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Thursday, September 06, 2012




NL ONLY

Adam Eaton OF, Diamondbacks (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.3 percent)

Eaton was originally expected to stick with Triple-A Reno during the team's playoff run, but the Diamondbacks accelerated his timetable after Chris Young suffered a quad injury on Monday. The 23-year-old is off to a nice start so far, going 4-for-11 (.364) over his first two major league games while playing center field and batting leadoff. Eaton checks in at 5-foot-8 and 184 pounds and still has his share of doubters, but he was a .355/.456/.510 hitter over three seasons in the minors and has plenty of speed. The Diamondbacks didn't call him so he could sit on the bench, so he could even be worth a look in some deeper mixed formats.

David Ross C, Braves (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.4 percent)

Brian McCann received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder over the weekend and missed three straight games before returning to the starting lineup Wednesday night. The 28-year-old backstop batted just .181 in August and is hitting just .226 with a .695 OPS on the year, so the Braves are hoping his most recent cortisone shot will lead to better results down the stretch. If it doesn't, Ross is expected to get more playing time. One of the better backup catchers in the league, Ross has 22 homers and an .832 OPS in 626 plate appearances over the past four seasons. He's worth a stash wherever available in NL-only leagues.

Wily Peralta SP, Brewers (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Peralta notched his first major league victory Wednesday night against the Marlins, allowing three runs over six innings while striking out three and walking four. While not a fantastic outing, he should continue to get starts down the stretch now that Mark Rogers has been shut down for the season. The 23-year-old right-hander had an uneven season with Triple-A Nashville, posting a 4.66 ERA and 143/78 K/BB ratio over 146 2/3 innings, but he had a 3.38 ERA in 12 starts after the start of June. While it would be nice to see him throw more strikes, he has a mid-90s fastball that should lead to plenty of swings and misses.

AL ONLY

Russ Canzler UTIL, Indians (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Canzler, who was acquired from the Rays in late January, is expected to get a long look with the Indians down the stretch after batting .265/.328/.487 with 22 homers and an .815 OPS in 130 games this season with Triple-A Columbus. The 26-year-old doesn't really have a position and is strikeout-prone, so he has a lot to prove to shed that pesky Quad-A label, but he could run into a few homers with semi-regular playing time.

Chris Parmelee 1B/OF, Twins (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.4 percent)

Remember how Parmelee went off as a September call-up last year? Well, he's doing it again. The 24-year-old is hitting .406 (13-for-32) with three homers, three doubles and eight RBI in eight games since being called up from the minors last week and should continue to get regular playing time in right field with Denard Span sidelined. He's probably gone in most competitive AL-only leagues, but he could even be worth a look in a deeper mixed league if you need help in the outfield or a CI (corner infielder) spot.

Anthony Gose OF, Blue Jays (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Gose was optioned down to Triple-A Las Vegas two weeks ago, but he should be back on your fantasy radar now that he has returned to the big club. The 22-year-old outfielder is admittedly a bit overmatched against major league pitching right now, batting just .198 with a 36/6 K/BB ratio in 96 plate appearances, but he is 10-for-12 in stolen base attempts. There's too much risk here to trust him in mixed leagues, but he should be owned in AL-only formats.



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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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