Grey spent a few humorous lines on Friday’s Buy/Sell article recommending outfielder Justin Ruggiano of Tampa Bay. The only thing in the way of Desmond Jennings, is not Sam Fuld or Ruggiano, it’s the Rays avoidance having him acquire Super-Two status; such status is acquired if a player receives more than 128 to 140 days of service time in first year of service acquisition; essentially while they are a rookie. After deep analytical research (read: Googling), Jennings has 33 days of service time in the majors. To avoid the evil Super-Two status, his ETA would be June 28th, 2011.

Paul Goldschmidt | ARI | 1B: Rumors from Kevin Towers – Arizona GM – is that he and Cowgill (See below) could be called up by the All-Star Break.

Collin Cowgill | ARI | OF: Has been hot all year. Currently slashing .369/.438/.604 in 260 at-bats with 32 XBH (12 Hr) with 22 steals and a 35:32 K:BB ratio. Baseball America’s scouting report states he’s a “Versatile [prospect] …can play all three outfield positions … Best outfield arm in the system (average outfielder defensively) … Slightly above-average runner … Increasingly developing more patience at the plate. Profiles as a fourth outfielder. Compares to Cody Ross.” Playing in the PCL and sporting a .392 BABIP inflates his success this year. However you mince the performance, you cannot ignore the positive success. If given a full 250 major league at-bats, his utmost upside could be .280 with 7-9 home runs and 10-15 steals.

Dayan Viciedo | CHW | 1B/3B/OF: Received a call-up on 6/16/11. All the value is with his bat. As long consistent contact is being made with the balls falling in, there shouldn’t be a problem. However, I think he’s Delmon Young 2.0 and there is no need for a beta test.

Randall Delgado | ATL | RHP (SP): Sent down due to Brandon Beachy planning on being activated for a 6/22/11 start. Still keep an eye on this young arm. His upside is tremendous.

Brett Lawrie | TOR | 2B/3B: Has started fielding and throwing but not hitting – per report on 6/18/11. Will be reexamined in 10 days and being hitting shortly thereafter. I’m worried the hand injury will hamper his performance when he does return.

Yonder Alonso | CIN | LF: Continues to hit Triple-A pitching (.316/.371/.502 in 247 at-bats) while playing “defense” in left field. With how atrocious the Red’s major league left fielders have hit, maybe a bit of poor defense with positive offense could be accepted.

Jason Kipnis | CLE | 2B: Has slashed .366/.413/.756 in the last 10 games and .298/.370/.517 in 242 at-bats on the year. He’ll need an injury on the major league squad to receive a call-up. At this point, I think he gets the call over Lonnie Chisenhall because …

Lonnie Chisenhall | CLE | 3B: … has been simply awful in over the last 16 games going 9-for-61 with 3 XBH (0 hr) and a 12:10 K:BB ratio. His slash line fallen to .250/.342/.392 in 232 at-bats. The peripherals are still solid – good plate discipline being displayed, slightly below-league-average BABIP (.285). Definitely going through a cold-spell. I am just taking a more cautious ETA due to the drought.

David Lough | KC | LF/RF: The youth movement is getting into full swing down in Kansas City. Lough offers above-average speed, a compact swing with gap power, a below-average arm and average defense in the corner outfield. Projects as a third or fourth outfielder. The Royals current outfielders are all playing well, yet Lough has progressed well in the last two years. He slash line in 233 Triple-A at-bats stands at .318/.357/.467 with 25 XBH (4 Hr) and 7 steals. He makes consistent contact (28:16 K:BB ratio). Seems like a Placido Polanco in the outfielder if given a full season of at-bats.

Mike Montgomery | KC | LHP (SP): With every step forward, there seems to be a step to the side. His performance has been wildly inconsistent. Control and command has been bi-polar. He’s pitching like Danny Duffy is in the majors. The talent is there, but I don’t expect success if called-up today. Until he becomes more consistent, would believe he’ll remain at Triple-A.

