Stephen Pryor (0% owned last week; 5% this week)
To hear some in the fantasy media tell it, there's nothing to be
had with Pryor but upside: a warm, fuzzy story that's going to end with him
pumping gas past Major League hitters and leaving them and former closer
Brandon League in his wake. The reality is a little more sobering: a high
ceiling arm with some command issues that seemed to disappear after a 2011
promotion to AA but then resurfaced somewhat this year at AAA. Pryor's an OK
spec grab in A.L.-only but the road from future closer to closer typically
isn't a pleasant Sunday drive down the Interstate but rather a harrowing
journey down the Hell's Pass on a dark Sunday at midnight.
Garrett Richards (5%/7%)
Richards is up for the injured Jered Weaver and is on tap for a
two-start week next week, beginning with the Mariners on Monday. I'm not as high on Richards as some are. Some of
this is based on the dubious eye test, but I also don't like the numbers. The AAA K/9
suggest Richards won't dominate while the high BB/9 suggest he'll struggle with
his control. Richards is a worthy gamble if you really need an arm for the
week, but I'm not recommending until he shows me something in the bigs.
In the Minors
Whelan has a ton of strikeouts for AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre, but
at Age 28 he's less of a prospect and more of a fungible organizational arm.
The Yankees might call him up at some point to serve in the back of the
bullpen, but your roster spots are better served on others.
Chisenhall is back, and has already slugged two home runs this
week. Kevin Youkilis isn't standing in Chis' way, so if Chisenhall can hit, I
suspect he'll keep the job when Jack Hannahan comes back. Chisenhall should be
owned in all leagues, and in A.L.-only formats I'd bid $30 of $100 FAAB for him at a minimum.