Lincecum, Wood, Sally & Doumit: Prospect Edition
According to the Giants radio broadcast, super prospect Tim Lincecum is going to be called up and added to the Giants rotation on Sunday. Say what you will about the management in San Fran, but they have recently produced two future #1 ace level pitching prospects in Cain & Lincecum. To say that Tim has dominated AAA so far this season would be an understatement. In five starts, he has an ERA of 0.29, a opposing average of .119 and 46 SO in only 31 IP.
How about this: Lincecum & Cain, Pray for Rain. (trademark mopupduty.com)….
If your in need of a cheap bat in your fantasy league, give Pirates RF/C Ryan Doumit a look. Originally a hot shot prospect back in 2005, Doumit has faltered in recent times and has even been moved to a corner outfield/1st base platoon role with the emergence of Ronny Paulino. A major source of power, Doumit slugged .717 in his brief 16 game stint in AAA this season, and so far has produced 2 HR in 27 AB (and a .741) slugging percentage in his latest MLB campaign. With the leash on LaRoche & Eldred getting shorter in Pittsburgh, Doumit could hit his way into full at bats with the Buccos this seaosn.
Speaking of prospects, two more top level players have been called up with little fanfare in the past week. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was called up to catch after injuries to catchers McCann & Pena. McCann was only banged up, and will resume the full time role behind the plate. Sally shouldn’t bring a signifigant change to fantasy lineups, but this call-up could be used by the Braves as a showcase for a future trade. Called up prospect #2 is Brandon Wood. It’s pretty clear when looking at his playing time (3 games in 7 days) that Scocia isn’t 100% behind Wood at the current moment. I caught one of his AB’s on MLB.TV and he looked overmatched. So far, he’s collected just one hit in 11 AB, with 5 SO. With injuries always a factor for the Angels, Wood may be worth a look, but it just doesn’t appear that his bat is ready for major league pitching.