  1. airweino says:

    I have been stock piling prospects in my 12 team mixed keeper league. Battling for 1st place and weak at MI and C. Which of these should I look to keep and which to deal?

    E. Young

  2. airweino says:

    Follow up to previous post: I have these offers out there…any of them worth it?

    Rizzo for Tabata/Peralta

    Goldschmidt or Sands for Kipnis

    Sands/Young for B. Norris or Bumgarner

    Conger for Salty

  3. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @airweino: Keep Rizzo, Teheran, Goldschmidt.
    @airweino (post number 2): re: Trade offers in order: Keep Rizzo. Sands for Kipnis; Young for Norris or Bumgarner. Keep Conger.

  4. ltf says:

    lol stats. Cowgill could hit at Kentucky and he’s looked like a utility guy for a while, so why the big write up?

    Not sure how Viciedo compares to Delmon Young. Young was bigger and one of the top prospects in baseball at the time.

    No mention of Delgado’s 16 ER in last 24 IP of AAA? He’s great, but he needs to learn to be a pitcher on the mound, and less of an athlete. There was little to no deception in his off speed, and Josh Hamilton took him yard in the fifth of his spot start. Really nice mechanics, but you can see he s going to have some problems if he can’t be more deceptive in his approach. Professional hitters will eat him alive for it seeing him multiple times. He’ll learn.

    Yeah, Lonnie Chisenhall is going through a “cold spell.” He has been out with concussion symptoms for over a week.

    I grew up and am friends with Mike Montgomery. At least mention he is 21 and in AAA.

  5. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @ltf: re:Cowgill: I’ve had several people and commenter’s inquire about him and being excited. I’m not excited about his fantasy production or his ability to sustain any relevancy.

    re:Viciedo: Both players have similar peripherals – swing and make a lot of contact, moderate power, few walks.

    re:Delgado: Completely agree. The talent still remains, can’t completely write him off forever.

    re:Chisenhall: He’s been “cold” for more than just a week though.

    re:Montgomery: I’ve mentioned his age multiple times in the past. He’s playing with guys 3 to 10 years his senior. Nevertheless, statistically, his performance has gradually decreased at each move up the ladder. Especially his walks. Just like Randall Delgado, there is still more development needing to occur before staying in the majors.

  6. Mr2Bits says:

    Stephen/All : Would you pitch Collmenter today vs. CWS? I am down one QS but am leading WHIP by .10. Do I go for the kill and risk the WHIP for the QS or take the guaranteed win on QS and concede

  7. Mr2Bits says:

    EDIT : Would you pitch Collmenter today vs. CWS? I am down one QS but am leading WHIP by .10. Do I go for the kill and risk the WHIP for the tie in QS or take the guaranteed win on WHIP and concede QS

  8. Howard says:

    @Stephen With Cowgill and Goldschmitt coming up does that leave any room for Brandon Allen? Would you drop Allen for Cowgill? Thanks!

  9. ltf says:


    Ok, so Viciedo/Delmon Young is a judgment call just looking at stats.

    It’s two weeks, and Chisenhall went 9-22 right before this. It’s pretty sad if you can’t admit you didn’t know he was out with concussion symptoms for a week when you make no referense to it and refer to “the last 16 games.”

    Nobody is writing Delgado off…

    If you have lost faith in mike Montgomery or Danny Duffy, you don’t watch them pitch and follow the stats.

  10. Benny says:

    Hey Stephen – When do we see Kyle Gibson and how good to think he’ll be this year? next couple years? (i’m in a deep keeper league). And would you add him over Viciedo? Only have one spot open at the moment to add a guy.

  11. DJSatane says:

    I think Viciedo has more power than D.Young. Further, the way Ozzie is running the team, there is no chance for Viciedo gets call anytime soon unless pierre gets hurt.

  12. brian recca says:

    So I’ve been hearing a June 27th call up for Desmond Jennings. Do you see that happening?

  13. Tony B. says:

    Pick 2 of these 3 to roll with the rest of the year at 2B.

