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Starting Nine: American League Central

January 12, 2010

Yesterday, I took at the starting nine position players for each American League East team. Today, I will cover the starting nine position players for each American League Central team.

Remember, these lineups are as of today. Obviously these will change as the offseason continues. I will update these lineups as the season approaches.

Here are the starting lineups for each American League Central team:

Minnesota Twins

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Joe Mauer, C

3. Justin Morneau, 1B

4. Michael Cuddyer, RF

5. Jason Kubel, DH

6. Delmon Young, LF

7. J.J. Hardy, SS

8. Brendan Harris, 3B

9. Nick Punto, 2B

Quick Take – The Twins have as good a one through five as anyone in baseball. They desperately need a third and second baseman. Orlando Hudson would be a nice addition.

Chicago White Sox

1. Juan Pierre, LF

2. Gordon Beckham, 2B

3. Carlos Quentin, RF

4. Paul Konerko, 1B

5. Alex Rios, CF

6. Alexei Ramirez, SS

7. A.J. Pierzynski, C

8. Mark Teahen, 3B

9. Mark Kotsay, DH

Quick Take – Perhaps there is no lineup that is harder to put together than the White Sox’s. This lineup could go in nine different directions. They need a DH and bringing back Jim Thome would make sense.

Detroit Tigers

1. Austin Jackson, CF

2. Carlos Guillen, DH

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Magglio Ordonez, RF

5. Brandon Inge, 3B

6. Ryan Raburn, LF

7. Gerald Laird, C

8. Adam Everett, SS

9. Scott Sizemore, 2B

Quick Take – Another hard lineup to put together. Jackson and Sizemore could flip-flop in the order. I don’t see a reason to ever pitch to Cabrera.

Kansas City Royals

1. Scott Podsednik, CF

2. David DeJesus, LF

3. Billy Butler, 1B

4. Jose Guillen, RF

5. Alex Gordon, 3B

6. Alberto Callaspo, 2B

7. Josh Fields, DH

8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

9. Jason Kendall, C

Quick Take – This lineup is going to have a hard time scoring runs. This year might be make or break for Gordon.

Cleveland Indians

1. Azdrubal Cabrera, SS

2. Michael Brantley, LF

3. Grady Sizemore, CF

4. Shin-Soo Choo, RF

5. Travis Hafner, DH

6. Jhonny Peralta, 3B

7. Matt LaPorta, 1B

8. Lou Marson, C

9. Luis Valbuena, 2B

Quick Take – I like putting Brantley in the two-hole because of the speed and high OBP ability he showed in the minors. Sizemore moves down to the three-hole and takes on the role of a run producer.

Tomorrow, I will take a look at the American League West.

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Chicago White Sox Sign Omar Vizquel

November 23, 2009

I love when teams make good personnel decisions. It makes me giddy.

Today, the Chicago White Sox signed SS and future Hall of Famer Omar Vizquel to a one-year, $1.375 million deal. Vizquel, who is 43-years-old hit .266 with a .660 OPS in 2009 with the Texas Rangers.

Vizquel can still pick-it at SS

I really like this move for the White Sox.

Vizquel will serve as a backup infielder and as a mentor to Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham. Who better to serve as a mentor to a young middle infielder than one of–if not the best defensive (cue Cardinal fan crying Ozzie Smith here) shortstop of all time.

The Rangers used Vizquel in this role last year for Elvis Andrus and that worked out quite well.

Not only will Vizquel serve as a mentor, but he can still pick-it with anyone defensively. He is not a washed up player, who is just looking to hang on. AKA: “A veteran presence.”

Vizquel played 62 games in the field last year at short, second and third, and didn’t commit an error. His UZR at shortstop was 5.3, which is very, very respectable. He also had a 3.3 UZR at third, which was better than Michael Young and David Wright.

The 11-time Gold Glove winner will be entering his 22nd season in the major leagues.

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Gordon Beckham To Play Second Base In 2010

November 9, 2009

In a little bit of a surprising move, Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams announced that Gordon Beckham will play second base for the south siders in 2010.

This move is a result of the White Sox trading for Mark Teahen last week. I speculated that Teahen would play rightfield for the White Sox in 2010, but he will play third.

Gordon Beckham

Beckham will be moved to second in 2010

Now, I am not going to get into whether or not moving Beckham to second base is good for the White Sox–that is for another post. What I am going to get into is the fantasy impact of this move.

If you have Beckham in your fantasy league, this is music to your ears.

