There have been some big call-ups this week with teams bringing up top minor league prospects for their first taste of The Show. Dr. Roto is here to breakdown some of the bigger names that might be available on your waiver wire to see if they are worth your free agent dollars.
Anthony Rizzo (SD 1B): Rizzo has been outstanding at Triple-A Tucson this season, hitting .365 with 16 home runs, 63 RBI, and five steals. Rizzo has a huge upside and projects to have 30-35 home run power at the major league level down the road. For now, especially due to the fact that Rizzo is only 21, Dr. Roto suggests that it may take some time for Rizzo’s power to develop. Age and PETCO Park may keep him in the 20-25 HR range until he gets a bit stronger and used to NL pitching. Stay classy, San Diego!
Mike Moustakas (KC 3B): The Moose is loose in Kansas City! The Royals have brought up their monster power hitting 3B of the future, Mike Moustakas. Moustakas led the entire minor leagues in HR last year, and is a good enough hitter to refrain from too many whiffs. He is not going to steal many bases, but he should really help in HR/RBI. He does struggle against lefties, so you might see him get benched against some of the better AL lefties such as Jon Lester and C.C. Sabathia. Look for him to hit about 15-20 HR for the remainder of this season, and realize that he has 40 HR upside in the future.
Jemile Weeks (OAK 2B): Weeks is a five tool threat and should be a good fit at the top of the A’s order as he matures. He projects as a 10 HR/10SB player for the remainder of this season, but has 20HR/20SB upside if he can stay healthy (he had a problem with a torn hip flexor last year).
Rex Brothers (COL RP): Sexy Rexy made Dr. Roto’s watchlist earlier this season when one of the Rockies went on a minor league rehab assignment and told Dr. Roto that he looked absolutely unhittable at Triple A. Brothers had an impressive 45:15 K:BB in 28 innings at Triple A prior to his call up. With Huston Street’s contract due up at the end of next year, the Rockies might be grooming Brothers to take over. Watch him be the 7th and 8th inning guy this year with a real chance to close some games in 2012.
Dee Gordon (LAD SS): Son of former major league pitcher Flash Gordon, Dee Gordon is only flashy with the leather and on the base paths . Gordon, a left-handed hitter, stole 73 bases in 2009 and had 53 SB in 2010. He might not get the green light as often in the majors, but should be a good bet to steal 30 bases or so. Gordon doesn’t offer much in the power department, but will take a walk and should be able to hit about .280 at the major league level.
Brett Lawrie (TOR 3B): Lawrie owners will have to wait until July to see him get to the majors because he fractured a bone in his left hand about two days before getting his official call up. He is expected to be out another 2-3 weeks. He will also need at least a week or so to get his timing back before the Jays can call him up. This is a real shame for fantasy owners, as Lawrie may have the best upside of any hitter on this list.
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