Fatnasy Baseball Prospect Update: Matt Wieters and More

Matthew BeckCorrespondent IMay 27, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Matt Wieters #15 of the Baltimore Orioles poses during photo day at the Orioles spring training complex on February 23, 2009 in Ft. lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Orioles made the top headline on Tuesday, with the announcement that they will be promoting their top prospect, Matt Wieters, on Friday. The announcement was made by team president Andy MacPhail.

“He's made the progress, the power's starting to come...It's time. It's time," MacPhail said.

Wieters has had a good season thus far for Triple-A Norfolk, batting .305 with five home runs and 30 RBI through 39 games. He also received the Brooks Robinson Award as the Orioles’ Minor League Player of the Year last season.

Expect to see Wieters take over the catcher’s role immediately. He shouldn’t have a problem making the transition from the Minors to the Majors and should be an immediate help to your fantasy roster.

So for those of you who have been patiently waiting for his promotion, sit back and enjoy the show!

In Tampa Bay, the Rays have to be feeling good after the start David Price gave them on Monday. The only problem was that Price threw over 100 pitches through 3 1/3 innings, leaving him to receive, at best, a no decision.

On the upside, Price did record six strikeouts in the short time he was on the mound. As long as he can get his pitch count down, he should be in the Rays' rotation for the rest of the season.

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Price has one more outing this week, against the Twins on Saturday. It should be a good matchup, facing the once prominent Francisco Liriano. 

Expect Price to keep his strikeout rate high, but until he can get better control of all his pitches, he will continue to have early exits in his starts.

Mat Gamel has been living up to expectations for the Brewers. Through his first couple of games, Gamel has five RBI after just 20 at-bats.

Gamel is known for his power, so the Brewers don’t expect him to have the best batting average. He still isn’t the starter at third as of yet, due to his poor defensive ability. 

The Brewers still may send Gamel back to Triple-A, so if you are a Gamel owner, be prepared for a possible demotion. But if he does get sent back down, don’t expect it to be for long.

The Cleveland Indians have sent down top prospect Matt Laporta to Triple-A Columbus and recalled Trevor Crowe. This move was no surprise, after the poor outings LaPorta was putting up after his promotion about a month ago.

LaPorta is the Indians best Minor League prospect, so expect to see him back in the Majors possibly by September.

The Braves decided to promote Kris Medlen over Tommy Hanson last week, and now that decision isn’t looking so good. Medlen has put together two bad starts for the Braves since he was called up.

He gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday in a 4-0 loss to the Giants and is slated to start against the Diamondbacks on Sunday in Arizona.

If he can’t get his stuff together, expect to possibly see Hanson get called up and take Medlen’s spot in the rotation.

After a call-up two weeks ago, Nolan Reimond is now starting to hit the ball well for the Orioles. He has three home runs through 12 games and is starting to lock up his outfield spot for the Orioles. 

If you are looking for an outfielder with a lot of upside, give Reimond a look. He has shown good plate discipline, and his home field is a great offensive ballpark.

This article was originally published on www.rotoinfo.com.


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