The following is a new feature where, about once per week, we will do a post about players called up to the major leagues. Since we focus on deep leagues, we’ll discuss some players who are totally irrelevant in the shallower leagues. But hopefully, it will help rebuilding owners in deep leagues find some upside when combing through the free agent list. Here are several players called up in the past 10 or so days…
Alex White (SP, CLE)—White is one of the most high-profile early callups, and if he’s not picked up, grab him because he should be in Cleveland for the rest of the season.
Ben Revere (OF, MIN)—Revere, who started the season on our top 100 list, is a potential high-impact prospect whose best attribute is speed. He struggled some in AAA this year, but on the whole, he’s worth grabbing because he is probably Minnesota’s future CF.
Allen Craig (OF, STL)—Craig is the prototypical Cardinals prospect from the past few years (i.e., David Freese, John Jay, Matt Carpenter, etc). He is not flashy, but he produced respectable numbers at every level—and while he doesn’t get tons of attention—he offers some upside in deeper leagues.
Lucas Duda (OF, NYM)—Duda posted great numbers in AAA last season, and after making the opening day roster this year and then getting demoted, he has been temporarily recalled to replace Jason Bay. It’s a concern his 2011 numbers (in MLB and AAA) have not been great. I’m 50/50 whether he’ll stay up long, but in really deep leagues, he’s a decent grab.
David Cooper (1B, TOR)—Cooper is interesting. A former first round pick, he struggled through Toronto’s farm system and became an afterthought among prospect followers. He started 2011 in AAA, and through 20 games, he was tearing it up hitting .395 with 2 HR’s and 19 RBI’s. No promises, but if you’re rebuilding in a deep league, Cooper is a cheap gamble worth considering.
Dan Cortes (RP, SEA)—Cortes was called up to replace Josh Lueke, and in many ways, his profile is similar to Lueke because his best attribute is a potentially elite fastball. Cortes’ weakness is the minor league numbers were not that great. But if he puts it together, he has the talent to develop into a top-notch reliever.
Louis Coleman (RP, KC)—Coleman has all the skills you’d want except an elite fastball… sorta the opposite of Cortes. Despite a fastball that averages just below 90, he has a great track record of success in the minor leagues, and in college, he was LSU’s #1 starter. Coleman has done well retiring minor league hitters and generating strikeouts. The question is whether his performance will translate to the major leagues—and if it does—what his role will be.
Vance Worley (SP, PHI)—Worley is not a well-known prospect, but his debut went very well. In 2010, his minor league numbers were solid but not spectacular. His fastball ranges between 88-92, and the question is whether he can generate enough strikeouts to succeed.
Rene Tosoni (OF, MIN)—one of the Twins’ international prospects from Canada, Tosoni was recently called up to replace Delmon Young. His minor league numbers are decent across the board, although nothing really stands out. I would expect him to be a decent replacement who doesn’t offer too much upside.
Brian Bogusevic (OF, HOU)—drafted in the first round by the Astros as a pitcher, Bogusevic improved his status after switching to the OF in 2009. Already 27 years old, he probably doesn’t have much upside for fantasy purposes.
Trevor Plouffe (INF, MIN)—Plouffe is a mid-level infield prospect who posted respectable numbers in AAA last season. His long-term impact is questionable, but he could see early playing time around the infield.
Daniel Moskos (RP, PIT)—Moskos is most notable for being taken by the Pirates w/ a high first round pick several years ago over several big name prospects. There is probably no great upside, but if you are rebuilding in a really deep league, maybe worth considering.
Other: Eduardo Sanchez/Fernando Salas (RPs, STL)—these guys are not recent callups, but watch out because with St. Louis’ closer situation in the air, there’s a good chance one of these guys will close.