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Thursday, June 14, 2012




NL ONLY

Brad Boxberger RP, Padres (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Acquired from the Reds in the Mat Latos deal, Boxberger was called up to the majors last week after posting a 4.70 ERA and 35/15 K/BB ratio over 23 innings with Triple-A Tucson this season. While command has been an issue during his ascent through the minors (4.3 BB/9), he also averaged 12.1 K/9. The 24-year-old right-hander has three pitches in his arsenal, including a low-to-mid 90s fastball, a circle change-up and a curveball. Huston Street is an obvious candidate to be traded before the deadline, so there's a chance Boxberger will get a shot to close games by the end of the year. Feel free to stash if you're in the mood to speculate.

Joe Kelly SP, Cardinals (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.7 percent)

The Cardinals were forced to place Jaime Garcia on the disabled list last week due to tearing his left shoulder, so Kelly will hold down a rotation spot for now. The 24-year-old right-hander did well in his major league debut Sunday against the Indians, tossing five innings of one-run ball while walking one and striking out four. Kelly throws pretty hard (he averaged 92.8 mph on his fastball Sunday), but he's mostly known for his ability to induce ground balls with his power sinker rather than get strikeouts. Chris Carpenter is not expected to return until after the All-Star break and top prospect Shelby Miller has scuffled a bit this season, so Kelly should get at least a few more starts.

Jordany Valdespin 2B/SS, Mets (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Valdespin has made the most out of limited opportunities this season, collecting two homers, three doubles, two stolen bases and 10 RBI in just 39 plate appearances. Of course, he has also struck out 10 times and has three errors at shortstop, so he isn't without his flaws. His playing time figures to be limited to bench duty and/or spot starts, but the 24-year-old has enough pop and speed to remain interesting in deeper formats and daily leagues.

Tyler Moore OF, Nationals (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Yes, this pick was influenced by Moore going 3-for-4 with two homers, a double and five RBI on Wednesday. But in NL-only leagues, aren't you supposed to take chances? Moore started Wednesday in place of Adam LaRoche, who was resting a bruised foot, but he could soon push Steve Lombardozzi for playing time in left field. While Lombardozzi took over the Nationals' primary leadoff hitter in recent weeks, he's hitting just .143 (5-for-35) this month. Moore's power potential makes him an intriguing alternative.  

AL ONLY

Chris Getz 2B, Royals (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Getz is back from the disabled list after missing around three weeks with a left ribcage contusion. The 28-year-old second baseman was off to a decent start prior to the injury, hitting .277/.322/.386 with a .706 OPS and six stolen bases over his first 94 plate appearances. Of course, Getz is a .256 career hitter and has just two home runs in 1,197 plate appearances, so his speed is the only thing that makes him interesting in fantasy leagues. And there is value here, as he has stolen at least 15 bases in each of the last three seasons.

Franklin Gutierrez OF, Mariners (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

After being limited to just 92 games last season due to a stomach issue and an oblique injury, Gutierrez missed the first two months of this season with a torn pectoral muscle and plantar fasciitis in his heel. However, he finally returned to the Mariners on Wednesday. The 28-year-old has been a huge disappointment since his breakthrough 2009 campaign and he was hitting just .211 (8-for-38) in 10 rehab games with Triple-A Tacoma, so it might take him a little while to shake the rust, but his speed and modest pop makes him a no-brainer add in AL-only formats.

Erasmo Ramirez RP, Mariners (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

The Mariners optioned Blake Beavan to the minors this week and plan to push back Kevin Millwood's next start after he left last Friday's combined no-hitter with a groin injury, so Ramirez will get the nod Thursday night against the Padres. The 22-year-old right-hander doesn't have great stuff, but he averaged an elite 1.4 BB/9 over parts of five seasons in the minors. Pitching half of his games in Safeco Field will certainly help, but he has a chance to stick around as a fourth or fifth starter.

Ryan Kalish OF, Red Sox (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Kalish would probably be playing in the Red Sox outfield right now if he didn't undergo surgery last November to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The good news is that he is making solid progress in his rehab and could be a factor at the major league level very soon. The 23-year-old is hitting .429 (12-for-28) with three homers and eight RBI in seven games since having his rehab assignment moved to Triple-A Pawtucket and has been playing quite a bit of center field. Things could obviously get pretty crowded in Boston's outfield once Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury are ready to return, but it would be a good idea to stash Kalish until there's some more clarity with the situation.



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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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