Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 4/9/12

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1. With Josh Collmenter faltering in his first start of the season, the rumblings for Trevor Bauer have started. Bauer has not only been touted as one of the more Major League ready pitching prospects, but he could also be the Diamondbacks best pitcher at year’s end. It’s only a matter of time before he’s up so stash him on your bench now.

2. There’s a storm brewing in the Red Sox bullpen with Alfredo Aceves failing to retire any of the five batters he’s faced and Mark Melancon collecting two of the Red Sox losses. There are a couple of ways Bobby Valentine can move forward, but he can’t be comfortable with either of those two as his options. Could Vicente Padilla get a look soon? Maybe the Red Sox will try moving Daniel Bard back to the bullpen now that Aaron Cook is looking good in Triple-A? No one really knows, but keep a close eye on the situation.

3. There aren’t many people that though Jason  Hammel‘s move from the NL West to the AL East was going to beneficial, but he got off to a great start taking a no-hitter into the 8th inning. Even if it was against the powerless Twins offense that’s still pretty impressive.

4. Fernando Rodney got the save over Joel Peralta yesterday, but don’t go rushing to grab him in all of your leagues. Kyle Farnsworth shouldn’t be out for long, which means that the Rays will probably go with a temporary platoon in the interim.

5. Bud Norris‘ upside has always intrigued me; his strikeouts are already at an elite level and he improved his control by more than one walk per nine innings. If he can continue with the improved control, Norris could make another significant leap in 2012.

6. A day after Dee Gordon stole three bases in one game, he went 0-for-4. Get used to a lot of this from Gordon as he doesn’t draw any walks (3.0 BB% last year), which  makes his OBP rely entirely on his batting average. That’s not usually the best recipe for a lot of steals, but he’s shown that he can swipe bases in bunches. It might be a  bumpy road along the way, but the end results will be nice.

7. Don’t look now, but Chone Figgins is hitting the ball with some authority. The Mariners had the day off yesterday, but the speedster has a .412 batting average and two of his seven hits have gone for extra bases. I’m not saying he’s cured whatever has ailed him for the last two seasons, but if you have a deep enough bench he might be worth taking a chance on.

8. Going back to the Red Sox for a second. Since the White Sox seem to have settled on a closer in Hector Santiago, that could open up the trade market for Matt Thornton. I’m not saying it’s a probable fit (Thornton does make $12 million over the next two years), but if the Red Sox get desperate that could become players for his services. I still think they go to back to Bard before they start shopping around the league.

9. When I made my bold predictions about the shortstop position, I pegged Starlin Castro for a player who could steal 30-plus bases. He has the speed and he’s off to a great start with four steals in his first three games.

10. Everyone’s favorite pitcher to pick on, Jeremy Hellickson pitched a gem against the mighty Yankees offense. Of course, you shouldn’t ignore his incredible luck last year, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be an effective pitcher in fantasy, especially if he can increase his K-rate. That being said, if someone is willing to pay for one start and a Rookie of the Year award I’d sell.

11. News out of New York says that Ruben Tejada will be the Mets’ new leadoff hitter while Andres Torres is on the disabled list. He showed a great eye at the plate last year (8.6 BB% last year) and with him at the top of the lineup he could be in line for a boost in runs. He’s a great short term add in every league.

12. After recording his first save it seems that the space between Jonathan Broxton and the rest of the field is widening. I wouldn’t hold onto Greg Holland or Aaron Crow unless you’re in a deep league because I only see an injury derailing Broxton from the job for now.

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