2012 Fantasy Baseball Round-Up: Salvador Perez, Ben Revere, Everth Cabrera and More

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Salvador Perez | C | KC (11% Y! and 5% ESPN) The Venezuelan backstop was rewarded with a nice extension prior to the start of the 2012 season. Unfortunately, the Royals’ catcher suffered a torn meniscus that required surgery on March 16th and just made his return to the club this weekend. Prior to the return from the DL, Perez appeared in 12 games in Triple-A while rehabbing and batted .340 with 11 runs and seven RBIs. Perez has the ability to provide a steady average for your team while sprinkling in some counting stats, without the speed. Perez may be a better “real life” baseball player than a “fantasy baseball” player, but he still deserves to be considered based on your league’s format. In a two-catcher league and leagues with 12 teams and deeper, Perez demands your immediate attention.

Ben Revere | OF | MIN (22% Y! and 56% ESPN) Entering Saturday, the Twins’ outfielder was sporting a .320 average with 20 runs scored, 10 RBIs and 14 swipes. Revere’s .338 BABIP (.301 career) informs us his batting average on balls in play has been a bit lucky, so the .320 average could see a dip in the near future. If your team needs power, Revere is not your guy. From here on out you can expect about a .300 average and 20 more stolen bases.

Everth Cabrera | 2B/SS | SD (8% Y! and 9% ESPN) Cabrera experienced an adjustment period when arriving in the “show” this May. He hit just .245 in 13 starts with one long ball, one RBI and four stolen bases. Cabrera seemed a bit inpatient at the plate, striking out 14 times and taking just one free pass. However, the youngster looks to have put May behind him as he has been hitting .274 with one homer, eight rib-eyes and seven stolen bases in June. Additionally, Cabrera’s ten walks this month lead us to believe he’s becoming more patient at the plate. While he may not be a contributor in all of the traditional categories, Cabrera can provide excellent production in stolen base department (11-for-11 on the year) with a decent average. Depending on team need and league depth, I’d consider adding the Friar in 12 team leagues and deeper.

Dillon Gee | SP | NYM (17% Y! and 6% ESPN) We’ve talked about this guy numerous times here at the Fix, but he’s still not getting any ownership respect. Over the last month, Gee has better or equal the amount of quality starts (6) and strikeouts (40) as: Zack Greinke (4 QS, 40 Ks), CC Sabathia (4 QS, 37 Ks), Justin Verlander (5 QS, 38 Ks), Dan Haren (2 QS, 37 Ks), Madison Bumgarner (3 QS, 38 Ks) and even the perfect Matt Cain (5 QS, 38 Ks). Delving deeper into the saber abyss, we can assume that his 4.27 ERA is due to regress towards his 3.34 xFIP and 3.23 SIERA partially because of a slightly inflated BABIP (.292 vs. career .270) and an awfully unlucky 16.9 HR/FB rate. His 11.1 SwStr% rate continues to indicate that his 8.24 K/9 is sustainable and we are likely to see a similar amount of whiffs going forward. Time to find room on your roster for Dillon Gee. He faces the Cubs at Wrigley on Tuesday and Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Jarrod Parker | SP | OAK ( 37% Y! and 36% ESPN) Jarrod Parker is quietly paying dividends for those who invested in his services upon his call-up. The righty has surrendered more than two earned runs in just two of the eleven games he’s started and has allowed one earned or less in seven trips to the hill. Parker’s 1.53 K/BB is a bit disappointing and his ERA estimators suggest that his 2.70 is due for a bit of regression (FIP 3.50, xFIP 4.41, SIERA 4.45), so you may want to tread with caution. However, he does play in one of the best pitcher’s parks in MLB, so at worst, he could be a streamer at home. Parker is slated to face Kevin Millwood and the Mariners in Seatle on Wednesday.

Andrew Bailey | RP | BOS (43% Y! and 19% ESPN) As I noted in my Bullpen Report over at RotoGraphs, Andrew Bailey is on the mend and slated for a return “around” the All-Star Break. Although Alfredo Aceves has been nothing short of spectacular since his blown save on April 21st (17-of-18), Bailey was acquired to be the closer in Boston, and that he shall be. The only question is: When? The Red Sox management will likely play on the side of caution while easing the righty back into action. For the time being, if you’re in need of saves and have an open DL slot, add Bailey and cross your fingers.

Written by Alan Harrison for Follow Alan's rants on Twitter @TheFantasyFix.

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