Will Middlebrooks
Will Middlebrooks

Will Middlebrooks (3B)

Texas Rangers

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The Rangers have signed former Red Sox prospect Will Middlebrooks to a minor-league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. (Source: Dallas Morning News )

Fantasy Impact: Middlebrooks burst onto the scene in 2012 with the Red Sox and looked to be a real up-and-coming star after hitting .288 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI in just 75 games. But injuries hampered his progress and he spent most of last season at the Triple-A club of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Along with Middlebrooks, Jake Elmore, Manny Pina, Josmil Pinto and Eric Young Jr. will not make Brewers 25-man roster. (Source: Tom Haudricourt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If for any reason you were hoping Middlebrooks will be a cheap source of power then unfortunately that was a mistake. Until Middlebrooks can show he can stay in the majors he will be irrelevant. Ignore him for now.

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Middlebrooks was signed to a minor league deal by the Brewers after being non-tendered by the Padres. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Middlebrook played 83 games for the Padres last season batting only .212 with nine home runs and 29 runs batted in. Middlebrooks could have a chance for regular playing time for the Brewers this season at third base where he will be competing with fellow pickup Garin Cecchini.

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Will Middlebrooks started at shortstop Sunday and drove in a run.

Fantasy Impact: You need to go check your league settings. If this start leads to Middlebrooks being given SS eligibility in your league, then his value takes a strong step forward, as the standards for a viable offensive fantasy shortstop are much lower than a third basemen.

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Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-4 on Thursday. His one hit was a RBI triple after which he scored on a sacrifice fly.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the recent stretch of decent performance, Middlebrooks is still only hitting .228 on the season. There are leagues where he will be useful but in general he is not much of a fantasy prospect at his current level of production.

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Middlebrooks went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the 3-2 extra inning victory.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the multiple hit performance, Middlebrooks is still only hitting .226 on the season. There are leagues where he will be useful but in general he is not much of a fantasy prospect at his current level of production.

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Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-3 with a solo HR Wednesday

Fantasy Impact: Will Middlebrooks is a tricky player to judge. He was well-thought of coming up and at one point looked like he might be the next answer at third base for the Red Sox after 2012 when he hit .288 with 15 HR in 75 games. Things did not work out that way and since 2012 ended, he has struggled with his batting average. At this point, even his playing time with the Padres is not an every day job. He should be owned in medium leagues in case he turns it around and started in deep leagues on the days he is in the lineup.

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Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-4 in the 6-5 loss. He also attempted a steal, although unsuccessfully.

Fantasy Impact: When he plays, he is a good option for medium to deep leagues or leagues with CI on top of a 1B and 3B slot. If you are going to play him, you will need to monitor the starting lineup every day so you can sub him out when they go with some other configuration.

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Will Middlebrooks in a slump

Fri, Jun 12th 12:55am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

In his past three games, he is 0-for-13.

Fantasy Impact: Will Middlebrooks teased us in 2012 with the way he emerged in 75 games. Some of his stats went down in 2013 though he still hit for power. Since then, he has been an injury magnet and while he has spurts where he makes us believe, the numbers tend to show a cold truth that we need to wake up to. I want to believe in him and he may break out, but if you are going to own him, you need a strong second 3B on your roster for safety.

Will Middlebrooks followed up his strong game Wednesday with a HR and two RBI Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Ok, so he is still riding high on his current hot streak. My advice still stands that you should explore the trade market to see if you can sell high on Middlebrooks. If you are unable to sell him for a profit, he does have some potential to be a solid player, as these Padres are going to score runs this season and third base is not an especially deep fantasy position.

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Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-3 with three RBI in the 7-3 victory on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Will Middlebrooks has a hit in seven of the last eight games with five runs, two HR, and 10 RBI. If you own him, I would look to capitalize on those numbers and see if I could flip him for a more consistent player. Otherwise, ride the streak and continue to keep an eye on the FA/waivers.

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Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-4 with a two-run HR and two strikeouts against the Pirates on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Middlebrooks now has three homers in his last eight games, and is slowly raising his average to a respectable level (.238). He's worth using in NL-Only formats for sure, and deserves a look in deeper mixed leagues, especially as a injury replacement (such as for Beltre).

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Another good day for Will Middlebrooks as he went 3 for 3 and scored 2 runs, including a huge shot to left field

Fantasy Impact: A bounce back season for Will Middlebrooks will make him a very valuable fantasy contributor. A few more performances like this and he will be a lock for 3B.

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Middlebrooks goes 2-3 , 2 runs and 1 walk while starting at 3rd base.

Fantasy Impact: Will Middlebrooks and Yangervis Solarte are competing for the third base job this spring. More games like this might give Middlebrooks the job. Drafting Middlebrooks late in the draft, you could end up with the sleeper of the year at the corner position.

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The Padres and Red Sox are rumored to have nearly completed a trade that will send 3B Will Middlebrooks to Petco for C Ryan Hanigan. Middlebrooks projects to start at the hot corner for the Padres, as Hanigan will share catching duties with Christian Vazquez for the Red Sox. (Source: Rob Bradford on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A hitter moving to Petco Park is never good news, and this could sound especially grim considering Middlebrooks is leaving the hitting friendly confines of Fenway Park. However, with the additions of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Rameriz, there seemed to be no spot for him in a suddenly loaded Red Sox lineup, so the change in scenery will certainly help him from a fantasy perspective as he should see everyday at bats in a completely re-tooled Padres lineup.