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Rob Johnson, San Diego Padres
With Nick Hundley (oblique strain) landing on the disabled list, Johnson is the leading man behind the plate in San Diego (for lack of better options). His stick has never played in the majors, though, and the Friars mostly value his defense. He won't be a spark, but at least he'll give you at-bats for a spell, which can help in some leagues.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
Chris Davis, Texas Rangers
Another fantasy life for Davis
Davis has paid his dues in the Texas organization. The door is opening for him to see even more playing time thanks to the injury to Nelson Cruz (quadriceps). Mitch Moreland is expected to take the majority of the starts in right field, so Davis will split PT with Mike Napoli and possibly Michael Young when he's not DH-ing.
The 25-year-old Davis has raw power, but when will he display it on a more consistent basis in the bigs? He made his fourth start in the past six games on Saturday. Davis' strikeouts have held him back, and he has 11 in 28 at-bats this year. If he can improve on the whiffing, his raw power skills could be maximized. Ron Washington has been impressed with Davis' maturity since his call-up, so he will see his chances.
Question is, how much will he continue to play when Cruz and Josh Hamilton (shoulder) come back? If you're hurting for pop, however, it doesn't hurt to take a flier.
Shallow mixed: Watch
Deep mixed: Consider
Domonic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies
The combination of the cooling of Ben Francisco and the dominance of Brown in the minors is leaving the Phils with an interesting choice in the near future. Francisco is just 1-for-18 with no RBIs so far in May. Francisco and Brown were expected to form a platoon in right to start the year before Brown broke the hamate bone in his right hand in spring training. How long do they wait before bringing their top prospect back up?
Brown, hitting .409 with two homers and five RBIs in six games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, has shown that he is beyond his hand injury and, more importantly, that it hasn't affected his power. The move back to his old mechanics at the plate seems to be working, too. The longer Francisco and Raul Ibanez continue to be subpar, the better Brown's chances are of coming up. Make plans accordingly to stash him before your leaguemates do, even if he has to sit on your bench.
Shallow mixed: Consider
Deep mixed: Acquire
Roger Bernadina, Washington Nationals
Bernadina received his second-call up of the year, but this time his stay will be longer. He will be with the Nats for at least as long as Rick Ankiel (right wrist sprain) remains on the DL.
Although Jim Riggleman and the club see Bernadina more as a left fielder, they will give him the chance to patrol center with Ankiel dinged. The team won't face a left-handed starter for another five games, so Bernadina will play. He hit leadoff Sunday, and it won't be a surprise if they keep him there given the struggles of Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa at the top.
Bernadina's numbers at Triple-A Syracuse weren't outstanding (.270-1-2) in 63 at-bats - he also struck out 17 times to seven walks. Still, they are running out of time to decide if he belongs, and the power-speed combo is enticing with this 26-year-old.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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