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Thursday, May 16, 2013


Burch Smith SP, Padres (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Smith took it on the chin in his major league debut last Saturday, giving up six runs on five hits and two walks while failing to make it out of the second inning, but the Padres are sticking with him in their rotation for the time being. It's the right move, as the 23-year-old has legitimate swing-and-miss stuff. While Smith has flown under the radar as a prospect, he owns an impressive 3.33 ERA and 178/34 K/BB ratio over 162 innings in the minors. He only has six starts above A-ball, so more disaster outings are possible, but there could be some nice sleeper potential here, too.

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

This recommendation doesn't come with a ton of enthusiasm on my part, but Ankiel latched on with the Mets earlier this week and is expected to get the majority of the playing time in center field. The 33-year-old has fanned in 50 percent of his plate appearances this season (37 strikeouts in 74 plate appearances), but he also has six home runs. Only two players with at least 50 plate appearances have homered more often this season. Ankiel won't do much with that all-or-nothing approach, but it's still something.


David Adams 3B, Yankees (Yahoo: N/A)

The Yankees designated Chris Nelson for assignment on Wednesday and intend to give Adams a chance at regular playing time at third base until Kevin Youkilis is ready to return from a back injury. The 26-year-old owns an impressive .296/.380/.450 batting line over parts of six seasons in the minors, but injuries have hampered his development. You may remember that his ankle injury got in the way of the Yankees acquiring Cliff Lee from the Mariners back in 2010. Adams is still a work in progress at third base and may end up as a utility player or bench bat in the long term, but he should hold some value as a stopgap over the next couple of weeks.

Jake Odorizzi SP, Rays (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Odorizzi's debut with the Rays could be right around the corner, as David Price was forced to leave Wednesday's start with left triceps tightness and is expected to miss at least one start. Odorizzi is on the same turn as Price, so he's considered the natural choice to replace him in the starting rotation. Acquired from the Royals along with Wil Myers in the James Shields deal, the 23-year-old right-hander has a solid 3.83 ERA and 47/15 K/BB ratio over 44 2/3 innings this season with Triple-A Durham. Even if the Rays end up going in another direction for a fill-in option, stashing Odorizzi could pay off down the road.

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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