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Prospect Prospectin': Take A Chance On Me

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What a week! The two big stories were Wil Myers and Zack Wheeler, both called up on Tuesday. Wheeler pitched 6 shutout innings against the Braves but looked pretty shaky. He’s going to struggle with his command and in re-draft leagues, and just like my colleague Mr. Steers McCrum advised you to sell prospects, I’d consider flipping him for a number 2 or 3 starter if he has another good start or two. Myers has looked comfortable at the plate even though he hasn’t had much success in his first few games (and isn’t it weird how much his batting stance looks like Longoria’s?). Again, in re-draft leagues, I’d consider moving Myers as soon as he has a hot week or two. They’re going to be all-stars eventually, but in all likelihood will both struggle this year.

Take a Chance on Me

Many of the obvious call-ups are in the bigs already, so below are some guys who you can take a gamble on:

C-Mart

Carlos Martinez

The Cardinals are stretching out their young flamethrower to become a starter. His last outing he went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs with 7 baserunners and 5 K’s. He might be up before the All-Star Break.

Tiger Style

Nick Castellanos

Andy Dirks is hitting .238. How long can the Tigers put up with that? It’s only a matter of time before they call up their top prospect who has been raking in Triple-A this year. Stash him now. He can hit for average, has a little power, and is obviously in an amazing lineup.

Stock Up On Twinkies

Kyle Gibson

The Twins have some amazing prospects, namely Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, who won’t be up until next year at the earliest. Their top pitching prospect (I wrote about him a few weeks ago) will get the call soon though - grab him if you have room, especially in keeper leagues.

Yelich From the Rooftops

Christian Yelich

I feel like I’ve been writing about this guy all year, but he’s only owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues - it’s almost like people aren’t listening to me. Yelich was on the fast track to the show before he went down with an abdominal injury. He’s about to come back and it shouldn’t be long before he gets the call. I mean, Stanton should be on the DL again before long, right?

Clean Sanchez

Gary Sanchez

The Yankees need some bats in a bad way. Youkilis and Teixeira just hit the DL, joining Granderson, Jeter, and A-Roid. The Yanks aren’t known for calling up young prospects prematurely, and this is pure conjecture, but I think there’s a chance that they could call up Baseball America’s 36th ranked prospect before season’s end to add some pop in their lineup. Chris Stewart is hitting .270 but has approximately zero upside. In keeper leagues, Sanchez is a great guy to stash away long-term.

Pop a Capp in that Ass

Carter Capps

The Mariners’ bullpen is a fustercluck of epic proportions. Wilhelmsen seemed to have a firm grasp on the job, but has been terrible of late. Eric Wedge used Capps for a save, then Oliver Perez, then back to Wilhelmsen who promptly blew another one. The situation is up in the air and all three are worth stashing for the time being, along with Charlie Furbush.

Choosy Moms Choose Jaff

Jaff Decker

I mentioned him last week, and he got promptly sent back down to the minors without a single AB (what’s that called when your cup of coffee isn’t even a cup of coffee?  Just smelling coffee?). Well, with Quentin hurt and Maybin on the DL, Decker got called back up. He has sneaky power and speed and is worth taking a chance on, especially in NL-only leagues.


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