Kyle Drabek, the Blue Jays top pitching prospect, was called up to start on Wednesday vs. the O’s. Kyle Drabek is 24th on the top 50 prospects for fantasy baseball. He has top of the rotation stuff and a good pedigree with his dad being the former Cy Young winner, Doug. Or Guod if you’re dyslexic. Or “Hey, look a bird,” if you have ADHD. Well… Kyle Drabek had top of the rotation stuff. Now he looks closer to a number 2 or 3. His strikeout rate went from 10+ K/9 in A to 7+ in Double-A. Word on the street is his velocity is down. He’s obviously too young to write off. Velocity could return with the gaudy Ks. In keepers, I’d grab him in AL-Only, obviously. In mixed league keepers, it needs to be deep for him to have any real value. For this year, I’d be very cautious about starting him anywhere. In his first two starts, he gets the M’s and O’s, or the Mo’s. Not bad matchups, but starting rookie pitchers in the final weeks of the season is asking for trouble. You just have no idea what he’s going to do in his cup of coffee, he may or may not get creamed. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:
Adam Lind – 1-for-2 with 22nd homer. I’m sorry, I will like him again next year. I’ll love him if he can train with the guy who trained Zobrist in the winter of 2009 and Bautista last winter.
Desmond Jennings – 2-for-4 with his 1st steal in his 2nd start. Unfortunately, it’s taken two weeks to get two starts. If there’s any sorta keeper league where he’s available, you must own him. Or my name isn’t Grey Posdnuos Albright.
Jay Gibbons – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in the last 3 days. Crazy as this is, he’s the hottest Dodger hitter. They should show him jumping around on the Jumbotron and call him, The Rally Honkey.
Casey Coleman – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks. That’s nice, he’s still unownable.
Brandon Inge – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer in the last week. In that time, he has a hit in all but one game and a steal. Wouldn’t say he’s the most exciting pickup, but what’s Pablo Sandoval doing right now? Yup.
Brayan Pena – 2-for-3 with a homer. Now hitting near-.400 in the last week as he plays every day with Kendall’s shoulder mercifully letting the Royals go younger. Pena has little power, but he’s never hit below .300 in 4 seasons of the minors.
Paul Konerko – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs with his 35th and 36th homers. He’s also hitting .322. Tomorrow… lassoing the moon!
Andres Torres – Going to miss about two weeks with an appendectomy. When doctors said Torres is going to have something useless removed from his body, everyone in the Giants’ clubhouse thought the same thing, “What is Aaron Rowand doing in Torres’ body?”
Mat Latos – 4 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks. Not sure who’s madder, his H2H owners for him picking the worst time to be terrible or the Padres fans… Actually, I’ve only heard Padre fans existed, I’ve never met any.
Chris Young – Threw 5 2/3 IP in rehab. He K’d Lindsay Lohan twice. The Padres will be happy to get Young back. Someone put the Tinactin on the top shelf and no one can reach it. Also, the Padres could use an innings eater. If Young gets starts, which I think he will, he’ll be worth using depending on the matchup.
Ian Kennedy – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks. He now has a month of quality starts under his belt (and shot an elephant in his pajamas). Kennedy gets the Pirates next. That’s a “Yes,” and “Please.”
Justin Upton – Diamondbacks are shooting for an early this week return for J-Upside. Keep in mind that if one setback occurs, they’re not going to risk Upton’s future.
Milton Bradley – Shutdown for the season. Backdate that to March.
Josh Johnson – Didn’t need to be Nancy Reagan’s astrologer to see this one coming. Johnson’s not coming back this year.
Emilio Bonifacio – 3-for-4 with a steal. He’s now batting around .500 in the last week with three steals in the last three games. Bonifacio’s capable of about a two week hot streak. I’d get aboard in all leagues for the next week.
Mike Stanton – 3-for-4 with 2 more homers to bring his season total to 20 in 291 ABs. Bill James’ 2011 projection for him will be… 40 homers? 42? 45?
Clay Hensley – Three games, three saves. Should you pick him up? Do your pits smell like onions?
Cliff Lee – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Yankees. Nice audition, but Yankee rotation casting callbacks won’t happen until December.
Elvis Andrus – 1-for-3 with his 3rd steal in the last week. Borbon has 2 steals in the last ten games. Maybe Washington finally cut the brake line.
Josh Hamilton – MRI showed he has bruised ribs. Yeah, no shizz. Still no word when he’ll return, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s not until the final week of the season. Baby’s black balloon deflates.
Jordan Zimmermann – 3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K vs. the Marlins. That’s so bad I wouldn’t start him anywhere the rest of the year unless your shituation was dire. I mean, c’mon, Charlie Hough wearing a Wolverine Mechanical Claw from Toys R Us could strike out more Marlins.
Raul Ibanez - Hit a homer yesterday and is batting over .400 in the last week. Giraffe’s gestation period is shorter than it took Ibanez to get hot, but he’s there now.
Jimmy Rollins – Went for an MRI on his hammy while his owners feel like they got a yearlong whammy.
Johan Santana – No disrespect to our Al-Qaeda readers, but you had to be in a cave if you didn’t hear Johan’s headed for shoulder surgery. He may not even be able to make it back for the beginning of next season. Sounds a lot like Brandon Webb from this past preseason. Knowing the Mets, it’ll be announced that Johan will return by April 15th then he won’t pitch until July. I’m sure January Grey will have his take in the 2011 rankings. January Grey, “Stop with all the pressure!”
Coco Crisp – Has 7 steals in the last 4 games (6 steals against the Red Sox in the last three). Hello, V-Mart. Goodbye, 1st base.
Josh Beckett – 6 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks. Now has a 5.38 ERA on the year. His FIP is over a run under his ERA and his K-rate is over 8. It may not be glamorous to say, but I could see Red State Jeter having a bounce back next year.
Dan Haren – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks. Has a 3.04 ERA with the Angels. Looks like he’s finally figured how to combat the 2nd half swoon. Just pitch terribly in the 1st half. Okay, close your eyes for a second. Don’t worry, I won’t pickpocket you. Now imagine Haren has a good 1st and 2nd half. Ahh…