Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Robinson Chirinos, David Huff
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The Rays have gone through a bit of a catching carousel lately, with John Jaso (oblique) and Jose Lobaton (knee) both landing on the DL in the past week. Chirinos was called up Monday and made his major league debut against the Yanks, going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
Chirinos, 27, is a former infielder who was converted to a backstop at the start of the 2009 season. He made impressive strides defensively after the conversion, and the position switch also did wonders for his bat; he hit .294 combined with Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee in '09. Chirinos broke out in 2010 with Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa in the Chicago Cubs' organization, hitting .326 with 18 homers and 74 RBIs in 319 at-bats. He has taken a step back with the stick this year at Triple-A Durham (.265/.342/.378).
Chirinos isn't a highly regarded catching prospect, but his defensive prowess has given him new life at the plate. His offensive explosion in '10 makes him intriguing, but the Rays probably want to see more before considering him as a viable backup option. He will back up Kelly Shoppach for the time being, but if you need catcher at-bats, Chirinos could surprise with some production in the short term.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
There is a good chance that Huff earned himself another start after making his season debut against the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a doubleheader Monday. His line: 7 innings, 5 hits, 0 R, 2 BBs and 5 K's. After the game, the Tribe optioned Jeanmar Gomez back to the minors to make room for Fausto Carmona on the roster. With Mitch Talbot (lower back strain) working his way back from the DL - he may return to pitch out of the bullpen - Huff has the opportunity to stick in the rotation.
The 26-year-old southpaw spent all year with Triple-A Columbus, where he went 8-3 with a 3.86 ERA, 28 walks and 63 strikeouts in 100 1/3 frames. He was slapped around last year to the tune of a 2-11 record and a 6.21 ERA while walking 34 and striking out 37 in 79 2/3 innings. Huff, a middle-of-the-rotation starter, relies heavily on the command of his high-80s-to-low-90s fastball and, at times, a devastating changeup. His K/9 isn't inspiring, but he's worth a look given his opportunity in Cleveland's rotation.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
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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. Follow @keithdez27
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