Beckham qualified as a shortstop in most fantasy formats last year, but played every inning in the field at third base. Going into 2010, he wold have lost his eligibility at short and would have strictly been a third baseman.

Beckham’s value would have diminished slightly as just a third baseman. But now that he is moving over to second base–his value has increased again.

Beckham hit .270/.347/.460 with 14 homeruns and seven SB’s in 103 games as a rookie last year. Now that he will be with the White Sox from Opening Day, Beckham should only improve on his power and RBI numbers in 2010.

In a keeper league draft, Beckham should be one of the first second baseman off the board in your draft. He is only 23-years-old and has a bright future ahead of him. If you are in a standard league, then Beckham should be the seventh or eighth second baseman off the board.

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San Francisco Giants Strike A Pose(y)

September 3, 2009

How good is the 2008 MLB Draft shaping up to be? In just a little over a year, we have already seen Gordon Beckham, Brian Matusz, Ryan Perry, and Daniel Schlereth make contributions at the major league level.

In 2010we could see Brett Wallace (Oakland A’s), Pedro Alvarez (Pittsburgh Pirates), Jason Castro (Houston Astros), and Justin Smoak (Texas Rangers) all get the call up from their respective clubs. With this influx of talent, the 2008 draft is shaping up to be one of the better drafts in quite some time.

Well, yesterday, the 2008 draft class added another member to a major league roster. The San Francisco Giants called up C Gerald “Buster” Posey from Triple-A Fresno.

Buster Posey

Buster Posey

Doesn’t “Buster Posey” sound like a classic Florida State linebacker? Gerald Posey? Not so much. Posey wasn’t a linebacker at Florida State, he was a catcher — and a very, very good one.

By the way, one note on Florida State University. My sister went there and I went to go visit her a couple of times. For you guys out there, if you want to go a college football game with a great atmosphere and see smoking hot girls — FSU is the place to be.

Back to Posey.

I think Posey has the potential to be one of the best catchers in the game. In three-to-four years we will be talking about Posey as the right-handed version of Brian McCann. Yes, he is that good.

If and when Posey impresses for the Giants, he could be in-line to be the Giants’ starting catcher in 2010. Bengie Molina is a free agent after the 2009 season.

Here are some other facts about Buster Posey…

Age: 22

College: Florida State University

Drafted: Fifth pick of the first round of the 2008 draft

Minor League Stats:

2008 Rookie & Single A: .351 avg. with one HR, six RBI, and a .467 OBP in 10 games

2009 Single A+ & Triple-A: .325 avg. with 18 HR’s, 80 RBI, and a .416 OBP in 115 games

Keith Law Ranking and Analysis

Ranking: No. 8 out of 100 best prospects in baseball

Analysis: “Posey presents a very balanced set of tools that, given his position, make him among the most valuable properties in the minor leagues. A recent convert from shortstop who also pitched a little in college, Posey is a plus defensive catcher with a plus arm (he pitched in the low 90s), soft hands, and a lot of energy at a position that demands it.

At the plate, he has a compact stroke, excellent bat control, and a good eye, so while he doesn’t project to hit for more than average power, he should make plenty of hard contact and end up a doubles hitter with 15-20 home runs per year.

The combination of a projected plus hit tool and currently plus defense make him a very high-probability prospect — he plays in the big leagues no matter what, be it as a quality backup if he never improves at all or as a star everyday catcher if he reaches his offensive ceiling.”

Is Andrew Bailey The American League ROY?

August 28, 2009

The other night, my friends and I were at dinner (Five Napkin Burger in NYC is very good) and we were talking about the Rookie of the Year candidates in both leagues and who would win the awards. It’s a pretty interesting debate considering there are a lot of great rookies in baseball this year.

In the National League, we talked about JA Happ, Andrew McCutchen, Colby Rasmus, Garrett Jones, Chris Coghlan, Dexter Fowler, and Casey McGehee. The NL is chalk full of rookie talent this year.

However, when it came to the American League we all kind of looked at each other with that blank stare similar to one we used to have in spanish class back in high school. My friend Justin said it has to be Andrew Bailey right? My first thought was Bailey is having a very good season, but there might be a better choice.

Bailey has been all A's for Oakland

Bailey has been all A's for Oakland

Once I looked deeper into the numbers, I have realized there might not be a better choice than the Oakland A’s closer. His biggest competition will come from Elvis Andrus, Gordon Beckham, and fellow pitcher Rick Porcello. David Price and Matt Wieters will get some votes as well because voters will look at the names instead of the numbers.

