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Fantasy Notes: Stauffer May Be Worth a Look

August 23, 2006 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
  • Padres’ prospect Tim Stauffer made an emergency start Monday when Chan Ho Park was scratched and now that Chris Young may be ailing, Stauffer could stick around for more than just one start. He certainly deserves another start or two after throwing six innings of three-hit, two-run (one earned) ball, with just one walk and two Ks. Stauffer, the fourth overall pick in 2003, is a groundball specialist who relies on control and his defense to win games. He rose through the Padres’ system very quickly, reaching Triple-A in his first pro season. In the past two years, however, his results at Portland have not been good. In fact, his Triple-A WHIP this year (1.62) is downright scary. You need to see another start or two before deciding on a waiver claim. Stauffer goes again on Saturday at Colorado, which is no longer as scary as it sounds.
  • Still with San Diego, the Padres keep shifting Mike Cameron around the batting order and I think it’s causing him headaches. He’s just 2-for-13 over the past four games. Just in the past week, he’s hit leadoff, second and fifth, and he even missed a game in there, so who knows where he would have hit that night. Cameron has performed best at the lead-off spot (.600 SLG in 65 AB), followed by the two-hole (.285 BA, 864 OPS in 305 AB). Where he’s struggled (although the sample sizes are very small) is batting third (4-for-34) and fifth (2-for-19). If the Padres persist in keeping him in the fifth slot, Cameron may struggle for a while.
  • Rondell White is going to be activated from the DL tomorrow. Does that excite you? If so, why don’t you play in my league? At-bats are going to be hard to come by with Jason Tyner batting .316. DH Jason Kubel, however, could use a rest and his knees are still prohibiting him from taking the field. Even so, you really don’t want White on your team unless your playing mid-’90s retroball, that is.
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