Friday, September 09, 2011

N.L. Gearing Up: Week 24 September 13-19

Blum is off the disabled list and brings quite a bit of flexibility to your roster. He looks like a part-time player, and he is not in the line-up on Friday night.  He could be of some use if you have a variety of positions to fill, but will not have a huge fantasy impact.

LaHair has picked up some at-bats early this week.  As you know from reading our posts, LaHair tore up AAA this year, and while he is a non-prospect at this point, he brings your team an immediate power boost if he plays.

Anthony Parrino.
Parrino is a career ho-hum in the minor leagues, but had a nice minor league season.  He has also picked up a few at-bats so far this week, but it is hard to recommend him since he does nothing particularly well and looks like a part-time player.

Pacheco is going to play a lot down the stretch at third base, not catcher.  He is worth a look-see down the stretch based on playing time alone.  I would not expect any overwhelming numbers one way or another, particularly given his mediocre results at Colorado Springs this year.

Steve Lombardozzi.
Lombardozzi hit well in the minor leagues this year: .309/.366/.454 with 16 steals in 262 at-bats for Harrisburg, followed by a .322/.366/.431 mark in 255 at-bats for Triple-A Syracuse. Overall, he hit .315/.366/.443 with 24 doubles, nine triples, eight homers, 36 walks, 71 strikeouts, and 27 steals in 517 at-bats this year.  It remains unclear how much playing time he will get in the Nationals infield, but he is worth taking a look at for contenders and non-contenders.

Speed alert.  Chambers will not play much down the stretch, but he can run some.  If you need a speedy outfielder to fill a slot, this is not a terrible play.

I am not writing about a lot of pitchers this week, frankly because none of them excite me a lot.  Locke is taking the spot of Charlie Morton.  He posted a 3.70 ERA and 139/55 K/BB ratio over 153 1/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. He will likely compete for a rotation spot with the Bucs next spring.

Peacock is going to be a middle reliever down the stretch for the Nationals, but he has a bright future.  He improved dramatically this season by posting a 2.39 ERA and 177/47 K/BB ratio over 146 2/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.  Non-contenders should be aware of Peacock, even though it is unlikely he will grab a rotation spot next year.

Ethier is done for the season, electing to undergo knee surgery.  If you own Juan Rivera, Tony Gwynn or Jerry Sands, you have one of the guys who will see time in Ethier’s place.

Wilin Rosario.
Rosario is up to play, as Chris Ianetta just found out from management.  Ianetta will still get some at-bats, but Rosario is the starter and everyone should be out to get him.

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