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Thursday, September 1, 2011


AL ONLY


Leonys Martin OF, Rangers (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.4 percent)

 

I mentioned earlier that David Murphy should see most of the playing time in right field while Nelson Cruz is on the disabled list, but I also expect Ron Washington to sprinkle in some playing time for Martin now that he's up from the minor leagues. The Cuban defector underwhelmed upon a promotion to Triple-A Round Rock, but stole 19 bases over his first 73 professional games. If you need speed in AL-only leagues, Martin should get an opportunity to spin his wheels this month.

 

Brent Lillibridge 1B/2B/OF, White Sox (Yahoo: 2 percent owned, ESPN: 1.2 percent)

 

Lillibridge disappeared following a hot start, but batted .265/.327/.633 with six homers, 14 RBI and a .960 OPS during the month of August. He has started at first base in three out of the last six games and should continue to see semi-regular playing time with Carlos Quentin sidelined and Adam Dunn is riding the pine. Throw in his handy multi-position eligibility, the 27-year-old utility man makes for a no-brainer pickup in AL-only formats right now. 

 

NL ONLY


Dee Gordon SS, Dodgers (Yahoo: 3 percent owned, ESPN: 1.7 percent)

 

Gordon was placed on the disabled list three weeks ago with a bruised right shoulder, but is slated to rejoin the Dodgers on Thursday. While Justin Sellers has played well during his absence, he's done nothing to change the fact that Gordon is the future at the shortstop position. The 23-year-old remains a work in progress at the plate, but has plus-speed and will get regular playing time down the stretch. 

 

Eric Surkamp SP, Giants (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 1.4 percent)

 

The Giants optioned Surkamp to the minors after he tossed six innings of one-run ball against the Astros in his major league debut Saturday, but the young left-hander is expected to return for favorable matchup against the Padres next Tuesday. The 24-year-old isn't a hard-thrower, but has good command and his changeup and curveball are considered plus-pitches. He makes for a fine streaming option in the short-term and with Jonathan Sanchez making little progress from his ankle injury, there's a chance he could stick in the starting rotation the rest of the way. 



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