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Chasing Chapman

Thursday, July 14, 2011




AL ONLY

Felipe Paulino SP/RP, Royals (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

If you've been reading this column long enough, you'd know that I'm sort of a Paulino apologist. Fortunately his numbers have done most of the talking lately, as the hard-throwing right-hander has a solid 3.38 ERA and 45/12 K/BB ratio over 48 innings since joining the Royals, including three straight outings with at least seven strikeouts. How is this guy not owned in more leagues right now? Crazy, I say. Crazy.

Brandon Guyer OF, Rays (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

The Rays sent Guyer down the minors after a one-game cameo on Sunday so that he could participate in the Triple-A All-Star Game, but I have a feeling it won't be long until he gets an extended look in left field. Justin Ruggiano and Sam Fuld have really slowed down after their respective hot starts and Desmond Jennings is sidelined for at least the next couple of weeks with a fractured right index finger. Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Guyer is batting .318 with 10 homers and 13 stolen baes over 78 games with Triple-A Durham this season. I'd stash him in hopes of another callup.

Jason Kipnis 2B, Indians (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Since it worked with Zack Cozart last week, I'm going to see if I can have similar mind control over Chris Antonetti and the rest of the Indians' front office. Kipnis, who you may have seen smack a solo homer in Sunday's Futures Game, has a .304/.384/.493 batting line over parts of three seasons in the minor leagues, including a .297 batting average to go along with 11 homers and 11 stolen bases over 83 games with Triple-A Columbus this season. With Orlando Cabrera (.609 OPS) doing little to keep his starting second base job, I feel it's only a matter of time before they call on the 24-year-old to make his major league debut.

NL ONLY

Pedro Beato RP, Mets (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

The long shot in the Mets' save chase, Beato has found quite a bit of success in his rookie campaign. The Rule 5 pick has a 3.39 ERA and 24/12 K/BB ratio over 40 innings to go along with a healthy ground ball rate of 54.3 percent. Mets manager Terry Collins has mostly used him in the seventh inning this season, which is why I'd take Jason Isringhausen or Bobby Parnell if given the chance. Still, he has a promising future in the Mets' bullpen.

Chris Volstad SP, Marlins (Yahoo: 2 percent owned, ESPN: 2.8 percent)

Sure, we're talking about someone with a 5.40 ERA, but keep in mind that Volstad has allowed three runs or less in four out of his last five starts. He's also been a bit unlucky in general this season, posting a HR/FB rate of 16.5 percent, despite a ground ball rate of 51.2 percent. I wouldn't be afraid to start him against the Cubs on Sunday.

Brandon Allen 1B, Diamondbacks (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers admitted that he may make some changes with his roster to begin the second half. One of the likely areas of focus is first base, where Arizona has a .239 batting average and a pathetic .382 slugging percentage this season. I'd love to see Paul Goldschmidt get a shot, but I have a feeling Allen may get first dibs. And that's not necessary a bad thing. You have to take all numbers from the PCL with a grain of salt, but the 25-year-old is batting .306/.427/.579 with 18 homers and a 1.006 OPS with Triple-A Reno this season.


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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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