Willie Bloomquist was at it again on Tuesday as he stole his fourth base of the season. He currently has 3B/OF eligibility in Yahoo! leagues and just OF eligibility in ESPN leagues, but he should be adding shortstop eligibility in the next week or so.
According to Diamondbacks manager
Kirk Gibson, first baseman
Juan Miranda will be getting the majority of the starts at first base at this time. With his 1-for-3 on Tuesday Miranda is now hitting .375 in eight at-bats. Miranda hit 32 home runs at three different levels back in 2007, but hasn’t hit more than 19 in a season since then. Over the last three years he’s hit .287, .290 and .285 and hasn’t been a factor on the bases. Unless Miranda can regain some of that power from 2007, he’s best left on the waiver wire at this point in shallow leagues.
Even though Cubs’ starting pitcher
Andrew Cashner had a great outing you may want to hold off on adding him to your roster as he’ll be having an MRI on his right shoulder following some tightness that flared up during the sixth inning.
Nick Hundley has continued his hot hitting as he’s .533 after four games. Hundley had a great spring by hitting .439 with two home runs in 41 spring training at-bats. Those in two catcher leagues may want to ride Hundley while he’s hot.
Jordan Walden was named the closer on Tuesday and wasted no time in showing Fernando Rodney how it’s done by striking out one in a perfect ninth inning for his first save. Walden should be owned in all formats at this point as the job is his to lose. But should he falte,
Scott Downs who is currently on the DL would be next in line.
Michael Pineda pitched admirably in a tough environment as he allowed three earned runs in six innings while striking out four in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers in Texas. Given Pineda’s stuff he will be one of the better rookie hurlers this season and is worth rostering at this point in deeper leagues.
Meanwhile, Pineda’s counterpart,
Alexi Ogando was very impressive has he gave up no earned runs in six innings while striking out four. If you’re thinking about adding Ogando make sure to monitor his status for his next start as he suffered a blister on his pitching hand.
Alex Gordon went 3-for5 with his first home run of the season and is now hitting .375 in five games. If you have the space you may want to take a flyer on the former uber-prospect as he may just be a little late to the party.
Kyle McClellan who is barely owned in Yahoo! and ESPN leagues threw a gem last night as he gave up two earned runs in six innings while striking out seven but suffered a no-decision as he left after six innings with the score tied at 2-2. McClellan was 4-0 with a 0.78 ERA while striking out 16 in 23.0 spring training innings. McClellan provides great value as he’s probably still on your waiver wire.
Jim Bukowski is a staff writer for BaseballSharks.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.