Yesterday we brought you some pitching options, today we take a closer look at some hitters that should be on your radar. Our segment focuses on those players that were recently sent down to the minors and/or are expected to be called up soon.
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As you look to standings points gained or to simply dump a stiff, we bring you some minor league talent soon to be in "The Show". Not to be confused with waiver wire tips, these players will soon be in the majors and you will need to act fast. If your league allows acquisitions of players currently in the minors, no need to wait.
Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs- The top National League hitter on everyone's wish list. A bit of a setback for Rizzo as he missed time this week due to a wrist injury. Cubs Management believes Rizzo learned a lot from the premature call up by San Diego last season and that he will be ready to arrive at Wrigley very soon. An inter league series with Minnesota next week is rumored as a target date to bring up the left handed slugger.
Wil Myers Kansas City- The top American League hitter on every one's wish list. Myers was promoted to Triple-A two weeks ago, so the time is drawing near. Myers was injured last season, but white hot numbers in Double-A show a return to health. In 35 games at Double-A, Myers hit .343 with 13 homers and 30 RBI. Converted from catcher to the outfield, Myers was ranked on par with Eric Hosmer a year ago. Be patient as his time may not come until late Summer.
Manny Ramirez Oakland- Does Manny have anything left? It seems he is being a good boy in Triple-A, but how long can it last? Manny turned 40 yesterday and has been reinstated by MLB after serving a 50-game suspension. In nine games with Triple-A Sacramento, Manny is hitting .250 while still looking for his first extra base hit. Designated hitter will be Ramirez' home from this point moving forward with the Texas series beginning Monday his possible debut.
Jimmy Paredes Houston- Paredes lost the third base job to Chris Johnson in Spring training and was sent to the minors. Paredes made a splash last season, but Johnson's solid start and Paredes lukewarm performance in Triple-A equals status quo... for now. Paredes can also play the middle infield, but the path is much clearer for him at the hot corner. Paredes showed pop at Double-A Corpus Christi last season and also has potential to steal in the 20-30 range.
Donavan Tate San Diego- Tate is someone to stash for next season. If you are already toast and building for next season, expectations are high for the 20 year old outfielder. After serving a 50 game suspension, Tate suffered a wrist injury ending his season prematurely. Tate was selected third overall in the 2009 MLB draft, turning down a scholarship at North Carolina to play football and baseball.
Jerry Sands LA Dodgers- Sands was sent down with Matt Kemp returning from the DL. Get ready as the two may soon be trading places. Hailed as the Dodgers best power prospect, many owners- including myself, jumped on Sands early on last season. Sands wasn't ready in the Spring, but hit a torrid .342 in September. Sands has legitimate power, combining for 64 home runs at three minor league stops in 2010-2011.
Domonic Brown Philadelphia- What a tease this guy is. I had the highest of expectations for Brown a year ago and even carried him over this season. With Shane Victorino expected to test free agency, the long term plans for him appear to be in center field. The five-tool prospect is still just 24 years old, but continues to struggle in Triple-A. With the numerous injuries in Philly, one would think he would have been given a look. Brown remains a physical specimen and will eventually do some very special things for the Phillies.
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Up next, pitching and hitting that may be on your league's waiver wire and should be on your roster.
Tom Blaz is a writer for Fantasy Alarm and co-owner of The Recruiting Eagle a website focusing on Auburn University Athletics.
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