Thursday, July 29, 2010

Roy Osawlt and Dominic Brown Join the Fighting Phillies!

Roy Oswalt became a member of the Phillies earlier this week. Oswalt was sent to Philadelphia for JA Happ and prospects. The prospects are a couple of years away so no need to focus on them now for fantasy purposes. Oswalt goes from a bottom division team to one of the better teams in the NL and the Phillies are starting to get hot. I would imagine Oswalt will pitch as good for the Phils as he did for the Stros but I would expect more wins (has a 3.42 ERA for Houston but yet 6 Wins in 20 starts). Happ will get the ball every 5th day and we get to see what Happ is capable of being a starter. With Houston's roster the soon to be 28 year old will get a chance to prove he can be a solid major league starter. Even though Houston is a bad team if Happ is available in your league via free agency or the waiver wire could be a nice little pickup.

With the recent injury to Shane Victorino, Dominic Brown made his way to the Phillies lineup as it was reported Wednesday afternoon. Brown, back in Spring Training, was ranked 15th on Baseball America's top 100 list. But last week on Baseball America's updated mid season top 25 prospect list Brown was #1, the best prospect currently in the minors (keep in mind this list does not count any of the 2010 drafted players).

Brown is a 5 tool roto player with the potential to be a future roto stud. Between AA & AAA this year Brown has 20HR, 68RBI, 65R, 17SB, . 327 Avg, .391 OBP, .589 Slugging with also 22 doubles & 4 triples in 343 AB's. Brown has HUGE upside but like I always caution do not expect young players to burst on the scene and reach their potential immediately. If Brown can be a good player for you that's fantastic and anything above that would be gravy. Having said all that if you can land Brown via your league waiver wire - free agency go get him.

NL King - C.Lizza

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