Pardon me for my lack of enthusiasm on the call-up of Anthony Rizzo. You see, this happened a year ago, and yours truly made a number of moves to get in position to have the left handed hitting first baseman on his roster when San Diego called him up. Rizzo was over matched, sent back down and eventually traded to the Cubs. Although I won't be chasing him this time around, the spotlight will certainly be on his Chicago debut this week.
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Anthony Rizzo/San Diego- Rizzo is too good for Triple-A, that much we know. What we don't know is if he is major league ready. Rizzo was called up by San Diego last season after ripping Triple-A to the tune of 26-101-.331. His numbers for the Padres? A paltry 1-9-.141 in 49 games. We will begin to find out if he is ready this time around when he debuts Tuesday at Wrigley Field.
Coco Crisp/Oakland- After struggling to start the season, Crisp is coming on strong in June, hitting .330 over the past two weeks with seven steals and eight runs scored. Crisp should have a big second half, more resembling last season, where he turned a very valuable 8-54-.264 with 49 stolen bases.
Scott Rolen/Philadelphia- Does Rolen have another half season left? The Reds like Todd Frazier, but Cincinnati will give Rolen a long look, hoping for a resurgence of his 2010 numbers. Rolen has three multi-hit games since returning from the disabled list last week. A pennant race in a hitter's park could bring out the best in Rolen.
Casper Wells/Seattle- Wells returned to the Mariners lineup from Triple-A Tacoma two weeks ago and promptly reeled off a seven game hitting streak. Wells had four multi-hit games during the streak and added a home run and six RBI. With Mike Carp still out, Wells is battling Michael Saunders and Franklin Gutierrez for at bats in left and center field.
Ryan Theriot/San Francisco- Since returning from the disabled list just prior to Memorial Day weekend, Theriot has been a man on a mission to keep the second base job. Theriot with ten multi-hit games on the way to a .300 average with thirteen RBI and seven steals since his return. Theriot has the added value of eligibility at both shortstop and second base.
Jeff Keppinger/Tampa Bay- Looking to ride an infielder with a hot bat? Look no further than Jeff Keppinger. Keppinger missed a month with a broken toe, but came back in a big way, going five-for-five with three RBI against Philadelphia. Keppinger is a solid hitting middle infielder and also qualifies at third base for the Rays.
Chris Nelson/Colorado- Probably the hottest hitting middle infielder that is still available in many leagues, Nelson is hitting .360+ over the past weeks, with three home runs and eleven RBI. Nelson has been playing third, but may get more time at second base as Marco Scutaro recovers after getting hit by a Stephen Strasburg fastball on Monday night.
Ryan Kalish/Boston- The window may be small for Kalish, given the explosive return of Cody Ross and the imminent comebacks of Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury. Kalish is in the majors for the first time since 2010 after recovering from major shoulder surgery. In only 53 games, Kalish had ten steals and 24 RBI and the BoSox are grooming him as their next star.
Derrick Norris/Oakland- A key component of the multi-player trade that sent Gio Gonzalez to Washington, Norris is the future behind the plate for the Athletics. Norris was called up on Thursday for his Major League debut and on Sunday hit his first home run, a walk off shot to beat the cross-town Giants.
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