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July 22, 2014

Deep Impact

Week 16

by Ben Carsley


Why you gotta be so cruel? Don't you write bad intros, too?

Ben Paulsen, 1B, Rockies
In a shocking twist of fate that few could've seen coming before the season began, Justin Morneau has been placed on the disabled list, this time with a neck injury. Morneau had been enjoying a very nice year in Colorado, but given his propensity for missing games, you should've been keeping stock of his replacements all along. Many assumed Kyle Parker would eventually get the call for one-half of the former "M&M boys," but instead it's the relatively unknown Paulsen who gets the nod.

As a 26-year-old in Triple-A, Paulsen isn't a prospect, and I didn't know who he was until about six weeks ago. He's been quite good in over 900 PA at Triple-A now, though, hitting 18 homers last year and already hitting 15 in just 400 PA in 2014. He's not going to be a long-term option for the Rockies, obviously, but he has power and he should get semi-regular PT in Coors over the next few weeks. You know what that means.

Danny Santana, SS/OF, Twins
Santana first entered my fantasy consciousness (is that a thing?) last year, when I went to see the Sea Dogs play the Rock Cats in a matchup featuring Miguel Sano, Garin Cecchini, Eddie Rosario, and Anthony Ranaudo. Santana didn't stand out above any of those players, but he did catch my eye as someone who I thought could contribute meaningfully at the major league level.

We're still not entirely sure if Santana can or can't be a legitimate MLB starter, but the early returns have been quite good, albeit aided by a .398 BABIP. Santana can run and has some bat-to-ball ability, and if he ever learns to take the occasional walk, it's not hard to see him developing into enough of an offensive threat to play on a daily basis for a second-division team. Fortunately, Santana finds himself on such a team right now, and his status as a leadoff man with MI eligibility makes him reasonably attractive in 20-team leagues. He's not going to keep hitting for a .300-plus average, but he'll be of some use as we move forward.

Obligatory Don't Pick Up Dan Uggla Reminder of the Week: Dan Uggla, 2B, Giants
Nope. Don't do it. You might want to, because you remember baseball in the mid-2000s. You might want to, because "how could the Giants' second base situation get worse?" You might want to because you really, really need power. But nope. Don't.

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