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.