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Top 5 callups?

Postby NYMetsGM » Mon Aug 29, 2005 5:18 pm

I got this off of Roto world out of all these callups who would be the top 5 that akeeper team must have

National League

Arizona - Potential Key Callups: LHP Mike Gosling, RHP Greg Aquino, RHP Brian Bruney, C Koyie Hill, INF Andy Green, OF Carlos Quentin

The Diamondbacks could call up any number of the veteran relievers they have stashed away at Triple-A Tucson, but most have already failed for the club. Aquino and Bruney will almost definitely be back, and Aquino should get an opportunity to pitch in close games. … Gosling will likely be used in long relief. With Shawn Estes due back in a couple of weeks, it seems unlikely that the Diamondbacks will add any starters. … Hill should get some starts over Kelly Stinnett if the Diamondbacks fall out of contention, but he probably won’t be worth picking up in NL-only leagues right away. … Green, who has a remarkable .344/.425/.593 line for Tucson, will likely be just a pinch-hitter. … It will probably take an injury to get Quentin into the lineup more than a couple of times per week. It seems unlikely that he’ll have more than a little value. … Scott Hairston is out of the mix after shoulder surgery last month.

Atlanta - Potential Key Callups: RHP Kyle Davies, RHP Adam Bernero, RHP Jim Brower, RHP Anthony Lerew, LHP Chuck James, RHP Jorge Vasquez, C Brayan Pena, 3B Andy Marte, OF Kerry Robinson, OF Esix Snead

With Davies and veteran relievers Bernero and Brower sure to be added, the Braves might hold off on promoting Lerew and James, two of their top pitching prospects. If one of the two gets the call, it would likely be for little more than mop-up duty. … Marte, who is currently hitting .275/.377/.508 for Triple-A Richmond, has to be added, but he’ll still have Chipper Jones and Wilson Betemit ahead of him. Expect him to mostly be used as a pinch-hitter. … The Braves will add one outfielder when Brian Jordan comes off the disabled list. They should also add a speedster they can use as a pinch-runner. Snead would be better in that role than Robinson, even if Robinson is the superior player overall. … Jordan likely will get starts over Kelly Johnson and Ryan Langerhans in left field against left-handers. Still, that won’t give him much value.

Chicago - Potential Key Callups: LHP Rich Hill, RHP Sergio Mitre, RHP Jermaine Van Buren, LHP John Koronka, RHP Jon Leicester, 1B Brandon Sing, 2B Mike Fontenot, OF Matt Murton, OF Ben Grieve

The Cubs traded Matt Lawton and are talking about shutting down Kerry Wood, so it’s clear they’ve pretty much conceded. As a result, they’ll probably give some starts to Hill and Mitre next month. Hill is the more interesting pitcher for fantasy purposes, although his command problems would make him a risky pickup in NL-only leagues. … Van Buren, who has a 2.01 ERA in 51 relief appearances for Triple-A Iowa, should get a chance to see if he can fill a setup role. … Sing is batting .279/.400/.546 for Double-A West Tenn. The Cubs aren’t going to start resting Derrek Lee with any frequency, but Sing has earned some at-bats as a pinch-hitter. … Murton will start versus left-handers and should also play against some right-handers with Lawton gone. He’ll probably be worth using in NL-only leagues. … Felix Pie’s ankle injury is likely to prevent him from getting a look in center field.

Cincinnati - Potential Key Callups: RHP Elizardo Ramirez, RHP Justin Germano, RHP Chris Booker, RHP Allan Simpson, RHP Joe Valentine, C Dane Sardinha, 2B William Bergolla, OF Chris Denorfia

The Reds have said they probably won’t make callups until after Triple-A Louisville’s season ends on Sept. 5. … Ramirez would be a top candidate to make any starts that don’t go to the regular members of Cincinnati’s rotation next month. Still, he’s not very interesting in NL-only leagues. … Booker deserves a long look to see if he’ll be worthy of a spot in next year’s pen. The 28-year-old has a 2.48 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 61 2/3 IP for Louisville. … It’s unlikely that any offensive callups will see much playing time. Denorfia is batting .307/.384/.503 for Louisville, but as long as the top four outfielders are healthy, he shouldn’t get starts over anyone. … The Reds aren’t expected to bring back D’Angelo Jimenez, who remains in Double-A.

