NEW YORK, NY: Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Kansas City Royals during their game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Adam Lind is still not good at baseball, and still in the minors. Honestly, I'm amazed enough people owned Lind for him to top the most cut list two weeks in a row. Mark Ellis will be out for six weeks or so, but he's just happy to still have his leg. Jarrod Parker might not be quite ready for mixed leagues yet, so I understand your hesitation. Christian Friedrich finally got his rude welcome to the bigs, causing nearly everyone who rushed to scoop him up to drop him already. Make a decision and stick with it, folks.
As for the adds, there are a few intriguing names (and one of them, surprisingly, isn't Roy Oswalt yet).
Dayan Viciedo, RF (65 percent owned, +30 percent): Viciedo is starting to hit, but only because he took not hitting as far in one direction as was possible. After a recent hot stretch in the last week, he's now up to .236/.264/.436 with eight homers in 144 plate appearances. The homers are swell, but dear, sweet deity of choice, that on-base percentage makes me sad inside. Then again, I play in OBP leagues unless the rules force me to do otherwise, so it's clear I'd have a strong distaste for this line.
Viciedo is mostly living off of the hype of his debut partial season in 2010, as he's hit just .266/.300/.425 in 108 games in the majors. He's all of 23 years old, so I'm not saying he's done developing. But I'm not exactly rushing out to have him on my roster right now based on a strong week, either.
Felipe Paulino, SP (47 percent owned, +25 percent): Paulino might be the only Royals' pitcher worth owning. That's not based off of his 1.42 ERA this year, or his 10.3 strikeouts per nine. It's because over his 150 innings with the Royals between 2011 and 2012, Paulino has a 3.66 ERA and 2.7 K/BB with nearly a strikeout per inning. With Danny Duffy on the DL, Paulino is the only starter who can consistently miss bats without giving you a headache via incessant free passes.
He's not going to win your league for you on his own, and his current level of ability isn't representative, but he'll actually be useful, something Royals pitchers just haven't been since Zack Greinke was shipped off.
Xavier Avery, CF (19 percent owned, +15 percent): Avery had never hit much in the minors, but he started 2012 off with a .273/.373/.469 line at Triple-A as a 22-year-old, and has acquitted himself well in his first 50 plate appearances in the majors courtesy his 110 OPS+. You would be picking him up for stolen bases, mostly, as it's no sure thing that any of that pop from Triple-A sticks with him -- it's a new thing for him, and over a short period of time. He's also not guaranteed to stick in the majors, as he's just here while Nolan Reimold and Endy Chavez are injured. Of course, if he keeps on hitting, then he just might force the issue.
Andy Pettitte, SP (63 percent owned, +15 percent): Pettitte has pitched well in his three starts in the majors, striking out eight per nine while posting a 3.8 K/BB. The homers are worrisome -- there have already been four of them -- and he hasn't exactly faced a difficult lineup yet. The Mariners, Reds, and Royals have their share of scary hitters (okay, the Mariners don't), but they also all have their holes. This isn't to say that Pettitte is about to get crushed the first time he faces a half-decent team, but let's just remember that he's only throw 20-plus innings to this point: his numbers are bound to change, and the guy you pick up today isn't likely to be who you end up with all season.
Wade Miley, SP (42 percent owned, +15 percent): I keep wondering why Miley is available, and then realize it's because, regardless of how well he pitches, he's likely to be sent back to the bullpen once Daniel Hudson is healthy and back in the rotation. Yes, he has a 2.14 ERA at the moment, but he's also not missing many bats (5.8 per nine, well below-average) and doesn't have extreme ground ball rates to make up for that. He's not bad, by any means, and struck out far more hitters in the minors, but the current stretch screams of small sample performance rather than portending any kind of future for him.
P.J. Walters, SP (8 percent owned, +6 percent): I'm not touching a Twins pitcher, even in AL-only, but if you're desperate for some innings, you could probably do worse than this reliever-turned-starter, who has three times as many strikeouts as walks to begin the year.
Travis Wood, SP (5 percent owned, +3 percent): With Chris Volstad in the minors, Travis Wood is getting starts for the Cubs. You know what he can do, and it isn't the prettiest, but in NL-only, he's worth giving some innings to.