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Six for Saturday: Call-ups

There have been some pretty big names called up to the Majors within the past five days. Let's have a quick look at them, and project what fantasy owners can expect to receive from them.

Carlos Santana | C | Cleveland: Santana is known for hitting for average, showing good patience and also having some pop in his bat. He was having little trouble with triple-A pitching and was hitting .316/.447/.597 in 196 at-bats at the time of his call-up. Santana has always produced a lot of walks - he usually walks more than he strikes out - so you can expect him to be on base a lot. In his prime, expect Victor Martinez-like numbers.

Jose Tabata | OF | Pittsburgh: Tabata has had his ups and his downs but he's still a very impressive prospect. His success in 2010 can be linked directly to a change in his approach; he stopped trying to hit everything out of the park and instead realized his skill set lends itself to getting on base and stealing some bases - while also looking to hit for gap power. In triple-A, Tabata hit .308/.373/.424 in 224 at-bats. He also set a career high with 25 steals through June 8 (His previous full-season high was 22, set back in '05). With a thicker body, Tabata probably won't be a 30-40 steal guy in the Majors; expect a total more in the range of 15-20 in a full season with 10-15 homers and a good batting average.

Mike Stanton | OF | Florida: Just 20, Stanton tore apart double-A with 21 homers in 52 games. That's pretty impressive, but also remember that he struck out 53 times in 190 at-bats. Stanton will probably knock some balls out of the park over the next few months but he may also hit in the .220-.240 range with high K-totals. Think along the lines of Travis Snider's early-career with the Jays: .241/.328/.419 in 241 at-bats. Snider was a more advanced overall hitter at the same age, but Stanton has more raw power.

Brad Lincoln | RHP | Pittsburgh: The fourth overall pick of the '06 draft out of the University of Houston, it's taken longer than expected for Lincoln to reach the Majors. The right-hander is here now, though, and he was roughed up in his first MLB start. His numbers in triple-A were pretty good: He had a 3.16 ERA and gave up 54 hits in 68.1 innings of work. Lincoln also struck out 55 batters and walked 14. Lincoln has an outside shot of developing into a No. 2 starter, but he's more likely at this point to settle in as a workhorse No. 3.

Jake Arrieta | RHP | Baltimore: Speaking of projected No. 3 starters, Arrieta also made his debut this week. He faced a tough task by facing the Yankees but he tossed a quality start by allowing three runs in 6.0 innings. In triple-A, he posted very good numbers. Arrieta had a 1.85 ERA and gave up 48 hits in 73.0 innings of work. His control still comes and goes but he posts respectable strikeout numbers (64) and did a better job of keeping the ball on the ground this season. The Orioles club could eventually have a very nice 1-2-3 punch with Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, and Arrieta.

Stephen Strasburg | RHP | Washington: Perhaps you've heard of this guy? I don't think I have to tell you too much about him; pretty much everyone knows by now that he struck out 14 Pittsburgh batters, without issuing a walk, in his debut. Sure, it was the Pirates, but it was still an amazing performance. He's a great pitcher to have in all fantasy format; just keep in mind that he'll likely face an innings cap in the second half of the season.


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