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No intro today. I’m too busy eastwooding empty chairs around the house. I, too, want to scold that invisible Kenyan President for having the audacity of being born in the foreign country of Hawaii. If you need context, I’m not sure what happened the other day, but I was flipping channels and saw Clint Eastwood having a 20 minute stroke. I figured someone would call an ambulance or shaman or something to help out, but then I finally realized, via the commentary afterwards, that Eastwood was scolding invisible Obama. I didn’t even know Mr. Obama could turn invisible. Crazy stuff. Doesn’t that mean he has a superpower? I mean, besides being a super socialist? “Ever since then, I’ve been a man on a mission. I mean, what do you say to people? Do you just, you know, I know, people were wondering, you don’t, handle that okay.” Yeah, I’m pretty sure he was still having a stroke.

Waiver Man Cometh

The Reds have brought up Didi Gregorius as part of their first wave of September call-ups. While he would normally be discussed in my Minority Report, we can go ahead and label him a Waiver Man Cometh after arriving to the show. A toolsy high-ceiling middle infielder from Curacao, he’ll never be a huge home run threat, but Gregorius can offer a good amount of line drive pop and above average speed to the tune of 20-25 SB’s over the course of a full season. While most believed that Billy Hamilton would get called up to fill a pinch-running role, that had little chance of happening due to the fact that he would be required to be protected on the 40-man roster and a corresponding move would need to occur. Pick him up now in terms of future value.

Southpaw 25-year-old Andrew Werner was recently called up by the Padres. A non-drafted free agent out of the University of Indianapolis, his call-up had been surprising since he had pitched 23.1 innings with an ERA of 5.79 in Triple-A. However, his FIP of 2.81 told a different story, and so far in the big leagues he has started twice with an ERA of 3.00 and 9 K’s with 4 BB’s. He throws a fastball in the high 80’s and mixes in a change-up and curveball. While he doesn’t have a high ceiling and is most likely a back-end starter if everything goes right for him, if you need a pitcher, he could help you out in home match-ups at PetCo.

There’s really nothing much to say about Lew Ford and Nate McLouth. They are only in the post because they seem to be getting at-bats for the wild card contending Orioles. Which isn’t a good thing, mind you. Ford was hitting 331/390/550 in Triple-A and is a career 270/345/401 hitter, so there might be a chance of something here. But that something hasn’t arrived yet. In his last 46 PA’s, he’s produced a 186/222/395 slash. But, given a choice, I’d rather go with Ford than McLouth, as he’s been able to match Ford with an equally sucky slash of 201/277/306, but a much longer rate of 159 PA’s.

Though he’s slipped in the prospect rankings over the last two season, Bryan Anderson is still seen as having a good enough future to stay in the big leagues and be a contributor at catcher for the Cardinals. Known as a left-handed slugger, he was called up last Tuesday. While he will most likely back-up Yadier Molina on a regular basis, there might be some sprinkling of power here if you need a body for your second catcher spot.

A fastball/slider/splitter reliever, Ryan Mattheus is having a pretty good season in context of middle relievers. While his FIP of 4.28 isn’t anything special, he’s been helped with a low .232 BABIP fueling a 2.39 ERA. Numbers don’t have to normalize over the course of the season for bullpen guys, so Mattheus might help with empty innings, which, depending on your wire, might be worth something. Heck, you might even vulture some holds.

Fauquier County Hospital

Out since August because of a wrist injury, Peter Bourjos is expected to be activated from the DL this week. While he’s sorely under performed from last year’s numbers, he might be worth a look if you have a need for speed. So far on his rehab, Bourjos has hit .364 with 3 triples.

While Sean Rodriguez has had some moments, they weren’t during this season. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list from Triple-A after punching a locker following a game. It’s estimated that at least two-three weeks is needed. He might be called up, when healthy, to give the Rays more positional flexibility. He offers a 270/330/420 ceiling, but there are huge question marks if he’ll ever get there.

Even though Dee Gordon was transferred to the 60-day disabled list this past Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster, he’s expected to be activated during this upcoming scoring period after recovering from thumb surgery. Even though he was hitting only .229, there is some speed potential here.

Minority Report

Drafted in the 9th Round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Cavan Cohoes hails from Germany and was a two-time All-European shortstop. He looks pretty fluid in the field, and has a quick motion on his transfer and throw, which makes it seem likely that he can stay in the middle-infield. Standing at 6’2″ and 185 lbs., Cohoes projects to have power with decent contact skills. His ceiling could be something like Stephen Drew, pre-injury.

