D.J. Short

Waiver Wired

print article archives RSS

Holland Days

Thursday, April 14, 2011





AL ONLY

Corey Patterson OF, Blue Jays (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.3 percent)

Rajai Davis was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with a nagging injury to his right ankle, opening the door for Patterson to receive regular playing time in center field. He has taken advantage of the opportunity thus far, putting together three straight multi-hit games. The 31-year-old hit eight homers and stole 21 bases over just 340 plate appearances with the Orioles last season, so he is capable of providing value in a pinch. He could even be useful in some mixed leagues if you're chasing steals.

Wilson Betemit 3B, Royals (Yahoo: 2 percent owned, ESPN: 0.5 percent)

Betemit began the season on the bench, but recently found his way into the lineup due to the slumping Mike Aviles. It's safe to say he might not sit down again for a while. Betemit is batting .379 (11-for-29) so far this season and has hit safely in five consecutive starts, four of them coming at third base. The 29-year-old probably won't win you many fantasy leagues on his own, but he did bat .297/.378/.511 with 13 home runs over 315 plate appearances last season. The best-case scenario is that he holds down the starting third base job until top prospect Mike Moustakas is ready for the big leagues this summer.

Chris Davis 1B, Rangers (Yahoo: 3 percent owned, ESPN: 0.3 percent)

Another beneficiary of the Josh Hamilton situation, Davis got the call from Triple-A Round Rock this week after batting .429 with four homers and 11 RBI over his 21 at-bats this season. The 25-year-old doesn't have anything left to prove down there, but he has batted just .248 with 278 strikeouts over 806 at-bats in the major leagues. Rangers manager Ron Washington has indicated that Mitch Moreland could see some time in the outfield, so it's possible that Davis could grab some at-bats at first base if he swings the bat well enough. With his power potential, it's a chance every AL-only should take.

Luke Hochevar SP, Royals (Yahoo: 2 percent owned, ESPN: 1.3 percent)

Why am I recommending someone who has given up six home runs over their first three starts? Because there's absolutely no way that he'll have a 25 percent home-run to fly-ball ratio for the entire season, that's why. Putting aside the ugly 5.30 ERA, I'm willing to gamble on someone who has a 12/2 K/BB ratio over their first 18 2/3 innings, especially when they have the Mariners on tap this weekend. I'm optimistic there's still some upside left with this former 2006 No. 1 overall pick.

NL ONLY

Jonathan Lucroy C, Brewers (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Lucroy became a bit of a forgotten man in fantasy leagues after breaking the pinkie finger on his throwing hand during spring training, but he was activated from the disabled list this week. The 24-year-old backstop batted .253/.300/.329 over 297 plate appearances in his rookie season last year, which isn't much to crow about, but he makes good contact (85.2 percent in 2010) and has a pretty solid approach at the plate. There's something to be said for playing everyday, so Lucroy should be rostered in most NL-only leagues.

Miguel Batista RP, Cardinals (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.4 percent)

Nope, your eyes aren't fooling you here. Ryan Franklin has blown three out of his first four save opportunities this season, which has people wondering who could be next in line for save opportunities. We all know how much Tony La Russa loves his veterans and he basically said the other day that Jason Motte and Mitchell Boggs aren't ready for the job. That might leave Batista as the odds-on favorite. He's not exactly the sexiest name of the bunch, but remember he did save 31 games with the Blue Jays in 2005. For some managers, experience in the job means something.

Jamey Carroll 2B/3B/SS/OF, Dodgers (Yahoo: 6 percent owned, ESPN: 0.6 percent)

Carroll was already getting some playing time at second base with the injuries to Casey Blake, but now he'll slide over to shortstop as Rafael Furcal is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken left thumb. The 37-year-old Carroll doesn't really have any power to speak of, but he did hit .291 to go along with a .379 on-base percentage and 12 stolen bases last season. Considering his multi-position eligibility, he could even have some value in deeper mixed leagues where you use a MI (middle infield) spot.

Chris Capuano SP, Mets (Yahoo: 2 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Capuano's first start doesn't look great on the surface, but aside from the home run ball, he was actually pretty solid. The 32-year-old southpaw struck out eight and walked just one over six innings. Listen, Capuano is going to give up his fair share of home runs (39.8 percent fly ball rate), but it's less of a concern when he pitches at Citi Field. The important part is that he is healthy, throwing harder than he did before his two Tommy John surgeries and is coming off a year where he averaged 7.36 K/9 and 2.86 BB/9. Worth speculating.


12
D.J. Short is a Rotoworld baseball editor and contributes to NBCSports.com's Hardball Talk blog. You can also find him on Twitter.
Email :D.J. Short



Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days



Video Center

  •  
    Strategy: Mock Draft Analysis

    Strategy: Mock Draft Analysis
  •  
    WR: S. Watkins or T. Williams?

    WR: S. Watkins or T. Williams?
  •  
    Levitan: Ryan or Foles at QB?

    Levitan: Ryan or Foles at QB?
  •  
    Braxton Miller NFL projection

    Braxton Miller NFL projection
  •  
    Levitan: Cameron vs. Witten

    Levitan: Cameron vs. Witten
  •  
    Levitan: Gerhart vs. Morris?

    Levitan: Gerhart vs. Morris?
  •  
    Levitan: Romo vs. Brady?

    Levitan: Romo vs. Brady?
  •  
    Levitan: Murray or Foster?

    Levitan: Murray or Foster?