FAAB Factor - NL: September Reinforcements Galore

FAAB Factor - NL: September Reinforcements Galore

This article is part of our NL FAAB Factor series.

Starting Pitching:

Trevor Bauer - There is strong speculation that Arizona will call up Bauer, the third overall pick in this year's draft, to the majors before the end of the season. Bauer struck out 200 batters at UCLA this year and has drawn comparisons to Tim Lincecum. If Bauer is promoted, he likely will pitch out of the bullpen, even though he has been working as a starter in the minors. In addition, Bauer has a legitimate chance to open the 2012 campaign in the rotation. Owners in keeper leagues, who will get the chance to grab him fairly cheaply when he is promoted, should proceed accordingly as Bauer is a special talent capable of making an impact at the big league level in the very near future. Mixed: $3; NL: $9.

Andrew Cashner - Cashner (right rotator cuff sprain) pitched a scoreless inning in a rehab outing for Triple-A Iowa on Friday. Manager Mike Quade said Cashner reached 99 mph with his fastball and the club is hopeful he will return to the big leagues next week. Cashner first injured his shoulder in April and aggravated it in May, sidelining him until mid-August. Cashner will get a look; likely out of the bullpen with an eye on competing for a rotation spot, next spring. Mixed: No; NL: $0

Randall Delgado - Delgado, who was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to make a spot start in place of the injured Tommy Hanson in mid-August, was called up from Gwinnett

Starting Pitching:

Trevor Bauer - There is strong speculation that Arizona will call up Bauer, the third overall pick in this year's draft, to the majors before the end of the season. Bauer struck out 200 batters at UCLA this year and has drawn comparisons to Tim Lincecum. If Bauer is promoted, he likely will pitch out of the bullpen, even though he has been working as a starter in the minors. In addition, Bauer has a legitimate chance to open the 2012 campaign in the rotation. Owners in keeper leagues, who will get the chance to grab him fairly cheaply when he is promoted, should proceed accordingly as Bauer is a special talent capable of making an impact at the big league level in the very near future. Mixed: $3; NL: $9.

Andrew Cashner - Cashner (right rotator cuff sprain) pitched a scoreless inning in a rehab outing for Triple-A Iowa on Friday. Manager Mike Quade said Cashner reached 99 mph with his fastball and the club is hopeful he will return to the big leagues next week. Cashner first injured his shoulder in April and aggravated it in May, sidelining him until mid-August. Cashner will get a look; likely out of the bullpen with an eye on competing for a rotation spot, next spring. Mixed: No; NL: $0

Randall Delgado - Delgado, who was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to make a spot start in place of the injured Tommy Hanson in mid-August, was called up from Gwinnett and started in place of the injured Jair Jurrjens on Sunday. Delgado got a spot start in place of Hanson in June against the Rangers, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in four innings and was even better in his second outing. Delgado was promoted from Double-A Mississippi, where he held a 3.84 ERA, 1.383 WHIP and a 100:46 K:BB ratio in 117.1 innings, to Gwinnett in early August. In four starts at Triple-A, he posted a 25:11 K:BB ratio with a 4.15 ERA in 25.2 innings. Delgado mixes a mid-90s fastball along with a curveball and changeup but still has some work to do on his command of them and control. There is a possibility he remains in the rotation for the rest of September if Jurrjens is sidelined and there is a good chance he could be part of the Braves rotation as early as next season. Mixed: $2; NL: $7

Dana Eveland - Eveland was promoted and started Thursday's game, tossing eight strong innings, allowing one runs on six hits with three strikeouts, to get the win against Pittsburgh. In 25 starts this season at Triple-A Albuquerque, Eveland posted a 4.38 ERA with 107 strikeouts to 61 walks. It remains to be seen if he sticks in the rotation, although Thursday's performance obviously doesn't hurt his cause. Mixed: $0; NL: $2

Brad Hand - Hand was recalled by the Marlins and started Friday and took his fifth loss of the season against the Phillies, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out three in five innings. Hand's ERA sits at 4.23 and his K:BB ratio of 28:28 does not inspire confidence in improvement, either. He'll likely try to work through his command issues as the Marlins' fifth starter in September as long as he doesn't run into a workload restriction during the final weeks of the season. Mixed: No; NL: $0

