|Fantasy Baseball: The DL Special|
Written by Jonathan Leshanski (Contact & Archive) on June 04, 2009
John Smoltz (SP/RP, Red Sox):Â In the last two weeks there has been a surge in ownership for Smoltz as he racks up solid rehab starts down in the Sox farm system.Â Heâ€™s projecting as a starter right now, but heâ€™s accepted bullpen assignments before.Â The Sox will help him get wins, but itâ€™s his Hall of Fame credentials which have many convince heâ€™ll help in Kâ€™s, WHIP and ERA too.
Kelvim Escobar (SP, Angels):Â Escobar is expected to make his 2009 MLB debut this weekend in Detroit and heâ€™s definitely worth a flyer for anyone needing pitching help.Â He didnâ€™t pitch at all in 2008, but he won 29 games with a 3.50 ERA between 2006 and 2007 with 307 Kâ€™s over that span.Â Just two years ago he was considered the ace of the Angels staff.
Justin Duchscherer (SP, Aâ€™s):Â Iâ€™m not a huge fan of Duchscherer as a fantasy pitcher but itâ€™s hard to ignore the 10 wins, 2.54 ERA and 1.00 WHIP he posted last season as he stepped to the fore as the ace of the Oakland Athletics staff.Â Â Heâ€™s not a strikeout pitcher, but helping in the other three starting categories canâ€™t be scoffed at.
Mike Aviles (2B/SS, Royals):Â Avilesâ€™ first 120 at bats in 2009 have been brutal (.183-1-8) but you have to hope that the cause of the misery was the mystery forearm injury affecting his swing.Â There is no available middle infielder with the same kind of upside as Aviles who hit .325-10-51 with 8 steals back in 2008.Â Â If you need middle infield help Iâ€™m not sure there is a better low risk high reward type player available.
Pat Burrell (OF, Rays):Â There is a reason they called him Pat the Bat in Philadelphia but heâ€™s yet to show it in Tampa.Â Heâ€™s owned in just 38% of Yahoo! Leagues but neck strains tend to heal well and Pat has the ability to hit home runs and drive in runs for the struggling Rays.Â Â His power alone makes him worth a flyer and heâ€™s likely to be back within a month.
Alex Gordon (3B, Royals):Â Gordon is out until mid to late July most likely but upon his return heâ€™ll be slotted back into the heart of the Royals lineup.Â That could be just in time for a late season RBI surge.Â Â Heâ€™s yet to have the expected breakout, but heâ€™ll be coming into the season fresh and maybe that will be enough to get him to take a step forward..
Troy Glaus (3B, Cardinals):Â Glaus still had power before he underwent shoulder surgery (he hit 85 over the last three seasons) and his rehab is going well -- but that isnâ€™t stopping the Cards from looking for a big bat to replace him.Â If a deal is made itâ€™s more than likely Glaus would be one of the players changing teams.Â Â One of the big rumors is the Rockies Garrett Atkins, which would mean that Glaus could end up hitting in Colorado.Â That wouldnâ€™t be bad.