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Rollin' With Nolan

Thursday, May 02, 2013




AL ONLY

Kevin Gausman SP, Orioles (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal passed along an interesting nugget on Wednesday night that Gausman "might not be in the minors much longer." It shouldn't come as a major shock, as last year's No. 4 overall pick has followed up an impressive spring with a 3.77 ERA and a stingy 29/1 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings over his first five starts this season with Double-A Bowie. Freddy Garcia and Jair Jurrjens are probably next in line for the O's rotation, but it's possible that Gausman could get an opportunity in June if he continues to perform. Some patience may be required, but the 22-year-old should be stashed away if you have some roster flexibility.

Chris Nelson 2B/3B, Yankees (Yahoo: 2 percent)

After being designated for assignment by the Rockies over the weekend in order to make room for Nolan Arenado, Nelson was acquired by the Yankees on Wednesday night in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. It's a pretty good landing spot for the 27-year-old, who could see semi-regular playing time at third base while Kevin Youkilis recovers from a back injury. Nelson enjoyed most of his success at Coors Field last season, but it's not like Yankee Stadium is a terrible environment for hitters. He could be a nice short-term play.

Mike Carp 1B/OF, Red Sox (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Carp has made the most out of his limited opportunities thus far, hitting .480 (12-for-25) with two home runs, five doubles, two triples and seven RBI in 13 games. That's right, nine out of his 12 hits have been for extra bases. The 26-year-old only hit .213 with five homers and a .654 OPS in 189 plate appearances with the Mariners last season, but I'm willing to give him somewhat of a mulligan since he was bothered by hip and shoulder injuries for most of it. David Ortiz's return could make it more difficult for him to find at-bats, but he's worth keeping around in case Shane Victorino has a setback with his recent back issue.

NL ONLY

A.J. Ramos RP, Marlins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Ramos took the loss Wednesday against the Mets by giving up a go-ahead three-run homer to Jordany Valdespin, but he has still been very impressive in the early part of his career. After enjoying some success as a September call-up last year, the hard-throwing 26-year-old has a 3.38 ERA and 18/6 K/BB ratio through 16 innings this season. Ramos averaged 12.3 K/9 over four seasons in the minors, so he has the kind of swing-and-miss stuff managers look for in a potential closer. He could get his chance if Steve Cishek continues to struggle or is placed on the trading block later this summer.

Charlie Morton SP, Pirates (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Morton is inching closer to making his return from Tommy John surgery, as Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that he should join the team's rotation somewhere around May 15. The 29-year-old right-hander owns a 2.08 ERA and 9/3 K/BB ratio in 13 innings through three rehab starts and induced grounders from 10 out of the 22 batters he faced in his most recent outing. That's what we like to see. Morton will never be a big strikeout guy and command is often shaky after Tommy John surgery, but he could be a productive option in NL-only leagues the rest of the way.

Marcell Ozuna OF, Marlins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the disabled list earlier this week due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain, so the Marlins plucked Ozuna out of Double-A and plan to use him as their starting right fielder for now. The 22-year-old has hit at least 22 homers in each of his last three seasons in the minors, so he has serious power potential, but he has just 47 plate appearances above A-ball and has shown shaky plate discipline. I think he'll struggle to hit for a high batting average, but he could run into a few homers until Stanton is ready to return in a month or so.



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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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