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May 29, 2013

Free Agent Watch

National League, Week Nine

by Josh Shepardson


Logan Morrison, 1B/OF, Miami Marlins
Ownership: ESPN: 0.6% Yahoo!: 5% CBS: 22%
2013 Stats: 0 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB, .174 AVG (High-A)

Morrison played in his first minor-league rehab game this season with High-A Jupiter on May 20. He has played in six games for Jupiter, and he served as a designated hitter in three of those games and played first base in the other three. He took the next step in his rehab assignment by moving up to Double-A Jacksonville on Tuesday. Morrison is recovering from surgery on the patellar tendon in his right knee, the second time he has undergone that type of procedure on it. In the spring, I wrote about him being worthy of a disabled-list spot. At the time, I was optimistic he'd be playing for the Marlins at this point, but alas, he is not. Morrison doesn't have an exact target date for his return, but Joe Frisaro reports that it could be around June 10.

Morrison is now back at his natural position, first base, full time. Playing a position that is less strenuous on his knee will hopefully help keep him healthy. Morrison was once a heralded prospect, but injuries haven't done him any favors in cashing in on his promise. He has shown flashes of what he can do at the big-league level. Morrison demonstrated patience, walking at a 14.3 percent clip in his 287-plate-appearance rookie season in 2010, when he also hit for a solid .283 average. His over-the-fence pop was lackluster that year, though, as he hit just two homers. His walk rate dropped to 10.3 percent in 2011, which is still a very good clip, and his average dropped to .247, but his homer total jumped to 23 in 525 plate appearances. Last year was a nightmare. His walk rate dropped yet again, as did his average to .230, and he didn't hit for as much power. All hope is not lost for Morrison, and his dual eligibility helps his fantasy value if he can recapture, or improve upon, his previous form. There is some post-hype potential here. Morrison is still worthy of a disabled-list spot, or a bench spot in leagues with medium-to-large benches, in 12-plus-team mixed leagues and in NL-only leagues.     

DJ LeMahieu, 2B, Colorado Rockies
Ownership: ESPN: 3.9% Yahoo!: 4% CBS: 24%
2013 Stats: 2 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB, .294 AVG

Many fantasy owners were shocked and disappointed by Josh Rutledge's demotion to Triple-A last Thursday. The demotion of Rutledge has opened up regular playing time to LeMahieu, and given the dearth of offensive talent in the middle infield, that is newsworthy. In his first extensive part-time work in the bigs last year, he hit .297 for the Rockies, but provided almost no home-run power or stolen-base speed. Even without power or speed, a hollow average plays at the middle-infield position in large mixed leagues or NL-only formats.

The key to determining whether or not LeMahieu will maintain his modest value is figuring out if he can continue to hit for a high average. Last year, he had a 20.8 percent line-drive rate and a miniscule 2.6 percent popup rate on 192 batted balls. This year, he has just 22 batted balls, but of those 11 have been hit for line drives and zero have been popped up. Even if you combine last year's and this year's work, the sample is tiny, but it certainly appears he can square up a baseball. In over 1,600 minor-league plate appearances, LeMahieu hit .321. Playing for a team that has scored the fifth most runs this year, and playing his home games in hitter-friendly Coors Field, should help LeMahieu chip in some runs and RBI to his high batting average contribution to fantasy squads. He won't post the type of numbers that will make him rosterable in shallow mixed leagues, but he should be owned in larger leagues as long as he is getting steady playing time. 

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