In Some Depth

In this edition of In Some Depth, we return to Ordinary Time, as

it were, following last week’s look at potentially useful

participants in the Futures Game. To bring everyone up to speed,

the following are notes on depth-chart situations around the


Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

Position: First Base

Players: Brandon Allen, Juan Miranda, Xavier Nady

Notes: Brandon Allen has been freed … but will likely

still platoon with Nady at first. Meanwhile, Miranda was demoted to


Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

Position: Third Base

Players: Geoff Blum, Sean Burroughs, Ryan Roberts

Notes: Rather than hand the third-base job directly to Ryan

Roberts after Melvin Mora’s departure, manager Kirk Gibson seems to

have created a platoon between Burroughs and Roberts. Also, he gave

Geoff Blum – manifestly not a good baseball player – a start at

third, as well.

Team: Atlanta Braves

Position: Third Base, Left Field

Players: Chipper Jones, Nate McLouth, Martin Prado

Notes: With Jones on the DL, Prado has moved from left field

to third, with McLouth taking over in left. Jones, however, is

expected to return on his target date of July 25, likely sending

Prado back to left and McLouth to the bench.

Team: Baltimore Orioles

Position: Third Base?

Players: Josh Bell

Notes: Bell is being promoted on Monday. He was considered a

prize in a trade that sent George Sherrill to the Dodgers, but his

plate discipline remains prohibitively weak.

Team: Baltimore Orioles

Position: Left Field

Players: Matt Angle, Felix Pie, Nolan Reimold, Luke Scott

Notes: With Vladimir Guerrero going to the DL, Angle was

promoted this weekend and started in left. He was 20-for-22 on

stolen-base attempts, but is a poor hitter. Also, Luke Scott’s

imminent return will confuse the left-field situation.

Team: Boston Red Sox

Position: Left Field

Players: Carl Crawford, Josh Reddick

Notes: The Red Sox will activate Crawford from the DL on

Monday, meaning that Reddick – despite his impressive line of

.352/.402/.634 (.386 BABIP) – will likely find his way back to the


Team: Cincinnati Reds

Position: Shortstop

Players: Zach Cozart, Paul Janish, Edgar Renteria

Notes: In the eight games since Thursday July 7, Cozart has

made five starts at shortstop, and his .400/.400/.520 (.429 BABIP)

line in limited at-bats will keep him in the lineup for the time


Team: Colorado Rockies

Position: Second Base

Players: Mark Ellis, Jon Herrera

Notes: Before sitting on Sunday, Ellis had made 13

consecutive starts for the Rockies at second base, batting

.302/.351/.566 (.326 BABIP) and adding some stability to what has

been a weak sport for the Rockies this season.

Team: Colorado Rockies

Position: Third Base

Players: Ian Stewart, Ty Wigginton

Notes: Including Sunday, Stewart has now made 10 consecutive

starts at third base, now in his third major-league stint of the

season. The results are better, if not amazing: .290/.371/.452

(.375 BABIP) since the promotion. Meanwhile, Wigginton has become

nomadic, playing here and there at different positions.

Team: Colorado Rockies

Position: Center Field

Players: Dexter Fowler

Notes: Fowler was promoted from Triple-A following Charlie

Blackmon’s injury. He (i.e. Fowler) has made three consecutive

starts, although owners shouldn’t expect anything much better than

his career averages.

Team: Detroit Tigers

Position: Second Base

Players: Carlos Guillen, Ryan Raburn

Notes: Guillen made his season debut on Saturday and will

likely play the majority of games (80 percent?) at second base for

the Tigers, as long as he remains healthy.

Team: Detroit Tigers

Position: Third Base

Players: Brandon Inge, Don Kelly

Notes: With Inge batting just .180/.246/.246 (.242 BABIP),

manager Jim Leyland has looked elsewhere, giving Kelly four of the

last five starts at third. Note, of course, that Don Kelly isn’t

really the answer, either.

Team: Florida Marlins

Position: Center Field

Players: Mike Cameron, Chris Coghlan, Bryan Peterson

Notes: Cameron has started, and will likely continue to

start, the majority of games until Chris Coghlan’s return. Coghlan

has recently started a rehab stint, so he could return as early as

this week.

