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Posts tagged ‘New Guys’

Meet the New Guy: Aramis Ramirez

In a Protected Roster deadline deal, the Atomic RoadRunners acquired Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez from Shoeless Jews, in exchange for Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo. Noting the dearth of quality third-basemen for the upcoming 2011 season, in addition to the loss of Chase Headley back to the player pool, and the ineffectiveness of Casey Blake, the Roadrunners targeted Shoeless Jews in trade talks, as they had three starting third basemen (including the protected Placido Polanco and Chris Johnson).

From today’s Baseball Prospectus:

Aramis entered the 2010 season coming off a run of six strong seasons that combined for a line of .303/.368/.551. This slugging percentage tied him with Lance Berkman for seventh in this span among batters with 3,000 or more plate appearances, and he was also top-17 in all of batting average, HR, and RBI. Yet, the expectations of a collapse continued to be written.

In 2010, the doom-and-gloom crowd was right. Aramis whacked 25 homers and drove in 83 runs in just 124 games, but his batting average cratered to .241, following the sinking of his BABIP to .245. He was pressing at the plate and trying to adjust for injuries during the first half of the season–his late surge accounted for almost all his production, as he was slugging under .300 as of July 5. It’s not clear that he’ll rebound fully to his 2004-2009 levels, but finishing the season with a .294/.338/.583 batting line for the final 68 games he played–including 19 home runs in just 272 PA-–certainly suggests that it’s far too early to write him off. His BABIP is likely to rebound to career levels, and that should be enough to keep his batting average out of the negative impact territory. The injuries are supposedly behind him, but having missed time in two consecutive seasons, it would be wise to temper playing time expectations somewhat. When healthy, though, he’ll again provide very good power for a third baseman.

Meet the New Guys: A.J. Ellis, Jonathan Herrera (again)

Ellis gets acquired due to his high batting average as a replacement for the disabled Russell Martin. With the RoadRunners’ Geovany Soto undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery yesterday (and not protectable), we need all the assistance we can get. Ellis was sent down to the minors when the team acquired Rod Barajas, but he’s back now that rosters have expanded. The 29-year-old catcher is batting .174 in 69 at-bats with the Dodgers this season. (Rotoworld)

Herrera re-joins the RoadRunners in 2010, having served well during Troy Tulowitzki’s absence. Now Herrera fills in for Eric Young, Jr., who had been getting plenty of at-bats at second. Herrera reached base four times, scored twice, and stole a base against the Dodgers on Sunday. Herrera singled, doubled, and walked twice to raise his average to .294 in 187 at-bats since joining the Rockies. That he’s added 21 walks make him a useful bench player, but Herrera’s complete lack of power leave him unfit to be a regular. (Rotoworld)

Meet the New Guy: Angel Sanchez

Sanchez, who came over to the Astros from Boston in exchange for C Kevin Cash on July 1st, has actually done a decent job of replacing Tommy Manzella (who was out with injury), hitting for a decent average, at least. Manzella was batting just .212 with 16 RBI and a home run through 59 games before fracturing his left index finger in late June. Sanchez, meanwhile, is hitting .279 with 15 RBI in 32 games since being acquired. As with fantasy, teams must ride the hot hand.(Rotoworld)

Meet the New Guys: Geoff Blum, Cameron Maybin

Blum is filling in all over the infield for the now Berkman-less and Feliz-less Astros. Hoping to shore up the MI position, Blum has been getting some playing time at second base lately, but with Tommy Manzella back, he’ll now have to fight with Angel Sanchez, in addition to Jeff Keppinger, for playing time. (Rotoworld)

OF Cameron Maybin is expected to be the everyday CF for the Marlins starting today, as OF Cody Ross was claimed by (and traded to) the Giants. Maybin was originally purchased by Get Off Kong! for $11 in the 2010 WBRL auction, so his salary will be effective here. He’s hit .338 with a .915 OPS since his June demotion to the minors and will probably be granted a large chunk of at-bats for the out-of-contention Fish. (Rotoworld)

Meet the New Guys: Gallardo, Hudson, Pujols, Soto

Trade Deadline Edition – Acquired from The Pi Train

Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo was deemed un-protectable due to his $27 salary, but the RoadRunners can use some good starting pitching, especially in ERA and WHIP. He’s currently on pace to surpass 200 strikeouts for the second straight season. Control issues have plagued him in the past, but with just one walk Monday, Gallardo has walked two batters or less in each of his last seven starts. He has arrived as a legit fantasy ace. (Rotoworld)

New Diamondbacks SP Daniel Hudson was acquired last month from the White Sox in the Edwin Jackson trade last month, and as such, is not protectable. Hudson threw seven innings of two-run ball in the Diamondbacks’ 8-2 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday. Hudson racked up nine strikeouts against one walk, improving to 3-0 as a member of the Diamondbacks. He was an intriguing prospect as part of the White Sox organization, and now he’s a full-fledged must-own in fantasy leagues. Grab him in time for next week’s outing against the Reds. (Rotoworld)

Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols joins the RoadRunners for the second time in his career (he was also acquired in trade as a 3B in 2002). His WBRL contract (1/$37) expires after this sesaon. Yesterday, Pujols became the first player in major league history Sunday to begin a career with 10 straight 30-plus homer seasons. We’ve expended all of the world’s greatest adjectives in describing Pujols over these past 10 seasons and he’s deserving off all the praise. The three-time MVP is a living baseball legend and is putting together yet another stellar fantasy campaign. He’s likely to land one of the most lucrative contracts in sports history after the 2011 season — or perhaps before it. (Rotoworld)

Cubs C Geovany Soto will shore up the second catcher position behind Buster Posey, after previous protections (Chris Iannetta) and minor league picks (Ronny Paulino) didn’t pan out. Currently on the DL for a bum shoulder, he is expected back Sunday. Soto has been a real bounce-back story this year, and a revelation in fantasy – especially in leagues that count OBP. (Rotoworld)

Meet the New Guy: Brooks Conrad

Braves utility infielder Brooks Conrad re-joins the RoadRunners to shore up the MI spot, as he was a RoadRunner for two weeks in 2009 (Weeks 15-16, July 16th-28th, 2009). With both Chipper Jones and Martin Prado on the DL, Conrad has been playing at second base this week. Brooks Conrad provided the only offense Friday night with a solo home run in the Braves’ 1-0 win over the Dodgers. For one night, the Braves can forget about Chipper Jones’ torn ACL. However, don’t go running to the wire to add Conrad. Although he’ll get the majority of the starts at third base, he’s more of a defensive utility man than bat. (Rotoworld)

Meet the New Guy: Lorenzo Cain

CF Lorenzo Cain was called up last week by the Brewers to replace the injured Carlos Gomez. With Jim Edmonds still troubled by a sore Achilles’ tendon, Cain, who was hitting .299/.384/.425 with five steals in 22 games in Triple-A, should see significant playing time in Milwaukee’s outfield. He’s worth picking up in NL-only leagues. He’s 4-for-8 in his brief time in the big leagues this season and with 26 steals in the minors, he offers fantasy owners a cheap speed option. (Rotoworld)

Meet the New Guys: Castillo, Diaz, Jansen

Mets starting 2B Luis Castillo was picked up as he’s now off the DL, and he was released by Cover Zero last week. Castillo has never been a favorite of the AaRr front office, but we’re in need of average and steals, and he should be able to provide something in that regard. Luis Castillo was 2-for-4 with a run scored in his return from the disabled list against the Diamondbacks on Monday night. Castillo also seemed to be moving around pretty well — for him, anyway — so it looks like the problems with his feet are behind him. While the veteran second baseman is a marked improvement over either Alex Cora or Ruben Tejada, he still isn’t a particularly desirable option, even in NL-only leagues. (Rotoworld)

Matt Diaz re-joins the 2010 Roadrunners. He had been released back on May 18th due to a terrible slump and subsequent thumb injury. He’s been raking (as usual) against lefties since his return at the All-Star Break. He’s the first player to re-join the 2010 squad that had previously been cut. Matt Diaz finished 3-for-5 on Tuesday night with a pair of doubles, one of which drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th as Atlanta topped Philadelphia 4-3. (Rotoworld)

Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen is a fireballer that was promoted from AA Chattanooga. “We’ve talked about him — I really liked his personality in the spring,” said Dodgers manager Joe Torre . “I think at some point this year you’ll probably see him. I may be talking out of school there, but we’ve talked enough about him that I think by September, if not before.” Jansen, a former catcher, has a 1.32 ERA in 29 relief appearances between High-A Inland Empire and Double-A Chattanooga this season. The 22-year-old right-hander has averaged 14.9 K/9 over 41 innings. (Rotoworld)

Meet the New Guys: Brandon Belt, Trayvon Robinson

Brandon Belt is the Giants 1B of the future, at least if you ask several prospect pudits. He’s excelled at AA and received a promotion to AAA Fresno, and doesn’t seem to be stopping. He hit .383 with 9 homers and 17 steals at High-A San Jose to start the season, was promoted to AA Richmond after 77 games, where he hit .337 with 9 homers in only 46 games.

Rumors are swirling that the suddenly cost-conscious Dodgers will bring up CF Trayvon Robinson from AA Chattanooga if OF Manny Ramirez goes on the DL again or is traded at the deadline. Robinson batted .368/.445/.442 in June while focusing more on contact than power. Add to that 26 steals and a .400 on-base percentage, and that’s something.

Meet the New Guy: Joel Hanrahan

More prospecting for saves – Joel Hanrahan may be the next in line when the Pirates trade closer Octavio Dotel at the deadline. Hanrahan has been doing well since Memorial Day after a rough April and May that saw him start 2010 on the DL, and then shake off the rust with several high-ERA games.