D.J. Short

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Thursday, July 03, 2014


 

AL ONLY

Domingo Santana OF, Astros (Yahoo: N/A)

After getting next to nothing out of left field for most of the season, the Astros promoted 21-year-old outfielder Domingo Santana to the majors on Tuesday. Ranked as the organization's No. 8 prospect by Baseball America over the winter, he was batting .304/.383/.502 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI over 84 games this season with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He amassed 49 home runs between High-A and Double-A from 2012-2013. The power makes him interesting, but he's also known for his big strikeout totals, so some struggles wouldn't be surprising. As a result, he's mostly an AL-only target for me, but he could be worth a look if you really need power in a deeper mixed league.

T.J. House SP, Indians (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

House was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday to make a spot start in place of Justin Masterson, but Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that the 24-year-old left-hander will remain in rotation as the fifth starter for the time being. Granted, his 4.54 ERA isn't going to blow you away, but he has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four out of his last five appearances in the majors. And while you wouldn't know it by his HR/FB rate, he induces a ton of ground balls. Zach McAllister or Danny Salazar could get another chance in the majors at any time, so don't look at this as a long-term pickup, but give him a spin for now.   

NL ONLY

Eric Campbell 1B/3B, Mets (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

The man they call "Soup" has enjoyed some success as a super utility player during his first stint in the majors, batting .322 (28-for-87) with one home run, seven doubles, and eight RBI over 35 games. While he has a 25/4 K/BB ratio, his plate discipline was considered a strength in the minors. Campbell has been filling in for David Wright at third base over the past few days and he's worth keeping around just in case his shoulder continues to be an issue. At the very least, Campbell will find himself on the short side of a platoon with Lucas Duda at first base once Wright is back to full health. With his multi-position eligibility, he could be useful in leagues which allow for daily transactions.

Arismendy Alcantara  2B, Cubs (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Mookie Betts has been a popular add in mixed leagues this week, but this less-hyped prospect could make an impact in NL-only leagues very soon. Alcantara, who was ranked as the Cubs' No. 7 prospect by Baseball America last fall, is batting .307/.348/.540 with 42 extra-base hits (including 10 home runs), 39 RBI, and 20 stolen bases over 82 games this season with Triple-A Iowa. The 22-year-old was recently named as the Pacific Coast League's hitter of the week after putting up a .517 clip last week. He could be a replacement at second base if the Cubs trade or release Darwin Barney, but it's worth noting that he has seen some playing time in center field in recent weeks. Either way, it's time to put him on your radar.



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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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