“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” — Demosthenes
Following the All Star break there will be trades and new opportunities created by team’s needs whether through trade or by promotion. Here is a look at four hitters who may be up sooner rather than later.
Henry Urrutia – Baltimore Orioles – 67 G, 45 R, 7 HR, 43 RBI, 1 SB, 365/427/531
- It appears that Urrutia may get a promotion soon by the Orioles who are looking for a platoon partner for Nolan Reimold. Urrutia is a 6’5” 200 pound Cuban defector who the Orioles signed in 2012. He does not have the power of Cespedes who won the HR Derby last night but he has the ability to drive the ball to the gap and is still growing into his 6’5” frame.
- Last 10 Games: 9 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 419/431/535
- The gap power is seen in his last 10 games in the minors with the 4 extra base hits that do not include a HR. There have been comparisons to Nick Markakis within the Oriole organization and if you are desperate for OF help in an AL only, Urrutia is a player to stash this week if he is available.
George Springer – Houston Astros – 90 G, 68 R, 26 HR, 72 RBI, 28 SB, 315/418/624
- Springer has appeared in this column before, but his time has to be near. He does strike out too often but fantasy owners will take it to have a chance at a player who can go 30/30. His promotion to AAA has not slowed him down a bit:
- Last 10 Games: 7 R, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 3 SB, 444/524/944
- After seeing Cosart’s debut and with Springer knocking on the door, the Astros farm system may start paying dividends sooner rather than later. It would be a welcome opportunity if they would promote Springer and Singleton to see what these players can do in the majors. Springer would command attention in mixed leagues if he gets promoted.
Mike Olt – Texas Rangers – 64 G, 34 R, 10 HR, 28 RBI, 217/313/417
- A former first round draft choice, Olt’s numbers do not jump off the page by any means. But he experienced blurred vision at the beginning of the year and has been using special eye drops since and has seen his production turn around.
- Last 10 Games: 5 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 290/378/516
- The Rangers are looking for pitching help and Olt has been rumored to be the centerpiece of a deal with the Cubs for Matt Garza. If that happens, Olt will have a chance to debut before the end of the year. They have been looking for a 3B for years and Olt may like Wrigley with the wind blowing out. If traded NL only owners will welcome the chance to add him to their rosters for a late season power hitter at 3B.
Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers – 83 G, 60 R, 14 HR, 38 RBI, 26 SB, 296/386/516
- Like Olt above, Pederson’s chance to play in the majors will likely occur with another team. Pederson is the centerpiece to any deals that the Dodgers are exploring to add a pitcher or bat before the trade deadline. His power and speed combination makes him a player worth speculating on.
- Last 10 Games: 7 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 5 SB, 270/400/568
- Not only is Pederson a talent on offense, but he is capable at all 3 outfield positions and possesses a strong throwing arm. Track the Dodgers trade talk and see if Pederson is moved to a team with a clearer path to playing time.