Colorado - Potential Key Callups: RHP Zach Day, RHP Ryan Speier, 1B Ryan Shealy, 2B Eddy Garabito, 3B Jeff Baker, SS Tim Olson, OF Ryan Spilborghs

Zach Day will likely join the rotation next month and try to solidify his status on next year’s roster. On another team, he’d be something of a sleeper. … Shealy will be used as a pinch-hitter and get maybe one start per week at first base. … Baker, who was once thought to be done for the season with a hand injury, could be called up to play behind Garrett Atkins at third base. The oft-injured 24-year-old is batting .313/.358/.507 in 57 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs. … With Brad Hawpe coming back no later than Sept. 1 and Larry Bigbie expected to return later, the Rockies probably won’t recall more than one outfielder. Spilborghs is a better bet to receive the assignment than either Jeff Salazar or J.J. Davis.

Florida - Potential Key Callups: RHP Travis Smith, RHP Chris Resop, C Josh Willingham, 3B Joe Dillon, OF Jeremy Hermida

The Marlins won’t make a lot of callups. Willingham will actually be activated from the disabled list, not called up. He and Dillon will be used as pinch-hitters. … Hermida is the most interesting player here. One of the game’s top prospects, the 21-year-old has hit .293/.457/.518 with 23 steals in 25 attempts for Double-A Carolina. Unfortunately, he probably won’t get a lot of time, especially with Jeff Conine playing well of late. Still, the Marlins might add him on Aug. 31 just to make him eligible for the playoff roster. I doubt he’ll have much if any value in NL-only leagues. … LHP Scott Olsen isn’t listed. He has been shut down for the season with an elbow injury.

Houston - Potential Key Callups: LHP Carlos Hernandez, RHP Scott Strickland, 1B/OF Todd Self, 3B Danny Klassen, OF Luke Scott

Hernandez’s recent performance has moved him to the top of the list of callups. He might even make a couple of starts for the Astros next month, depending on how Ezequiel Astacio and Wandy Rodriguez perform over the next couple of weeks. … A 2.65 ERA and a 19/2 K/BB ratio in 17 IP for Triple-A Round Rock should get Strickland added to the Houston pen. … Self (.303/.410/.474) and Scott (.286/.362/.597) have guaranteed themselves roster spots as pinch-hitters with their performances at Round Rock. … Assuming that Jeff Bagwell can return next month, the Astros probably won’t promote Carlos Rivera.

Los Angeles - Potential Key Callups: RHP Scott Erickson, RHP Jonathan Broxton, LHP Hong-Chih Kuo, C Russell Martin, 3B Andy LaRoche, SS Jose Flores, OF Jason Grabowski, OF Cody Ross

Probably the toughest team to figure out. The Dodgers lack slam-dunk pitching callups and they have so many decent hitters at Triple-A doing little to separate themselves from the pack. I’m just guessing here. … The Dodgers lack quality relievers at Triple-A, so they’ll probably give Broxton another chance and look at Kuo, who has fanned 42 in 26 1/3 IP for Double-A Jacksonville. Both will be worth watching as potential 2006 sleepers. … Martin should get a chance to split time with Dioner Navarro, perhaps giving him value in two-catcher NL-only leagues. … I’m assuming that Norihiro Nakamura will be bypassed. If so, LaRoche might join the team and see time at third base. … Joel Guzman appears less ready than LaRoche, so there isn’t much reason to bring him up right now. … Milton Bradley is likely done and J.D. Drew won’t be ready for the start of the month, but none of the outfielders the Dodgers call up figure to have any value.

