by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
This is a bit of a surprise, as there hadn’t been any previous talks about Tomas opening the year in the minors. He has struggled thus far this spring hitting .237 with 1 HR and 3 RBI over 38 RBI. He has also struck out 8 times vs. just 1 walk.
Part of the reason the Diamondbacks could have the flexibility to make a move like this is the other intriguing options they have at the two spots Tomas could fill.
Third Base – Jake Lamb has had a strong spring (.281/.385/.594) and has the upside to be the regular third baseman, though strikeouts could be an issue initially (22.6% at Double-A in ’14, ballooning to 27.8% in the Majors). Read more
Astros have confirmed the deal, with RHP Frances Martes also going to Houston and OF Austin Wates heading to Miami.
This deal just got a whole lot bigger. Marisnick has seen time in the Major League outfield and has a lot of potential. He should immediately slide into the Astros outfield and becomes a must add in all formats. Moran was the the Marlins 2013 first round pick and figures to be a few years away, but the 6th overall pick is obviously highly regarded in the long-ter.
As for Cosart, he should definitely benefit from the move away from Houston an into Miami. While he hasn’t missed enough bats thus far (5.80 K/9), he’s going to the NL, has shown improved control and owns a 56.5% groundball rate. There is upside there. Hernandez is another solid piece and it’s conceivable that he steps in as the Marlins 2B immediately. Definitely one to watch, Read more
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According to Derrick ago old (via Twitter):
“Oscar Taveras recalled by #Cardinals.”
It’s one simple sentence, but also one that has significant ramifications for fantasy owners. Taveras was slated to come in at #2 on tomorrow’s Prospect Power Rankings, and I had written:
“We all know that his first taste of the Majors didn’t go as well as anyone would’ve hoped, but that really shouldn’t be that big of surprise (as we’ve said before, prospects that produce immediately are not the norm). Taveras simply has too much talent to ignore, and he’s continued to show it at Triple-A. Next time he gets the opportunity, and there will be a next time in 2014, he should produce significantly better. Don’t let the poor start concern you.”
Taveras is not the type of player that you call up to let rot away on the bench. There’s no doubt that he’s up to play, and hopefully provide a spark to a team that is in desperate need of one. He’s worth owning in most formats immediately, thanks to the upside potential. Read more
The Orioles do have seven games this week, so Machado should return for the weekend against the Red Sox (expected starters are John Lackey & Jake Peavy). That’s a hard sell for those in weekly formats, so moving him to your bench makes a lot of sense.
Here are a few names to consider as replacements:
Nick Castellanos – Detroit Tigers
The former top prospect hasn’t been great overall this season, but is hitting .333 with 2 HR in June. He has significant upside and has a seven-game week, all of which come at home (.317 average there this season). Read more
Betts is currently hitting .345 with 8 HR, 48 RBI, 70 R and 29 SB between Double and Triple-A.
In our last Prospect Power Rankings Betts was ranked #1 and we said: Read more