Monday, May 02, 2011

A.L. FAAB Log: May 2, 2011

Travis Snider received his annual demotion last week, and the short-term beneficiary is Cooper. His prospect status was once higher, but a poor year repeating Double-A in 2010 made Cooper look like a minor league lifer and not a future Major Leaguer. He was tearing it up in AAA though, and even though PCL stats tend to be inflated a .395 batting average translates well from any venue. I'm not sure which Cooper we will see in the Majors: the low average, moderate power version from 2009-2010 or the high average guy from 2011. Either way, it looks like he'll play in the short term and this bid is about right. There aren't many opportunities to get productive regulars in A.L.-only, you should swing even if you're probably going to miss, especially when it's this early. (Don't know why my home league collectively passed; the bidding in Tout Wars went $21, $11, $8, $8, $7, $6, $6).  

Philip Humber $8. Other bids $6, $2.
I wrote about Humber on Friday. He was once again solid against the Orioles on Saturday and definitely should be picked up if he's in your free agent pool.

Alex White $6. Other bids $5, $1.
I also wrote about White on Friday. I've read a few positive reports about his start on Saturday, but I look at the home runs around and the 40 balls (out of 109 pitches) and see the half-empty side of the glass. He was mostly throwing a four-seam fastball but did use his slider as well. White should be owned in A.L.-only leagues, but I'm concerned that he will take his lumps now and again.

Shelley Duncan $2. Other bids $2, $1, $1.
With Travis Hafner on the shelf, Duncan sees a window of opportunity to snag some DH at-bats and possibly grab at least a share of the job if Hafner's injury knocks him out of commission long-term. Duncan is a decent source of power if he gets regular PT, but also a high batting average risk. He also has been much stronger against LHP so even if Hafner does go on the DL, Duncan still might not play full-time.

Rene Tosoni $1. Other bids $1, $1.
Like Cooper, Tosoni saw his prospect stock fall after his career got stalled at AA in 2010. Unlike Cooper, Tosoni was never all that highly regarded in the first place and never put together any minor league numbers that were all that impressive. Tosoni has been getting playing time for the Twins, but with Jason Repko coming back this week, that playing time will likely diminish.

Everett was FAABed only so his owner could complete a trade and have an eligible player at shortstop. Everett needs to be playing every day even to provide marginal value in Roto and right now is sitting almost every day.

Repko was pressed into duty for the Twins after Delmon Young's injury but then suffered a minor injury of his own. He should be back this week and is a bottom of the barrel option even if he's starting. He offers slight power and slight speed, but has never done much in the Majors when given the opportunity.

I wrote about Amarista on Friday. I probably undersold his long-term value in that post. Amarista is only 21 and definitely has a future in the Majors, whether that future is as a starter or a back-up middle infielder remains to be seen and likely depends on the development of his power. I still think he's only up short-term until Maicer Izturis is 100%.

Ziegler has been extremely solid for the A's in a middle relief role thus far this season. He should continue to provide value in deeper formats with his strong ERA/WHIP.
Erik Bedard. Claimed by 11th, 9th, 7th, 6th, 3rd, and 2nd place teams.
See Friday.

Hisanori Takahashi. Claimed by 5th place team.
See Friday.

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