BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 15: Lonnie Chisenhall #27 of the Cleveland Indians waits to bat against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 15, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
It's been a busy week on the Seesaw Report, with a parade of prospects coming up and some huge names and big seasons hitting the disabled list. Let's stop wasting times and get you to the names that matter:
Lonnie Chisenhall - Chisenhall continues the prospect parade this week by getting recalled. He's played in 3 of 4 games since getting the call and given how competitive the Indians have been this season, if he hits, he will play. It's another situation where if he continues to get the at-bats, he will be worth grabbing. He's going to be average in batting average and power, and shouldn't hurt you in any other spots.
Alex Castellanos - Castellanos was the return the Dodgers got for Rafael Furcal last season. While Furcal has been tearing it up for St. Louis, Castellanos was tearing up the minor leagues for the Dodgers. He missed extended time earlier this season, but gets the call due to Matt Kemp returning to the disable list. He can really hit, though I wouldn't expect anything close to his Triple-A numbers, and is worth a pick up in deeper leagues (over 12 teams) if he gets the requisite playing time.
Yasmani Grandal - A top prospect since he was drafted out of Miami, Grandal got the call earlier this week. He has struggled more than expected with his defense, and that was what was holding him back from reaching the majors at this point. With Nick Hundley still healthy, I don't think he gets the at-bats to be worthwhile in most leagues. He does have the type of swing that should succeed in PETCO, but I think the lack of at-bats puts the kibosh on his fantasy value.
Andrelton Simmons - Simmons has generated a lot of buzz as a prospect, and deservedly so. He has 80 defensive tools (arm and glove) and is a plus runner as well. He's hitting .290 in his first taste at Double-A, though that comes with limited power and limited on-base ability. Simmons ceiling as a hitter is an empty average who can snag a couple stolen bases now and then. If he achieves that he's worth a spot, but given his mere two months above Single-A pitching, I'm not optimistic on his chances to get there. If he doesn't, he's not worth adding in any but the deepest of leagues.
Mike Morse - The long awaited return of Mr. Morse. He's a plug and play for anyone who's waited this long for him.
Hideki Matsui - Godzilla returns! He's played the last three games in Tampa, and I would always expect Joe Maddon to put him in a spot to succeed. If you're in dire need of a power he's a fine short term pickup until Tampa Bay gets a little healthier.
Steve Clevenger - Clevenger was murdering the ball before a stint on the DL and will continue to get the opportunity to shine with Geovany Soto out for the time being. A reasonable replacement for someone who just lost Lucroy.
Matt Kemp - I've got nothing to add that you don't already know. He'll miss at least a month according to Dodgers Head Trainer Sue Falsone. When he does return I wouldn't expect him to steal bases, a not insignificant factor in his value.
Jon Lucroy - By now we've all heard how his wife dropped a suitcase (presumably full of bricks) on his hand while he was searching for a sock under the bed. This was devastating to my fantasy team, and in response I've picked up his replacement, George Kottaras. Kottaras is a viable starting catcher in deeper leagues. He won't do much for your average, but he'll be helpful in OPS leagues due to his ability to draw walks and hit for power.
Nick Markakis - Markakis broke his hamate bone and will miss the next 3-6 weeks after surgery. Power tends to be slow to return after a broken hamate bone, which isn't something that Markakis can really withstand. His replacement is Bill Hall who can roundly be ignored.
Tyler Pastornicky - Pastornicky gets sent down in favor of defensive wizard Andrelton Simmons. Pastornicky wasn't atrocious but certainly didn't do anyone any favors in his short time in the big leagues. It wouldn't stun me to see him again later this year.
Eric Thames - Thames was sent down to Triple-A due to both ineffectiveness and because the Jays needed an infielder/outfielder with their starting 2B and SS dinged up. Mike McCoy was his replacement but is not worth an add in any leagues.
Chipper Jones - In a move that surprises absolutely no one, Jones heads for a stint on the DL. Juan Francisco becomes a viable 3B in all leagues, though his average will be a detriment, his power is for real.
Carlos Santana - Santana hit the 7-day concussion DL on the 26th, so if you've been holding him out of your lineup, check to make sure he's not getting activated this weekend.
Travis Hafner - Hafner has been solid this season, but is droppable in all leagues with the news that he will miss at least the next 4 weeks after having knee surgery. If you have a DL spot available, obviously stash him there, but otherwise I wouldn't hesitate to drop him for someone in the category above.
Daniel Hudson - Hudson has been rehabbing in the minors for a while but has been reported as throwing 97 MPH recently. Start him immediately in any league.
Garrett Richards - Richards is the replacement for Jered Weaver and while he's been relatively awful in Triple-A so far this year, he's showing walk rates far above his career norms. I've always liked him as a prospect, but he's a risky proposition right now. He's a wait and see.
Casey Crosby - Crosby has the stuff to succeed in the majors but has never been able to harness it in between stints on the DL. I would avoid him for right now and if he posts two solid starts, he might be worth checking out. Of course at that point he will likely be snatched up. I'd let someone else deal with this headache.
Roy Halladay - With his rough year continuing, Halladay was put on the DL on the 29th with a back strain. I wouldn't expect him to return when eligible just because he needs to rest and then get back into the swing of things. Hopefully this will cure what has been ailing him all season.
Jered Weaver - A rough week for star pitchers, as Weaver follows Halladay to the DL with a lower back strain. It didn't look good when he left three batters into his start against the Yankees, and similar to Halladay, I wouldn't expect him to return when he's eligible.
Kris Medlen - A name to keep track of, Medlen was optioned to Gwinett to get stretched out for a starter's role. It appears that Atlanta will turn to Medlen before going to top prospect Julio Teheran as a replacement for either Mike Minor or Randall Delgado. Medlen is probably a better pitcher than Delgado right now, and might be better than Minor given the way he's pitched. A name to keep track of for when he gets the call.
Rafael Dolis - From closer to Triple-A in a few short weeks. A 5+ ERA will do that. Safe to drop and forget about in all leagues. James Russell appears to be the guy for now, though I'd be surprised if that last long. My assumption is that Marmol will be back in the closer role eventually.
Ted Lilly - One of the surprises of the season so far, Lilly got bombed in his most recent start and immediately went to the disabled list. Nathan Eovaldi was called up in his place and had an encouraging start earlier this week. Eovaldi is a solid pickup in matchup plays and has the stuff to succeed at the major league level.