D.J. Short

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Thursday, July 25, 2013


Logan Schafer OF, Brewers (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

In the wake of Ryan Braun's suspension, Schafer stands the best chance to benefit. While the 26-year-old outfielder is batting just .226/.281/.344 in sporadic playing time with the Brewers this season, he was a .294 hitter over five seasons in the minors and amassed 11 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 124 games last season in Triple-A. The newly-recalled Khris Davis could also see some playing time in left field, but Schafer has the ability to be relevant in NL-only and some deeper mixed leagues the rest of the way.

Mike Olt 1B/3B, Cubs (Yahoo: 2 percent owned)

Part of the haul in this week's Matt Garza deal, Olt has seen his stock fade a bit this year due to vision problems. While he's hitting .251 with 11 home runs in 49 games at the Triple-A level since missing most of May, he has also struck out 32 percent of the time. Still, the Cubs were more than happy to buy low. Peter Gammons of MLB Network writes that the Cubs plan to keep Olt in Triple-A for a little while in order to find his 2012 swing, but he's known more for his power and plus-defense at third base than his ability to hit for average, anyway. Stash him away for the stretch run.


Chris Colabello OF, Twins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Colabello had a brief stint with the Twins earlier this season, but he's back after a ridiculous first half with Triple-A Rochester in which he batted .354/.432/.652 with 24 home runs in 85 games. The 29-year-old journeyman led the International League in host of categories, including batting average, home runs, extra-base hits, OPS, and RBI. He may turn out to be nothing more than a Quad-A bat, but the Twins have little to lose by giving him a chance. Keep him on your radar.

Jose Cisnero RP, Astros (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

With Jose Veras on the trade block, it's high time to consider his replacement for the closer role. With a 5.03 ERA, the Astros have the worst bullpen in the major leagues, but Cisnero has been a bright spot since his call-up in April. While the 24-year-old right-hander has struggled a bit recently, especially with his control, he still has a fine 3.38 ERA and 40 strikeouts over 40 innings. Coming into play Thursday, his swinging strike rate (11.9 percent) ranks 22nd among relievers with a minimum of 40 innings pitched. The Astros could go with a committee if Veras is dealt, potentially including Hector Ambriz and/or someone they acquire at the deadline, but Cisnero is the best in-house bet at the moment.

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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