Lucas Harrell - Harrell was called up Friday and started for Brett Myers, who was absent from the team due to the birth of his child. Harrell had a solid debut, going 5.1 scoreless innings against Milwaukee and holding the Brewers to only three hits while striking out four and walking two. Harrell has been solid in nine starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City, with a 1.72 ERA. However, his 38:24 K:BB ratio in 52 innings is not impressive, and in 58 starts (330 innings) at Triple-A, Harrell has only 220 strikeouts to 148 walks. For now, he will move back to the bullpen, but his arsenal - sinker, cut fastball, slider, changeup and the occasional curveball - seems to play better as a starter. Mixed: No; NL: $0

Jordan Lyles - Lyles was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City with the rosters expanding Thursday. Lyles did not start in his most recent demotion, appearing twice in relief. With him already at 152 innings this year, which is right around where Houston wants him to be, look for Lyles to be used out of the pen in September with Henry Sosa and J.A. Happ remaining as the team's No. 4 and 5 starters Going forward, Lyles should break camp in 2012 in the Astros' starting rotation. His inability to miss bats at the major league level, which is also something that plagued him at times in the minors, makes him more vulnerable to the vagaries of balls-in-play luck, which is an area he will need to try and correct to have sustained success in the majors. Mixed: $1; NL: $5 (based on likely current usage and more in keeper leagues)

Matt Maloney - The Reds reinstated Maloney, who was sidelined with cracked ribs, from the 60-day DL on Thursday. Chances are Maloney will work in long relief, but he might pick up a spot start if the Reds shut down Mike Leake and others. Mixed: No; NL: $0.

Tom Milone - Milone, the Nationals' 10th-round Draft pick in 2008, was called up and made his Major League debut Saturday against the Mets. Milone, who hit a home run on the first pitch he saw, allowed four runs on six hits over 4.1 innings against the Mets, retiring the first seven batters he faced, but the wheels came off in a four-run fourth inning. Milone had an unbelievable 155 strikeouts to only 16 walks in 148 innings with Triple-A Syracuse. His velocity is unimpressive (typically sitting 85-87), but he has a good changeup and could basically become Shaun Marcum from the left side if it plays at the MLB level. Mixed: $0; NL: $2.

Brad Peacock - I ran this a month ago when it looked peacock might get the call, but he didn't. Now, with the rosters expanding, there is a fairly good shot that happens. Peacock blossomed in 2010, ripping through High-A with a K/9IP rate north of 10.0 and establishing himself as a very intriguing arm. He continued that rise this year, posting a 3.19 ERA and 48:24 K:BB in 48 innings at Triple-A Syracuse, after tearing through Double-A Harrisburg with a 2.01 ERA and 129:23 K:BB ratio in just 98.2 innings. Peacock has a mid-90s fastball, good curveball and developing change-up, so while he is not Stephen Strasburg, he still has a lot that he brings to the table. Strasburg gets the nod to go Tuesday, while Peacock should be up before too soon and get 2-3 starts. Mixed: $2; NL: $7 (speculative bid)

Drew Pomeranz - Pomeranz, who was thought to be done for the year after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on August 20, will pitch for Double-A Tulsa on Monday and could join the Rockies before the end of the year. Pomeranz and Alex White were the two key players the Rockies received from the Indians for Ubaldo Jimenez. Pomeranz entered the season with two very good offerings; a low-90s fastball and a knuckle-curve. He has worked on incorporating a changeup into his arsenal and done a better job of minimizing walks and improving his control, despite sitting for 23 days after the trade. Pomeranz projects to be a first or second starter in the majors given his top-notch stuff and ability to miss bats. Mixed: $2; NL: $7 (more in a keeper league)

Johan Santana - Santana, recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder, gave up a run in two innings in his second minor-league rehab start Saturday. Reports are that Santana could be ready to pitch a few innings in the majors after one or two more rehab starts, but given the starts-and-stops with his rehab so far, you may want to wait and see him make those starts and how he does before signing him. Santana looked to be on pace for a mid-August return after throwing three scoreless innings on July 28, before getting shut down with shoulder fatigue. Even healthy, Santana has seen his K/9 drop and BB/9 rise since coming to the Mets in 2008, so temper your expectations for this year, even if he is able to return, and going forward, though he made still be a solid 2/3 starter. Mixed: $3; NL: $9

