or increased playing time, as his BABIP has been extremely low.
Owners in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues should certainly speculate on Stewart at this point—he cracked a dinger in the same game covered in the Denver Post article Derek points to. That some leagues grant Stewart 2B eligibility (16 games in 2009) gives him further value.
Stewart’s in Colorado’s long-term plans, and it looks like those plans are close to fruition.
Posted 06/06 at 03:41 PM
Derek Carty said...
Absolutely agreed, Michael. I’m a big Ian Stewart fan. Love his power - he absolutely crushes the ball - and as you noted, the BABIP is very low. Add in some additional PT in his near future and you’ve got a great buy option.
Posted 06/06 at 03:44 PM