Milwaukee - Potential Key Callups: RHP Ben Hendrickson, RHP Wes Obermueller, RHP Gary Glover, RHP Jeff Bennett, RHP Mike Adams, INF Trent Durrington, OF Nelson Cruz, OF Dave Krynzel

The Brewers have already made their two biggest offensive callups, adding Corey Hart and Prince Fielder to the roster recently. Hart will likely get more playing time than any other outfielder added, even if the Brewers need to figure out whether Krynzel should still be included in their future plans. … If Hendrickson had solid numbers in Triple-A, he’d already be in the Milwaukee rotation. However, he’s been mediocre all season long and his ERA is back up to 5.11 now. The Brewers may go to Obermueller or put Victor Santos back in the rotation to act as Ben Sheets’ replacement.

New York - Potential Key Callups: LHP Kaz Ishii, RHP Manny Aybar, LHP Tim Hamulack, RHP Shingo Takatsu, LHP Royce Ring, RHP Danny Graves, 1B Brian Daubach, SS Anderson Hernandez

The Mets have plenty of starters, so they’ll be adding arms to their pen. Hamulack is the least-known member of the group, but he’s the pitcher the Mets were planning on bringing up before they had a change of heart about sending down Mike Jacobs last week. He has a 1.08 ERA in 27 relief appearances for Triple-A Norfolk. … Hernandez, a natural shortstop, might get a chance to play some second base after hitting .321/.378/.411 with 24 steals for Norfolk. He probably won’t be worthy of an immediate pickup in NL-only leagues, but it’d be a good idea to watch him.

Philadelphia - Potential Key Callups: RHP Gavin Floyd, RHP Geoff Geary, RHP Pedro Liriano, C Carlos Ruiz, INF Matt Kata, OF Shane Victorino

Even though Floyd has a 5.82 ERA in Triple-A, there’s still a good chance he’ll be called up. However, it’s expected that Eude Brito will take Cory Lidle’s rotation spot. Floyd should be avoided in NL-only leagues. … Victorino has earned a spot, but he’s not going to see much action unless Kenny Lofton gets hurt. The two-time Rule 5 pick is hitting .310/.377/.534 with 17 steals in 125 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Pittsburgh - Potential Key Callups: RHP Ian Snell, RHP Bryan Bullington, RHP Mark Corey, LHP Mike Johnston, C Ronny Paulino, 2B-3B Bobby Hill, SS Alfredo Amezaga

Paul Maholm was added over the weekend to start Monday in place of the injured Zach Duke, but Snell and Bullington are at least as good of bets for spot starts the rest of the way. With Oliver Perez due to return soon, it’s unlikely that any of the callups will slide into the rotation on a permanent basis. It’s probably not worth adding any of them right now. … Unless the Pirates reconsider giving Ryan Doumit some time in the outfield, Paulino won’t be anything more than a third catcher. He’s probably a better defender than Doumit and a better hitter than Humberto Cota, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he should play over either.

St. Louis - Potential Key Callups: RHP Anthony Reyes, RHP Adam Wainwright, RHP Kevin Jarvis, C Mike Mahoney, 1B Chris Duncan, OF John Gall, OF Skip Schumaker, OF Raul Gonzalez

Reyes has struggled since returning to the minors following a successful spot start for the Cardinals, but he’s still the top candidate to pitch whenever the Cardinals need an extra starter in September. He could have some value in NL-only leagues. … Reggie Sanders won’t return at the start of the month and the Cardinals will keep resting their regulars, but it seems unlikely that any of the hitters called up will make impacts. … Duncan, the son of the Cardinals’ pitching coach, should get at-bats as a pinch-hitter after batting .268/.355/.469 for Triple-A Memphis.