Selected 350th overall in the 2011 MLB draft, Seth Maness isn’t going to blow anyone away, but he does have a good idea of how to pitch. Underrated because of a lack of an overpowering fastball, he makes up for it with a solid change-up and pinpoint command and control. Just to give you an example, since being promoted to Double-A, in 123.2 innings pitched, he only has 9 BB’s. Right now, his ceiling is that of a #3 starter and he reminds me of a Brad Radke clone.

From Around The Web

  1. P Lamb says:
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    McCann losing time and stinking; Have Jaso backing up. Should I stick with him or grab Donaldson, Kottaras, or Kratz?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @P Lamb, I love me some Jaso. I think Donaldson will crash soon, but there might be a bit more power there for this week only. Bonus points to Jaso if OBP is a cat.

  2. Buc Lover says:
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    Dirty Harry has had better days for sure, but one thing is certain, he ain’t no Keynesian (no, I didn’t say Kenyan). I’m thinking that in retrospect, he’d have probably been better off placing a sign in that now notorious chair. It would read:
    SINCE HOPEn’CHANGE TOOK OFFICE:
    The price of regular gasoline is up close to 100 percent.
    Real median household income has actually fallen.
    The national debt rose nearly 50 percent in less than 4 years, and he wants to borrow more!
    The unemployment rate is still over 8 percent. It less than that before Jan 2009.
    The number of long-term unemployed (those out of work 27 weeks or longer) has increased by over a whopping 100 percent higher.

    Also, I’m looking to trim down my pitching staff in a 12 team rotisserie league as I’m closing in on my 180 games started cap. Which three would you cut? Miley, Vogelsong, Bumgarner, Villanueva, Samardzija, Iwakuma.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Buc Lover, I’d drop Vogelsong or Villanueva. And if you’ve got a plan to vote all of em out, I’ll tear this Obama Biden sticker off of my thigh. Heck, I’ll let you do it if you are into that sort of thing. I don’t appreciate politics, I just follow it and like poking fun at both sides, if you’ve read some of my previous stuff.

      But you brought reasons why Hope and Change didn’t work. Here are some of why it did work for me… (I respect all view points.)

      ears…people:

      Saved the banks
      Brought the stock market from 6,500K to 13,000K
      Saved GM
      Repealed DADT
      Ordered a Mini Dream Act
      Created 4.3 million jobs
      27- straight months of private-sector job growth
      Passed Healthcare
      Ended the war in Iraq
      Drawing down from Afghanistan
      Doubled the Number of Border Security Agents
      Appointed First Hispanic Justice
      Restored America’s Standing in the world
      Dealt effectively with the BP Oil Spill
      Dealt effectively with the Pirate Crisis
      Dealt effectively with H1N1
      Kept America Safe
      Passed Financial Reform
      Passed a Credit-Card Bill of Rights
      Passed Equal Pay for Women
      Nearly Wiped out Al Qaeda
      Killed OBL
      Took out Gaddafi for 999 Billion less than the cost of Iraq.
      Added Eight-yeas of solvency to Medicare
      Quit smoking
      And got a dog

      All of this was done with a republican opposition to every single thing he tried to do.

      • Buc Lover says:
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        @jaywrong, I might not throw all of them out, but I certainly would 90+ percent of them. I’m not sure which list trumps the other, yours or mine…ok, it’s mine! Seriously, certainly both lists relay a powerful message, however, on your list are some things I’d find equally comfortable putting on my list of H&C disasters. We may be more alike than you probably care to think (except for that waxing fetish), in that I don’t give either side a free pass either, and I have several Sigur Ros tunes on my mp3 player. Keep up the good work. I’m all for thought provoking reads.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Buc Lover, I’m happy if we are, but I’d be more comfortable if I had the better looking hair. And minus the waxing of course, its more of a niche crowd thing, I understand. Love Sigur Ros, recently saw Dead Can Dance here in DC, was on my bucketlist and was amazing.

  3. captainpyper says:
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    ya man, stroke of genius…

    “I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we — we own this country. We — we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.

    And — so — they are just going to come around and beg for votes every few years. It is the same old deal. But I just think it is important that you realize , that you’re the best in the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether you’re libertarian or whatever, you are the best. And we should not ever forget that.

    And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go.”

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @captainpyper, said while talking to an empty chair… its all in good fun pyper.

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