|June 1st, 2008 JunkyardJake.Com|
Jason Bergmann, Washington Nationals, SP
Sometimes a trip to minors doesn't help a young player, and then there are cases like Jason Bergmann where the tedious bus trips and bad dining evidently rejuvenates your ability to pitch strikes and avoid 7 run innings. Bergmann was a disaster in April, as he compiled an ugly 11.68 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and opponents batted .364 against him. After returning from his banishment to the minor leagues, he has been a completely different pitcher, with a 1.30 ERA, .90 WHIP and BAA of .190 during his May appearances.
Available in 70% of all CBSSportsline leagues.
Ian Stewart, Colorado Rockies, 2B,3B
There is reason to believe that Stewart isn't quite as good as his minor league stats would suggest, and that is because he has benefited from the fluffy, friendly environs of Colorado. Specifically in 2007, he hit .357 at home w/ 9 HRs, and only .251 on the road w/ 6 HRs. Still, he has shown enough this year at the AAA level to like him alot, with 12 HRs and 43 RBIs in only 46 games. He is considered a 3rd baseman, but the Rockies say they are going to give him a look at 2nd base. His value would explode if he gets eligibility and regular playing time at 2nd base, so this is a situation worth watching.
Available in 71% of all CBSSportsline leagues.
Salomon Torres, Milwaukee Brewers, RP
Apparently, many fantasy owners were so exasperated by the 'insane clown posse' Milwaukee closer situation during the early season, that when psycho manager Ned Yost finally started using Torres on a consistent basis over the past week, nobody really cared anymore. Torres has been the regular closer since Eric Gagne went on the D.L., and in five appearances since May 24th, he has 4 saves, and has yielded just one hit. Who knows what happens when Gagne returns, and maybe Prince Fielder gets a shot at closing games at some point, but Torres could be the guy until he blows it.
Available in 60% of all CBSSportsline leagues.
Jack Cust, Oakland A's, DH,OF
He is not going to help you in the batting average category, and although there is nobody that formally keeps track of it, he probably leads the league in strikeouts during batting practice (He strikes out once per approximately 2.5 at-bats during actual games). However, you can’t deny his power potential, and that is obviously where his value lies. After only 1 HR in April, he blasted 7 during May, so he could be ready to deliver on his potential, which is anywhere between 25 and 40 HRs per year, depending on how many hot streaks he can ride.
Available in 61% of all CBSSportsline leagues.
Jonathan Sanchez, San Francisco Giants, SP
After an excellent April, where Sanchez struck out 40 in 33 innings, and held opposing batters to a .218 average, the young lefty has regressed slightly. In May (5 starts, 5.20 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, .274 BAA) he was much less impressive, or occasionally appalling if you want to be honestly insulting about it. That said, in the absence of a complete meltdown, it is worth sticking with Sanchez. He has great movement on his two primary pitches, a 90-95 mph fastball and changeup, and he is a legitimate strikeout pitcher who averaged 1.3 K’s per inning during his minor league career.
Available in 43% of all CBSSportsline leagues.
Other Players To Consider:
Carlos Gonzalez,Oakland A's,OF
Available in 83% of all CBSSportsline leagues.
Chase Headley,San Diego Padres,3B,OF
Available in 84% of all CBSSportsline leagues.
Ben Francisco,Cleveland Indians,OF
Available in 76% of all CBSSportsline leagues.
Pedro Martinez,NY Mets,SP
Available in 49% of all CBSSportsline leagues.
Andrew Miller,Florida Marlins,SP
Available in 39% of all CBSSportsline leagues.