Out of the above group of players, Andrus figures to get the most first-place votes. He has had a decent year offensively (.266 with 24 SB’s and seven triples) and defensively, Andrus has already established himself as one of baseballs top fielding shortstops. Andrus also plays on a contending team which is a factor in Andrus’ advantage as well.

Amongst all the qualifying shortstops in the AL, Andrus ranks last in batting avg (.266), last in runs scored (52), last in hits (94), sixth in OBP (.331), and tied for first in SB’s (24).

I am not sure if those numbers will win him the award.

Bailey on the other hand, has really stood out amongst the games best relievers and closers all year. He ranks third in closers ERA (1.93), second in WHIP (0.91), first in strikeouts (75), third in games (55), and eighth in saves (19).

It’s the months of August and September where awards are won and Bailey has really turned it on in August. He is five-for-five in save opportunities, opponents are hitting .069 against him, and he has a 0.00 ERA in nine innings pitched.

I know it’s hard to compare closers versus position players, but if I had a vote, I would vote for Bailey. Despite playing on a bad A’s team, he has had a great season, has been a stud at the end of games, and I think it should be recognized.

10 Things We Learned About Baseball In July…

August 6, 2009

Outside of April, the month of July might be the best month of the baseball season. You have got the All-Star Game, the trading deadline, and the pennant races really start to heat up.

This July lived up to expectations as the we had a great All-Star Game, the last hour of the trading deadline was crazy, and the division races (the NL West not included) really heated up.

Here are the 10 things we learned about baseball in the month of July…

10. Omar Minaya has a meltdown. Only the New York Mets could hold a press conference to fire a VP for Player Development and have it turn into a clown show.

In the middle of the press conference, in which the Mets announced Tony Bernazard was being relieved of his duties, Mets’ GM Omar Minaya went off on a tangent about how Mets’ beat writer Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News was lobbying for Bernazard’s job. Say what???

To say it was bizarre was the understatement of the century. Minaya has since issued an apology, but his job is definitely on shaky ground.

Staying in the Big Apple…

Jeter had plenty of reasons to smile in July

Jeter had plenty of reasons to smile in July

9. The New York Yankees were surging. The Yankees started the month 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. They even were three games out at the All Star break.

Then the Yankees won 10 out of 11 and opened a 3.5 game lead on the rival Red Sox. The Yankees were paced by captain Derek Jeter and his .357 avg in the month of July as well as Phil Hughes (0.61 ERA and 16 K’s in 14.1 IP) who has become a force in the eighth inning.

While the Yankees were surging…

8. The Boston Red Sox were scuffling. The Red Sox went into the All Star break three games up on the Yankees and in about two weeks they were 3.5 games back.

A lack of offense was the main culprit for the Red Sox. They hit .248 as a team and Jason Bay decided to take the month off. Bay hit just .194 with one HR in the month of July.

If the Red Sox make the World Series, Game One will be at Fenway Park because…

7. The American League wins the All-Star Game. Thanks to an amazing catch by Carl Crawford that robbed the Rockies’ Brad Hawpe of a home run – the American League won the All-Star Game 4-3.

This was the 13th consecutive win for the AL and the winner of the AL Pennant will have home-field advantage in the World Series.

It was a great night in St. Louis. I think we’ll stay in St. Louis…

6. The Cardinals land Matt Holliday. The Cardinals weren’t just happy acquiring Mark DeRosa, so they went out and got the best bat on the trade market in Matt Holliday.

The Cardinals gave up top prospect Brett Wallace in order to get Holliday, but the Cardinals feel Holliday can put them over the top. The Red Birds have put themselves in great position to not only win the NL Wild Card, but the NL Central as well.

Speaking of the Wild Card…

5. The NL Wild Card race is intense. On July 31st, seven teams were separated by a grand total of seven games for the NL Wild Card.

The St Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, and Milwaukee Brewers all have a realistic chance at the Wild Card.

If you want me to predict a winner? I am going to say the Giants are the last team standing. I just like their pitching as a whole and I think they will find enough offense in the end.

If the Giants win the Wild Card, they might have to play the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS because…

4. The Phillies get their ace. The Phillies wanted Roy Halladay, but when the asking price was too high they settled for a pretty darn good pitcher in Cliff Lee.

