We have entered the final month of the season boys and girls and we are heading down the home stretch. It seems like with all of the minor league callups this season, the date of September 1st didn't mean as much this year. However, we will talk about the one big prospect that was called along with what we think he can bring you in the last weeks of the year. There is also news on two of his injured teammates, a rehabbing pitcher across town, and a catcher in Bean Town. I give you which major leaguer is the most proned to craziness, and a starting pitcher that I love for 2012. Don't lose focus now with football starting, stay right here with Rounding The Bases.
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The Yankees got good news today when they welcomed Alex Rodriguez back to their lineup after his latest stint on the bench because of a thumb injury. A-Rod did have one hit in the game and appears to be safe to put back into your lineups going forward. It has been a wildly disappointing year for Rodriguez with inconsistency and nagging injuries, and he still doesn't have 15 home runs. He still belongs in your starting roster whenever he is on the field. The Bombers also hope to get Mark Teixeira back on Sunday from his knee injury, even though they just keep on winning. Even if he doesn't come back on Sunday it should be no more than another day or two for big Tex so go ahead and get him back in.
Johan Santana pitched two innings in a rehab start in the minor leagues and allowed just one run and struck out two. This was the first time he has taken the mound in over a month after some shoulder discomfort. Santana will pitch again on Friday as he attempts to come back from injury. The Mets still say they hope to get Santana back to the major leagues this year for one or two starts, but I URGE YOU, NO I BEG YOU not to consider Santana for fantasy purposes. First of all, I don't know why they would give him more than one start given the fact that the Mets have no hopes of the postseason, and he won't pitch that many innings anyway considering he hasn't taken the mound in over a year. There is nothing that he can offer your fantasy team, even for one outing.
Brandon McCarthy absolutely cruised through the Seattle Mariners on Saturday as he gave up just three hits in throwing a complete game shutout and striking out ten without walking a batter. Now granted, this was against Seattle, but let's take a moment to recognize the pretty good year that McCarthy has had. Of course he has struggled to win games being on a putrid Athletics team, but I will really like him again in 2012 and think he is a awesome option to be your fourth starter that you can pick later in drafts. McCarthy has always had a ton of talent, it was his injury history that kept him from taking the next step.
Jesus Montero was called up by the Yankees a couple of days ago, and they have been trying to get him into games as much as they can. He had his first hit on Saturday, and should be the first of many. Obviously the Yankees are really high on this guy and he should get into a lot of games down the stretch seeing as though a playoff spot is already assured for New York. Montero is either going to be their catcher of the future or wonderful trade bait, so I wouldn't want him to be my only catcher right now, but if you have Montero AND Fantasy Alarm, you can play him only on days that you know he will be in the lineup.
Alex Presley has been back from injury for just over a week and it seems like he never left as the kid just keeps hitting and hitting and hitting. He had another double amongst his three hits on Saturday and now has eight knocks in his last three games including a home run. I have been extremely impressed with this kid since he came to the majors, and he is doing nothing but impressing me more. I definitely like him for the rest of the season and as a number three option in your outfield for drafts in 2012. He is never going to hit a ton of home runs, but he will give you a good batting average and a bunch of stolen bases.
Don't look now, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia has actually put together a pretty decent season, at least by catcher standards. Salty bashed his 14th homer of the year on Saturday, and with his two hits he has his average up to .251. Trust me, I know that these aren't magnificent numbers that leads one to a fantasy championship, but if you had Buster Posey, he has been a reasonable backup that provided your team with some power and enough of a batting average to not destroy your team. I can't say that he will be a top 12 catcher next season, but I think he will be close and has brought himself back to fantasy relevance. Salty was once one of the most sought after fantasy prospects, and maybe this year will springboard him to what he was once supposed to do.
Delmon Young continues to hit since being traded to the Detroit Tigers. He hit his seventh homer of the year on Saturday, and has driven in a run in four straight games, and has eleven hits in his last nine games. Apparently Young needs a change of scenery every few years as he wears out his welcome on a team in that span. Then he gets motivated and his talent comes out and he becomes fantasy relevant again. Delmon should be a big time fantasy contributor in the last month of the season and a guy that I could see picking as injury insurance on my bench next year. The talent is there for sure, however between the ears not so much. Welcome to the Ron Artest of baseball.
The season continues to be a wild roller coaster ride for Wade Davis. He seems to have figured it out lately (outside of a six run outing recently) and now I have to start thinking of his prospects for next year again after I had already written him off a while ago. Davis has some decent stuff, even if he isn't a big time strikeout pitcher and could possibly be a end of the rotation guy in 2012. The Rays are still a pretty good team and can give him some run support which makes me happy, but he needs to hone his skills a little more if he is to be taken overly serious. Keep an eye on Davis down the stretch to see how he finishes the year, as he is a guy that can become draftable again with a solid September.
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