San Diego - Potential Key Callups: RHP Chris Oxspring, RHP Tim Stauffer, RHP Brad Baker, RHP Andy Ashby, LHP Jason Kershner, C David Ross, 1B/OF Paul McAnulty, 2B Josh Barfield, 3B Sean Burroughs, OF Ben Johnson

Stauffer has had a very difficult time since being sent down to Triple-A Portland and 2005 first-round pick Cesar Carrillo’s workload has been reduced, so the Padres will keep going with their current starters. Oxspring might be more likely than Stauffer to join the pen as a middle reliever. … Baker is another borderline callup. The Padres’ top relief prospect at the start of the season, he has a 5.14 ERA to go along with his 27 saves for Portland. … Barfield has played especially well the last couple of months, lifting his season line to .315/.375/.455. He and Burroughs can serve as pinch-hitters. … Johnson will likely get some starts in the outfield. He’d be someone to consider in NL-only leagues should any regulars go down.

San Francisco - Potential Key Callups: RHP Brian Cooper, C Justin Knoedler, INF Brian Dallimore, OF Dan Ortmeier, OF Adam Shabala, OF Tony Torcato

Not a lot of interest here, but the Giants got a head start on September, calling up Matt Cain to replace Brett Tomko in the rotation. Cain remains pretty inconsistent, mainly because of his lack of command, but those NL-only leaguers needing to take a chance in order to stay in the race should pick him up. … Also worth noting is that the Giants are recalling Jason Ellison on Monday to replace Michael Tucker on the roster. Todd Linden remains the better bet in NL-only leagues. … Merkin Valdez has a strained elbow, so it seems unlikely that he’ll join the team from Double-A. … The Giants will probably choose to leave Ortmeier in the minors and just let him play in the Arizona Fall League.

Washington - Potential Key Callups: LHP Matt White, RHP Travis Hughes, LHP Bill Bray, 2B-3B Brendan Harris, 3B Ryan Zimmerman, 3B Kevin Orie, INF Rick Short, OF Brandon Watson, OF Tyrell Godwin, OF Matt Cepicky

Unlike the Expos, the Nationals won’t have to be thrifty when it comes to September callups. In fact, they may add about as many players as any franchise in baseball. … White didn’t really impress in his first major league start Saturday against the Cardinals, but with Ryan Drese’s status uncertain and Tony Armas Jr.’s shoulder very much a source of concern, he might be called on to make additional starts. He’s not worth adding in NL-only leagues. … The Nationals seem to have ended the experiment of playing Zimmerman at shortstop, but that doesn’t mean the 2005 first-round pick won’t see significant playing time after being recalled. He’s the hitter of the group worth picking up in NL-only leagues. Zimmerman is batting .320/.364/.527 in 60 games for Double-A Harrisburg.

American League

Baltimore - Potential Key Callups: RHP Hayden Penn, RHP Aaron Rakers, RHP Eddy Rodriguez, C Eli Whiteside, 1B Walter Young, 2B Bernie Castro, OF Nick Markakis, OF Jeff Fiorentino.

Speaking last week, Orioles executive VP Jim Beattie wouldn’t commit to adding either Young or Markakis, the two hitters of this group that might potentially have some fantasy value next month. Since a fast start, Young has failed to meet expectations, hitting .287/.333/.437 for Triple-A Ottawa. He needed to do quite a bit better than that to earn consideration for a starting job in 2006. … Markakis has been terrific since a promotion to Double-A, batting .351/.421/.628 in 25 games, and should be Baltimore’s right fielder by 2007. The Orioles would likely give him a lot of playing time if they did recall him, so it’s a situation worth watching. … Castro is a better choice to be the September pinch-runner than Tim Raines Jr. … With John Maine up and Eric DuBose also available as a starter, it’s uncertain whether Penn will get any starts.

Boston - Potential Key Callups: RHP Craig Hansen, RHP Manny Delcarmen, LHP Lenny DiNardo, LHP Abe Alvarez, LHP Matt Perisho, C Kelly Shoppach, 2B Dustin Pedroia, 2B Alejandro Machado, 3B Kevin Youkilis, SS Hanley Ramirez, OF George Lombard, OF Adam Hyzdu

Hansen and Youkilis could be up before Sept. 1, just to guarantee that they’ll be eligible for postseason play. Hansen deserves a chance to pitch key innings down the stretch, and Perisho can be used as a second lefty specialist. … Mark Bellhorn will leave the organization, so Pedroia might be called up, although that he’s not on the 40-man roster works against him. Ramirez, who hasn’t played nearly as well as Pedroia, is the better bet to join the club. He’s unlikely to have fantasy value, though. None of the hitters here figure to contribute in fantasy leagues. … Alvarez was recalled on Sunday, but he might be sent right back down if Keith Foulke returns on Tuesday.

