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Roto Roundup: Jake Marisnick, Josh Hamilton, Mike Moustakas and others

Ray offers his thoughts on some of the top fantasy perfomers from Monday's MLB action, including Jake Marisnick, Josh Hamilton, Mike Moustakas and others.

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Jake Marisnick: Time to buy?

I remember drafting Marisnick in the first round of the UBA farm draft several years ago, and I always thought he could make a fantasy impact if his power could eventually surface. I remember reading one prospect expert quoting a scout or front office type who said that Marisnick would be an impact player at the highest level.

During his time in the minors, he had one really big season in Low A, where he hit .320-.392-.500 with 14 home runs and 37 stolen bases. Fantasy owners could dream of 20-20 seasons from Marisnick if he could show some growth in the power skills, but he never hit more than 12 home runs in the next three seasons in the minors, but he did hit for a respectable average, and stole double digit bases as well. Last season, he split time between AAA and with the Astros big league club, his third team since being drafted back in 2009, hitting 13 home runs and stealing 35 bases.

This season, he is playing center field every day, and batting ninth in the Astros young lineup. On Sunday, Marisnick had a huge day at the plate, going 2-4 with a home run, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases. This huge game raised his slash line to .364-.408-.591 with 2 home runs, 9 runs scored, 8 RBI and 6 stolen bases in just 50 plate appearances. Small sample sizes aside, he is hitting for power and stealing bases, and is making an impact on fantasy rosters thus far. He is owned in just 25% of leagues right now, so those of you in mixed leagues should grab him as he appears to have the green light on the base paths, and this could be the makings of a power breakout for Marisnick.

For more on Marisnick and the Astros, make sure you check out The Crawfish Boxes, SB Nation's Astros fan site.

Angels trade Josh Hamilton to the Rangers

The Angels owner and front office did not hide how unhappy and disappointed they were with Josh Hamilton after he revealed he had a drug and alcohol relapse over the offseason. They were so unhappy that they were willing to eat all but $12 million to trade him to the Rangers and get nothing in return. There were some unhappy Angels players as well.

He returns to the Rangers where he had his best seasons as a major leaguer and I hope he can return to being the hitter that he was before signing with the Angels. More importantly, I hope he can continue to fight off all the demons, as that fight is tougher than hitting a baseball 4-5 times per night. If he can win that battle, he is a winner in my book, no matter how he performs on the field.

For more on the Rangers trade for Hamilton, make sure you check out Lone Star Ball, SB Nation's Rangers fan site.

Roto Roundup

The Dodgers received some bad new on starter Brandon McCarthy on Monday. After giving up three home runs on Saturday night, McCarthy was pulled from the game due to an elbow injury. On Monday, we learned that he has a full tear of his ulnar collateral ligament and probably require Tommy John surgery. As a result, the Dodgers lose McCarthy for at least a year and a half four starts into his four year, $48 million contract. Ugh.

We learned after Sunday's game that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly planned to give hot hitting Alex Guerrero more playing time in the coming days and weeks. On Monday, we learned that Mattingly really wants his bat in the lineup:

With Jimmy Rollins and Juan Uribe struggling at the plate to start the season, Guerrero will play some shortstop, third base and left field, spelling Carl Crawford from time to time. Now that Yasiel Puig is on the 15 day disabled list with the hamstring injury, Guerrero looks to start at least 3-4 times per week, possibly more if he continues to hit. Know this. He will start against all left handers, and the Dodgers face Madison Bumgarner tonight.

Marlins starter Jarred Cosart was one of my pitching sleepers coming into the season. He got off to a rough start to begin the season, but has pitched great in his last two. Last night, he shutout the Mets on 2 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts and 11 ground ball outs over 8 innings, but came away with a no decision, as the Mets got to Marlins closer Steve Cishek in the ninth, with Daniel Murphy hitting a game winning three run home run in the Mets 3-1 win. Cosart is now 1-1 with a 2.49 ERA, and a 0.91 WHIP in his four starts, and has given up one run or less in three of those four starts.

If you are looking for a future closer, grab Marlins set up man A.J. Ramos as he currently owns an 18-4 strikeout to walk rate in 12.1 innings, and is inducing ground balls at a 56% rate thus far. Cishek blew his second save and has not pitched well this season, as his ERA ballooned to 11.37 after giving up the three run home run last night.

I wrote about Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas last week, as it appears he is building on a solid playoff performance. He seems to be taking on the role of team captain/leader as well, as he was the first guy to get teammate Yordano Ventura out of harms way during the brawl with the White Sox last week, before all hell broke loose. Last night, he had another big night at the plate, going 4-5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI in the Royals 6-2 win over Corey Kluber and the Indians. Moustakas improved his slash line to .342-.419-.526 with 3 home runs, 16 runs scored and 7 RBI batting out of the two spot in the Royals lineup. It's early, but this could be the makings of a breakout season for Mous.

Astros outfielder George Springer has made some amazing catches in right field this year, but fantasy owners want to see more amazing things from him at the plate. Springer has begun the 2015 season in a slump, hitting just .183-.302-.324 with 2 home runs, 9 runs scored, 6 RBI and 7 stolen bases. He is still striking out way too much, but he is walking at a 15% rate after Monday's 3 walk, 3 stolen base performance. The home runs will come for Springer, as he swings very hard, and when he does make contact, it usually goes very far. The 7 stolen bases are a nice surprise after he stole just 5 bases last season. He won't steal 7 bases every month, but he is on pace to easily steal 30 bases and could push 40 if he can stay healthy all season.

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