May 15, 2009

Here's your weekly look at fantasy players to consider.

Bryan Augenstein, Arizona Diamondbacks: Augenstein, who was 5-0 with a 0.78 ERA in six starts with AA Mobile, was recalled to join the rotation for now. He is a sinker-slider pitcher but is not overpowering and is not considered a top prospect. He went 6-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 22 starts in the minors last year. He was hit hard in his first start on Wednesday but keep an eye on him nonetheless.

Clayton Richard, Chicago White Sox: Richard, 25, was 2-5 with a 6.35 ERA in eight starts for the Sox last year and joins the rotation. He got hit hard in his first start though. Richard, who has made 11 relief appearances this season, made 20 starts in the minors last season and was 12-6 with a 2.48 ERA and says he is much more confident with a year of big league experience under his belt. He is a finesse lefty so he has to be sharp to win.

Joe Beimel blew Tuesday's game so now Manny Acta said he will give Joel Hanrahan some save opportunities. This looks more like a committee in Washington until somebody rises up and claims the job outright.

Scott Downs is pitching so well that B.J. Ryan will not return to his role as the team's closer after being activated this week. GM J.P. Ricciardi said that Ryan, who could work in a setup role, has been working on slowing down his delivery.

C.J. Wilson is the first choice to close with Frank Francisco temporarily sidelined with right biceps tendonitis. Francisco has had two surgeries, the last being Tommy John surgery in 2005. If all goes well, he'll throw a bullpen session before returning to action.

Jeff Bailey, Boston Red Sox: Bailey will play first base until Kevin Youkilis (oblique) returns from the DL in about a week.

Mat Gamel, Milwaukee Brewers: Gamel, 23, was recalled in anticipation of using the third baseman as their designated hitter in interleague play. He is batting .336-8-31 for AAA Nashville and has reportedly improved his defense as well. Scouts say that he is ready to hit in the big leagues right now so grab him if your offense is sagging.

Gerardo Parra, Arizona Diamondbacks: Parra, 22, can play all three outfield positions very well and will get a chance to start against right-hinders. He was hitting .361 with seven steals and a .469 on-base percentage at AA Mobile at the time of his recall. He has good speed but does not have big power. He batted .314-6-52-28 in 123 minor league games last year.

Nolan Reimold, Baltimore Orioles: Reimold, 25, was recalled to fill in at DH and left field with Adam Jones, Luke Scott and Felix Pie hurting. Scott strained his rotator cuff Sunday and cannot swing a bat comfortably. Jones has some hamstring soreness and has limited mobility. Pie returned to the lineup on Friday. Reimold was hitting .394-9-27 at AAA Norfolk but is not a very good defensive player and could be sent back down soon.

Shane Robinson, St. Louis Cardinals: Robinson, 24, will likely start in right field for now with Ryan Ludwick on the DL but has value only for his speed. He batted .304-5-42-15 in 105 minor league games last year.

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