Rumor has it Chicago Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez is heading back home (to the DL) and his replacement, regardless of what some depth charts would have you believe, is Jake Fox.
Fox has also played 1B and OF – and is listed as a catcher on his Yahoo page – but he replaced Ramirez Saturday at 3B. In his last two games, the next Cubs phenom is 4-for-9 with a run a double and an RBI. On the season, he’s hitting .301 with a .914 OPS, 8 homers, 28 RBIs and 16 runs in only 123 at-bats.
Based on what he’s done so far this year, he gets scorching. Don’t wait for the official word on Ramirez, roster Fox now. He’s eligible at 3B and OF and available in 95% of Yahoo leagues.
There’s a bunch of other stuff going on around fantasy baseball, here are some of the highlights:
Randy Wells – While we’re on the Cubs, they’re concerned about Wells’ workload. He’s thrown 133 2/3 IP between the majors and minors this year. Is there any wonder why he got rocked for 7 runs on 8 hits Sunday? Best not ruin this prospect in his rookie season.
Luke Hochevar – He’s working on a splitter because he’s not happy with his changeup. He needs something. Hochevar’s got a 5.47 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in the last month. But he does have 40 Ks in 31.1 IP, so his work could make him a saucy mid-round pick in 2010.
Jordan Zimmerman – Zim can’t fly. His wing is busted. He’ll likely have Tommy John surgery on his elbow. Dynasty/keeper leaguers, you can weep now.
Torii Hunter – Speaking of broken wings, Hunter’s been grounded since July 8, but is expected to get a rehab start today. He could be back with the club by Friday.
Vladimir Guerrero vs. Kendry Morales – Each hit 2 homers Monday, for Guerrero it was his 399th and 400th. That’s rare for Guerrero this year, but typical for Morales. Morales’ 25 homers are the 13th best total in baseball in 2009. He’s also hitting .298 with 75 RBIs. Guerrero’s line – .299-8-25 – isn’t nearly as good, yet he’s owned in 15% more leagues than his teammate. Vladimir is more fun to say than Kendry, but Morales is available in 25% of all fantasy leagues and is 1B/OF eligible.
Miguel Montero – Had 3 doubles, 2 Rs and 2 RBIs on Tuesday. That’s an awesome day for a hitter. He’s still only owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues and should be owned in 90%. The doubles give me a chance to remind you that hitters should be rewarded for their OPS or extra-base hits in fantasy leagues.
Jorge De La Rosa – Check this out: 1 R, 7 H, 4 BB, 11K in 7 2/3 IP against the Cubbies on Monday. Skip over his bombing by the Phillies Aug. 5 and De La Rosa has a 2.55 ERA in his last 9 of his last 10 starts. He’s also good for about a strikeout an inning. That’s prime spot-start talent.
Gio Gonzalez – Became the 10th consecutive rookie to start for the Athletics in his win over the Orioles on Monday. He’s 4-0 despite a horrendous start against the Twins on July 20. I’d still only start him in really, really good spot-start matchups. Like Baltimore.
Nyjer Morgan – Stop reading this, go to your waiver wire and check to see if Morgan is available. Owners in 35% of Yahoo leagues can still pick him up. Why should you care? Because he’s got the fourth-best stolen base total in baseball (36) and has been slicing up pitchers and catchers since his trade from one dessert (Pirateland) to another (Nationalsville). Morgan’s hitting .362 with 26 Rs and 18 SBs in his new uniform. He was 2-for-4 with 2 R, and an RBI on Sunday.
Who’s your best waiver pickup of the week? Let us know in the comments.