The recent trading activity in MLB has resulted in several role changes which has either increased or decreased the fantasy value of various players. The most obvious change is the Kansas City closing situation. Rookie Joakim Soria will take over the duty from the departed Octavio Dotel, who will assume a set-up position with his new team.
The Rangers are in search of a new closer after dealing Eric Gagne to the Red Sox. Initial reports have Joaquin Benoit and lefty C.J. Wilson are the leading candidates while manager Ron Washington saying someone has to earn the role. In that light, C.J. Wilson's save last night helps put some distance between him and Benoit in the competition. Also in Wilson's favor is his stated desire to pitch in pressure situations as a closer.
Those are a couple of the lowest pieces of fruit to pick, but what about the domino effect that the Twins' trade of 2B Luis Castillo has caused? With 2B open, the Twins have recalled rookie Alexi Casilla, moved 3B Nick Punto into a utility role and given rookie Brian Buscher the opportunity to translate his AAA breakout into major league regular playing time at 3B.
I admit to knowing very little about Buscher so his career numbers must tell the story. He has improved dramatically since 2006. Is it a fluke? Possibly, but his contact rates have always been decent. And, frankly, he could easily out-produce a lot of what the Twins have in the second-half of their order.
|2004||A+ San Jose||Calif||23||343||50||100||14||7||4||56||5||4||33||61||0.292||0.359||0.408||0.822|
|2005||A+ San Jose||Calif||24||206||37||58||12||1||5||29||0||2||27||47||0.282||0.367||0.422||0.772|