Team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Near Los Angeles

Position: Center Field

Players: Peter Bourjos, Mike Trout

Notes: Bourjos was ultimately sent to the DL for a hamstring

injury that had prompted the promotion of uberpropect Trout.

Bourjos will actually be eligible for activation this Saturday,

meaning Trout will likely return to the minors (although it’s

unclear whether it’ll be Double- or Triple-A).

Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Position: Shortstop

Players: Yuniesky Betancourt, Craig Counsell, Josh Wilson

Notes: As of Monday morning, Wilson has made consecutive

starts at short. Still, none of these guys is particularly


Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Position: Left Field

Players: Ryan Braun

Notes: Braun left this past Saturday’s game with tightness

in his left hamstring and left calf. He made a pinch-hitting

appearance on Sunday, but it’s unclear whether he’ll start Monday.

The drop in talent from Braun to fill-in Mark Kotsay is


Team: Minnesota Twins

Position: Right Field

Players: Jason Kubel Trevor Plouffe

Notes: Fans of Trevor Plouffe might be disappointed to learn

that Kubel has begun a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester and

could return to the Twins this week. They might also be

disappointed to learn that they’re fans of Trevor Plouffe.

Team: New York Mets

Position: Third Base

Players: Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, David Wright

Notes: The Mets are targeting Friday against the Marlins as

the date for Wright’s activation from the disabled list. The move

will likely – although not definitely – send Murphy across the

diamond to first and Lucas Duda to the minors.

Team: New York Mets

Position: Shortstop

Players: Jose Reyes, Ruben Tejada

Notes: Reyes’ owners will be glad to hear that the shortstop

is likely to return on Tuesday. Reyes, recovering from a hamstring

injury, said “felt great” after running the bases Sunday, so take

that for what it’s worth.

Team: New York Yankees

Position: Third Base

Players: Eduardo Nunez, Alex Rodriguez

Notes: With Rodriguez expected to return in mid-August at

the earliest, the Yankees find themselves with a pretty significant

drop in production at third with Eduardo Nunez. Nunez, however,

both (a) qualifies at shortstop by almost all formats and (b)

steals a bunch of bases, all of which is good for fantasy


Team: Philadelphia Phillies

Position: Third Base

Players: Michael Martinez, Placido Polanco, Wilson Valdez

Notes: Polanco has been out since July 5 with a back injury

and, though he’s eligible to return Wednesday, experienced

continued soreness this past weekend that might delay his return.

Martinez and Valdez will split time at third for however long he’s


Team: Philadelphia Phillies

Position: Center Field

Players: John Mayberry, Shane Victorino

Notes: Victorino will be activated from the disabled list

Tuesday but says his sprained thumb is still not completely pain

free, which could mean some days of rest here and there – and some

more starts in center for John Mayberry.

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Position: Shortstop

Players: Chase d’Arnaud, Ronny Cedeno

Notes: Including Sunday, d’Arnaud has now started 12

consecutive games at shortstop in Ronny Cedeno’s absence but has

batted only .217/.244/.289 (.277 BABIP) in his limited major-league

time. Meanwhile, Cedeno, returning from a concussion, made his

first rehab appearance on Sunday and could earn back the starting

job soon.

Team: San Francisco Giants

Position: Right Field

Players: Nate Schierholtz

Notes: Somehwat quietly, Schierholtz has taken over as the

very-much-everyday right fielder for the Giants, having started

there in 17 consecutive contests. He’s also batting .288/.335/.446

(.310 BABIP) and profiles as a 15-15 or 20-15 guy given a full

slate of games.

Team: Seattle Mariners

Position: Third Base

Players: Chone Figgins, Kyle Seager

Notes: The only thing Kyle Seagar has to be is better than

Chone Figgins and Figgins’ .183/.230/.243 (.209 BABIP) line this

year. Though he (i.e. Seager) hasn’t done that so far – he’s

batting .111/.238/.111 (.154 BABIP) in 21 plate appearances – his

minor-league numbers (.312/.381/.459 in 299 PA at Double-A) suggest

that he could actually be a decent play in a weak crop of third


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