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Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
The Brew Crew activated Gomez (concussion) from the DL this week, but it was uncertain where he would play. The continued absence of Corey Hart (hamstring) helped to resolve that issue right away. Gomez offers top-notch speed potential and the occasional, brief power surge, but he's usually a BA liability, with terrible plate discipline.
Talent, but limited 2010 potential
Lorenzo Cain hit well when he came up but has
struggled in the past couple. When Hart returns, perhaps as soon as tonight,
how will the Brewers handle it? Milwaukee's initial
infatuation with the formerly heralded Gomez may help him, but his public statements
about being the team's best center fielder may not sit well with Ken
Macha's policy has been to use those who are performing, and Gomez hasn't for most of the year. Cain has provided a spark. And there's always Chris Dickerson. Gomez may have talent, but he has a lot to learn.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, Washington Nationals
The Nats will replace Stephen Strasburg (forearm) in the rotation with Zimmermann (elbow), at least for now. Zimmermann, on the road back from Tommy John surgery, has been outstanding on the farm: a 1.59 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.
First, the negatives. TJS products often struggle with their control when they first come back, especially to the bigs. See Edinson Volquez for more. It may take awhile for Zimm to recover his above-average K ability. Washington probably won't let him pitch more than five frames or so per outing, so probability of wins will be low. And he doesn't have a ton of experience.
Now, the positives. The reason that Zimmermann was a polished prospect coming up was his great control. He walked only six during rehab. He posted a 3.17 K/BB as a rook. He induces a solid rate of grounders.
Overall, there is little value to be had here, at least in mixed leagues. Risk is fairly high, with a cap on Zimmermann's potential returns. He's still a talented pitcher, though.
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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