Originally posted on Fantasy Baseball Tools  |  Last updated 4/29/12


There was big news over the weekend with the top two minor league prospects getting promoted from Triple-A to the major leagues. In Washington, the Nationals promoted Bryce Harper to the major leagues and he has moved into the starting lineup seeing time in left field and center field while hitting seventh in the batting order. If you own him, I would have him active in all formats, although I have low expectations for him for now given his performance against Triple-A pitching and struggles against left-handed pitching.

In Los Angeles, the Angels in an effort to jump start their struggling offense promoted outfielder Mike Trout from Triple-A to the major leagues. Trout was batting .403 in 77 at bats and had one home run, 13 RBI and six stolen bases. He is not going to offer much in the way of power, but he should be good for runs scored and stolen bases. The biggest impact for fantasy purposes will be to the other Angels outfielders as Peter Bourjos, Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter all could miss a game or two per week to get Trout into the lineup.

Here is a look at the latest news and notes from around major league baseball to help you set your fantasy baseball lineup for week 5 (April 30 – May 6)  of the 2012 fantasy baseball season.

American League:

6 games: BAL, BOS, CLE, CWS, DET, MIN, OAK, TEX
7 games: KC, LAA, NYY, SEA, TB, TOR

Hitters:

New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher was removed from Sunday’s game with a strained hamstring. While he is not expected to hit the disabled list, he is expected to miss a few games next week so I would look for another player to replace him with in your starting lineup.

Pitchers:

The New York Yankees demoted struggling starting pitcher Freddy Garcia to the bullpen where he will now pitch in long relief. David Phelps will likely be moved into the rotation and will start on Thursday at Kansas City. Phelps has pitched exclusively in relief this season and has a 3.57 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 17 2/3 innings with 14 strikeouts.

To see all of the two start pitchers in week 5, click here.

National League:

6 games: CIN, COL, HOU, LAD, MIL, NYM, SD, SF, STL, WAS
7 games: ARI, ATL, CHC, MIA, PHI, PIT

Hitters:

The Washington Nationals called up first basemen Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse to get some more punch in their lineup with Moore expected to see time in the outfield. He is getting the start in left field today and hitting sixth in the lineup. Moore was batting  .286 in 77 at bats seven home runs and 20 RBI. His batting average will likely be in the .250 to .260 range given his lack of strike zone discipline, but he has legit power with 30+ home runs hit each of the last two seasons.

The Chicago Cubs placed catcher Steve Clevenger on the disabled list with a strained right oblique. Clevenger had been performing as a solid number two catcher in NL-only formats with a .500 batting average in 22 at bats with a couple of RBI. Welling Castillo was recalled from Triple-A to replace him on the roster.

Pitchers:

Tim Hudson was activated from the disabled list by the Atlanta Braves and got the start today against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hudson went five innings and allowed six with two runs and six strikeouts. Hudson’s next start will come at Coors Field so if you have other alternatives, I would leave Hudson reserved for another week.

The Houston Astros recalled starting pitcher Jordan Lyles from Triple-A to replace Kyle Weiland (injured shoulder) in the starting rotation. Lyles had a 3.46 ERA in 26 innings at Triple-A with 24 strikeouts and is expected to start on Friday at home against the St. Louis Cardinals. I would leave him reserved in all formats until we see a couple of good starts from him at the major league level.

The Arizona Diamondbacks finally moved starting pitcher Josh Collmenter to the bullpen and will call up prospect Patrick Corbin from Double-A to get the start on Monday, making him a two start pitcher for next week. Corbin had a 1.67 ERA in four starts at Mobile with 25 strikeouts in 27 innings of work. Corbin had looked good in spring training with a 3.00 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 21 innings. Given the lack of pitchers that are sitting out on the waiver wire in deeper mixed-league formats, I would be willing to spend a few free agent dollars to acquire him on reserve.

To see all of the two start pitchers in week 5, click here.

2012 Fantasy Baseball Lineup Planner – Week 5 is a post from: Fantasy Baseball Tools

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