This week we take a look at two young lefties in Colorado and a two former major leaguer's sons who recently got the call.
SP- CHRISTIAN FRIEDRICH (COLORADO)- The 6'4" lefty continues to impress as he struck out 10 batters and allowed only one run last night in seven innings of work. In his first two starts Christian has a 1-0 record, 17 K's, 1.00 WHIP and a 1.38 ERA. Friedrich who shares the same agent as Cliff Lee, worked out with Lee in the off season changing some of the dynamics of his motion and release point. It looks like the youngster will remain in the rotation for the near future with these type of numbers. If you have the roster space he is definitely worth a pick up right now.
RP- REX BROTHERS (COLORADO)- Another young Rockie lefty with closer of the future aspirations is the leader in games pitched for all rookies this year with 19. Brothers has suffered the growing pains as many rookies do going 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.97 ERA. Even more troubling is the fact that righties own him with a .444 BAA. On a bright note Rex has struck out 17 batters in only 12.2 innings of work. For now Brothers is a watch and see guy with potential to help you in the holds and strike out categories.
RP- RAPHAEL DOLIS (CHI CUBS)- Dolis is now 4 for 6 in save chances as he garnered the save last night against the Cardinals. For the season he owns a 2-2 record with 3.22 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. His walk rate is alarming and if that doesnt improve we will see Carlos Marmol reinserted into the closer role at some point in the season. For now Dolis can be a source to help you in the save category just be prepared for him to lose the job at some point during the season.
2B- STEPHEN LOMBARDOZZI (WASHINGTON)- Stephen who's father with the same name played as a major leaguer in the 80's has played well in limited action this year for the Nat's. He currently owns a .306 BA in 62 AB's and has the highest OBP off any rookie with a .386 mark. He has also logged two 30+ SB seasons in the minors adding to his potential value at the NL level. Lombardozzi for now has value in NL leagues only but is worth keep an eye on.
1B/OF- SCOTT VAN SLYKE (LOS ANGELES)- The son of former major league all star outfielder Andy Van Slyke has got the call to the majors. Scott came up last Wednesday when the Dodgers placed Juan Rivera on the DL. Van Slyke owns a AA batting title and has the potential to be a four category roto star adding HR's , RBI's and some SB's into the mix. It is unclear how much the Dodgers will use him right now with Bobby Abreu and Jerry Sands in the picture so I recommend a wait and see approach for the time being.
(February 23, 2011 - Source: Harry How/Getty Images North America)