Terra’s Take: Looking Ahead at Fantasy Baseball Players
Sports seasons are often compared to marathons in that they are long and filled with many ups and downs. Very few teams make it through the year without having some injuries, so it always pays to know who is coming back soon.
3 Players who should be Activated Soon:
– Danny Santana, SS Min: Santana was on quite the hot streak before going down with a knee injury. He is eligible to come off the DL today, but the Twins want him to remain on his rehab assignment until after the All-Star break. Before getting hurt, Santana was hitting .328 with a .366 OBP. The Twins offense has been missing their table setter and would greatly appreciate someone on base for their big bats to drive in.
– Dexter Fowler, OF Hou: Fowler has done a good job as a top of the batting order guy for the Astros in his first year with them. While he isn’t stealing as much as when he was with the Rockies and the power numbers have dipped after leaving Coors Field, his OBP and AVG have increased. Houston has a young lineup and having a seasoned hitter at the top of the lineup could help boost the confidence by setting the table. He looks to be activated before the All-Star break.
– Francisco Liriano, SP Pit: The Pirates rotation has been a little banged up as of late, so a healthy Liriano would be a big boost. Liriano has had a rough year before going down with an oblique injury, but he has done well in his rehab starts. He looks to be the activated on Sunday to start against the Reds. Despite being in fourth place at the moment, the Pirates are only 3.5 games out of the NL Central and 1.5 in the Wild Card so they need all hands on deck if they want to make a postseason run.
3 Minor Leaguers who could be Promoted Soon:
– Kyle Hendricks, SP Chi: Hendricks came up and had a single start with the Cubs before going back down to Triple-A Iowa, but don’t expect him to stay there. The Cubs have a couple of holes to fill in their rotation after trading away Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Starter Jake Arrieta could also be on the move freeing up another spot for Hendricks. While there are other pitchers that are ranked higher than him in the Cubs organization, they are a year or two away meaning the Hendricks is first in line for any spot starts or injury replacements.
– Jessie Biddle, SP Phi: Chosen in the first round of the 2010 draft by his hometown team, Biddle is on the verge of making his childhood dream come true. The lefty is the second ranked prospect in the Phillies organization and could be called up to the majors soon. Around the trade deadline, starter Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels are two of the more talked about names and Biddle could easily slide into one of those vacancies. While he has had some problems in Triple-A, look for him to get a chance to prove his stuff in the next few weeks.
– Jose Ramirez, SS Cle: The youngster is ready to come up to Cleveland and may get the opportunity depending on what the Indians do at the trade deadline. Asdrubal Cabrera has often been talked about as a piece that can be moved at any time and Ramirez could fill the void. He would be holding the position for future prospect Francisco Lindor, but seeing as Lindor is still in Double-A Akron, Ramirez would be seen as the logical call up.