mlb 04/14/08 9:32 AM ET Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for]]> In the bigs

For starters, check out Lisa Winston's Movin' On Up, her weekly look at guys making their big league debuts. The link to her Friday-Thursday look at big league callups will now be a mainstay of the Futures Exchange.

Of the folks mentioned on her list this past week, two are of some interest to me from a fantasy perspective. Twins outfielder Denard Span got called up when Michael Cuddyer went down with injury. It isn't clear how much he's going to play, but he's appeared in five games already, going 4-for-16 with a stolen base. Probably strictly an option for AL-only owners, Span has stolen 49 bases over the past two years and could help you out in that category a bit if he keeps getting opportunities.

A's LHP Greg Smith is the other Movin' On Up mention worth watching. The southpaw, who came over from the Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren deal, nearly made the A's rotation this spring, then made one solid start in Triple-A before getting called up after Justin Duchscherer and Rich Harden went down with injuries. Smith had that shaky first, but then fired five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. He may only get one more start -- Monday in Chicago -- before Duchscherer returns. If your league allows daily transactions, I'd take a shot. And AL-only owners may want to consider stashing him in reserves for whenever the next time the A's need a starter.

I can guarantee you that two of the players Lisa will focus on next week wear Tampa Bay uniforms. Evan Longoria made his debut this past Saturday and has gone 2-for-6 with an RBI in his first two games. I don't expect him to go back down, so you should grab him regardless of what format you play. He was joined by big righty Jeff Niemann, who started -- and won -- on Sunday. Niemann will get a few more starts while Matt Garza is on the mend and is definitely worth a look in AL-only leagues.

A phone call away

Adam Lind may have thought he'd be in the bigs now after 290 AB in 2007, but the 24-year-old is in Triple-A Syracuse and clearly isn't sulking. He went 14-for-37 (.378) over his first 10 games with a pair of homers and 10 RBIs. I know the Jays signed Matt Stairs and Shannon Stewart for this season, but I have to think that Lind will work his way into left field at some point this year.

Brandon Wood homered in his second game of the season for Triple-A Salt Lake, but went 3-for-19 with 10 strikeouts over his first four games. In the last three, he's gone off, hitting four homers and driving in six runs. He's still whiffing a lot -- a total of 18 in 10 games, but the power is very real and he tops the Minors with six. He's played nothing but shortstop so far this season, but if there's an opening at either spot on the left side of the Angels' infield, they won't hesitate to let B-Wood fill it.

Kevin Mulvey probably is tired of hearing how the Twins didn't get enough in return for Johan Santana. Perhaps he's setting out to show they didn't do too badly. The right-hander has made two starts for Triple-A Rochester and allowed just one run while striking out 11 over 10 1/3 IP. It's too early for anyone in Minnesota to look over his shoulder, but Mulvey's got a leg up over Glen Perkins and fellow former Met Philip Humber to be the first one to get the call.

There was some talk during the offseason and spring that the Diamondbacks might benefit the most from putting Max Scherzer in the bullpen, where he could have an impact right now. The way he's pitched as a starter in the early going for Triple-A Tucson shows that perhaps Arizona was prudent to let the right-hander remain in a rotation. Scherzer has made two starts spanning 12 IP and has allowed just one unearned run on five hits (.122 batting average against). He's walked two and struck out -- are you sitting down? -- 18 in that time frame. We might see him yet in the bigs, but as a starter, where he'll have much more of a fantasy impact.

A year away

Remember when the Cubs took Jeff Samardzija, the two-sport star out of Notre Dame, and people thought perhaps they had invested too much in a guy who hadn't done that much pitching? Well, talk about shortening the learning curve -- the former wide receiver has allowed just one run on seven hits over his first 12 innings in two starts, both wins.

Carlos Carrasco gets most of the ink regarding Phillies pitching prospects, particularly at this level. But that doesn't mean you should forget about his Double-A Reading teammate Josh Outman. The lefty has a 1.64 ERA and 13 Ks over 11 innings in his first two starts of the year. Outman entered the year with a career 2.96 ERA and a strikeout per inning over 65 outings.

Maybe it's because I was just in Tulsa and saw him walk, steal second and third and score, but I wanted to give Corey Wimberly some love. At 5-foot-8, he's not exactly big, but I kind of see him as a Chone Figgins type down the road. Wimberly can play second and third and has filled in with some outfield play in the past as well. He entered the year with a .320 average and 122 steals over 246 games and is off to a fast start, hitting .423 with seven steals over his first nine games.

Down the Road

I think this Rick Porcello fellow might have a future in this game. A teenager making his pro debut up in the Florida State League, the Tigers' top prospect has been dominant over his first two starts. He hasn't given up a professional run yet, yielding just five hits over 10 innings. Just because he's young doesn't mean he can't move fast.

Moving a little more slowly, but also intriguing, is Yankees prospect Dellin Betances. Some injury problems slowed him last year and the Yankees are sure to be cautious with the big right-hander. But he's got electric stuff and it's been on display in the South Atlantic League in the early going. Betances has won both of his starts, allowing only five hits while striking out 16 (along with eight walks) in 10 1/3 innings. He's just going to get better as he learns how to pitch more.

Let's finish up in the Reds' system, shall we. Drew Stubbs had an up-and-down first full season in 2007, but finished strongly after making some adjustments at the plate. He's carried it over so far in his move up to the Florida State League. The outfielder has gone 13-for-37 (.351) and a perfect 7-for-7 in steals over his first 11 games. He's still striking out a lot (11), but he's also got a nifty .442 OBP thanks to six walks. Stubbs has got all five tools, and it's exciting to think he might start using them all.

Finally, there's Brandon Waring. A seventh-round pick last year out of Wofford College, he kind of came out of nowhere by leading all short-season players with 20 homers (he did hit 27 homers in his final college season, but we're not exactly talking big-time conference here). Now up in full-season Dayton, he's beginning to show it was no fluke. The third baseman has been red-hot, going 13-for-28 (.464) with three homers over his first eight games. Power-hitting third basemen aren't as common as they once were, so he's worth watching.

Beat the Streak

Had you followed my picks for's Beat the Streak, you would have had an active three-game streak heading into Sunday. You'd also have had a pair of DNPs (did not play), but that doesn't count against you. I figured to be in good shape on Sunday with Matt Wieters, who began the year 11-for-21 and had a five-game hit streak going. Alas, he went 0-for-2 as Myrtle Beach walked him three times on Sunday. Darn those Pelicans.

So, not exactly a long track record, but a good start. Here are my selections for this week.

Monday: Sean Doolittle, Stockton (A's)
Tuesday: Corey Wimberly, Tulsa (Rockies)
Wednesday: Ian Stewart, Colorado Springs (Rockies)
Thursday: Tony Thomas, Daytona (Cubs)
Friday: Jovanny Rosario, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
Saturday: Jared Goedert, Kinston (Indians)
Sunday: Peter Bourjos, Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)]]> /milb/fantasy/ /milb/fantasy/bts/index.jsp