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 SandlotShrink.com.
Lars Anderson, Boston Red Sox -- Anderson, 22, won't play much but will try to win a job next spring. He batted .355-5-16 in 62 at-bats with AA Portland and .263-10-52 for AAA Pawtucket. He has been hot at the plate lately while working hard on his defense. With Mike Lowell nagged by a broken rib, Anderson could get a look against right-handers. Grade B- for the future.
Hank Conger, Los Angeles Angels -- Conger, 22, batted .300-11-49 in the PCL and is a pretty good prospect. His bat is for real but he still needs improvement behind the plate. If he gets some playing time, he would be worth a flier. Grade B for the future.
Josh Reddick. Boston Red Sox -- Reddick, 23, has also been on a hot streak after a slow start. Since the All-Star break he is batting .351 with 11 home runs after hitting .207 before the break. He began slow and started pressing at the plate, developing some bad habits along the way. Grade C+
Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles -- Tillman, 22, was recalled to rejoin the rotation. He was 0-3 with an 8.40 ERA in four starts with the Orioles and was sent down in June. He's had one good start upon his recall. He was 11-7 with a 3.24 ERA with AAA Norfolk. He's been working on a cutter and a two-seam fastball while improving his command. Still pretty young. Grade C+
Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels -- Trumbo, 24, could get some time at first base although he is not a top prospect. He hit .301-36-122 for AAA Salt Lake in the PCL, a hitter's league. He will likely work out in left field next spring with Kendry Morales coming back to first base. Grade C+
Joe Bisenius, Washington Nationals -- Bisenius, 27, had a 2.70 ERA and 20/6 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings at AAA Syracuse. Overall, he went 4-0 with a save and a 3.05 ERA in 34 appearances this year in three minor league levels. He throws hard (high-90s) and has setup potential. Grade C
Jose Ceda, Florida Marlins -- Ceda, 23, throws hard (mid-to-high 90s, hard slider) and could work his way into late relief if he maintains his command. He posted a 1.39 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 45/20 K/BB ratio in 32 innings for AA Jacksonville. He missed all last season with a torn labrum. Grade C+
Pedro Ciriaco, Pittsburgh Pirates -- Ciriaco, 25, is a decent prospect and batted .264-6-56-19 at AAA Indianapolis this year. He is an excellent defender and has good speed but does not walk much and will be pressed to hit for a high average in the majors. Still, he could win the shortstop job next spring. Grade C+
Dillon Gee, New York Mets -- Gee, 24, throws around 90 mph with a very good changeup and improving curve. He is a flyball pitcher with good control but is not a top prospect. He is the team's spot starter currently. He went 13-8 with a 4.96 ERA in 28 starts for AAA Buffalo. Grade C+
Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves -- Kimbrel, 22, has posted a 0.96 ERA so far with 17 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings. If he improves his control, he could be the closer next year if Billy Wagner is gone. He throws in the mid-to-high 90s with a hard slider that is erratic at times. Grade B-
Yuneksy Maya, Washington Nationals -- Maya, 29, signed a major league contract in late July out of Cuba and has potential. He went 1-1 with a 0.87 ERA in two starts with AAA Syracuse and made five minor league starts. He went 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA in those outings. He throws four pitches for strikes but had trouble keeping the ball down in his initial start. He does not have ace starter's stuff but it should be good enough to challenge for a rotation spot next spring. Grade C+
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