Stephen Strasburg - He's back. A little more than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Strasburg will make a triumphant return to the majors, starting Tuesday against the Dodgers. Strasburg has topped out at around 98 mph and shown an excellent curveball during his rehab starts, and now, could get five starts in the majors. While the hype is nowhere near where it was last year prior to his promotion, the return may still be solid as Strasburg could be a major difference maker in many fantasy leagues. Mixed: $8; NL: $22.
Julio Teheran - Teheran will be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and start the second game of the Braves' doubleheader Thursday. He used his mid-90s fastball, plus changeup and developing curveball, along with a baseball IQ rare for his age to move up three levels and climb to Double-A last season. Teheran entered the year as one of the best pitching prospects in the minors and has done little to tarnish that view, posting a 2.55 ERA and 122:48 K:BB ratio in 144.2 innings for Gwinnett. Teheran, who made two starts for the Braves in May, could get several starts in September as the Braves expand their rotation to give starters rest ahead of the playoffs and contend for a spot in the rotation next season. Mixed: $2; NL: $7.

Edinson Volquez - Volquez was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday. His last start Friday at Louisville might have been his best, as he went seven innings, allowing one earned run while striking out 12, to finish his minor league stint at 3-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 83:29 K:BB ratio in 87.2 innings. Volquez, who has done a better job of late limiting the walks that plagued him in the majors this year, might get in a start or two with the Reds in September, though the team has been non-committal in that regard. Mixed: $1; NL: $5.

Randy Wells - Wells tossed the first complete game shutout of his career after he allowed only two hits and one walk while striking out seven against the Giants on Monday; his second straight good start. Wells lowered his ERA to 5.06 after Monday's start, and he has pitched better in August, where he has an xFIP of 4.00. His velocity has improved of late, averaging 89 mph with his fastball on Monday, which is an improvement over his 87.8 mph average for the season. In addition, Wells has done a better job of minimizing the base on balls, though he continues to be hurt by the long-ball. But the gains he has showed lately make him worth a look in September. Mixed: $1; NL: $5

Relief Pitchers:

Kenley Jansen - Jansen appears to have put his DL stint from an irregular heartbeat behind him, getting on quite a roll. With Javy Guerra getting a rest Thursday, Jansen recorded his third save of the season. Prior to giving up a run in recording the save, Jansen had tossed 19 consecutive scoreless innings since June 18, including 29 strikeouts. Guerra is the closer, but Jansen could get some save chances down the stretch and compete for the spot in spring training. Mixed: $2; NL: $7

Jason Motte - In a sign that there could be a shake-up in the closer spot in St. Louis, Motte got the call over Fernando Salas last Sunday, recording his first save of the season with a perfect inning against the Pirates. That save came on the heels of Salas blowing his previous two save chances, and after the outing, manager Tony La Russa hinted that Motte could see more save chances going forward. That next chance occurred Saturday, with Motte tossing 1.2 scoreless innings to notch the save. Motte has not allowed an earned run since June 23, which is a span of 33 appearances (24.2 innings). He has a stellar 49:12 K:BB ratio in 55.2 innings, while allowing just 40 hits and improving his GB:FB ratio. Given how well he has pitches and his recent save chances, Motte could be the closer to start the 2012 season and possibly finish this season in the role. Mixed: $5; NL: $16


Jean Boscan/Robby Hammock/Jason Jaramillo/Luis Martinez- These players will serve as spot starters and backup catchers in the final month of the season, benefiting from the September 1 roster expansion. All - Mixed: No; NL: $0

Devin Mesoraco - Mesoraco should be the Reds catcher of the future, at least until Yasmani Grandal is ready, and that future could begin next season. Mesoraco, who hadanother solid season at Triple-A Louisville, hitting .289/.371/.484 with 15 HR and 71 RBI in 436 at-bats, should get the occasional start behind the plate. Mesoraco is solid defensively while his bat continues to get better and better. The Reds should be set behind the plate for the short- and long-term; the only question is whether Mesoraco or Grandal is the team's long-term catcher. Mixed: $3; NL: $9

