Monday, July 11, 2011

A.L. FAAB Log: July 11, 2011

Kyle Seager $10. Other bids $5, $2
I wrote about Seager on Friday. He's off to a poor start and isn't a highly touted prospect, so the Mariners might not stick with Seager for long if he doesn't pick it up soon.

Pena should pick up some at bats in Alex Rodriguez's absence, but Eduardo Nunez is probably going to get most of the playing time. Pena has no power, some speed, and probably shouldn't be picked up unless you're incredibly desperate.

Jack Hannahan $5. Other bid $5.
Hannahan has been getting some at bats at third base while Lonnie Chisenhall rests with a fractured cheekbone. Reports are indicating that Chisenhall should be back right after the All-Star break, but don't be surprised if he winds up on the DL. Hannahan is an option if he's starting, but even then he's a low-end option. He has light power but can also hurt your batting average.

Reyes is a fifth starter at best but sometimes looks like more of a Quad-A guy. I'd avoid Reyes even in A.L.-only. Another problem is that the Blue Jays schedule is brutal right after the break; they get the Yankees, Seattle, Texas, Baltimore and Texas again for the rest of July.

Luis Valbuena $2. Other bid $2.
Valbuena will provide infield depth for the Indians, but he could find his way into more at-bats if Orlando Cabrera struggles again or if Hannahan's injury lingers. Valbuena was putting up some solid power numbers at AAA and could be a sneaky source of power if this carries over into the bigs. At 25, the die still isn't cast for Valbuena; he could wind up starting for the Indians or elsewhere if things break right.

A one-time Astros prospect, Albers seems to have found new life in the pen after a few uninspiring stints for the Orioles in the same role. It appears that Albers has picked up some velocity on his fastball and has abandoned his curve entirely in favor of a fastball/slider combination. Albers has just about zero chances at saves but should be a useful cog for both the Red Sox and your fantasy squad going forward.

Francis has been up and down and year and his last two starts are probably what led to this pick-up. However, the extremely low K/IP rate and the extremely low mid-80s velocity on Francis' fastball make him a risky, borderline pick-up. Francis' next start is Saturday at Minnesota.

Perez is the beneficiary of some good HR/FB luck, but his very high ground ball rate mitigates a good deal of this. He's one of the back-ups for the Indians should Chris Perez get hurt, but I think Vinnie Pestano and Tony Sipp are moved ahead of Perez in the pecking order for garbage saves.

Bard was starting while Miguel Olivo dealt with an ailing hamstring, but Olivo has played three of the last four games and Bard should settle into a reserve role. He'll pop the odd home run but is only a second-tier option in A.L.-only.

Coleman's ERA/WHIP look great, but a high strand rate, abnormally low BABIP, and high FB% spell potential disaster. He also has no wins, so if you're looking for a vulture I'd recommend looking elsewhere.

Darnell McDonald. Claimed by 10th place team.

Felix Pie. Claimed by 9th place team.

Andrew Miller. Claimed by 8th and 3rd place teams.

Joel Peralta. Claimed by 7th and 3rd place teams.

Jose Molina. Claimed by 6th and 2nd place teams.

Felipe Paulino. Claimed by 5th and 3rd place teams.

Andruw Jones. Claimed by 1st place team.

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