D.J. Short

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Thursday, April 04, 2013




AL ONLY

Rick Ankiel OF, Astros (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Two Astros' hitters in Waiver Wired? Yeah, I'm going there. Ankiel isn't going to get anybody to rush to the waiver wire, but he's coming off a great spring and is expected to get the majority of the starts in right field against right-handed starters. And sometimes that's all you need in league-only formats. The batting average isn't going to be there, but the 33-year-old could provide some cheap pop.

Blake Beavan SP, Mariners (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Let me preface this by saying that I'm not the biggest Beavan fan. I was frustrated when he landed a rotation spot this spring, though it certainly makes more sense now that we know that Erasmo Ramirez will begin the season on the disabled list with Triple-A Tacoma. While I would think twice against trusting him against the White Sox this weekend, Beavan should be a must-start in AL-only leagues next week when he faces the lowly Astros. We know that he'll limit walks, but he may actually get some strikeouts for once.

NL ONLY

Evan Gattis C, Braves (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

It's hard to find a player with a more interesting story than Gattis, who once took a four-year sabbatical from baseball. Some have doubted his impressive minor league numbers because he's 26 years old, but the Braves clearly believe in his power. "El Oso Blanco" homered in his major league debut on Wednesday night and is expected to split catching duties with Gerald Laird until Brian McCann is ready to return from shoulder surgery. He shouldn't be on the wire in any NL-only league and is even worth considering in two-catcher mixed formats.

Kevin Slowey SP, Marlins (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

After a stress fracture in his rib cage limited him to just eight starts with the Indians' Triple-A affiliate last season, Slowey has resurfaced as a member of the Marlins' starting rotation. The 28-year-old right-hander got off to an encouraging start in his season debut on Wednesday night, limiting the Nationals to just one run over 5 1/3 innings. It's hard to get too excited since he owns a 4.63 ERA in the big leagues, but he has good control and Marlins Ballpark should be a good fit for his extreme fly ball tendencies. Just don't expect many wins with that lousy Miami offense.



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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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