…in the Fantasy Baseball Butterfly Effect sense.
In not-so-breaking or shocking news, the Royals optioned ever-struggling third baseman Alex Gordon to AAA Omaha last night. This raises one big question for me – did I miss something?
I never understood the Alex Gordon hoopla. I never sipped the ‘next George Brett’ Kool-Aid because, well, that comparison was absurd. Certainly Gordon showed flashes of becoming a good player, and his 2008 year led many to believe he was on the right path. But Gordon ultimately could not live up to his intensely exaggerated ceiling. The ultimate expectations-performance letdown, fantasy-wise (and yet, we never learn, do we?). Enough ragging though (I’m particularly proud of myself for not ever buying into him). The Alex Gordon demotion creates a very interesting spillover fantasy effect, especially for such a crappy team (Greinke is 0-3. His WHIP? 0.98). So here we go… (in order of immediate fantasy relevance)
From reading the KC Star, it seems Callaspo becomes the starting third baseman, great news for fantasy owners who have been lamenting his lack of regularity in the lineup in years past (hand raised). Callaspo can hit and has always been a fantasy favorite to breakout (which he did with 576 AB last year). With multiple eligibility at 2B/3B, a solid .350-.370 OBP, and both the speed and propensity for doubles (41! to go with 8 3-baggers!), Callaspo figures to be an Asdrubal Cabrera-like player given the starting position at Third. And again, I love multiple eligibility. Heck, I might like him more than Asdrubal, who I honestly find to be a pretty boring player and who sounds like a symptom of eating Bugles. Google it, you’ll get it if you don’t already.
Simply put, Chris Getz is a little speedster. Did you know he had 25 steals last year? Did you know he did that in 375 AB (415 PA)? Add to that his hometown is the setting for a great John Cusack movie and the fact that he played in the Cape League, which I see as a way of ‘nutting up’ after the crap that is Aluminum College Baseball, and I see a very solid player- And his manager agrees. He does the little things. Point being, ergo, i.e, long and short of it- Chris Getz is the starting second baseman for your Kansas City Royals and Chris Getz is going to steal some bases. If you need some cheap speed, I can almost assure you he’s floating around in many standard leagues.
The dark horse candidate for benefitting most from Alex Gordon sucking is….. Willie Bloomquist!
Love for that silly utility player aside, Killah K (coining that nickname, write it down) can MASH. He has obliterated AAA pitching the tune of a 1.078 OPS. Yikes. He had a nice cup of coffee with KC last year and by all accounts is a legitimate big league pitch-smusher. The only issue was the Royals’ logjam of large buttoxed, hit spewing 1B/DH types. With the Gordon demotion and likely trade/injury of Jose Guillen, look for Kila (see, get the nickname?) to get the call sooner rather than later.
man, can you imagine if I had spent that space writing about Bloomquist?
To summarize; grab Callaspo, Getz is your cheap wheels, stash Killah K, and always make fun of Willie Bloomquist (and it’s nothing personal, just the kinda crazy contract and wikipedia-ed nickname of ‘the silent assassin’ makes it too easy).
enjoy some Chiddy Bang folks