    Howie Kendrick

    Danny Espinosa

    Dustin Ackley

    Cats: Runs, Hits, AVG, OPS, SB, HR, RBI

  14. fitz says:

    hey ltf, stop being a douchebag.

  15. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @Mr2Bits: sorry for the late reply. At this point it doesn’t matter as Collementer performed just fine.

    @Howard: I don’t like Cowgill for a strong fantasy play in a 5×5 12 team league. Allen has more potential than Cowgill. Hold Allen.

    @ltf: Viciedo/Young comparison is strictly statistical.

    re:Chisenhall: 9 for his last 22 before the concussion? He sustained the concussion on 6/11/11. The 9 for 61 was dated from 5/27/11 to 6/11/11 – the last game being when he sustained the concussion. Additionally, he was just placed on the DL as of 6/18/11 – during the completion of my article.

    re:Duffy and Montgomery: Lost faith? For fantasy help in 2011, yeah. In the long term, not really. I’ve seen Duffy pitch, I have yet to see Mike Montgomery pitch. Still doesn’t remove the fact that Montgomery hasn’t performed well at Triple-A. I know for prospects stats don’t mean everything. I also know that stats help forecast and are typically a result of their talent when provided with a large sample size and viewed within the contextual evidence.

    @Benny: If the Twins fall out of contention, September. If they continue to play well and get back in the race, Mid-July, or when a starter goes down. I think Gibson’s upside would be 7.5 k/9 with a 4.00 ERA and 1.30 whip.

    @DJSatane: Viciedo does have a little more projected power at this point. I’ll believe it when it happens.

    @brian recca: That’s the rumor.

    @Tony B.:Kendrick and Espinosa – you know what you’re getting.

  16. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @ltf: (continuing the Chisenhall comment): You stated he went 9 for 22 before his 9 for 61 slide. Why not just add them both and say he has gone 18 for his last 83 (nearly a month of games)?

  17. Nate says:

    Got offered Mariano Rivera and Alfonso Soriano for James Shields.

    I could use a good closer as my current corps consists of Capps, Nunez, Walking Disabled List Brad Lidge and whoever I like at the moment while Lidge rehabs (currently: Rauch.)

    I now Rivera isn’t the beast he used to be, but he’s still a good bet to get the save and strike out a fair share without making my WHIP and ERA take a nose dive. Right now, that’s all I’m looking for in a closer.

    Honestly, I’m just not sure if I should trust Soriano. I’d like someone else, but the only other players on his team I really like are Verlander and McCutchen, and I feel like either of those + Rivera is probably going to get turned down in return for Shields.

    What do you think?

  18. Giacomo says:

    Would you trade Choo for Daniel Hudson and Latos if you needed pitching?

  19. AL KOHOLIC says:

    great job again,happy fathersday to all,j weeks or veciedo

  20. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @Nate: No.
    @Giacomo: Yeah.
    @AL KOHOLIC: Thank you. J.Weeks.

  21. DJSatane says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Well, that depends what you need, J Weeks if you need MI, as for viciedo he does have elgibility for 3B in yahoo at least for this season, but bigger problem is will he get recalled at all. Ozzie prefers pierre…. so unless there is injury I would not hope for viciedo getting the call or at least playing more than 2 games a week as long as pierre is there.

  22. the grate one says:

    hey stephen…who do you like more eric surkamp or alex torres?

  23. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @the grate one: That’s a tough one. I’d lean towards Surkamp due to control. However, Torres has a better major league fastball. Surkamp, not quite as much.

  24. TheNewGuy says:

    Hi, been waiting for Desmond Jennings fpr what feels like forever in my keeper league. Have him on my farm system, what kinda numbers do you expect from him this year (notice he’s started to hit homers but the steals have tried up in AAA strangely)?

  25. TheNewGuy says:

    Should he be better than say Crisp or Wells?

  26. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @TheNewGuy: 35/8/25/12 in 250 AB to be conservative.

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