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Thursday, May 30, 2013




AL ONLY

Erasmo Ramirez SP, Mariners (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Remember this guy? Ramirez had some momentum as a sleeper over the winter, but he was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma at the end of spring training and missed the first two months of the season with triceps discomfort. The good news is that he's back to full health, as he made his season debut Wednesday for Double-A Jackson and gave up two runs (one earned) over five innings. It might not be long before he's an option for the Mariners' rotation. Pick him up if he was dropped in your league.

Josh Phegley C, White Sox (Yahoo: N/A)

Phegley entered this season with an underwhelming .252/.302/.383 batting line in the minors, but something has clicked with Triple-A Charlotte this season, as he's batting .325/.384/.636 with 11 home runs and a 1.020 OPS in just 40 games. A supplemental first round-pick for Chicago back in 2009, the 25-year-old backstop has never hit more than nine home runs in any of his previous four seasons as a pro. It's worth noting that Phegley battled a blood disorder not long after he was drafted, so perhaps we're looking at a late bloomer here. With Tyler Flowers struggling, it might not be long before he gets a chance.

NL ONLY

Nathan Eovaldi SP, Marlins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Eovaldi was penciled in as a member of the Marlins' rotation over the winter, but he landed on the disabled list at the end of spring training with right shoulder inflammation. While his absence has stretched a bit longer than initially expected, the 23-year-old right-hander made his first rehab start over the weekend and appears on track for a return in early June. Eovaldi isn't going to get many wins with Miami's lousy offense, but he has a good arm and owns a 4.15 ERA through 154 innings in the majors. Similar to Ramirez, make sure to stash him if he was dropped in your league.

Joc Pederson OF, Dodgers (Yahoo: N/A)

Matt Kemp left Wednesday's game with a hamstring strain and could require a stint on the disabled list. Not surprisingly, many are clamoring for Yasiel Puig to make his major league debut, but Pederson looks like the better fit as a fill-in option for center field. The 21-year-old has been the primary center fielder in Double-A this season while Puig has only played two minor league games at the position. It also helps that Pederson is also producing, as he's batting .313/.393/.516 with eight home runs, 22 RBI, 15 stolen bases and a .908 OPS through 51 games. He will be worth using in NL-only and even some deeper mixed formats if he gets the call.



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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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