Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Welington Castillo, Eric Young Jr., Brooks Raley
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After the Cubs traded Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers one week ago, they recalled Castillo to share backstop duties with Steve Clevenger. Although Clevenger bats left-handed and Castillo right-handed, this won't be a strict platoon. Dale Sveum intends to have them split time down the middle, roughly.
Clevenger, 26, has the capacity to hit for a solid average. He's endeared himself to some in the organization because of his ability to call a game and defense. He'll get his chances to stake his claim to the 2013 job because of those attributes.
Castillo, 25, is still a bit raw in those departments, but for roto purposes, he's more attractive because of his power potential. He's clubbed four home runs in 83 MLB at-bats, including three dingers in 50 MLB at-bats this year. In 146 at-bats at Triple-A Iowa this season, he batted .260 with six round-trippers. Last season at that stop, he batted .286 with 15 jacks.
Castillo's BA skills indicators have slowly improved, but they're still a little below-average. To those in deep leagues, especially at this stage of the season, the possible home run output should be attractive, however.
10-tm mixed: Pass
This past weekend, Colorado placed Michael Cuddyer (strained oblique) on the disabled list, freeing up playing time in right field. Although Tyler Colvin would seem to be the logical fill-in, his poor July coupled with the spark that EY Jr. has provided in the last week seems to have prompted Jim Tracy to give the latter a whirl.
Young has run out of options and so has been a backup and pinch runner all season, but he's continued to prepare for another opportunity to play regularly. In 142 plate appearances this season, he's hit .280, walked nine times and stolen 12 bases in 14 attempts.
The switch hitter, 27, has still struggled against right-handed batters. That split will prove to be his downfall if he doesn't improve upon it. He'll end up in some kind of platoon with Colvin quickly if not. But, for those in deep leagues, Young provides the possibility a big jolt in speed, instantly.
10-tm mixed: Pass
Matt Garza was originally scheduled to return on Tuesday after a two-week absence for what has been deemed a stress reaction in his elbow. He's out indefinitely.
The Cubs needed a starter tonight, naturally. They've needed starters by the truckload, lately, because of their deadline deals, so Raley has a shot to stick around for a bit if he keeps the North Siders in some games.
The left-hander, 24, has been a serviceable starter in the minors. This season, in his first exposure to Class AAA comp, in the Pacific Coast League, he's gone 4-8, but with a 3.62 ERA, a 7.57 K/9 and a 3.07 BB/9 in 82 innings. He was the organization's minor league pitcher of the month for July.
That dominance rate represents Raley's best mark at any level, for any stretch. The rates of hits against him, his mediocre ability to suppress homers and his lack of pedigree don't indicate to fantasy leaguers that he's someone to go after strongly, though. Raley doesn't hurt himself often, but the hitters he'll face could do that for him often.
10-tm mixed: Pass
About Nicholas Minnix
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