When Brad Hawpe hit the DL today, it immediately cleared up room for a couple of other Rockies to see an increase in playing time.
Seth Smith, OF – Now that outfield spot opened up, Smith figures to see and increase in playingtime along with Ryan Spilborghs. Smith, however, has the advantage of being a left-handed hitter, which would give him the platoon advantage. Filling in for Hawpe today, Smith promptly hit his third home run of the season. That gives Smith an outstanding 12 AB/HR rate. While that is a fairly unsustainable rate, it goes to show what type of damage he can do against right-handed pitching, off of which all three home runs have come this season.
For his career, Smith has hit .283/.376/.417 with 21 home runs in 487 at-bats. That’s a career AB/HR rate of about 23, giving Smith 20-25 home run potential over 500-plus at-bats.
Hawpe should be fine in a couple of weeks, so this is Smith’s best chance to do some damage. If you need a quick outfield fix, add smith and put him in your lineup against right-handed pitchers.
Eric Young Jr., 2B – EYJr has been called up from triple-A, where he was not off to a hot start. However, last season Young stole 58 bases at triple-A and added four more upon his Major League call-up. While Young may not see regular playing time right away, he will be breathing down the neck of struggling Clint Barmes. If you have the roster space, add EYJr now in hopes of cashing in on big time stolen base numbers soon.