Fantasy Baseball: 3 Up, 3 Down

Who’s up:

  1. Brett Lawrie, 3B, Toronto:  Even though he is still hitting at the bottom of the order through his first ten games, Lawrie is raking.  Hitting an impressive .343 with 3 HR and 8 RBI’s, Lawrie looks to have the third base job locked down until the end of the season and you have to think he will be slowly moved up in the batting order.  In many leagues, he may be 2B eligible, so if he is un-owned, pick him up now.
  2. Desmond Jennings, OF, Tampa Bay:  Sometimes it takes a couple of trys to stick, but Jennings seems to have finally figured things out.  In 80 AB’s this year, Jennings has hit .338, and stolen eight bases.  What’s surprising is that he has shown surprising pop by cracking four HR’s so far.  Tampa Bay is out of it and there is no reason not to play Jennings the rest of the year.  If you need OF help and speed is a need, take a flier on him if he’s still available.
  3. Mike Carp, 1B, Seattle:  Carp is a surprise call up and he is making the most of his opportunity by showing some much needed power to the Mariners lineup.  As long as he is putting on a laser show, expect him to stick.  He is a nice injury or DH replacement for a week, but I would monitor his progress very closely for the rest of the season if you are going to put this big fish on your playoff roster.

Who’s down:

  1. Logan Morrison, OF, Florida:  LoMo was sent to the minors this week.  This was a surprising move by the Marlins considering he wasn’t playing THAT bad.  Yet, since he came back from his injury his production has slipped, but he hit in the middle of the line up that includes Gaby Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez and Mike Stanton. Drop him.  This situation in a mess and hopefully he can return to form next year.
  2. Jason Heyward, OF, Atlanta:  .216.  That is what Heyward is hitting as of the time of this post.  No one in their right mind on draft day would have thought his woes would have lasted this long, and there really isn’t an end in sight.  In 2011, Heyard has the name and not the game.  Find another alternative.
  3. Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh:  This may be premature to say because Alvarez is so young, but I truely do not see this guy panning out.  This is his second stint to the minors this year and it’s safe to say that if you like him, keep your hopes alive for 2012.  If you still own him, chances are you are not in the playoff hunt, so drop him now and start playing big boy baseball.

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