To get Lee from the Cleveland Indians without giving up top prospects Kyle Drabek or Dominic Brown was one heck of a move by Phillies’ GM Ruben Amaro Jr. With the addition of Lee, the Phillies might be the favorite to once again win the NL Pennant.

Cliff Lee and Matt Holliday weren’t the only players traded in July…

3. The July 31st trading deadline ended with a frenzy. Roy Halladay was the biggest name on the trade market, but he didn’t go anywhere – he is staying in Toronto. However, there were a lot of other players who are calling new cities home.

Freddy Sanchez, Jake Peavy, Victor Martinez, George Sherrill, Jack Wilson, Scott Rolen, and Jarrod Washburn all were moved close to or at the trading deadline.

One player who won’t be traded anytime soon…

Beckham had a monster July

Beckham had a monster July

2. Gordon Beckham is really good. The Chicago White Sox have found a stud in Gordon Beckham. After a really slow start, Beckham has really turned it on as of late.

Beckham won the AL Rookie of the Month award for July when he hit .330 with three HR, 18 RBI, 12 runs scored, and a .526 slugging percentage in 27 games.

Staying on the south side of Chicago and the number one thing we learned from baseball in July was…

1. For one day in his life Mark Buehrle was perfect. Buehrle already threw a no-hitter in his career, but on July 23rd, Buehrle decided to one better. Against the Tampa Bay Rays Mark Buehrle tossed the 18th perfect game in major league baseball history.

Buehrle was spectacular that day retiring all 27 batters he faced while throwing just 116 pitches in the winning effort.

Buehrle didn’t stop there however. In his next start against the Minnesota Twins, Buehrle was perfect again for 5.2 innings. He also set a major-league record that game by retiring 45 straight batters.

Just an amazing two start stretch for one of the more underrated pitchers in the game.

That’s a wrap for July. What will August bring us? Stay tuned to find out!!!

Fantasy Week In Review, July 27-August 2nd…

August 3, 2009

Believe it or not, there was more to last week than just the July 31st trading deadline. Hard to believe right? Well, the fantasy baseball season is in it’s final stretch. For a lot of leagues, August is the final month of the regular season.

That being said, I added a couple of more players to the potential pickups section in order to help your team out. Here are the fantasy studs, the players players of concern and the potential pickups for the week of July 27 – August 2nd.

Fantasy Studs

Jhonny Peralta – .407/3/12. Yes, the Cleveland Indians still have some major-league players left.

Gordon Beckham – .393/2/10 with one SB. With this second half surge, Beckham might win the American League Rookie of the Year.

Josh Willingham – .375/3/9. If a man hits two grand slams in one game, he is a fantasy stud.

Bobby Abreu – .500/1/8/.517 with two SB’s.  There are a lot of people who don’t like Abreu as a player, but there is one thing for sure – the man puts up numbers.

Matt Holliday – .536/3/8/.600. I think Holliday likes playing in front of people and in a pennant race. The complete opposite of playing in Oakland.

Tim Lincecum – 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 23 K’s in 17 IP. When Lincecum is on a roll like this, he is one of the most exciting pitchers to watch. Just spectacular.

Chris Carpenter – 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and seven K’s in 16 IP. Carpenter isn’t striking out many batters, but he is working efficiently and deep into games.

Cliff Lee – 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 10 K’s in 16 IP. American League, National League, it doesn’t matter to Lee. He is pitching lights out right now.

Reasons for Concern

Ian Kinsler – Kinsler was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring. Can this guy stay healthy just one year? Please? Fantasy owners are begging him.

This is a big loss not only to the Rangers, but to all fantasy owners who have Kinsler on their team. Kinsler was tied for second with Chase Utley for HR’s by a second baseman with 23 and was forth in RBI with 63.

George Sherrill – This might be one of the only issues people have with the trade deadline. In the blink of an eyelash, Sherrill went from valuable closer to useless fantasy set-up man.

Unless your league counts Holds as a stat or Jonathan Broxton gets hurt (I’ll knock on wood for all you Dodger fans), Sherrill has pretty much become useless for the purposes of fantasy baseball.

Potential Pickups

Jason Frasor – With current closer Scott Downs landing on the 15-day DL with a left big toe injury, Frasor becomes the defacto closer in Toronto. The Blue Jays are struggling, but Frasor should be able to get you a couple of saves down the stretch.

Clayton Richard – Richard went to the San Diego Padres in the Jake Peavy trade and now gets to pitch in the Yellowstone Park of baseball. I have always liked Richard, so if he can get any run support he could be valuable down the stretch.

