Aug 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers rookie first baseman Mike Olt (9) at bat in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark. This was the first game in the major leagues for Olt. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
A lot of trades went down earlier this week (and month) and I broke down the prospects moving teams here and here. Now it's time to take a look at the injuries that occurred and the repercussions of the trades that resulted in prospects getting their first call up or veterans getting one last chance.
Mike Olt - Dubbed Captain America by Baseball Prospectus' Jason Parks, Olt has decimated Double-A this year showing power and patience in spades. His hit tool isn't spectacular but it's good enough to allow him to access his prodigious power, which he put on display in BP at the Future's Game, launching a home run approximately 455 feet to left center. He's a good pick up if you need power and even better in OPS leagues as his secondary skills are quite good. He should hit immediately as he will play against LHPs, but he won't play every day. He did skip Triple-A entirely, so be aware of that. Please read Jason Hunt's post on Olt here.
Mitch Moreland - Moreland has been terrific this season, even more so from a value standpoint and he's actviated off the DL and will get time at 1B against RHPs. Mike Olt figures to replace him against LHPs.
Brett Wallace - It's a surprise it took Houston this long to turn to Wallace after trading Carlos Lee, but they finally did. He rewarded them by bashing his way to an OPS over 1000 in his short time in the majors this year and is well worth riding out this hot streak in any league. Don't be afraid to cut him when he cools off though.
More after the jump...
Domonic Brown - It's fitting that Brown would follow Wallace as a former top prospect that hasn't achieved success for extended periods in the big leagues. Brown will receive regular playing time now that Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence have been shipped off to duel in the NL West. I picked up Brown in a 16 team league in hopes that he could right himself, though admittedly his swing is still a bit jacked up. I'm hoping that his unsatisfying line at Triple-A is due to boredom a la Jesus Montero last year and that he can rise to the occasion now. He's worth a flier but feel free to cut him for a flavor of the week.
Derek Norris - Norris was sent down and called back up since the last time this article was published, but I include him because the A's sent Kurt Suzuki packing to Washington to make room for Norris as the every day catcher. Norris should provide power and patience if not average and will even throw in a couple steals as he is athletic for a catcher.
Jayson Werth - Werth is back from his broken wrist and should resume being a middling outfielder. Excuse my lack of enthusiasm, but I won't get excited about Jayson Werth until he shaves.
Pablo Sandoval - Panda hit the DL last week with a strained hamstring. As Matt Kemp owners know, these things can linger, though Sandoval doesn't necessarily seem the type to push himself back to soon when it comes to running, so perhaps he can avoid any setbacks.
Lance Berkman - A frequent contributor to this space, Berkman lands on the DL because of his balky knee, but this does open up playing time for Allen Craig, which is helpful to anyone who owns him. If Craig is available in your league, he's worth owning for his positional eligibility and powerful stick.
Yasmani Grandal - Grandal had been red hot since his recent call up but hit's the DL due to an oblique strain. He'll likely be out until September, so feel free to cut him for someone who will produce. Steve Clevenger and Michael McKenry are interesting replacements.
Jim Thome - Thome has been producing in ratios but not counting stats since his trade to Baltimore, and he's landed on the DL with back spasms. I expect he'll be ready to go when he's eligible to return.
Logan Morrison - A profound disappointment this season, Morrison continues to make more waves off the field than on it, and now we may have a reason why. He hit the disabled list with inflammation in his right knee, and I wouldn't expect much from his the rest of the season.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis - Captain Kirk made a splash very early in the season when he was called up but has tapered off since then, and gets demoted as a result. We'll hear more from him later this season or next as he fulfills his role as a 4th outfielder.
Adam Lind - Lind hasn't been useful for a while now, but his trip to the DL has resulted in David Cooper's call up. Cooper is nothing special but seems to do alright in average.
Dan Straily - I wrote up Straily on Thursday, and he had a great debut, going 6 innings, striking out 5 and walking 1. He should have picked up a W, but Ryan Cook allowed a three run homer to Jeff Mathis to blow it. A strong pick up in any league in my opinion.
Mark Rogers - Rogers has had an unlucky go so far in baseball, displaying plenty of talent but rarely being healthy enough to make use of it. He's had some productive starts since his call up and has plenty of strikeout ability. He should have plenty of rope in the Milwaukee rotation with Greinke gone and Marcum still struggling to get off the DL. If you want some strikeout upside, he's worth a look as long as he's healthy.
Pat Corbin - Corbin got called up and thoroughly handled a revamped Dodgers lineup en route to a win. He likely earned himself a few more starts. He's an interesting guy who could provide value down the stretch but he has plenty of competition for a rotation spot and Tyler Skaggs is breathing down his neck down at Reno. Worth some spot starts if you're desperate.
Frank Francisco - The Mets have acknowledge that Francisco's health is a bit of an ongoing saga, so he might not be 100% right now and won't be used on back to back days. That said, if you're desperate for saves and he's available, they will be using him. Bobby Parnell will still get some save opportunities while Francisco works his way back.
Tommy Hanson - Cyborg Tommy Hanson won't like this, but the real Hanson lands on the DL due to a lower back strain. He's been an enigma this year often achieving good results despite high walks. It's good news that the DL stint has nothing to do with his shoulder as that has been the primary concern on Hanson throughout the year.
Derek Lowe - Lowe was designated for assignment by the Indians as he's quickly made everyone forget how good he was to start the year. Some teams might kick his tires as a potential 5th starter/bullpen option but it's highly possibly no one takes a crack at him. Either way, he's someone to avoid.