Roto Arcade: Youth is Served
By Andy Behrens
May 25, 2007
Go to the "Players" tab in your league, then sort by "Waivers Only" status. You'll find some very interesting names in there – unexpected names. A few intriguing prospects were recently added to the player pool, though only one of them has actually been called up.
Please note that Yahoo! fantasy writers have the same relationship to the player universe that meteorologists have to weather phenomena. We discuss it and make predictions; we do not control it. There are greater, unmanageable forces shaping the player pool. In fact, I've read speculation that anthropogenic global warming has caused the Yahoo! fantasy baseball player universe to expand. There's clearly a correlation, but is there proof of causality? No. More studies are needed.
Anyway, please don't complain to me about who's in or who's out. I can't manipulate the list of available players. I'm just thrilled that several of the most exciting prospects in the high minors have been added to the Yahoo! game. That's a good thing. Now let's meet them …
2) There's a Kansas City relief pitcher named Ryan Z. Braun, and you don't want to mistakenly add him.
Milwaukee's Braun was not called up to simply be another Brewers part-timer (see Hart, Corey). Braun is going to play. "It would make sense right now," GM Doug Melvin told the Brewers' website. "I talked with Ned (Yost) about it this afternoon." Let's all hope that Ned is on board. Braun was hitting .354/.426/.726 with 10 HR and four steals for Triple-A Nashville. Last year he hit .303/.367/.589 with 15 HR in 231 Double-A at bats, and he was a perfect 12/12 on stolen base attempts. As a hitter, he's ready. As a defensive third baseman … um … did I mention that he's a great hitter? It was Braun's defense that kept him in the minors to begin the season. He had a terrific spring at the plate, though.
Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers, SP
Gallardo is worth waiver priority in mixed leagues, just like Braun. Decide between them based on category needs. If your fantasy team's aces are Jason Schmidt, Mark Buehrle and Braden Looper, add Gallardo.
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds, 1B
Kevin Slowey, Minnesota Twins, SP
By the way, that "Sidney Ponson chair" thing is just a metaphor. How miserable would it be to sit in an actual chair that Ponson had just vacated? Pretty (expletive) awful. Minnesota obviously wouldn't do that to a prized prospect.
Eric Patterson, Chicago Cubs, 2B
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Updated on Friday, May 25, 2007 2:02 pm, EDT