Josh Reddick – The Boston Red Sox 22-year old rookie is off to a .364/1/2 in his first three major league games. With JD Drew and Jason Bay hurting, Reddick should be getting his AB’s in Boston.

Jim Johnson – Just as a pitcher can go from valuable closer to set-up guy, the complete opposite can happen to a set-up guy. With the trade of George Sherrill, the Baltimore Orioles’ Jim Johnson goes from set-up guy to potential closer in Baltimore.

Johnson has a 3.28 ERA and 14 Holds in 49.1 IP this year. Just like with Frasor, Johnson might get you some saves down the stretch.

Gordon Beckham Needs A Better Approach At The Plate…

June 9, 2009

It’s hard to judge rookies when they first come up to the major leagues. After all, they are just rookies. They might be nervous, anxious or they might be in awe of their surroundings. For White Sox rookie Gordon Beckham, I think it is a case of him being a little too anxious.

Beckham was called up to the majors last Thursday and in 14 AB’s he is 0-13 with one walk. What is a little troubling so far about Beckham is that doesn’t seem to have an approach at the plate. In 14 total AB’s, Beckham has only seen 39 pitches. That is an average of 2.7 pitches seen per AB. That needs to improve.

Beckham has swung at the first pitch five times and has only seen one, three ball count in four games. Beckham even had a game last Friday against the Indians where he only saw three pitches in three AB’s. That is hard to do even in little league. From what I have seen, he has no game plan when he gets to the plate.

Beckham’s approach at the plate might be a carry over from his time spent in Triple A this year. In 30 plate appearances for Triple A Charlotte, Beckham didn’t draw one walk. Of course nobody complains about taking pitches when you are hitting .464.

My guess as to what is happening with Beckham is that since he is unfamiliar with the pitchers he is seeing, he doesn’t feel comfortable getting deep into counts. I have full confidence that he will figure things out sooner rather than later.

However, his approach needs to change quickly or else he might find himself back in Charlotte real soon.

White Sox Hope Gordon Can Blast It Like Beckham…

June 6, 2009

It’s only June 6th, but it’s already been a big month for call ups for some of the games top prospects. Top prospects such as Andrew McCutchen, Tommy Hanson and White Sox third baseman, Gordon Beckham have gotten the call to the big club so far this month. Perhaps the most intriguing of those three is Beckham.

Beckham as a Bulldog

Beckham as a Bulldog

I use the word “intriguing” with Beckham because he was just drafted last year. You could easily make the argument that he was rushed to the majors, as he only spent roughly less than a year in the minor leagues. However, I don’t feel that is the case. Here are two reasons:

  1. He spent three years in college and already is 22 years old. So it’s not like he just came from high school and was playing scrubs last year. He played in 197 games at the University of Georgia against top competition. That’s a big plus in my book.
  2. Beckham tore up the minor leagues. He hit a combined .356 at three different levels from 2008 to 2009.

Beckham got the call up on Wednesday and so far he is 0-6 in two games for the White Sox. It’s pretty clear that he is anxious at the plate, as he only saw three pitches in three AB’s yesterday against Carl Pavano. I am not concerned though. Once he gets that first hit out of the way, Gordon will rake at the major league level.

Here are some other facts about Gordon Beckham…

Age: 22

College: University of Georgia

Drafted: 8th pick of the first round of the 2008 Draft

Minor League Stats

2008 Single A: .310 with three HR’s, eight RBI and a .365 OBP in 14 games

2009 Double A: .299 with four HR’s, 22 RBI and a .366 OBP in 38 games

2009 Triple A: .464 with no HR’s and three RBI in seven games

Keith Law Ranking and Analysis

Ranking: #36 out of 100 best prospects in baseball

Analysis: “Beckham doesn’t always do it pretty, but it seems to work for him, as he has incredible instincts, enough that the “ballplayer” label might be more than just a cliché for him.

Beckham’s first move at the plate is down and slightly back, a hitch that makes it harder for him to catch up to better fastballs or adjust at the last second to an off-speed pitch, but he manages because of very quick wrists. He also helps himself by cheating a little on his front side. His natural range at shortstop is a little limited, but good game awareness helps him overcome that, as he positions himself extremely well, and his hands and arm are fine for the position. He could handle second base, but he should be allowed to stay at short until it becomes absolutely necessary to move him.

He’s the anti-Alexei Ramirez: Beckham’s feel for the game makes his tools play up, and he’s much more substance than flash.”

