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Thursday, July 12, 2012




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Matt Harvey SP, Mets (Yahoo: N/A, ESPN: 0 percent)

Dillon Gee needs surgery to prevent a recurrence of a blood clot in his shoulder and could miss the rest of the season, so Harvey's major league debut is likely right around the corner. Selected No. 7 overall in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, the 23-year-old right-hander has a 3.35 ERA and 9.9 K/9 over his first 234 pro innings, including a 3.39 ERA and 102/42 K/BB ratio through 98 1/3 innings this year with Triple-A Buffalo. There are some questions about his secondary stuff depending on who you listen to, but my guess is that the Mets run out of patience with Miguel Batista quickly.

Scott Moore 2B/3B, Astros (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.5 percent)

Seeing regular playing time in the wake of the Carlos Lee trade, Moore is batting .306 (11-for-36) with three homers and four RBI in nine games since being called up from the minors in late June. The 28-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since 2010 as a member of the Orioles and has underwhelmed in previous opportunities, so he's no lock for continued success, but his versatility between the infield and outfield could make him a useful option for Astros manager Brad Mills moving forward.

Luke Gregerson RP, Padres (Yahoo: 3 percent owned, ESPN: 0.5 percent)

If you play in a competitive NL-only league, chances are that Gregerson is already gone, so let this function as a reminder that he's a must-own moving forward. NL All-Star Huston Street is probably the best reliever on the trade market, so it's a good bet that the Padres move him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Dale Thayer could get another look out of the closer role if that happens, but Gregerson is plenty worthy of an opportunity. After averaging just 5.50 K/9 last year, the 28-year-old right-hander has bounced back with 9.46 K/9 this season.

AL ONLY

Darin Mastroianni OF, Twins (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.5 percent)

My colleague Eno Sarris mentioned Mastroianni in his must-read Saves and Steals column yesterday, but it seems his recent exploits on the basepaths have gone overlooked in many fantasy leagues. The 26-year-old outfielder has swiped seven bases since June 30, including three in one game back on July 5. The speed is no fluke, either, has he had 214 stolen bases over 578 games in the minors. Keep in mind that his playing time will likely be limited since the Twins' outfield is already pretty full -- a weak side of a platoon with the similarly speedy Ben Revere is probably the best-case scenario here -- but he could have some value during the second half.

Miguel Gonzalez RP, Orioles (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Gonzalez was pretty impressive in his first major league start last Friday against the Angels, allowing only a solo homer over seven innings while striking out six and walking a pair. The 28-year-old right-hander was never considered a top prospect as an Angels' farmhand and dropped off the radar after missing the 2008 and 2009 seasons following knee and Tommy John surgeries, but he posted a 1.61 ERA and 53/10 K/BB ratio over 44 2/3 innings with Triple-A Norfolk this year and has a 1.93 ERA and 18 strikeouts over his first 18 2/3 innings in the majors. Skepticism is warranted, but he could hold down a rotation spot until the O's deem Brian Matusz or Zach Britton ready to return to the big leagues.

Jake Odorizzi SP, Royals (Yahoo: N/A, ESPN: 0 percent)

Similar to the Matt Harvey situation with the Mets, Odorizzi's arrival to the big leagues appears more likely by the day. Acquired from the Brewers in December of 2010 as part of the Zack Greinke deal, the 22-year-old right-hander has a 3.05 ERA and 92/26 K/BB ratio over 85 2/3 innings this season between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha. Fresh off starting the Futures Game for Team USA, Odorizzi sits in the low-90s with his fastball and his curveball and changeup are considered above average pitches. With his strikeout potential and solid control, it won't take much for him to be an improvement in the Royals' rotation.



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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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