D.J. Short

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Thursday, May 12, 2011





AL ONLY

Jarrod Dyson OF, Royals (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Fun fact about Dyson. He only has only appeared in 15 games this season, yet he already has nine stolen bases in nine attempts. Only four players in the American League have stolen more. The Royals have a nice little weapon here, so look for Dyson to continue to get opportunities on the basepaths, even as a pinch-runner late in games. If you're hurting for steals right now, he should absolutely be on your radar.

Casey Kotchman 1B, Rays (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.5 percent)

There's a certain stigma attached to Kotchman because he doesn't fit the typical mold of a power-hitting first baseman, but AL-only owners should use that reputation to their advantage. The 28-year-old is batting .352/.425/.451 over his first 80 plate appearances this season, including a .429 batting average (9-for-21) over the past week. Sure, his lofty batting average on balls in play has helped inflate his numbers, but he simply needs to be owned in more leagues right now.

Dustin Ackley 2B/OF, Mariners (Yahoo: 4 percent owned, ESPN: 0.3 percent)

Ackley got off to a bit of a slow start this season with Triple-A Tacoma, but has really turned in it on in May by batting .295/.407/.568 with three homers, nine RBI and two stolen bases over 44 at-bats. He'll likely never be a big power guy in the big leagues, but that's not really necessary at second base, anyway. At his peak, what we'll likely see is someone who hits for a solid batting average with a high on-base percentage and double-digit stolen bases. The Mariners probably want to see a little more consistency first, but he should make his major league debut sometime this summer.

Louis Coleman RP, Royals (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

This is purely speculative, but when you're searching for saves in an AL-only league, sometimes that's just fine. Coleman notched his first career save in Wednesday's extra-inning win over the Yankees on Wednesday night and looked pretty good doing so. While it was interesting that he got the call over Jeremy Jeffress, Coleman is also intriguing because of how bad Joakim Soria has looked this season. Something isn't quite right there, so I'd give Coleman or maybe even Aaron Crow (Yahoo: 11 percent owned, ESPN: 0.8 percent) a stash just in case there's some sort of injury.

NL ONLY

Mark DeRosa OF, Giants (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Giants manager Bruce Bochy plans to mix and match on the left side of his infield while Pablo Sandoval recovers from hamate bone surgery, so DeRosa is at least in position to at least share playing time with Miguel Tejada at third base. This is obviously good news for DeRosa's fantasy value, as he is currently only outfield-eligible in most formats. The veteran utility man has a .272/.341/.418 lifetime batting line, so he should be able to contribute as long as his surgically-repaired left wrist is healthy.

Josh Collmenter RP, Diamondbacks (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Collmenter has really come out of nowhere. The 25-year-old right-hander wasn't included among Baseball America's top 30 prospects for the organization over the winter, but he has a 1.29 ERA and 11/1 K/BB ratio over his first 14 major league innings, all in relief. Collmenter doesn't throw particularly hard, but features an deceptive over-the-top delivery and a quality changeup. He's taking Barry Enright's turn in the starting rotation this Saturday against the Dodgers, so go ahead and give him a try in case he sticks.

Laynce Nix OF, Nationals (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.3 percent)

Nix made his eighth straight start in the outfield Wednesday night and went 3-for-5 with an RBI single, a double and a run scored. He's found extra playing time recently because of Mike Morse's bum knee, but it's going to be awful difficult for Jim Riggleman to take him out of the lineup, especially with the Nats hurting for offense. Keep in mind that Nix is dramatically better against right-handed pitching during his career (.743 OPS compared to .518 OPS against southpaws), but he should do fine if used appropriately.

Anthony Rizzo 1B, Padres (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Brad Hawpe has at least begun to hit the ball lately, but it's clear that Rizzo is on the fast track to the big leagues. Rizzo, who was acquired from the Red Sox in the Adrian Gonzalez deal, is batting .393/.461/.746 with 10 homers and 43 RBI over his first 31 games with Triple-A Tucson. He's currently dealing with a bruised left hand, but it's not believed to be anything serious. I'm not completely convinced he's ready for the big leagues, but stash him just in case he gets a call-up somewhere around Memorial Day.


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