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Anthony Rizzo, San Diego Padres
Padres GM Jed Hoyer commented to the AP that Rizzo, 21, is "close to ready." Brad Hawpe has been shagging fly balls in right regularly and made his first start of the season there on Monday. The rumor is that one of the key gets in the Adrian Gonzalez deal could be up as soon as Wednesday.
In his first taste of Triple-A ball, Rizzo has posted a .365/.444./.715 slash line, with 16 home runs, 63 RBIs and five stolen bases, in 232 plate appearances. Those numbers, even in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League and environs at Tucson, are attention-grabbing.
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Rizzo's profile is actually pretty similar to A-Gon's. He won't be A-Gon right away, not the SD version - probably not even 2006's - but it's obviously worth a little of your money to see how he fares. Keep in mind that this circulating speculation could be getting fantasy baseball managers' hopes up a bit prematurely; the Friars have confirmed nothing. But if you need corner-infield help, you may throw caution to the wind.
Shallow mixed: Consider
Deep mixed: Acquire
Scott Sizemore, Oakland Athletics
The A's acquired Sizemore from the Detroit Tigers about a week and a half ago and moved him to third base. On Monday, the club optioned Kevin Kouzmanoff to Triple-A Sacramento and promoted Sizemore to the active roster. Oakland also activated Adam Rosales (ankle surgery), who will be a factor in some capacity on the left side of the infield, from the disabled list on Monday.
Sizemore, 26, doesn't have a third baseman's profile; he's still attempting to prove that he has a major leaguer's profile. But that's where he'll play and, hopefully, soon earn eligibility. Unless, that is, he turns out to benefit from the coming DL stint for Mark Ellis (hamstring strain) more than Jemile Weeks - unlikely.
As mentioned here before, however, he has double-digit dinger power and stolen-base ability, to go with a profile for a solid .275-type BA. He probably won't play every day, and he may end up playing not all that often, but he's a body, at least, with some modest upside.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
Jemile Weeks, Oakland Athletics
Mark Ellis (strained hamstring) is expected to hit the disabled list on Tuesday, and Weeks would replace him on the roster. Weeks, the organization's 2008 first-rounder, has some things in common with his older brother, Rickie Weeks, as noted in BA. Jemile Weeks has great tools, athleticism and explosiveness; he also has been injury-prone and is a work-in-progress defensively. It's assumed that Weeks will player regularly in Ellis' place.
This season at Triple-A Sacramento, Weeks has hit .321 with four triples, three jacks and 10 thefts. Statistically, he's displayed much better plate discipline than his senior sibling, although he doesn't have quite the body or upside. Weeks isn't likely to make more than a modest mono-league impact, and it's a good possibility that he'll be demoted when Ellis returns. He may convince the A's to do otherwise, but don't bet on it.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
On Saturday, Dexter Fowler strained his abdomen, and the Rockies are expected to place him on the DL on Tuesday. Player presumed to replace him on the roster: Blackmon.
Baseball America didn't rank Blackmon, 24, among Colorado's top-10 prospects, but many pundits consider him underrated and expected him to contribute at some point this season. In 272 plate appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs, his first action at that level, the left-handed hitter has batted .342, with 10 homers, 49 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. His average on balls in play and is a robust .361, but rates above .300 aren't unusual for him.
The Rockies moved Carlos Gonzalez from left field to center on Monday and will presumably do so regularly while Fowler is sidelined, at least. Blackmon has been almost exclusively a right fielder. How much PT the prospect will receive is uncertain, but Colorado is looking for a spark and no doubt remembers the impressive exhibition season Blackmon had this past spring. It's also unclear how much of a chance Blackmon has to stick when Fowler is healthy. Maybe he forces their hand, maybe not.
Shallow mixed: Watch
Deep mixed: Consider
Vin Mazzaro, Kansas City Royals
The Royals have their Sean O'Sullivan replacement. Mazzaro, he of the 14 earned runs in 2 1/3 frames of relief on May 16 against the Cleveland Indians, has OK stuff but hasn't yet reined in the control rate in the bigs the way he did, at least respectably, in the minors. He also fails to induce enough swings and misses to entice. The 24-year-old was effective in three starts since his demotion (19 innings, 16 hits, six earned runs, seven walks and 15 K's), however.
The Royals have a pair of pitchers who are at least a couple of weeks away from becoming available for the rotation again, so Mazzaro has a chance to hold down a spot for a few starts. Ned Yost said that the righty would get at least a couple. Don't judge Mazzaro based solely on that 22.74 ERA that appears next to his name in your free-agent list. But don't expect him to make a difference, either.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
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.