New kids on the diamond: Davis, Smoak asked to grow up quickly
Last week was a sweet time to be a first base prospect. Three kiddie corners were promoted to the bigs and they are all in line for substantial playing time. Let's examine the fantasy impact of the last week's key promotions and give you a sneak peak at youngsters waiting for the call.
If you're a loyal "New Kids on the Diamond" reader, you knew Davis was primed to be promoted a week before it happened. C'mon, I'm allowed an occasional, self-serving pat on the back, right? Davis earned time with the big boys after hitting .364, with two home runs, and a .636 slugging percentage through his first 33 minor league at-bats. Let's be honest, manager
The Smoak puns were novel and entertaining when he was more of an unknown commodity in the minors. Now -- and I'm guilty of using my own last week -- they are overdone and annoying. Smoak has the pure power and patience to make immediate fantasy noise. The haters will point out that he only had 12 HRs and hit .214 versus lefties last year in the minors. OK, small sample sizers, how about the 62 bombs and .337 batting average versus lefties in his career at the University of South Carolina. These are meritless concerns. Let the Smoak-haters play with
Hughes isn't generating as much chatter as Davis and Smoak despite his promotion last week. That said, in light of
I've been begging the Rockies to give EY Jr. extended playing time because of his swipe potential. Plus, should Cl
Cecil lost his rookie status and prospect shine last year after posting a 5.30 earned run average in 93.1 IP for the Jays. The 6-1, 235-pound southpaw quietly snuck back into the majors with an average performance last week against the Rays: 6.2 IP, 4 earned runs, 8 strikeouts, and 1 walk. Don't forget about this dude. In four seasons in the minors, he has a 9.0 strikeouts and 2.9 walks per nine innings. Cecil is still only 23 years old -- there's upside here despite the silence. With
Yep, just another promising young arm in Baltimore's system. Arrieta has been dominant this year at Triple-A with a 0.36 ERA, 8.28 K/9, and .157 batting average against. The 24-year-old righty possesses a 92-94 mph heater, an above-average slider, and a developing change. Arrieta's weakness has always been his control (3.6 BB/9 for career) and the consistency of his secondary pitches.
Jackson is starting to garner some attention because of his strong start (23 IP, 2.35 ERA, .177 BAA at Triple-A). I'm here to put the hammer on the hype. Listen, based on
* All statistics as of April 25, 2010.