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September 14, 2012
Outfielders for 9/14/12
No new arrivals this week, but plenty of returning names and lots of speculation in the “Edge of the Radar” section to keep you busy.
Last week’s VP star, Chris Parmelee (Yahoo! 3%, ESPN 3%, CBS 8%), has lamentably been out for most of this week with a strained groin. I’m not one to forget past production so quickly, so Parmelee can continue to hang around these parts. Expect him to miss a few more games but pick up his hot-hitting ways when he returns.
Nate McLouth (Yahoo! 3%, ESPN 3%, CBS 7%) had himself a fruitful week, batting over .400 and contributing two steals to the cause. The rejuvenated outfielder’s ownership rates are still depressingly low, don’t be afraid to give McLouth the ole’ pick up.
Chug-a-chug-a-chug. That’s the sound of Andy Dirks (Yahoo! 7%, ESPN 6%, CBS 26%) continuing to chug-a-long, his .319 batting average in tow. The undervalued Tigers left fielder had another solid week, offering a home run, a couple runs and RBIs, and a near-.300 average to his owners. Inexplicably, Dirks has sat in favor of Ryan Raburn (he of the sub-.300 OBP and SLG) against the last two lefties. The next test in this regard will come next Thursday and Friday when the Tigers face lefties Tommy Milone and Brett Anderson; we can only hope Jim Leyland passes those tests. If Dirks were to be platooned, his value would be limited mostly to AL-only leagues, but as an everyday player, he should be owned in all 14-team mixers and deeper.
Edge of the Radar
One of the most productive hitters the past week, Justin Maxwell (Yahoo! 1%, ESPN 1%, CBS 4%), managed to swat a homer and steal three bases. Maxwell still strikes out too much to sustain a high average but can contribute with power and speed. Playing center field every day and batting cleanup (albeit in Houston) combine to make favorable conditions for Maxwell to end the season on a high note.
Since last writing about Anthony Gose (Yahoo! 4%, ESPN 6%, CBS 11%), the raw youngster went 5-for-14 with a home run (his career first) and four steals. He still sits against lefties—and the Jays face two in the next week—but is an elite speed option when on the field. If you need steals, Gose is a go.
Teasingly, in early September the Royals called up an outfield prospect not named Wil Myers. Instead, we get 26 year-old David Lough (Yahoo! 0%, ESPN 0%, CBS 0%), who is a slap-hitting, speed-first type of guy. In his first five big league games, Lough has batted .304 and missed time with a hamstring injury. He’s recovered, though, and could get the majority of time in right field for the Royals over the final weeks. If you’re in an AL-only league and searching for anyone to fill an OF spot, Lough could be your man.
Former VPers Gregor Blanco (Yahoo! 2%, ESPN 2%, CBS 9%), Fernando Martinez (Yahoo! 0%, ESPN 0%, CBS 2%), and Charlie Blackmon (Yahoo! 0%, ESPN 0%, CBS 1%) all had plenty of hits this week in part-time duty. Blanco seems to be playing his way into the lineup every day, making him mixed-league-relevant again.
After an abysmal August, Michael Saunders (Yahoo! 9%, ESPN 8%, CBS 30%) appears to be getting back on track in September, batting .368 in five games. Nothing to get overly excited about, but if he was dropped in your 14-team league, he might be worth an add.