We're already heading into May and their have been two call-ups everyone in an NL only league must have on their radar and that's outfielder Jerry Sands of the Los Angeles Dodgers and relief pitcher Eduardo Sanchez of the St. Louis Cardinals. Both of these guys were in my off-season article on national league minor leaguers you have to watch for in 2011.
Jerry Sands - Dodgers - OF - Age 23:
After a good start to the beginning of his season at AAA, Jerry Sands got the call to the show. The Dodgers are desperate for offensive help and are hoping Sands can provide some punch in left field. Sands this off-season was ranked the Dodgers 6th best prospect by Baseball America. Sands last year between A and AA had 35HR, 93RBI, 102R, 18SB, .301 Avg, .395 OBP and had 123K's in 137 games. Sands went 1 for 3 in his debut for the Dodgers batting 7th. I am not saying he will play for the Dodgers like he did in the minors last year but I believe Sands has got a good shot to give owners a $15 year in an NL only league.
Eduardo Sanchez - Cardinals - RP - Age 22:
Sanchez was called up late last week to help the Cardinals bullpen. Right now there is a lot of uncertainty in the Cardinals bullpen and as I stated in the off-season, Sanchez was a sleeper candidate to become the next Cardinals closer. With Ryan Franklin saying he was going to retire after the 2011 season the Cardinals were looking at possible alternatives as the season progressed already. Franklin has struggled mightily this season which reminds me of Trevor Hoffman last year. Mitchell Boggs currently has a grasp on full-time closer duties but who knows what his potential is and so far, he's been great. There is also Jason Motte who had a great 2010 but did not have a good spring this year and is off to somewhat of a slow start. Then we have Eduardo Sanchez, who is a rookie, who just got called up so it is asking a lot for Sanchez to be the closer now. However, Sanchez is off to a blazing start, in his first 7 innings of work he has 12 k's and 1 BB with 0 earned runs. For Sanchez, getting the closers job now would take to some misfortune from Boggs. for now, think of Sanchez as a Mike Adams or Luke Gregerson type. If you're in a league that counts holds, Sanchez might still be out on the wire.
NL King - C.Lizza