The Colorado Rockies are determined to assist the fantasy community in our time of need, it appears, after a collection of useful third basemen hit the disabled list over the weekend. The Rox just recalled perennial sleeper Ian Stewart from Triple-A, where the 26-year-old delivered an encouraging .361/.500/.750 line with three homers over 46 plate appearances.
Of course it's not as if Stewart had never experienced success at lower levels. Check the totals here. He's been excellent in the minors, a career .294/.376/.528 hitter, but all he's ever brought with him to the majors is modest power (25 HRs in '09) along with an atrocious average (.241 lifetime) and a brutal strikeout-rate (32.3 career K percentage).
But fantasy owners keep coming back for more — or at least some of us do (not Funston) — because Stewart's fence-clearing potential is obvious enough, and, as the Denver Post's Troy Renck puts it, "when Stewart is right he's a game-changer."
If that quote seems a little strong, it's probably because you've never owned Ian during a binge. The Post reports that Ty Wigginton (oblique) is likely headed to the DL, clearing a spot for Stewart. Add as needed, if you're searching for a replacement 3B, and you're able to carry a sub-.260 average.
Detroit rearranged a few deck chairs on Monday, too, recalling Scott Sizemore from Triple-A Toledo, optioning Will Rhymes to the Mud Hens. Sizemore, 26, will be the Tigers' everyday second baseman and regular No. 2 hitter, effective immediately. He was scorching hot at Toledo throughout April, hitting .408/.495/.605 with two homers and three steals over his first 23 games. It's easy to build a case for him in any mixed league that uses a MI roster spot. Sizemore offers both power and speed — he went 17/21 across two levels in '09 — and he's owned in just one percent of Yahoo! leagues.
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