April 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Wieland (43) looks in for a sign during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
This week feature's multiple big name prospects making their season or MLB debut's, headlined by my personal favorite (of this week's) Joe Wieland.
Joe Wieland - I profiled Wieland before the season started in my Top 12 Pitchers for '12, and if you read that, you'll know I'm a fan of his for this season. He's got the stuff to succeed anywhere, but I absolutely love him for any home start. He's definite grab in any team deeper than 12 teams, and a worthwhile stream in any 12-team league or less.
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Drew Pomeranz - Pomeranz was also featured in my article on Weiland, and four spots higher as well. That said, if Weiland is going to remain in the major leagues, I actually like him better than Pomeranz over the course of the season. That is more about ballpark than it is about talent, as Pomeranz has two dominant pitches and knows how to use them. I'd throw the same tag on him as Weiland; worth a pickup in any league more than 12 teams, and a streamable option in any league 12 teams or less.
Ryan Vogelsong - Last year's waiver wire darling is back. We'll see if he can replicate his numbers from his magical 2011 campaign, but I remain highly skeptical. I'd rather have Weiland or Pomeranz, all else equal.
Drew Hutchison - Yet another big name prospect making the leap to the majors this week, I am actually somewhat down on Hutchison. I love his long term outlook, but I think he was rushed to the big leagues and is in no way ready to hold down a starting spot for the rest of the year. If you want to make an add, I won't blame you, but he's not a long term option right now. Could help in strikeouts, but I'd anticipate his ERA and WHIP to be pretty high for his first go-round in the bigs.
Brian Wilson - Done for the year. You knew this by now, but it needed to be included.
Chris Narveson - Placed on the DL with a rotator cuff tear, this is the last we'll be seeing of Narveson for quite a while. The corresponding move was to call up Mike McLendon but the more important name here is Wily Peralta. I profiled him in my Top 12 Pitchers article as well, and he's worth an add. He's put in his time in Triple-A and worthy of an add in deeper leagues. I advocate waiting on rookies in shallower leagues because the replacement level is so high. Peralta has not received a callup as of yet, but could be available depending on the league you play in. If he's there I think he's worth grabbing.
Jason Repko - Forgive me, for I had to include him on this list. The former Dodger (and MANY other teams) is back in the big leagues with Boston in an attempt to fill in for Jacoby Ellsbury. That won't happen, as Repko's best tool has always been his arm, not his bat. He has a bit of pop, but strikes out too much and hasn't shown much in recent years.
Todd Frazier - A name you might know, Frazier was recalled this week and could see time as a utility man for the Reds. He's not worth a pickup right now, but keep an eye on him in case an playing time opens up due to injury.
Brandon Allen - A name you know for sure, Allen was plucked off waivers by the Rays. If he wasn't playing behind a lefty slugger who struggles to hit lefties already, I might be more intrigued. He might split time with Luke Scott in the DH role. This does make the Kila Monster's job a bit more safe at the moment.
Ben Revere - On the losing end of a contest with Ryan Doumit for playing time in Minnesota's outfield, Revere's death knell came when Minny claimed Clete Thomas off waivers. He'll gather himself in Rochester and could be worthwhile if and when he gets a callup later in the season.
Brett Gardner - Placed on the DL due to right elbow soreness, you'll need to look somewhere else for speed for the next two weeks.
Lance Berkman - Berkman was placed on the DL due to left calf strain (alerting Mike Gallagher), and instead of calling up future STL first baseman Matt Adams, the Cardinals opted to accelerate Skip Schumaker's timetable for return. Keep an eye out for Adams if he gets the call, as I think he's ready to hit and hit for power, immediately.