Fantasy Week In Review 5/25-5/31….

June 1, 2009

The month of May brought us a lot of great performances, and the last week of the month was no exception. As always here are the fantasy studs, the players who might be a concern, players who hit the DL and the potential pickups from the week of 5/25-5/31.

Fantasy Studs

Luke Scott – .444/6/14/.524. Luke used the force and was by far and away, the hottest player in the majors last week.

Mark Teixeira – .357/3/10. Teixeira continues to rake hitting in front of Arod.

Adrian Gonzalez – .333/4/10/.500. I still haven’t figured out why teams pitch to him.

Ryan Howard – .333/4/10. Howard is starting to hit HR’s in bunches. He has scary power.

Nick Blackburn – 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA. Blackburn beat the Red Sox and Rays in the same week. That is a good week.

John Maine – 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA, 9 K’s in 12 IP. Back to back impressive outings against the Nationals and Marlins.

Yovani Gallardo – 1-0 with a 0.68 ERA and 15 K’s in 13.1 IP. Gallardo has established himself as the ace of the Brewers’ staff.

Brad Lidge – 4 saves with 5 K’s and a 0.00 ERA in 3.2 IP. A very nice bounce back week for Lidge, who was a concern two weeks ago.

Reasons for Concern

Fausto Carmona – 0-1 with 11 hits, 8 walks, and a 15.19 ERA in 5.1 IP. It appears Carmona’s 2007 was the fluke, not 2008. I am really surprised the Indians keep sending Carmona out there. He has been terrible. Those 5.1 IP were in two starts by the way. Ouch.

Francisco Liriano – 0-2 with 18 hits and a 10.13 ERA in 8 IP. Liriano hasn’t been the same since his Tommy John surgery a couple of years ago. My guess is the Twins keep sending him out there but it appears Liriano has a short leash in games.

Aaron Harang – 1-1 with a 10.61 ERA with 22 hits in 9.1 IP. Dusty Baker must really not like Harang. Last year Baker had Harang pitch in extra innings on three days rest in a meaningless game in May in San Diego. This year, after a two hour and three minute rain delay, Baker had Harang return to the mound to complete the fifth inning.

I understand Baker wanted Harang to get the win (Reds were leading 6-3 at the time), but that is ridiculous. Baker ruined Harang’s season last year and I hope he hasn’t done the same this year.

Josh Hamilton – Hamilton is off to a slow start this year and was 3 for 23 on the Rangers latest homestand. Today he will go for a MRI to find out exactly what is going on with his groin injury.

This injury has been lingering for some time now, so it’s about time Hamilton gets some answers. Hamilton had a great first half and a slow second half in 2009. Perhaps it’s the complete opposite this year.

Injuries

There were a rash of injuries at the beginning of last week. I wrote about those injured players here. Here are some other players who also landed on the DL last week.

Khalil Greene – Placed on the 15 Day DL because of an anxiety disorder. Zack Greinke and Dontrelle Willis suffered from the same disorder, so hopefully Greene can come back from this. There is no time table for Greene’s return.

Carlos Quentin – Placed on the 15 Day DL because of plantar fasciitis. I wrote about this injury here.

Joey Votto – Placed on the 15 Day DL because of stress related issues. Apparently Votto is dealing with stress that is linked to his struggles dealing with an inner ear infection. Now, I don’t want to sound insensitive because I have never had an ear infection but, is an inner ear infection really that stressful? Something is not adding up here.

Grady Sizemore – Placed on the 15 Day DL with inflammation in his left elbow. Sizemore has been a HUGE disappointment so far hitting only .223 on the season. Sizemore will not swing a bat or throw a ball for two weeks. He is ruining a lot of fantasy teams this year.

Potential Pickups

Gerardo Parra – Parra has done nothing but impress since being called up in early May. Parra has hit .319 with three doubles and three triples in 16 games. Parra appears to have an everyday job in Arizona either as a leftfielder or centerfielder so he is worth the pickup, especially in keeper leagues.

Gordon Beckham – It appears the White Sox are growing tired of Josh Fields at third because Beckham is starting to play games at third in the minors. Once Gordon gets comfortable at third he will be in the majors playing that position. Gordon is a top prospect, so picking him now before another owner does might be a smart move.

Andrew Bailey – Even though it’s not official, it looks like Bailey has replaced Brad Ziegler as the A’s closer. Bailey is already 4-0 with two saves and a 2.23 ERA, so he is definitely worth a pickup.