Welcome back to another Future Rookies, where we’re graduating a few more quality prospects to the bigs. Mike Carp has been called up to Seattle after compiling a slash line of .299/.412/.517 in 211 ABs at Triple-A Tacoma. He’s shown great plate discipline in the minors the last two years, and he’s carried that to the majors, with two walks, a hit, and an HBP in his first six plate appearances. Kyle Blanks has been called to San Diego, to presumably play some DH in the interleague set while seeing some time in LF and 1B. Blanks had been on a tear in his last ten games at Triple-A Portland, hitting .424 with a HR and 7 RBIs in 33 ABs.
Featured Add – Hitter
Justin Smoak, 1B, TEX, Age 22, Double-A
Smoak has been on the minor-league disabled list with an oblique injury but was on fire prior to suffering the strain. One of the top prospects in last year’s draft, it surprised draftniks everywhere when he slipped out of the top ten. Texas pounced on the South Carolina slugger, and he’s making the team look mighty smart for doing so. His recent injury quelled my hopes of seeing him play when the Frisco team came through San Antonio, but he’s currently on a rehab assignment in the Arizona League. He blasted two HRs and a triple in his first three ABs back. With Texas in the thick of the AL West, they’ll be tempted to call on Smoak to provide an offensive boost, particularly if Chris Davis continues to struggle or if Hank Blalock has to take the well-trodden path to the DL. Owned in virtually all dynasty leagues, he’s one player that normal redraft league owners should pounce on whenever he gets called to the bigs.
Hitter Performance Review (as of 6/21/09)
Featured Add – Pitcher
Scott Elbert, SP, LAD, Age 23, Triple-A
FBC columnist Matthew Robertson has this to say about Elbert: “He’s a talented lefty with dynamite stuff, as his fastball has been creeping back to the mid-to-high 90s, which he was at before surgery. In 57.1 IP, he’s struck out 77 guys to go along with 25 walks. In his last four outings, he’s struck out nine or more batters in each. This guy was once considered the best pitcher in the organization over Billingsley, and as he continues to regain his starting form, he’s again living up to the hype. Forget the short reliever your saw briefly in the majors, you might be looking at the next Cole Hamels. Keeper league and dynasty leagues need to add this guy if possible.”
Now seems like the perfect time to add Elbert to our watch list, as he’s been called up to Triple-A Albuquerque. Elbert’s Achilles’ heel has always been walks, so it will be interesting to see how be battles those control problems at this higher level. We’ll also have to watch out for arm fatigue, as he only threw 47.1 innings last year. Still, the strikeout potential is massive enough that he definitely needs to be owned in dynasty leagues.
Pitcher Performance Review (as of 6/21/09)
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R.J. White (or daullaz) has been actively involved in fantasy sports for over 14 years, making him an addict at this point. He loves writing, the Atlanta Braves, music, the Buffalo Bills, theatre, the Philadelphia Eagles, his family, and the number 42, though not in that order.
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