Many thanks to those of you who participated in tonight's Gregory Polanco fire-drill. It was a great success. Polanco, as of this writing, has been added in over 6,100 Yahoo leagues.
Several reports on Wednesday evening — like this one, for example — suggested that a Polanco call-up was imminent, that he would join the Pirates on Friday. And then came conflicting reports — like this one and this one — suggesting that nothing at all had been decided, and that Friday was definitely not happening.
Meanwhile, Polanco himself was delivering his usual multi-hit performance for Triple-A Indianapolis, his fourth in last five games. The kid is now batting .355/.412/.550 with six homers, 28 extra-base hits and 14 steals. He leads the International League in runs (45), RBIs (48) and total bases (127). He's a left-handed hitter who's had no trouble whatsoever with left-handed pitching. He can pretty much do everything well.
Whether Polanco is coming up this Friday or next Friday or some Friday in early-July, my advice is the same: ADD HIM TO YOUR FANTASY ROSTER. We'll see him soon enough. Polanco is at or near the top of the prospect heap right now, yet he's still unowned in over 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
This is not like the Jon Singleton situation, where the player might help in one or two stats while hurting your team elsewhere. Polanco is a potential five-category fantasy asset. He should be owned in all mixed leagues, regardless of depth. He is a priority add. Get him, today.
Take care of your business, gamers.
• In far less interesting prospect news, the Tigers intend to test-drive 22-year-old Eugenio Suarez at short. Because he can't possibly make that situation any worse. Suarez lacks impact tools — limited power, modest speed — so don't expect big things anytime soon. He was successfully treading water in the high minors, however, hitting .288/.360/.510 with eight homers and nine steals. So he's worth a look in leagues of a certain size and shape (many owners, MI position to fill).
• Because I know everyone around here is on Corey Dickerson Watch, all the time: Your guy went 2-for-5 on Wednesday with a pair of singles, one run scored and two Ks. Dickerson was batting second for Colorado, behind Blackmon and ahead of Tulo. The short-term setup here is obviously great (CarGo on the DL), and the Rox are at home for 14 of their next 20 games. Do what needs to be done.
• Over the past two days, Ronald Belisario is baseball's most dominant reliever (two clean innings, two saves). He is now the unrivaled master of the closing arts. Your Daniel Webb dreams are at last at an end. Embrace Belisario. He is pitching's future.
• San Diego managed to pick up a 3-2 win on Wednesday, despite being one-hit by the Bucs. You don't see that every day. Naturally, Francisco Liriano was on the hill for Pittsburgh, walking everything (6 BB in 5.0 IP, 54 strikes in 109 pitches). Ian Kennedy earned the W for the Pads, striking out seven batters over 6.0 frames, walking just one, throwing only 88 pitches.
• Sergio Romo gave us a 1-2-3 inning for the first time since May 15, so that was good to see. Romo had allowed six hits and four runs over his four previous outings, though he's been converting most of his save chances. The threat level wasn't necessarily elevated for Sergio, but he'd been uncharacteristically sloppy.
• Nick Markakis went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and a home run on Wednesday, extending his hitting streak to nine games. He's batting .308/.366/.413 for the year with four homers and three steals, plus he's leading off. Seems like he should be rostered in a few more places, although we know the power/speed ceiling isn't incredibly high.
• While we're discussing under-owned outfielders, give Gerardo Parra some consideration. He went 3-for-4 with two walks, two RBIs and four runs-scored in Arizona's 16-run assault on Colorado. Parra has delivered three hits in three of his last five games, raising his season average to a respectable .279.
• Josh Willingham did not homer on Wednesday, which is unusual for him these days. He still managed to go 2-for-3, scoring two runs and driving in another. When he's hitting, you should be owning. Willingham is currently available in 73 percent of Yahoo! leagues. We should also note that Oswaldo Arcia delivered a pair of hits for the Twins on Wednesday, including this bomb. Arcia is another respectable power add, available in 91 percent of leagues around here.
• You can't add Garrett Richards in any competitive leagues at this late date, but you can still appreciate the highlights from his excellent start against the Astros. Evil breaking stuff, huge fastball. Richards went 8.0 innings against Houston, yielding just four hits, no walks and no runs, striking out nine. Also worth mentioning: CJ Cron went 2-for-4 for the Angels, raising his average to .305.