Welcome to the Big Leagues: Jarrett Hoffpauir, Jeff Salazar, Drew Sutton

I promised a brief look at three young prospects getting the call to the big leagues in an earlier post…  Enjoy!

Jarrett Hoffpauir (Cards)

Worked his way up the Cards chain with a few seasons over .300.  Looks to be finding his power, not that he’s a true power threat, and he has a litle patience at the plate.  Not much speed, though, and he makes contact (fewer Ks than BBs).  Old school prototypical second baseman in the Ted Sizemore mold.  Not sure if he’s a long term prospect, but he can play some.

Jeff Salazar (Pirates)

Former Rockie, former Diamondback.  Has some skills, but struggled in 100+ at bats last year in Arizona.  Not sure if he’ll start, and if he does, he’s not as good as Nyjer Morgan or even Eric Hinske were (sorry, Buc fans).  If you play in Tuscon, you’re supposed to hit .364 to be a prospect, which he did.  However, in Indianapolis, which doesn’t have the eye popping numbers of the PCL, he’s hitting .265 in AAA.  Does that scream prospect to you?  He can run some, so he’s probably not a bad bench option for that fifth outfielder position.

Drew Sutton (Reds)

Reds are desperate for some infield support and Sutton can help.  Plays second and third, hits for power, runs a little, has some patience at the plate.  Hit .317 with 20 homers and 20 steals at AA Corpus Christi in the Texas League last year, which is his best year in the minors, otherwise he’s been more of a .275 type hitter with some sock. Reminds me of Mark Bellhorn.

Wilson Agrees – Pirate Trades Frustrating, Not Improving Team

Apparently, Pittsburgh’s Jack Wilson agrees with me – and wasn’t sure how Pirates management was addressing the goal of putting a winning team on the field.  Later, he apologized for venting his frustration at management for dealing away his teammates.  Wilson said, “It’s tough for the guys who’ve been here and have seen these trades happen and absolutely do nothing.  I’ve seen these trades two or three times a year and we still haven’t had a winning season.”  Wilson didn’t take back what he said as much as apologize for not sounding like a team player.  [ESPN]

Arizona’s Brandon Webb got three different opinions, and they all said the same thing.  He doesn’t need surgery.  So, he’ll rest, then start strengthening work on his shoulder (the source of the problem, apparently, was a loss of strength following a strain suffered earlier in the year – but no structural damage), and then hope to return by September.  [SI]

The Cardinals just got him, so for Mark DeRosa to have gotten injured this quickly would have been a problem.  Instead, DeRosa is day to day with a strained tendon in his left wrist. [ESPN]

Keep an eye out for this if you have Adrian Gonzalez on your fantasy roster…  Gonzalez was pulled from Tuesday’s game after straining his knee sliding into third base on a triple.  He was pulled from the game last night, too.  The Padres have an off day before facing Los Angeles on “Manny is in the House” day Friday.  [MLB]

Tough game for the Twins Wednesday…  Mike Redmond left the game after taking a foul tip in the forearm.  Nick Punto left early with back stiffness, and Justin Morneau left with tightness in his groin.  Nobody is expected to miss much time, if at all.  [MLB]

Welcome Back!  Rockies Catcher Yorvit Torrealba returns after spending a month taking care of his family following the successful return of his son and other family members who were kidnapped in his native Venezuela.

Hurry Back!  Phillies Reliever Scott Eyre heads to rehab in Reading.  With a bevy of new outfielders, the slumping Elijah Dukes heads to AAA Syracuse.  (I need to update my fantasy roster.)

Welcome to the Bigs!  Jeff Salazar (Pirates), Jarrett Hoffpauir (Cards), Drew Sutton (Reds).  I’ll try to get you a quick summary of each player this afternoon.