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So far we’ve seen a nice , steady influx of top rookie talent brought up this season, between Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Anthony Rizzo and Trevor Bauer, just to name a few. Fantasy owners in keeper leagues are drooling over this youth infusion we’re getting and you can’t really blame them. The talent level is ginormous. So in the spirit of this fabulous youth movement, the Padres have joined in the fun and brought back up one of the top catching prospects in the game and it looks like they’re actually going to play him this time around. That’s right, San Diego finally grew tired of watching Nick Hundley try to pull himself out of a season-long funk and have decided to send him down to the minors to work things out. In exchange for Hundley, they’ve brought up Yasmai Grandal, a future-star behind the plate.
It looks like we’re getting a little minor league influx this week – two big prospects and the return of a banished slugger. After much speculation over the past week or so, we received word over the weekend that Arizona pitching phenom Trevor Bauer would make his mound debut, that the Cubs were finally ready to bring up slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo and one-time 30-home run hitter from Toronto, Adam Lind, was coming back from his Triple-A exile and returning to the Blue Jays lineup. If, for any reason, any one of those guys sits available in your league, you better snatch them up as quickly as you can. There’s no guarantee, of course, that the production will be there immediately, but any one of the three is certainly worth a look.
In fantasy baseball we are all lost when it comes to getting a handle on closers. A microcosm of that lost feeling this season can be found when we look at the White Sox pen as the club from Chicago has zero idea what they are doing. Should you be targeting Sergio Santos if you're looking for some bullpen help (who isn't)? Josh Hamilton made history Tuesday night. Does that mean now is the perfect time to deal him? What about Andre Ethier of the Dodgers – a just how well is he performing this year? Is A.J. Burnett worthy of being on your roster? What about the perpetually struggling Adam Lind? Finally, Cliff Lee is back and ready to dominate hitters once again.
It’s déjà vu all over again, right Yogi? Pablo Sandoval hitting the DL with the exact same injury as last season? Kung Fu Panda joining fellow third sackers, Evan Longoria and Ryan Zimmerman, just as he did one year ago today? Brutal. Just brutal. Fantasy owners that invested in a top third baseman because of how thin the position remained this year are banging their heads against the wall trying to find an adequate replacement on the waiver wire, something that probably doesn’t exist even anymore. By the time Sandoval owners got the news, third base-eligible waivers had already been picked clean by owners of Longoria, Zimmerman and throw in Kevin Youkilis this time for good measure. Shallow league owners are likely deciding between Pedro Alvarez and Chris Johnson while deeper league victims are probably staring at Wilson Betemit, Alex Liddi and John McDonald and just shaking their heads both in disgust and disbelief.
Smoke and mirrors? Sleight of hand? How in the world does 49-year old Jamie Moyer, proud owner of a 78 mph fastball, hurl seven innings of two-run ball (both unearned) against a Major League ballclub? OK, in fairness it was the Padres, but still, the game was played at hitter-friendly Coors Field where even the weakest of hitters have been known to hit the long ball. Was there a wind blowing in from centerfield that we weren’t aware of? Were the balls saturated in a lead-based ointment and then left in the humidor for extra time? Or was it just that the pitcher whose name is always attached to the phrase “crafty veteran” had one of those days where even his junkiest junk was finding a way to elude hitters of all kind? Whatever the case may be, it’s time to tip your cap to Moyer who earned his first win of the 2012 season, his 25th as a professional baseball player, and became the oldest pitcher to ever win a major league contest.
It is another Friday in the world of fantasy baseball, and the biggest news on the landscape is the return of my least favorite player in the game. Even though I have to deal with that realization, there is also a potpourri of other injury and suspension news, good and bad. Guys were leaving games left and right, the disabled list got a few players heavier on Friday, and there is very little good news to report. The hottest hitter in baseball continues to rake, and the pitcher with the longest losing streak looks to be turning it around. Finally there is news of a young player making his mark, and the worst ninth inning situation might be improving. Don't forget about the pitching streamer of the day and the rest in Rounding The Bases.
The prospects continue to roll into the majors, and one of the minor's biggest boppers will be coming to California, and could possibly bring you some power help to your fantasy team. We have another star going on the paternity list, while a former near MVP looks like he might challenge for the award again. Remember it is never too late to sign up for the Fantasy Alarm service to give you all of the updates of when your players are out of the lineup, hurt, delayed, or activated from the Disabled List among so much more. Head to the home page now to get the edge on your competition.
Another week of the fantasy baseball season is in the books and we are now well into the month of June. For all of you who are looking for something new with Rounding The Bases, we are starting a new feature in this article as we will now give you a pitching streamer for you to focus on. Since I figure that a lot of you actually read the article the morning after it is published, the streamer will be two days in the future. So today, Sunday, I will give you a pitcher to stream for Tuesday. Once we get into a rotation, I will also post the results of the pitcher that I chose so you can see how I do. So not only will get a great recap of the night's events, you will now have a pitcher that can help you win your matchup each night.
Tonight's article is capped with a double dose of bad news for players on either end of the country and either end of the ball game as a starter in New York and a closer in Los Angeles both have bad news attached to their player profiles. Staying at the back end of the bullpen, there was not bad news, but bad production in the Lone Star State, and then a starter in the midwest gets a raw deal again. We have a report on a high end pitcher returning from injury and one of the hottest hitters in baseball could be north of the border. We look at this and so much more in this version of Rounding The Bases.