July 30, 2010

It's a long season; let us guide you through all of the potential names on the wire who can help your team. For more fantasy analysis, check out Sandlot Shrink.com.

Josh Bell, Baltimore Orioles -- Bell, 23, was recalled to play third base for good and should be worth a shot in AL-only leagues. He is batting .266-10-44 with AAA Norfolk and is 5-for-19 with the O's. The switch-hitter has some pop but don't expect a high batting average until he improves his plate discipline. He should be able to hit .270 with 15-20 homers when he matures. Grade B

Domonic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies -- Brown, 22, was recalled from AAA Lehigh Valley to replace the injured Shane Victorino. Brown has good speed and power and is batting .346-5-21-5 in 107 at-bats. He is batting a combined .327-20-68-17 in 343 at-bats for AA Reading and Lehigh Valley and is worth a pickup in most formats. Grade B

Jorge Cantu, Texas Rangers -- Cantu, 28, was batting .262-10-54 with 25 doubles for Florida. He got off to a hot start at the plate but has tailed off and was recently benched for his poor play at third base. He will play first base for Texas. Grade B+

Matt Capps, Minnesota Twins -- Capps, 26, has a 2.74 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 26 saves for Washington and will close for the Twins. Grade B+

Alexi Casilla, Minnesota Twins -- With Orlando Hudson on the disabled list, Casilla, 27, will play second base for now. He is hitting .313 in 54 at-bats and was the starter for a while last year before being sent down because he made too many mental mistakes. "I just want him to play and have fun and help out this baseball team,'' Ron Gardenhire said. He can do a lot of things. He's very talented and has a great attitude. I think he understands his role this year better than at the beginning.'' He has good base stealing speed and is worth a flier in 4x4 leagues. Grade C+

Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals -- Gordon, 26, was recalled to play the outfield, replacing the injured David DeJesus. Gordon was hitting .315-14-44 RBI with AAA Omaha since his demotion. He's worth considering in AL-only leagues but dont expect much of an average. He was hitting .194 when he was sent down. He missed most of last year with hip surgery and broke his thumb in spring training. Grade C+

Daniel Hudson, Arizona Diamondbacks -- Hudson, 23, was 11-4 with a 3.47 ERA and a 108/31 K/BB ratio in 93 innings for AAA Charlotte and 1-1 with a 6.32 ERA in three starts for the Sox. He is not a top prospect but should have some value in NL-only leagues. He throws in the low-to-mid 90s with an excellent changeup and command. His slider is coming along as well but he does have a tendency to give up home runs. Grade B

Edwin Jackson, Chicago White Sox -- Jackson, 26, was acquired from Arizona. He is 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA but could be moved in another deal, perhaps for Adam Dunn or Lance Berkman.

Logan Morrison, Florida Marlins -- Morrison, 22, is a line-drive hitter with some power who draws walks and will play left field for the injured Chris Coghlan even though he is a natural first baseman. He was hitting .307 with six home runs for AAA New Orleans. He's got a very short swing and a very flat swing,'' hitting coach John Mallee said. Logan's a hitter who's going to develop power.'' Grade B

Dustin Moseley, New York Yankees -- Moseley, 28, is an average spot starter, middle reliever but will man the fifth spot in the rotation for now unless a trade is made. He posted a 4.21 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 12 starts with AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre prior to his recall July 2. He has a 5.41 career ERA in the majors prior to this season. He will likely stay in the rotation until Andy Pettitte returns. Grade C+ because he's on the Yankees.

Scott Podsednik, Los Angeles Dodgers -- Podsednik, 34, was acquired to add some spark to the lineup. He was batting .309 with five home runs and 30 stolen bases for Kansas City and has some real value in NL-only leagues for the speed. The Dodgers are averaging two runs in 12 games since the All-Star break. Grade B+

Drew Storen, Washington Nationals -- Storen, 22, will help close with the help of Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard and Joel Peralta with Matt Capps gone. They say they will go with matchups and the hot hand at the position, but Storen is the future here. He has a 2.64 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP with a 26/14 k/BB ration in 31 innings so far. He was a first round pick last year. Grade B

Miguel Tejada, San Diego Padres -- Tejada, 36, will split time with Chase Headley at third base (he can also play shortstop). Headley has struggled a little against left-handed pitching this year. Headley could also play some left field. Tejada was batting .269-7-39 in 401 at-bats and might still have a little value in NL-only leagues. Grade C+

Josh Thole, New York Mets -- Thole, 23, will get more at bats with Rod Barajas on the DL and is worth a pickup if you need help behind the plate. He is a solid hitter with good plate discipline but has little power. He is batting .351 with a .455 on-base percentage and one home run in 37 at-bats. Grade B-

Josh Tomlin, Cleveland Indians -- Tomlin, a 25-year-old right-hander, is not a hard-thrower, so he has to be sharp to win. He has good control and is more of a flyball pitcher, though not a top prospect. He stopped the Yankees on three hits in his first start Tuesday night. "I threw the changeup down and away and a cutter in for the most part," said Tomlin, 8-4 with a 2.68 ERA at AAA Columbus this year. He has 80 strikeouts and 33 walks in 107 innings. Grade C+

Brett Wallace, Houston Astros -- Wallace, 23, can hit and will take over at first base if Lance Berkman is traded. He was hitting .301 with 24 doubles, 18 home runs and 61 RBIs at AAA Las Vegas. Grade B

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