Monday, June 06, 2011

A.L. FAAB Log: June 6, 2011

Injuries in Cleveland have given Kearns a few extra at-bats to work with the last few weeks, but he has done very little with them. He's fringy even in A.L.-only. 

Greg Halman $7. Other bids $2, $2.
Halman's tools are impressive. His power/speed combo has 20/20 and possibly 30/30 potential written all over it. The problem is the plate discipline, and that's PROBLEM in all caps. Halman's career minor league BB/K ratio is 143/717 in 2,032 at bats. If Halman is that hack-tastic against minor league pitching, Major League arms are going to eat him up alive if he doesn't improve. Halman's K rate did drop a lot this year at AAA after he returned from a broken wrist, but the 35 AB sample size is too small to get a read on. If he has anything going for him, it's opportunity. Michael Saunders flamed out and Carlos Peguero has similar flaws to Halman without nearly the same upside. If you can take the BA risk, Halman is worth grabbing in A.L.-only.

Tolbert's swinging a hot bat and as a result he's getting a good chunk of playing time for the Twins up the middle. He isn't running much, though. This is discouraging because this is where much of Tolbert's limited value comes from. He's still borderline right now in A.L.-only.

Most of the players below were profiled in Friday's Gearing Up post. 

Kevin Jepsen. Claimed by 12th place team.
Jepsen's horrible numbers are mainly due to one terrible outing against the A's, but his K/BB is poor and he's got zero chance for saves.

Craig Gentry. Claimed by 10th place team.

Michael Wuertz. Claimed by 7th and 5th place teams.

Mike Cameron. Claimed by 6th place team.
Cameron was picking up some playing time with J.D. Drew nursing an injury. With Drew back to full health, Cameron will see his starts diminish going forward.

Brad Ziegler. Claimed by 5th place team.

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