Ivan Rodriguez - Rodriguez, out since July 6 with a strained right oblique, was activated off the DL and made a pinch-hitting appearance. Pudge did not stay in the game after his lone at-bat, and one has to wonder if he can catch for a full nine innings after spending eight weeks on the DL. Even if he were 100 percent, AB's might be hard with youngsters Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores receiving most of the time behind the plate. Rodriguez may need to try and hook on elsewhere for 2012 and beyond to get the 158 hits he needs for 3,000 in his career. Mixed: $0; NL: $2

Wilin Rosario - I profiled Rosario right after the trade deadline when it looked like he might get promoted. That did not happen, but Rosario will join the Rockies after Monday, the end of the Double-A season. Rosario's breakout season at Double-A Tulsa, during which he hit.285/.342/.552 with 19 homers in 270 at-bats, was derailed by a torn ACL that required surgery in August. He has put that disappointment behind him, hitting .251/.287/.460 with 21 homers for Tulsa. As seen by his numbers, Rosario struggles with plate discipline, regressing there this year, which could impact his ability to succeed with the move to the majors. However, he is very solid defensively, which would aid the Colorado pitching staff. Chris Iannetta, the current starting catcher in Colorado, has struggled a bit at the plate and is rumored to be on the block. In addition, he is signed through 2012 with a $5 million club option for 2013, which could make him an attractive trade piece for another team. With the Rockies out of the race and looking forward to the future, Rosario should see plenty of time behind the plate. Mixed: $2; NL: $7
J.R. Towles - Towles was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he posted a .276/.430/.400 line with thee home runs and 11 RBI in 105 at-bats. The walks were perhaps the most interesting part of his minor league performance:  Towles, who once was thought as possibly the Astros' catcher of the future, managed an upside-down 18 BB to 11 K over 105 Triple-A at-bats. He should get some starts down the stretch as he tries to prove he can serve as Jason Castro's back up next year. Mixed: $0; NL: $2.
First Basemen:

Yonder Alonso - The Reds traded Jonny Gomes to Washington in late-July, opening up a spot for Alonso. Unfortunately, Alonso, the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft, who was hitting .296/.374/.486 with 12 home runs and 56 RBI for Triple-A Louisville, hasn't seen the kind of action that was hoped due to his defensive liabilities. With four long balls in just 45 at-bats and a .378 batting average, he deserves more regular playing time, and with the Reds a long shot to challenge in the NL Central now, it is likely Cincinnati will try to find a place for him in the lineup over the next month, probably in left field as the team needs to see if he can handle the position. Look for Alonso to be a fairly regular figure in left field, now that Juan Francisco is up to play third base. Mixed: $4: NL: $13

Conor Gillaspie/Brett Pill - As part of a flurry of moves in San Francisco, Gillaspie's and Pill's contracts were purchased from Triple-A Fresno, They take the place of Aaron Rowand and Miguel Tejada on the roster, but will likely work in a reserve/utility role in September. While Pill is not a prospect, Gillaspie could factor in the third base mix in 2012, depending on where Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt play. Mixed: No; NL: $0 (go higher on Gillaspie in keeper leagues)

Bryan LaHair - The Cubs recalled LaHair from Triple-A Iowa on Friday. LaHair was named the PCL MVP on Thursday after posting a .331 average with 38 home runs and 109 RBI for Iowa this season. He is no longer considered a top prospect after spending nine years in the minors, but he could see action down the stretch to give him a shot at earning a reserve spot with the Cubs next year. Mixed: No; NL: $0

Derrek Lee - Lee, who had been out with a small fracture in his right wrist since August 9, made an impactful return the lineup Saturday, blasting a grand slam off of Carlos Marmol, who was the pitcher who put him on the DL. Prior to getting injured, Lee had been suffering through his second straight poor season after solid 2007-09 seasons, including a surprising 35 HR, 11 RBI campaign in 2009. His decline can be seen in the drop in his Eye and HR/FB coupled with increase in his K ratios. Manager Clint Hurdle will likely run Lee out there daily, so he should produce but temper your expectations. Mixed: $5; NL: $14

