July 16, 2012
Second, Short, and Catcher for 7/16/12
After a solid start to his big league career, Derek Norris (Yahoo! 1%, ESPN 0%, CBS 13%) has cooled off substantially. He has no hits in his last 19 at-bats, including six strikeouts. Until he turns things around, he's not rosterable in re-draft leagues.
The return of a healthy Lorenzo Cain crowds the Royals outfield, meaning Wil Myers (Yahoo! 5%, ESPN 1%, CBS 36%) is likely stuck biding his time in Triple-A. Kevin Goldstein has repeatedly noted that Myers' long-term defensive home is in an outfield corner, not center field. That didn't prevent fantasy owners from getting excited when Myers started to see time in center in the minors, however. It appeared a door could be opening to Myers getting a look in the bigs by faking it in center, but with Cain back in the fold, that door is closed for now. Wishful thinkers hoping that the team may deal Jeff Francoeur to clear room for Myers should note that MLB Trade Rumors recently had quotes from Royals General Manager Dayton Moore mentioning that the club was looking to acquire major league talent at the trade deadline, not trade it away. Myers remains a stash option in large mixed leagues and AL-only formats where bench space is plentiful, but temper expectations to a late summer or September call-up.
Nothing is imminent in regards to a call-up of Grant Green (Yahoo! 0%, ESPN 0%, CBS 3%), but the surprisingly successful A's continue to fail to get production from second base, shortstop, and third base. Green continues to hit, slashing .319/.360/.447 in his last 10 games, and has played one game at second, seven games at short, and another seven at third. After having struggled to get production at first base, the promotions of Brandon Moss and Chris Carter injected life into the position. Perhaps they'll hope for the same by giving Green a look. His offensive ceiling isn't high enough to make him worthy of a stash in most leagues, but owners desperate for infield help in AL-only leagues with bench flexibility can gamble on Green getting a look in the near future.
A healthy Stephen Drew (Yahoo! 21%, ESPN 15%, CBS 38%) has started all three of the Diamondbacks’ games coming out of the All-Star break… and he is hitting well too. Drew has gone 3-for-11 in those games, smacking two doubles, and manager Kirk Gibson has taken notice, slotting Drew in the clean-up spot for Sunday’s game. Unfortunately, Drew responded by going 0-for-4. Regularly hitting clean-up would definitely boost Drew's value, but as it stands, he should be owned in all but shallow mixed leagues.
Ryan Doumit (Yahoo! 29%, ESPN 8%, CBS 59%) has recorded two hits in five of his last six games, and the only game in which he didn't, he went 0-for-1 appearing as a pinch hitter. In fact, in the month of July, Doumit has recorded multiple hits in six of eight starts. Suffice it to say, he is swinging a hot bat. The home runs haven't been there, but he has hit a healthy number of doubles, so there is power present. As long as Doumit is able to stay healthy, he'll be a top-flight second catcher in two-catcher mixed leagues.
Jedd Gyorko (Yahoo! 0%, ESPN 0%, CBS 7%) is what the nightmares of Pacific Coast League pitchers are made of. He is hitting .351/.393/.626 with 16 doubles and 15 home runs in 242 plate appearances with Tuscon, seeing time at second and third base. The Padres have gotten production at both of those positions of late, but the team is a seller heading into the trade deadline and could use third baseman Chase Headley as a trade chip; Ken Rosenthal reports that as many as 10 teams have expressed interest in Headley. Gyorko is only third-base-eligible in Yahoo! leagues and is only second-base-eligible in ESPN leagues. Owners in large mixed leagues and NL-only leagues in need of help at those respective positions should consider adding Gyorko in anticipation of a deadline deal clearing the way to regular playing time.