Nine Unassisted: Prospects, demotions, the Westbrook problem

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The Orioles could very well have another Minor League Player of the Year on their hands according to THT's Matt Hagen. This year's candidate (Brian Matusz(notes)) just made the leap to the big leagues, though. [The nominees for minor league player of the year, The Hardball Times]

Fantasy Guru's John Hansen wants you to think of Brian Westbrook as an opportunity, not a problem. "I do have a feeling that the two procedures (one on his knee and one on his ankle) could potentially clear up the two issues that have been dogging him the last few years." If you invest in Westbrook, make sure to draft handcuff rookie LeSean McCoy ahead of his ADP. [A solution to the Westbrook Dilemma,]

Boston's Josh Reddick(notes) was just optioned to Pawtucket, but he made an impression in his brief cameo (5-for-16, 1 HR, 3 doubles). FanGraphs' RJ Anderson takes a look. "So where in the world is he going to play? Beats me..." [Introducing Josh Reddick, FanGraphs]

While we're getting introduced to prospects, let's kick the tires on Philadelphia's Dominic Brown. The essential quote: "All opinions aside, Brown has been compared to Daryl Strawberry sans coke." [Scouting the Unknown, Razzball]

Bengals tight ends can't stay healthy. Cincinnati has lost Reggie Kelly (ruptured Achilles), Daniel Coats (ankle sprain) and -- in arguably the scariest injury -- Ben Utecht (concussion). Third-round rookie Chase Coffman gets a bit more interesting for fantasy purposes. [Bengals lose Utecht, Coats, Cincinnati Enquirer]

There's really no such thing as a sleeper defense because, well...we only need to keep track of 32. But perhaps a few of them don't get proper attention from fantasy owners. If you're hyping the Bears, I'll play along. [Under the Radar Fantasy Football Team Defenses, Bruno Boys]

There's an ongoing useful discussion of mid-round receivers at the Cafe. Some draft past performance, others pursue upside. Semi-related: It's been 14 years since I first owned Joey Galloway. Whoa. Old, both of us. [Let's Talk 7-12 round WR, Fantasy Football Cafe]

RiverDogs fans, best to buy tickets in advance for next week's "Illegal Use of Your Ed Hochuli Night." That thing seems like it should be a guaranteed sellout. [Top 10 upcoming promotions,]

Francisco Liriano(notes) apparently has one more start in which to prove that he belongs in the Twins' rotation. He already sounds beaten: "Right now, whatever they want me to do, I just do it. I don’t mind if they put me in the bullpen, just whatever." [Postgame: Liriano on verge of losing rotation spot, Minneapolis Star-Tribune]


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