Anthony Rizzo - Rizzo should be recalled this week when Triple-A Tucson ends their season. Rizzo has a chance to be the Most Valuable Player of the PCL when it is all said and done. For the year, Rizzo has 26 home runs, 101 RBI with a 1.065 OPS in 408 plate appearances in the minors, but he struggled mightily during his prior stint in the majors, resulting in a demotion after six weeks. The short-term complication for the Padres is whether Rizzo or Jesus Guzman will get the starts at first base in September as Kyle Blanks should start daily in left field. Rizzo is the Padres' first baseman of the future, but Guzman has been productive right now, but Rizzo should get chances to show he can man the position in 2012. Mixed: $4; NL: $11

Jerry Sands - Sands has seen consistent time at first base for Triple-A Albuquerque since his demotion, and could be the long-term solution at that position should the Dodgers non-tender James Loney in the offseason. Loney would probably stand to make $6 million or more in arbitration next year, which is far too much given his mediocre production, even with his hot streak the past few weeks. Sands, who struggled in his stint with LA earlier in the year, has 29 homers and 87 RBI in 367 at-bats for Albuquerque, though keep in mind the PCL is a hitters-league. Mixed: $1; NL: $4.

Brett Wallace - Wallace was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Wallace did the most with his demotion, producing a .356/.437/.481 slash. While fantasy owners would like to see a bit more power, his 10 doubles in just 104 at-bats are an encouraging sign for the 25-year-old corner infielder. The batting average is also a good sign, though it's tempered by a .457 BABIP, as when he was demoted, Wallace was in the midst of a 0-for-17 slump that dropped his batting average to .268, continuing the steady decline after a solid April. The problem is with Carlos Lee now fairly entrenched at first base; Wallace will likely see minimal time down the stretch and need Houston to deal Lee, who will be entering the final year of his contract, to open space for him in 2012. Mixed: $0; NL: $2

Second Base:

Geoff Blum/Emmanuel Burriss/Pedro Ciriaco/Brandon Crawford/Chris Valaika/Jack Wilson - These players will serve as spot starters and backup infielders in the final month of the season, though Blum could see a bit more action than the others. All except Blum - Mixed: No; NL: $; Blum - Mixed: $0; NL: $3

Josh Satin - Satin was called up from Triple-A Buffalo to the Mets with the rosters expanding Thursday and could see time at first, second and third base. Satin, a sixth-round pick in 2008 by the Mets out of Cal-Berkeley, hit.317 with one homer and 16 RBI in 38 International League games. That came on the heels of Satin hitting .325 with 11 homers and 60 RBIs in 338 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton to earn a promotion to the Bisons. Long-term, Satin figures to be a utility player but could get a shot at second, depending on what happens with Reese Havens and how Ruben Tejada progresses offensively. Mixed: No; NL: $0


Freddy Galvis - Galvis is a candidate for a September promotion to the majors. Galvis, who in the past had been an all-field, no-hit shortstop, has hit .321 in 23 games since being promoted from Double-A Reading, where he batted .273 with eight home runs and 35 RBI, earlier this month. With Jimmy Rollins sidelined, the Phillies may have some at-bats available for Galvis in early September. Mixed: No; NL: $2.

Dee Gordon - Gordon, who landed on the DL on August 10 with a shoulder contusion, completed a brief rehab stint and was activated Thursday. He started both Thursday and Friday, going 5-for-10 with four runs, before coming off the bench Saturday. Gordon should most of the playing at short with Justin Sellers sliding over to second base and Jamey Carroll filling in all over the diamond as usual. Gordon, who was originally promoted in early-June when Rafael Furcal was sidelined with an injury, got another shot when Furcal was traded to St. Louis. Gordon struggled in his first go around and still has issues with plate discipline. Gordon needs reps to help him overcome his rawness in terms of baseball knowledge and skill, which should be aided by him playing daily and Sellers playing second. That said, Sellers filled in admirably while Gordon was out, bringing some pop and solid plate discipline to the position, so Gordon may need to produce to lock up his spot of shortstop of the future. But when he plays, he should be a solid source of runs and steals. Mixed: $7; NL: $19

Third Basemen:

