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Lackey No Longer Lacking

Thursday, June 27, 2013




NL ONLY

Taylor Jordan SP, Nationals (Yahoo: N/A)

Now that Dan Haren is on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, the Nationals are reportedly considering calling up Jordan to start Saturday against the Mets. We haven't heard much hype about Jordan in prospect circles, as he has largely flown under the radar since his Tommy John surgery in 2011, but he has wowed the Nationals this season by posting a ridiculous 1.00 ERA and 72/15 K/BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings between High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. Standing at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Jordan is armed with a mid-90s fastball and is displaying better control than ever before. With just 49 innings above A-ball, it wouldn't be surprising if Jordan struggles, but he'll be worth adding if he gets the call.

Josh Satin 1B, Mets (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Called up from Triple-A Las Vegas following the Ike Davis demotion, Satin has received most of the at-bats at first base this week now that Lucas Duda is on the disabled list. Known for his patience, the 28-year-old is hitting .263 (5-for-19) with a .417 on-base percentage over his first 10 games. Davis may only be days away from returning from the minors, but chances are the Mets will wait on a decision until after they face left-handers Ross Detwiler and Gio Gonzalez during their series against the Nationals this weekend. Satin makes sense as a short-term play and could sneak some at-bats against southpaws even after Davis returns.

AL ONLY

Ryan Lavarnway C, Red Sox (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

David Ross recently suffered his second concussion in a month's time and was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, which means that Lavarnway should get the chance to be Jarrod Saltalamacchia's backup until at least mid-August. The 25-year-old has an ugly .180/.239/.296 batting line through 226 plate appearances in the majors and his offense has tapered off in the minors this season, but he has shown enough pop and patience in the past to remain interesting.  

Brett Wallace 1B/3B, Astros (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Wallace was demoted in April after going 1-for-24 with 17 strikeouts over his first seven games, but he has earned his way back to the majors after batting .326/.398/.554 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI, and a .952 OPS in 59 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Of course, hitting in the minors has never been a problem for him, so it might not be long before he gets stuck with that "Quad A" tag. Fortunately, the rebuilding Astros should present him with enough at-bats to prove otherwise. For what it's worth, Wallace has driven in runs in back-to-back games since his return. With his eligibility between first and third base, he's worth a look.



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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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