(Ed. note-this is the first article from our newest contributor, Josh Kay. Welcome aboard, Josh!) Let’s recap the week of August 19th, starting with the major transactions first.
St. Louis Cardinals activate LHP Jaime Garcia from the 60-day disabled-list:
Garcia came into 2012 as one of the promising young arms who was a good late-round target in drafts. In 2010 Jaime finished with a 2.70 ERA and a 2.1 K/BB ratio; in 2011, he “regressed” to a 3.56 ERA. Garcia actually improved though, as his xERA (expected ERA) was 3.54 in 2010 and 3.37 in 2011. The difference in 2011 was a decline down to 2.3 BB/9. Garcia put up some respectable numbers in twelve starts, before his left-shoulder strain that landed him on the DL on June 5th, but it is important to note that Garcia has already had Tommy John Surgery, and another would be a devastating blow to the Cardinals and fantasy owners.
Fantasy Impact: Garcia dazzled in his first start off the disabled list on Sunday, scattering 5 hits in 8 scoreless innings while striking out 10 against the Pirates. Garcia is a must-add for the stretch-run in all leagues except 10-team mixed. It would behoove dynasty league owners though to wait for a couple more good starts, then look to trade Garcia if you can get enough in return. Keep in mind, rehab instead of surgery can always come back to bite a pitcher – just ask Brian Wilson.
Oakland Athletics activate LHP Brett Anderson from the 60-day disabled-list and option RHP Dan Straily to the minors:
The demotion of Straily comes as no surprise, as the Athletics were in a position of luxury to be able to call up the minor-league breakout prospect of the year to receive some big-league reps. Now with LHP Brett Anderson back from Tommy John Surgery and Brandon McCarthy back after a bout with right-shoulder soreness, Straily heads back to the minors.
Fantasy Impact:Anderson struck out 7.7 batters per nine-innings in 2009 (his only full sample season to-date) with a ground-ball rate of 51%. He pitched to the tune of a 4.06 ERA (3.53 xERA) in 175 innings. In 2010, he pitched 112 innings to the tune of a 2.80 ERA (3.47 xERA) but saw a massive drop-off in strikeout-rate: 6.0. Thankfully, this decrease in strikeout rate was accompanied by an increase in ground ball rate to 55%. The great news forAnderson is that he should end up falling somewhere in the middle of those two seasons – 2011? 6.6 K/9, 57% GB, 3.43 xERA.
Andersonis worth a roster spot in all formats and a must-grab in dynasty leagues. If his elbow issues prevent him from getting back up toward 8.0 K/9, he could still be just fine: see Johnny Cueto, Kyle Lohse, Matt Harrison, and other ground ball, control specialists.
Oakland Athletics option 2B- Jemile Weeks to (Triple-A) Sacramento:
For what has been a very forgettable season so far for the 25-year-old Second-Baseman, Jemile can at least hang his hat on not being the only sophomore to struggle mightily – Eric Hosmer. Jemile has hit .220/.305/.302 in 113 games this year, and while a .254 BABIP lurks behind the surface stats, Weeks has been bad in all facets of the game as Baseball Prospectus’ -1.6 VORP (Value over Replacement Player), -8.5 FRAA (Fielding Runs Above Average), and -1.1 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) show. Adam Rosales will now man second base for the A’s.
Fantasy Impact: Weeks hasn’t been doing much at all to help your Fantasy team, but the replacements don’t look very good either. Here are some good replacement options to look at for your Second Base or Middle Infield spot:
- Jeff Keppinger-2B/3B/1B/DH-TampaBay Rays- available in 81% of ESPN leagues: .323/.375/.450
- Donovan Solano- 2B- Miami Marlins- available in 99% of ESPN leagues: .285/.356/.354
- Zack Cozart- SS- Cincinnati Reds- available in 69% of ESPN leagues: hitting .292 in August with a .872 OPS
- Luis Cruz- SS/3B- Los Angeles Dodgers- available in 81% of ESPN leagues: hitting 16-38 (.421) in last 11 games
Miami Marlins recall RHP Jacob Turner
The 21-year-old Turner was acquired by the Marlins in a trade in which they sent RHP Anibal Sanchez and 2B Omar Infante to the Tigers. Turner made his Marlins debut on Wednesday vs. the Diamondbacks. He threw 6 innings of 4 hit ball; giving up 3 runs while striking out five and walking none. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Turner will stay in the rotation for the duration of the season.
Fantasy Impact: The young right-hander should be relegated to NL-Only leagues.
Arizona Diamondbacks call-up Tyler Skaggs
Skaggs had his debut Wednesday against the Miami Marlins; it was a mixed bag for the young lefty. Skaggs walked five in the game and only struck out four, but he only allowed three hits and two earned runs and pitched deep into the game.
Fantasy Impact: Skaggs pitched well enough in his debut that he will stick in the rotation as the Diamondbacks will employ a six-man rotation until Joe Saunders can be traded, according to theArizonaRepublic. Skaggs is worth a look in deeper mixed-leagues, and is a must-add in NL-only leagues. As far as dynasty-leagues are concerned, Skaggs has a very high ceiling as well as a high floor. He could be a star, or he could just end up being a back of the rotation starter, but his prospects of flopping completely are fairly slim.
That’s it for all of the biggest call-ups; here are other call-ups, injuries, and minor rumblings.
- Chicago White Sox place OF Alejandro De Aza on the 15-day DL with bruised ribs
- Cincinnati Reds option C Devin Mesoraco to the minors
- Detroit Tigers re-call LHP Drew Smyly
- Toronto Blue Jays activate RHP Brandon Morrow from 60-day DL and option OF Anthony Gose to the minors
- Baltimore Orioles re-call LHP Brian Matusz and option RHP Tommy Hunter to minors
- Boston Red Sox activate 1B/DH David Ortiz from the 15-day DL
- Los Angeles Dodgers activate RHP Rubby De LaRosafrom the 60-day DL and option him to minors
- Milwaukee Brewers activate RHP Shaun Marcum from the 60-day DL
- Milwaukee Brewers release LHP Randy Wolf
- New York Mets place LHP Johan Santana on 15-day DL with lower back inflammation
- New York Yankees activate LHP C.C. Sabathia from the 15-day DL
- New York Yankees place RHP Ivan Nova on 15-day DL with rotator cuff inflammation
- Toronto Blue Jays activate OF Jose Bautista from the 15-day DL