One man's pain is another man's opportunity
NOW THAT Adam Eaton is being shutdown from all baseball activities for the next few weeks the dust can settle for a bit in the desert outfield. It was clear Eaton was struggling in his rehab assignment batting only .129 and the there were whispers that something was amiss too. Now we know. The small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament hasn’t completely healed and an MRI is scheduled for today. Eaton said ”It just feels like someone punched me in the stomach”, and fantasy ballers who have him stashed concur. Eaton is a stud with a capital S and gritty too – he has 64 HBP in just over 3 years of pro ball, enough to make even Carlos Quentin jealous. We now have to wait until end of June or later see his talents. Transaction Rater: Hold in Dynasty & Keeper Leagues (and other leagues if you have a DL spot)
At the beginning of the year Gerardo Parra was the guy filling in until Eaton returned but Parra found his swing and now ranks as the 11th best OF in all of baseball according to mlb.com statistics. Gerardo isn’t going anywhere, though there may be a bit of regression moving forward. His .304/.374/.473 slash line comes with 21 XBH including 4 HR and 4 SB. In fact, his power is starting to move him out of the leadoff spot and into more RBI friendly AB opportunities. His 20/33 BB/K ratio in 2013 is also a significant improvement from years past. Transaction Rater: Buy in 12+ team leagues (not ready to call him a 10 teamer yet)
A.J. Pollock will now be the guy “filling in” for Eaton. Pollock had a nice start but has struggled a bit here in May. He is still getting opportunities though, usually at the top of the order. A.J. has +speed with 5 SB already as a part-timer. Historically he has a good contact ratio and in 2012 had only 62 SO in 509 AB at all levels. This year though he has a nasty 5/30 BB/K ratio in 146 AB. He may have a bit of work to do yet against major league pitching so proceed with caution. Transaction Rater: Buy in 15+ team leagues
Cody Ross is getting semi-regular starts so far this year with a decent .277 AVG in his 112 AB but with only 9 R, 1 HR & 13 RBI there is not much fantasy value here. Transaction Rater: 18+ team deep leagues (if at all).
Note: Martin Prado has started 8 GMS in LF. Prado has struggling mightily and pretty much lost the 3B job to Eric Chavez. Now Prado mostly patrols 2B and it may not take much from Josh Wilson or Chad Pennington to where Prado finds himself as a backup, although a multi-position one.