Infield prospecting: Sean Rodriguez and Eric Young

Let's just say, hypothetically, that the Angels were to remove Howie Kendrick's(notes) bat from the lineup, at least temporarily. That would be an unforgivable mistake. If it happens, the first thing you should do is buy all the Kendrick rookie cards you can find. Chromes, golds, 'em all, while the market is down.

The second thing you should do -- after you ALLOCATE ALL CASH AND AVAILABLE CREDIT TO KENDRICK ROOKIES -- is take a look at Sean Rodriguez(notes) for fantasy purposes.

The Los Angeles Times reports that it could be Rodriguez, not Brandon Wood(notes), who gets the call if Kendrick continues his dormancy. (Not that he will. It's a hypothetical). Rodriguez has 18 home runs and a 1.019 OPS at Triple-A Salt Lake. The 24-year-old currently leads the Pacific Coast League in homers and he's second in RBIs. He's also tied for the league lead in strikeouts, so it's not like Rodriguez is without blemishes. But he's a reasonable flier in deep formats.

If you're looking for speed instead of power, the PCL has a middle infielder for you, too. Colorado's Eric Young Jr. already has 30 steals and he's hitting .291/.365/.396. Like Rodriguez, Young just turned 24. Also like Rodriguez, the guy playing second base for the big league club isn't exactly on fire.

Young has delivered ridiculous stolen base totals throughout his minor league career: 87 in '06, 73 in '07, 46 in '08. Keep him on the radar. He's worth stashing now in NL-only.


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