At the Plate, On Deck, and In the Hole:
I’ve added a few tidbits here and there about how outside of a couple starting pitchers, not many players on the Philadelphia Phillies roster are worth owning. I am however, a big believer that if you are down in certain stat categories, and someone is raking, you try your best to catch lightning in a bottle, use up what you can, and look for the next hot player once the one you picked up cools off. Such is the case with Domonic Brown. He’s got 10 bombs in the month of May, and the Phillies are actually playing better than decent ball over the past few weeks. Brown has long been considered a can’t miss prospect, and he hasn’t ever lived up to expectations either from the Phillies brass, or the baseball community as a whole. Now is the time to roll the dice, as Brown also adds runs and stolen bases to his newly found power. I’m still not buying into his play throughout the long summer, but take a chance and see if he can help you in the short term.
The St. Louis Cardinals not only are as steady as it gets in wins and losses, and long term success on the field, but their underrated minor league system continues to produce gems at every position, including starting pitching. The Cards are going to give their top prospect, Michael Wacha his shot to step into the rotation, taking on the Kansas City Royals in his major league debut this week. The young flame thrower is 4-0 with an earned run average just over 2.00. If he is available, snag him and hope that he can produce Patrick Corbin or Matt Harvey-type results the rest of the way.
If you’re looking for a nice multi position eligible player, go ahead and pick up New York Yankees‘ third baseman David Adams. He has played splendid third base, is hitting around .280 and is just about to gain eligibility at third, along with his normal listing of second base. Joe Girardi likes this kid a bunch, and with the health of Kevin Youkilis still uncertain, even though he’s expected back Friday, I expect to see Adams continuing to get regular playing time.
One, Two, Three Strikes You’re Out!
Danny Espinosa of the Washington Nationals came into the 2013 season with high hopes of taking the next step towards middle infield greatness. Cut from the same cloth as the Atlanta Braves‘ Dan Uggla, Espinosa has big time pop in his bat, and is both shortstop and second base eligible. The problem for him, along with many of his teammates, is that they simply aren’t hitting. Espinosa was recently diagnosed with a fracture in his wrist, and even though it won’t require a stint on the disabled list, he isn’t playing very often. I believe it is a combination of the injury, along with Davey Johnson‘s lost confidence in him. He can get hot quickly, and until he does, steer clear of him for the time being.
With the plethora of solid starting pitching in most league’s free agent pools and on the waiver wire, the time has come to walk away from Wade Miley of the Arizona Diamondbacks. His last outing was the worse of his major league career, where he lasted just 3 2/3 innings, while allowing seven earned runs. His velocity is down, and scouts are whispering about a hidden injury. Either try and trade Miley and if there are no takers, let him go.
The Anaheim Angels signed Ryan Madson with the intent on having him close out games in 2013 en route to a World Series appearance. For the Halos and for Madson, things haven’t quite worked out as planned. The Angels are trying to play catch up in the standings, as they are almost double digits behind the Texas Rangers, and Madson can’t get healthy. He had a recent set back in his rehab on an injured elbow, and officials say he has to start over again from square one. With Ernesto Fieri planted solidly in the closer’s role, even when Madson comes back, it will most likely be in a set up or middle relief role given his lack of durability.
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