James Darnell - Darnell, who was sent down to Triple-A Tucson the last week of August to get more at-bats, is likely to be recalled in September. Darnell was not given much of an opportunity while in San Diego, as Logan Forsythe was taking time at third base, while Chase Headley recovers from surgery. Prior to being called up on August 8, Darnell was hitting .316 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A, so his bat may have just needed a shot at playing everyday. When he is promoted, Darnell will likely split time with Chase Headley, but could be the starting third baseman in 2012 and then will have to hold off Jedd Gyorko to keep the job. Mixed: $1; NL: $4

Juan Francisco - Francisco, who hit .307 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI in 300 at-bats for Triple-A Louisville, was one of the Reds' September call-ups. Francisco would have had more of a chance to prove himself with Scott Rolen being injured, but injuries have sidetracked him for much of 2011 as well. Healthy again, he should get an opportunity to display his power bat at third base over the next month, sharing time mainly with Todd Frazier and Yonder Alonso until Rolen returns. Once that happens, playing time will really be in a flux, but with the team looking to 2012, look for Francisco and Alonso to see most of the action. Mixed: $2; NL: $7 (more if you think he plays daily)

Chase Headley - Headley, who has been out since fracturing his pinkie finger on Aug. 6, but was able to avoid surgery, hopes to return within the next two weeks. The Padres will welcome him back; as Logan Forsythe (.631 OPS) and James Darnell (.473) have been barely above replacement level while Headley has been out. Headley has been much better away from Petco Park and benefitted from a .373 BABIP, but San Diego will be happy to get his solid bat back in the lineup. He will likely split time with James Darnell when he is activated. Mixed: $3; NL: $9

Chris Johnson - Johnson was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Johnson's strikeout totals remained high in his demotion, whiffing 14 times against just two walks in his last 10 games. He will need to improve his plate discipline to sustain success in the majors. Johnson went to the minors with a .245 average, six homers and 36 RBI and 88:14 K:BB ratio in 343 at-bats, but was better at Triple-A, hitting four home runs with 15 RBI with a ,272/.372/.506 line in 81 at-bats. Jimmy Paredes has done a solid job in place of Johnson, so Johnson may be limited to spot starts and pinch-hitting duty down the stretch. Mixed: No; NL: $0

Russ Mitchell - The Dodgers recalled Mitchell from Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday. Mitchell hit .283 with 16 home runs and 69 RBI in 93 games with Triple-A Albuquerque. His pop, and ability to play the corners in both the infield and outfield, should help him earn some playing time down the stretch. Mitchell, who had a cup of coffee earlier in the year with LA, will play some at third base because of the hole created by the injuries to Casey Blake and Juan Uribe at that position, but he also will see time around the diamond. Long-term, LA views him as a potential "super-utility" player. Mixed: $0; NL: $2

Scott Rolen - Rolen, who was slated to miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder to remove bone spurs and fragments August 3, his fourth on the shoulder since 2005, fielded ground balls and took live batting practice this past week. He pushed a little harder in pregame drills, but felt some soreness in the shoulder. As a result, Rolen did not come off the DL this weekend against the Cardinals, as he originally hoped. While he is out, Juan Francisco, who was just promoted, should see most of the time at the hot corner over Miguel Cairo and Todd Frazier. Even when Rolen returns, with the Reds looking to the future and him struggling through a nightmarish campaign, they should only give him minimal playing time. Mixed: $1; NL: $5.


Roger Bernadina - With Laynce Nix out for at least a week with a strained right groin, the Nationals recalled Bernadina from Triple-A Syracuse on Friday. Bernadina wasn't available to start Friday against the Mets because of a knee injury he suffered Thursday with Syracuse, but got the nod and homered Saturday. Before his demotion, Bernadina was batting .247 with five home runs, 20 RBI and 35 runs scored in 71 games. Hopefully the time in the outfield improved Bernadina's routes in the outfield, which is something he struggled with in the past. Bernadina should split time in right field with Rick Ankiel and Nix down the stretch. Mixed: $1; NL: $4

John Bowker/Pat Burrell/Darren Ford/Chris Heisey/Antoan Richardson/Shane Robinson/J.B. Shuck - These players will mainly be occasional starters or bats off the bench in the final month for their respective teams. Burrell might have seen more time, but he left Saturday's game with a sore right foot, the same injury that sidelined him from mid-July, and has to be considered a question mark going forward. If he is sidelined, Ford could see more action and possibly provide some steals down the stretch. Robinson also brings speed, but he likely won't see much as Jon Jay, Allen Craig and Corey Patterson are manning center while Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman play nearly every day in left and right. Mixed: No; NL: $0

