While we have some young talent making their debut in "The Show" this week, we also have a former All-Star who is finally all the way back.
After a pair of concussion related setbacks over the better part of two seasons and a 20-day minor league rehab, Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts has returned to Camden Yards!
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Brian Roberts Baltimore- Doesn't it seem like Roberts has been out since the 90's? Following a career season in '09, Roberts has battled a pair of concussion related setbacks. Roberts has above average power for a middle infielder and great speed. With the Orioles on the rise, Roberts finally has a chance to play with something on the line. Roberts returned with a bang, going three for four on Tuesday night against the Pirates at Camden Yards. Roberts has gone one for ten since, but a second baseman with his potential numbers don't find their way to the waiver wire often. Look for Roberts to alternate between second base and designated hitter. Chris Davis has been working out in the outfield, opening up such a possibility.
Jordan Danks Chicago WS- The younger brother of ChiSox starting pitcher John. The top defensive outfielder in the organization, Danks was exposed to the Rule 5 draft when the White Sox failed to protect him on their 40 man roster in the off season. Fortunately for Chicago, Danks was not grabbed by another club and hit .302 with eight home runs in 57 games at Triple-A Charlotte this season. When Kosuke Fukudome landed on the disabled list with a bad back, Danks got the call. Danks has made the most of limited opportunity, going four for eight, but a healthy Dayan Viciedo will eventually curtail any opportunity.
Andrelton Simmons Atlanta-- Were you part of the Tyler Pastornicky experiment? The rookie shortstop didn't hit enough, nor carry his weight in the field which landed him in the Atlanta suburbs and Triple-A Gwinnett. Enter the slick fielding Simmons from Double-A Mississippi. Rangy, with developing power and plus speed, Simmons has already flashed a future gold glove at short. Hitting .289 with his first major league home run since getting the call two weeks ago, Simmons is already a fan favorite at Turner Field.
Leonys Martin Texas- The Rangers recalled the one-time Cuban sensation from Triple-A and directly into the starting lineup in centerfield on Friday night. In 31 games at Round Rock, Martin hit .344 with five home runs. Josh Hamilton is sidelined temporarily with the stomach flu, but Texas is seeking a reliable option in center to spell the oft-injured slugger. Julio Borbon has been a major disappointment, but Craig Gentry has been a pleasant surprise and will be Martin's main competition for the job.
Brandon Moss Oakland- After slugging 15 home runs at Triple-A Sacramento, The A's called up the left handed Moss for a test drive at first base. Moss has started seven of eight games since getting the call and has delivered. Brandon has five home runs in only 28 at bats, including a pair on Tuesday at Colorado. Moss has bounced around Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, but may have found a home if he can maintain anywhere near his current pace.
Brandon Belt San Francisco- Is Belt about to finally deliver on his enormous promise? We all fell victim to the hype and now nobody is a believer. Belt has homered three straight nights, certainly getting my attention. Regular first baseman Aubrey Huff is hurt and Belt may be taking advantage of the opportunity. Three bombs this week after a dry spell covering 116 at bats surely will help not only Belt's confidence, but that of Manager Bruce Bochy.
Scott Cousins Miami- Cousins failed to deliver early this season and was banished to Triple-A New Orleans. Cousins earned another shot after hitting .292 with seven homers in the high minors. With Emilio Bonifacio on the disabled list and Logan Morrison struggling, Cousins has an opportunity to stick. With 12 stolen bases in 50 games at New Orleans, Cousins is versatile enough to provide backup at all three spots and filling in during DL stints.
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