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Thursday, August 01, 2013


Cody Asche 3B, Phillies (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

When the Phillies called up Asche this week, many naturally took it as an indication that Michael Young was likely to be moved before Wednesday's trade deadline. That didn't happen. Still, it seems Asche will get quite a bit of playing time at third base moving forward, as the Phillies used Young at first base on Wednesday night. Asche was a .287/.343/.438 hitter in the minors and had 15 homers and 11 stolen bases in 104 games this season in Triple-A. While the 23-year-old doesn't have the big-time power, he should do enough in all categories to be useful. I could see him having value in deeper mixed leagues if the at-bats are there.

Logan Forsythe 2B, Padres (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Forsythe doesn't have a starting job right now, but that could change in the coming days. Not only is Everth Cabrera expected to land a 50-game suspension for his ties to Biogenesis, but Jedd Gyorko has struggled miserably and could be in line for a demotion if he can't get back on track soon. Forsythe has been limited to just 37 games this season due to a foot injury, but he hit .273 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in just 91 games last year. He's worth stashing if he's out there.


L.J. Hoes OF, Astros (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Go ahead, get your giggles out of the way now. Acquired from the Orioles in the Bud Norris deal, Hoes started in right field for the Astros on Wednesday night and should get the opportunity at semi-regular playing time in the weeks to come. The 24-year-old amassed just 24 home runs over 643 games in the minors, so don't look for much pop, but Hoes brings above average speed, good on-base skills, and a knack for making contact. That should be enough to put him on your radar.

Andre Rienzo SP, White Sox (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

The first Brazilian-born pitcher in the majors, Rienzo started in place of Jake Peavy on Tuesday night and held the Indians to three unearned runs over seven innings while striking out six and walking three. The 25-year-old right-hander earned the call-up after posting a 4.06 ERA and 113 strikeouts over 113 innings through 20 starts this season in Triple-A. He had a 1.46 ERA over his final 11 starts. Standing at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Rienzo sits in the low-to-mid 90s with his fastball and showed a promising curveball in his debut. With Peavy now in Boston, he's a no-brainer pickup in AL-only leagues and could make for a nice matchup play in mixed formats.

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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