Chicago - Potential Key Callups: RHP Brandon McCarthy, RHP Jeff Bajenaru, LHP Arnie Munoz, C-INF Jamie Burke, 1B Ross Gload, 2B-OF Willie Harris, 3B Greg Norton, OF Brian Anderson, OF Joe Borchard, OF Jerry Owens

McCarthy likely will get a couple of starts for the White Sox. As well as he’s pitched lately, he’ll be worth grabbing in AL-only leagues. … Bajernaru has been stuck in the minors all year despite a 1.32 ERA for Charlotte. He won’t occupy more than a mop-up role, but he’s earned the service time. … Gload would be a better choice than Geoff Blum to back up Paul Konerko at first base and he could have some value in AL-only leagues if more injuries strike. … Anderson is on the list because he was sent back down to make room for Scott Podsednik. He’ll be recalled next week. … Owens would be the top candidate for playing time among the outfielders. He’s hitting .338/.399/.414 with 34 steals for Double-A Birmingham. In addition to receiving a handful of starts, he’d contribute as a pinch-runner.

Cleveland - Potential Key Callups: RHP Jason Davis, LHP Jeremy Sowers, RHP Andrew Brown, RHP Kazuhito Tadano, C-1B Ryan Garko, 2B-SS Brandon Phillips, INF-OF Mike Kinkade, OF Jason Dubois, OF Andy Abad

Sowers, the sixth overall pick in the 2004 draft, probably won’t be recalled, but he’d be a better option than Davis to make spot starts when necessary. … If the Indians want to keep using Jose Hernandez at other positions, Garko would be a fine choice to step in as the team’s first baseman against left-handers. He’s batting .303/.380/.498 for Triple-A Buffalo. … Dubois may also get playing time against left-handers, but it seems like the Indians are already down on him.

Detroit - Potential Key Callups: RHP Joel Zumaya, LHP Wilfredo Ledezma, RHP Jason Grilli, RHP Jason Karnuth, C Sandy Martinez, INF Tony Giarratano, OF Marcus Thames, OF Alexis Gomez

The Tigers haven’t made a decision on Zumaya, who missed his last start for Triple-A Toledo with a tired arm. Justin Verlander is also resting a sore arm and isn’t expected to pitch in the majors. That’s opened the door for Zumaya, but the Tigers are concerned about the right-hander’s innings total. Maybe he’ll be recalled, but it’s unlikely that he’ll make much of an impact. … Thames is batting .336/.421/.689 for Toledo, but what chance he had of earning significant playing time for himself disappeared with Carlos Pena’s fast start upon returning to the majors.

Kansas City - Potential Key Callups: RHP Kyle Snyder, RHP Dennis Tankersley, LHP Chris George, RHP Leo Nunez, RHP Justin Huisman, LHP Jaime Cerda, 1B Justin Huber, 1B Calvin Pickering, 2B Ruben Gotay, SS Andres Blanco, INF Mike Aviles, OF Matt Diaz, OF Shane Costa

Tankersley has pitched well of late, so the Royals may give him a couple of starts to determine whether he’s worth protecting on the 40-man roster this winter. … There might not be room for both Huber and Pickering in Kansas City. Pickering is up to .255/.372/.513 for Triple-A Omaha after a miserable start, but if it means that Huber will get a chance to show what he can do, it’d be OK to bypass the big guy. Huber may have some value in AL-only leagues. … Diaz, hitting .374/.412/.654 in 63 games for Omaha, should get some time against left-handers.

