As we move into the season's second half and approach the All-Star break, it gets harder to find impact talent that hasn't already been addressed. The majority of those worthy of your roster are either minor league call-ups or those returning from injury. Gaps in the standings are becoming more pronounced and instead of adding potential balanced, well rounded players is replaced by those with strength in a particular category where points can be won.... or lost. Just like some players may re-appear on Waiver Flavor over time, inevitably players you have dropped again receive consideration.
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Jose Dominguez LA Dodgers- I have a particular liking for pitchers that can hit triple digits on the gun and Dominguez certainly can do that, having reportedly topped out at 103 mph. Dominguez served a 25 game suspension for violating the league drug policy and upon his return struck out 40 batters in 25 innings across Double and Triple-A.
Taylor Jordan Washington- Jordan has assumed the fifth spot in the Nationals rotation following the failed Dan Haren experiment. Jordan is 0-1 in two starts with an ERA of 2.70 and 1.30 WHIP in ten innings of work. Jordan had ridiculous numbers at Double-A Harrisburg with an ERA of 0.83 and 0.85 in 54 innings, going 7-0 in eight starts.
Yoervis Medina Seattle- While it appears that Tom Wilhelmsen has returned to closing duties in Seattle, his hold is precarious at best. Oliver Perez has had outstanding numbers in late inning work, but Medina shouldn't be counted out. Medina is 3-2 with a save in 30 appearances. The 24 year old right hander has an ERA of 2.70 and a 1.37 WHIP.
Chris Archer Tampa Bay- Archer appears to have survived the merry go round of pitching prospects auditioning for a spot in the Tampa Bay rotation. Archer is 2-3 over seven starts with an ERA of 4.17 and a 1.42 WHIP. Archer is a strikeout pitcher with 30 K's in 36 innings of work, but walks continue to plague the 24 year old prospect with 21 walks.
Jeremy Hefner NY Mets- Since Memorial Day, Hefner has been one of the most effective starting pitchers in the majors. Over six starts, Hefner has allowed only a single earned run in five of them, with only two in the other outing. Despite the fine work, Hefner is only 3-6 with an ERA of 3.54 and a 1.26 WHIP.
Blake Parker Chicago Cubs- Who is Blake Parker you may be asking? He is the Cubs closer in waiting, up next when Kevin Gregg is traded to a contender this summer. Parker had seven saves at Triple-A Iowa before getting the call. Parker is 0-1 with a save in a dozen appearances in Chicago with 16 strikeouts over 14 innings of work.
Martin Perez Texas- One of the top left handed pitching prospects in the American League, Perez appears finally up to stay with the Rangers. Perez is 2-0 over three starts since getting the call two weeks ago with an ERA of 1.85 and a 1.40 WHIP. Perez hasn't allowed an earned run over his past two starts and has a way of working himself out of trouble.
Engel Beltre OF Texas- Much to the dismay of Leonys Martin owners, Beltre was called up with Craig Gentry on the DL. Over 72 games at Triple-A Round Rock, Beltre hit an even .300 with four home runs, 21 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 23 attempts. Beltre is 4-for-10 since getting called up with a stolen base and a caught stealing.
Zoilo Almonte OF NY Yankees- Called by some the Yasiel Puig of the East Coast, Almonte has had a nice start but the comparisons are certainly a stretch. The 24 year old switch hitter isn't even on any of the Yankees pre-season top prospects lists. Almonte is hitting .314 in 15 games with a home run, eight RBI and three stolen bases.
Brian Roberts 2B Baltimore- How long will Roberts last this time around? Lasting only three games in April, Roberts has finally returned from a lingering hamstring injury and handed the second base job. Roberts is 2-for-11 with a home run and a couple of RBI since the return and certainly has some rust to work through. Lets hope he doesn't get injured first.
Brett Wallace 1B Houston- Once a mega prospect who has been involved in trades for Roy Halladay, Matt Holliday and Roy Oswalt, the time may be running out on the 26 year old left handed cornerman. Wallace did what he needed to do in Triple-A and is off to a hot start with a pair of home runs on Thursday. Third base may be his best chance.
Josh Satin1B NY Mets- Satin's surprising success may have earned him a spot on the Mets roster, even with the return of Ike Davis from Triple-A. Manager Terry Collins has indicated that Satin may get some time in the outfield, certainly an area where New York needs some help. Satin is hitting .353 in 18 games with a home run and seven RBI.
Tony Campana OF Chicago Cubs- Need stolen bases? Campana is a healthier version of Adam Eaton. Arizona has one of the more crowded outfields in the majors with nobody seemingly with a full time job. UPDATE: Despite going 3-for-10 with a couple of stolen bases in two games, Campana was sent packing back to Triple-A Reno.
David Lough OF Kansas City- Lough has impressed the Royals enough that Jeff Francour was let go. With Lorenzo Cain failing to produce the breakout season that some predicted, Lough is quietly earning an every day job in right field. Lough is hitting .293 over 38 games with a pair of home runs and 14 RBI.
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