Wilson Ramos – He’s about to take the starting catching job for the Nationals and he will run away with it. He will hit for average, has good power, and will be an offensive threat for years. He was almost traded for Cliff Lee last year to Minnesota, but the Mariners chose Justin Smoak instead. The twins then traded him to the Nats for Matt Capps. He is currently platooning with Ivan Rodriguez, but that will soon change with the way he is hitting. Rumor is that the Red Sox could be interested in acquiring Ivan Rodriguez, which would really free up the spot for him. Regardless of whether or not Pudge moves, Ramos is going to be the starter.
Hank Conger – Same thing for Conger. Soon he will be the everyday catcher in Los Angeles. This guy is the reason why the Angels traded Napoli away. He is already performing in a platoon role, and will be a good add when the job is safely his. If you refer back to my early catcher rankings blog you will see both Ramos and Conger in there.
Chris Coghlan – The former rookie of the year looks the way he did his rookie season. He’s leading off for a great Marlins offense and getting tons of hits. Soon Logan Morrison will return to the lineup, and soon Hanley will start hitting. Once that happens the Marlins will have one of the scariest lineups in the NL, and Coghlan is the guy who sits atop that. Don’t expect much power, but expect lots of hits, average, and runs.
Ryan Raburn – He now has a secure starting job and he’s putting up decent numbers. He has 2B and OF eligibility and is capable of 20-25 HR.
Ryan Ludwick – He is heating up and should be a decent source of HR and RBI.
Buy low on:
Jay Bruce – Now that he is in the #2 spot he should get better pitches to hit. He has major 40 HR power, is now hitting in front of Votto, Phillips, and Gomes, and can run. Someone may be willing to sell him because of his slow start so try to trade for him.
Justin Morneau – He is starting to heat up. Most of his owners are disgruntled and may sell him thinking he is done. Get him now and watch him hit a hot streak for you.
Last week I listed the top 8 two start pitchers to get. For credibility purposes lets see how they looked in their first start this week:
Bud Norris – 6 IP 0 ER 6 K and a no decision
Jon Garland – 7 IP 2 ER 4 K and a no decision
Charlie Morton – 6 IP 1 ER 6 K and a no decision
John Lannan – 5.2 IP 4 ER 3 K and a loss
Zach Britton – 6 IP 1 ER 2 K and a WIN
Dustin Moseley – 6 IP 3 ER 2 K and a no decision
With the exception of Lannan all of these guys got quality starts. They helped your ERA and some of them got you a nice number of K’s. Unfortunately Wade Davis was rained out and Randy Wolf pitched on Sunday. Overall my formula for picking two starters works. If you would like a review of that formula click here.