Los Angeles - Potential Key Callups: LHP Joe Saunders, RHP Chris Bootcheck, C Jeff Mathis, 1B Kendry Morales, 2B Howie Kendrick, INF Brian Specht, OF Curtis Pride, OF Chris Prieto

The Angels will also likely activate RHP Kelvim Escobar, RHP Bret Prinz and C Josh Paul from the DL in early September. … With Escobar returning, it’s unlikely that the Angels will need either Saunders or Bootcheck to make additional starts. Both can pitch in middle relief. … Manager Mike Scioscia recently said that Morales probably wouldn’t be called up, but it’s possible the Cuban defector’s recent performance for Double-A Arkansas could change some minds. He’s currently hitting .296/.346/.530 in 66 games. There probably won’t be much of a role for him unless Garret Anderson needs additional time off. … Rather than call on any of their top middle-infield prospects, the Angels might just give Specht a try. He’s batting .303/.366/.476 for Triple-A Salt Lake.

Minnesota - Potential Key Callups: LHP Francisco Liriano, RHP Boof Bonser, RHP Travis Bowyer, LHP David Gassner, 2B Luis Rivas, INF Luis Rodriguez, OF Alex Romero, OF Brian Buchanan, OF Jason Tyner, OF Kevin West

The Twins promoted Scott Baker to replace Joe Mays in the rotation. He’s well worth adding in AL-only leagues. … With Baker joining the rotation, Liriano will likely have to settle for a job as a middle reliever. At least he could quickly make Terry Mulholland an afterthought. He’d probably have value in AL-only leagues even in a limited role. … Bowyer hasn’t been as dominant as of late, but with a 2.96 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 70 IP for Triple-A Rochester, he’s still likely to be added to the pen. … Rivas is hitting .250/.273/.347 in 36 games for Rochester. He’ll probably be recalled, but he shouldn’t get starts at second base. … The Twins are considering promoting Romero, who is at .299/.356/.457 for Double-A New Britain. He might take some at-bats away from Michael Ryan, but he wouldn’t start if the Twins’ regular outfielders are healthy.

New York - Potential Key Callups: RHP Scott Proctor, RHP Colter Bean, RHP Ramiro Mendoza, RHP Jason Anderson, LHP Wayne Franklin, C Wil Nieves, 1B-3B Andy Phillips, INF Russ Johnson, OF Kevin Thompson, OF Kevin Reese, OF Ruben Rivera

The Yankees will make some callups, but there’s no one here likely to have any fantasy value at all. … Mendoza has pitched effectively for Triple-A Columbus, allowing one earned run in 10 innings, but since his velocity remains down following shoulder surgery, the team isn’t yet committed to recalling him. … With Matt Lawton in town and Ruben Sierra set to return, it’s unlikely that more than one outfielder will be added. … LHP Sean Henn has been troubled by a sore shoulder, so he probably won’t rejoin the team.

Oakland - Potential Key Callups: RHP Juan Cruz, RHP Seth Etherton, RHP Jairo Garcia, C Alberto Castillo, 2B Keith Ginter, INF Mike Rouse, OF Matt Watson, OF-DH Jack Cust, OF Charles Thomas

The A’s won’t add many pitchers, but Cruz and Etherton seem like locks to join the team as middle relievers. Garcia might be ignored unless injuries make his presence necessary. … LHP Dan Meyer recently had a setback with his shoulder, so don’t expect to see him. … The Mets announced the signing of Castillo last week only to see him choose the A’s instead. He apparently will take over as Oakland’s third catcher. … Ginter and Watson are sure callups, but neither will see much action. … If Scott Hatteberg is healthy, then Cust might be left in the minors. … Thomas is batting just .239/.318/.382 in 68 games for Triple-A Sacramento, but he can still be of use as a defensive replacement.

