April 26, 2017
Deep League Report
A couple of notable call-ups are mixed in with the usual cast of utility players and middle relievers in today’s column. Hang the garland, pop the champagne and fire up the band—it’s a banner week here at the Deep League Report.
AL-only position players
After being acquired off waivers from the Twins in April 2016, Tigers catcher/first baseman John Hicks had a nice 69-game stretch at Triple-A Toledo, hitting .303/.356/.485 with eight home runs, three stolen bases, 42 RBI and 38 runs. Called up to fill in at first base while Miguel Cabrera is on the DL, the 28-year-old should get plenty of playing time until Detroit’s regular first baseman returns. It looks like that will happen next week, so Hicks won’t have a ton of time to pile up counting stats. He has performed well so far, hitting .268/.369/.464 with three home runs. Bid a couple of bucks of FAAB but don’t expect more than a week’s worth of plate appearances before Miggy returns.
The beaning that landed JaCoby Jones on the DL also led to Adduci’s call-up. Already 31 years old, Adduci is no rated rookie, but that doesn’t mean he can’t help in a deep AL-only league. In 62 career major-league games dating back as far as 2013, the veteran outfielder has barely stayed above the Mendoza Line, but he was off to a hot start in Triple A this season, hitting .349/.375/.488 in an admittedly small 12-game sample. His playing time will end once Jones proves that he has recovered, and that he’s comfortable in the batter’s box, but if Adduci hits, he’ll play nearly every day until then.