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Prospect Prospectin': Don't Lyle-Overpay for Cingrani

Carlton Risk

Tony Cingrani

Cingrani has been downright ridiculous in Triple-A this year, striking out 26 batters in 14.1 IP with only 2 BB and O ER. Minor league bats have been deceived by his low-90’s fastball and his 11-5 curve, but he’s going to have to work on his secondary stuff to last in the big leagues. It’s actually kind of strange that the Reds would call up their best pitching prospect as a temporary fill-in for Cueto, and it’s going to be interesting to see what happens to Cingrani once Cueto returns. If he succeeds, he might replace Mike Leake at the back of the rotation, but calling him up before he develops a solid changeup could easily backfire. In keeper leagues he’s obviously worth taking a flyer on, but in redraft leagues I wouldn’t give up too much FAAB for this hot but unproven commodity who doesn’t have overpowering stuff and may not even have a job in a few weeks.

Praying for Injury

Matt Adams

The worst part about fantasy sports is that evil, guilty satisfaction you get way deep down when an opponent’s player gets injured. Hopefully, I’m the only terrible person who feels that. Luckily, with Cardinals players, you don’t have to pray too hard for players like Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, and Allen Craig to hit the DL. And once one of them goes down, Adams is going to be the beneficiary of a lot of ABs. Even if the Cardinals stay healthy, Adams is going to force his way into more playing time if he keeps hitting anything close to as well as he is now, batting a preposterous .611 with 3 HRs and 8 RBI in only 20 plate appearances.


Jedd Gyorko

Gyorko hasn’t flashed any of the power he flaunted in the minors last year with his 30 bombs and .547 slugging percentage. In fact Gyorko has a big goose egg in the home run category, which is partially due to the fact that only 43.4% of the pitches he’s seen have been fastballs. He’s been chasing curveballs out of the zone, probably putting too much pressure on himself to produce in the heart of the lineup - which is exactly why he’s a great buy-low candidate. His owners are certainly growing impatient, wondering if this over-hyped prospect was worth the pretty penny they had to pay to acquire him on draft day. Gyorko’s value is only going to increase once he starts taking advantage of Petco’s new fences and once Headley comes back and he gains 2B eligibility. Now is the time to make a lowball offer and see if someone bites - and it wouldn’t hurt to remind them that Alexi Amarista is playing so well right now that he might even steal ABs from Gyorko.... Fantasy baseball is all about taking calculated risks, and Gyorko’s upside is high enough that you can easily justify taking a risk on acquiring him.

Deep League Diamondbacks

Didi Gregorious

Middle Infielders have been dropping like flies - first there was Hanley and Jeter, and now there’s Reyes and Hill, and even Espinosa is dinged up. If you’re hurting at the MI position, check out the Dutch Didi Gregorious, who will in all likelihood be filling in at SS while Pennington is manning second base during Aaron Hill’s absence, and who could easily steal Pennington’s job away from him by the end of the year. Gregorious doesn’t have blazing speed or double-digit pop, but he’s shown glimpses of excellence this year, hitting .387 with 2 HRs and 1 SB in 7 rehab games. Be gregarious and take a flyer on the Flying Dutchman.

A.J. Pollock

The Diamondbacks’ first round draft pick in 2009, Pollock has a full-time job with Eaton and Kubel out of the lineup. Capable of 30+ steals over a full season, Pollock will give you good average, speed, and has even shown glimpses of power, hitting two longballs in one game against the Pirates last week. If you’re in a deep league, you could do worse than this former top prospect in a hitter’s park. 

Adam Eaton

If you’re in need of speed and have room on your roster, stash Eaton now and reap the stolen bases later. Dem's good Eaton!

I Think I McCann, I Think I McCann

Evan Gattis

My colleague Alex Steers McCrum thinks he's a "sell," and it wouldn't be a bad idea to sell high on Gattis, but if he’s still available in your league, scoop him up and play him until McCann gets back. His whole team is en fuego, plus anyone who can do this off a high-and-tight 96-mph Stephen Strasburg heater deserves some love!

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