Chris Denorfia - Denorfia, out since July 31 with a hamstring injury, is on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson and has played three consecutive days. The rehab assignment started in Low-A Lake Elsinore and was upgraded to Triple-A Tucson on Friday. The Padres are hoping to activate Denorfia shortly, though new addition Jeremy Hermida is expected to take some at-bats away from him when he returns. Mixed: $1; NL: $4

Carlos Gomez - Gomez, on the disabled list since July 21 with a fractured left clavicle, which he had repaired surgically, completed his rehab stint and promoted Thursday when the rosters expanded. Gomez has reassumed his spot in the center-field platoon with Nyjer Morgan - playing against left-handed starters - but given how well Morgan has played, Gomez may not start against all southpaws. Mixed: $1; NL: $4

Jeremy Hermida - The Padres claimed Hermida, who hit .319 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI for Triple-A Louisville, off waivers from the Reds. Cincinnati has a pretty crowded outfield right now so there really wasn't room for Hermida to have a September role, which he might get with the Padres having an always-changing outfield and Cameron Maybin and Chris Denorfia hurt. In addition, San Diego will have some decisions to make next spring, as Will Venable and Chris Denorfia are arbitration eligible and Hermida could squeeze himself into a role. The problem is that Hermida has never done a good job of securing a full-time; a situation that was present again this year, as he posted a .389 OPS in limited at-bats this season and .653 OPS down the stretch with Oakland in 2010. Mixed: $0; NL: $2

Ryan Ludwick - Ludwick (back), who is eligible to return from the DL on Sept. 7, started a rehab assignment this weekend before likely returning to the team when he is eligible. He is on track to be activated Wednesday when eligible. Look for Ludwick to be in and out of the lineup during September, as the team mixes his playing time with that Alex Presley and Jose Tabata and occasionally Andrew McCutchen. Mixed: $0; NL: $2

Angel Pagan - Pagan has been a disappointment for fantasy owners this year but he has shown life over the last 30 days. Pagan had a .318 batting average with eight stolen bases in the month of August. In the past month, Pagan has benefited from a rise in BABIP, though at .285 it's still below par for him and the league while also upping his LD%, lowering his K and increasing his BB ratios. Despite that growth, there is a strong possibility that Pagan may not be back in NY as he may earn up to $6 million in arbitration this offseason, so he should use the last month to show his worth, either to the Mets or the rest of the league. Mixed: $6; NL: $17.

Logan Schafer - Schafer was called up when rosters expanded on Sept. 1. Schafer can play major league quality defense in center, but doesn't possess a lot of fantasy value. He might steal a base or two, but doesn't hit for much power. The Brewers believe that Schafer, who hit .315 with five homers, 43 RBI, 16 stolen bases with only 47 strikeouts in 446 plate appearances between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville, will be their center fielder of the future. Mixed: $1; NL: $4

Nate Schierholtz -Schierholtz, out with a hairline fracture in his right foot, is still on track to return from the 15-day disabled list when he is eligible to come off Tuesday, although it might just be as a pinch-hitter at first. Plus, going forward, it's unclear how much playing time Schierholtz will receive, as Carlos Beltran has returned to right field in his absence with Brandon Belt seeing time in left. However, if Schierholtz hits like he did in the middle of the year, look for the Giants to find a place for him to play. Mixed: $2; NL: $7

Ryan Spilborghs - Spilborghs, who was on the 15-day disabled list from August 6 with planter fasciitis in his right heel, was activated Friday. The three home runs he hit during the 10-game rehab stint are a good sign that his foot injury is no longer an issue. Spilborghs will see some time at all the outfield spots, spelling Dexter Fowler, CarGo, Seth Smith and Eric Young Jr. Mixed: $1; NL: $4

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Jan Levine
Levine covers baseball and hockey for RotoWire. He is responsible for the weekly NL FAAB column for baseball and the Barometer for hockey. In addition to his column writing, he is master of the NHL cheat sheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets and Rangers.
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