Seattle - Potential Key Callups: LHP Bobby Livingston, RHP Clint Nageotte, RHP Jesse Foppert, C Wiki Gonzalez, C Rene Rivera, 2B Jose Lopez, 3B Justin Leone, OF Shin-Soo Choo, OF Abraham Nunez

Two key additions for the Mariners won’t officially be callups. It’s likely that 1B-DH Bucky Jacobsen and RHP Rafael Soriano will be activated from the DL early next month. Jacobsen, returning from knee surgery, should get starts at DH against lefties, perhaps giving him a little value in AL-only leagues. Soriano had a setback with his shoulder in his return from Tommy John surgery, but he seems ready now. … Livingston seems unlikely to be recalled initially, but he’ll be ready in case the team needs a starter. Nageotte and Foppert can only be viewed as relievers right now. … Lopez is hitting .328/.361/.523 in 174 AB for Triple-A Tacoma and deserves another crack at the second-base job. Unfortunately, manager Mike Hargrove is in love with Willie Bloomquist at the moment. It might be that Lopez won’t have any value.

Tampa Bay - Potential Key Callups: RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Dewon Brazelton, RHP Lance Carter, RHP Lee Gardner, RHP Franklin Nunez, 1B Josh Phelps, 2B Fernando Cortez, 3B Eric Munson, SS B.J. Upton

It’s never easy to tell what the Rays will do, but since Hammel has a 4.97 ERA in eight starts since moving up to Triple-A, it seems likely that the club will settle for calling up some of Durham’s lesser talents. Hammel is the only pitcher in the group that could have fantasy value, but he’s not ready now. … The Rays figure to recall either Munson or Phelps. Munson is the better bet, as he’s an option at third base. … With Delmon Young expected to be left in the minors, recalling Upton seems like an easy call, even if he shouldn’t see any time at shortstop. Since he hasn’t played anywhere else at Durham, there’s a good chance he’ll do some DHing for the Rays in September. He should be worth using in AL-only leagues.

Texas - Potential Key Callups: RHP Edison Volquez, RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Kelvin Jimenez, RHP Matt Roney, LHP Justin Thompson, C Gerald Laird, 2B Ian Kinsler, 2B-3B Esteban German, OF-DH Jason Botts, OF Will Smith

Volquez will get a start in the doubleheader against the White Sox on Tuesday. He could then spend the rest of the season on the big-league roster, perhaps being used as a reliever. He had a 4.10 ERA since being moved up to Double-A, so he’s not a very good gamble in AL-only leagues at the moment. However, he’s one to keep an eye for 2006. … With the Rangers out of it, Laird should get enough starts over Rod Barajas to have value in two-catcher AL-only leagues. … German has earned a callup by hitting .320/.409/.431 for Oklahoma, but there’d be so little playing time available for him that the Rangers might not bother. Kinsler also isn’t a sure thing to be recalled, simply because he wouldn’t get many at-bats.

Toronto - Potential Key Callups: RHP Chad Gaudin, RHP Francisco Rosario, RHP Justin Miller, INF Desi Relaford, OF Gabe Gross, OF-DH John-Ford Griffin

The Blue Jays already added Guillermo Quiroz to take over as Gregg Zaun’s backup. His power gives him a little value in two-catcher AL-only leagues. … Gaudin’s performance at Triple-A Syracuse has suffered of late and he failed to impress while in the majors this season, so he might be relegated to a mop-up role. … Rosario, recently converted to the pen at Syracuse, should take some of Brandon League’s innings. … Gross is a sure callup. With Alex Rios still not establishing himself as an everyday player in manager John Gibbons’ eyes, Gross might get enough at-bats to make a contribution in AL-only leagues.
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Postby Yoda » Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:08 pm

Keeper wise my top 5 would be not in any particular order:

Delmon Young, Francisco Liriano, Jeremy Hermida (very high on this kid), Andy Marte and Prince Fielder.

I like Scott Baker a lot more than most people do also. I'm thinking about keeping him for 06.
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Postby Webster11 » Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:31 pm

Yoda wrote:Keeper wise my top 5 would be not in any particular order:

Delmon Young, Francisco Liriano, Jeremy Hermida (very high on this kid), Andy Marte and Prince Fielder.

I like Scott Baker a lot more than most people do also. I'm thinking about keeping him for 06.

Delmon Young, BJ Upton, Francisco Liriano, Prince Fielder, Jeremy Hermida
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