Monday, May 21, 2012

Berkman Out & Adams In…For Now

I am one of the disappointed Berkman owners this year, but only in one League. Now that he is probably out for the season with a meniscus tear, St. Louis has called up the hulking Matt Adams from AAA. In his debut he went 2-4 with a run scored.

He has been red hot tearing up minor league pitching for the last year and a half. In AA last year he finished with a .300 AVG and 32 HRs. This year in AAA he had 9 HR while hitting .340 and his OPS was .978 to date. To me he is built like Babe Ruth’s great grandson with some skills to match.

For most Berkman owners the grab for Adams seems a no brainer but what many are failing to realize is Allen Craig is still on the DL and has been a proven commodity with much versatility. I see Craig getting the majority of the starts at 1B once he is healthy. So do not count on just Adams moving onward. Look for a contingency plan going forward. Since Berkman did have dual eligibility (1B & OF) I am guessing just as many people had him at CI as did others at OF. It’s much easier to fill an empty OF position from the waiver wire than CI usually. You might want to stash Rizzo on your bench if you have room. He will qualify at 1B and should be up in a month.

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