May 22, 2009
Why discuss yet another Giant? Because a roster loaded with Giants is a winning roster, that's why. Duh. First rule of fantasy baseball.
San Francisco finally called up Jesus Guzman(notes), who was hitting a full-bodied .363/.391/.592 at Triple-A Fresno. The 24-year-old has an impressive track record, so he's definitely of interest to mixed leaguers. Guzman hit .364 at Double-A last year, and he was named the MVP of the Venezuelan Winter League after batting .349 in 61 games with 13 homers and a record-breaking 67 RBIs.
The guy can hit a little. His glove is purely decorative, but he's a hitter. He'll enter the first base mix with Travis Ishikawa(notes), whose bat is apparently decorative. Guzman is expected to DH and hit sixth for San Francisco during interleague play beginning tonight at Seattle. He's worth a test drive in large-ish leagues, as there's a clear path to playing time.
Here's a delightful description of Guzman's debut, via McCovey Chronicles:
When Jesus Guzman stepped to the plate for his first major league at-bat, he was a powerful, red-hot slugger. He smoked a ball up the middle with a runner on third and one out...and it hit the mound, and went right into a double play. Poof! We witnessed a rare transitional hitter! The talented hitter from the minor leagues emerged from his magnificent chrysalis into a fully formed suck butterfly wearing a Giants uniform. It's so rare to see it live. We're so blessed.
Read the whole rant. Good stuff. That's how it's done, young haters.
• Cleveland prospect Jeanmar Gomez threw a perfect game for Akron on Thursday, striking out eight. The 21-year-old right-hander wasn't on the fantasy radar to begin the season, but he's now 4-0 at Double-A with a silly 0.31 ERA and 26 Ks in 29 innings, and he's walked exactly one batter.
Bet you're just kicking yourself for turning down tickets to the Akron-Trenton game now, aren't you?
• RJ White takes a look at the Rays 'pen over at the Cafe, just in case the post-Percival era begins soon.
• You know who had a better day than Kris Medlen(notes) on Thursday? (Well, other than everyone). Tommy Hanson(notes). He beat Jeremy Bonderman(notes) and the Toledo Mud Hens, striking out nine batters over six scoreless, one-hit innings.
And we wait, patiently.
• Please check out Mr. Passan's piece on yesterday's thrilling Peavy non-trade. Texas is an interesting potential destination. A fantasy disaster, obviously, but perhaps it's close enough to home to be of interest to the Peav.
• Fangraphs looks at the issue of when samples become reliable.
• In one of my leagues, an owner (and a fully accredited fantasy expert) just put Brian Giles(notes) on his trading block. That might be the worst name I've seen on a trading block all year. Not sure. And that's not to say Giles can't be owned in (very) large leagues, but, well...it's just assumed that he's available at all times. No need to advertise.
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