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Lou Marson, C, Cleveland Indians
Messiah Carlos Santana displaced Marson earlier this year, but Santana sustained a left knee sprain this past weekend and is on the 15-day DL. The Tribe called up Marson, who'll presumably take over starting duties for the foreseeable future.
Chris Gimenez was Santana's backup and could
see time there, but he's more of a utility player who is well-schooled in the
art of catching. Marson can handle a staff extremely well. He has the makings
of a hitter who can produce an acceptable average, but he hasn't come close
to proving it in the bigs.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
Peter Bourjos, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The Angels called up one of their top prospects yesterday and inserted him in center field. That's Torii Hunter territory; the vet agreed to move to right to accommodate the youngster. Bobby Abreu also moved, from right to left.
Bourjos is an accomplished minor league hitter (.293 lifetime average) who's a thief at heart (109 swipes in his past two and a half seasons). His 2010 power breakthrough (13 homers for Triple-A Salt Lake) is likelier a product of PCL hitting environments. His peripherals aren't incredibly saber-friendly, but he's reportedly improving his approach.
Bourjos may have trouble hitting better than .250 in his initial exposure to major league pitching, but he's one of the fastest players in baseball. His speed will help him make that up, a little. The Halos are looking for a shot in the arm. They wouldn't ask two mainstays to change positions if it wasn't a long-term trial; they'd just give one a night off.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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