mlb 05/12/08 12:46 PM ET Jonathan Mayo is a senior reporter for]]> I hope fantasy players everywhere took time to pay homage to the moms out there who play this game, put up with a loved one's obsession with it, or both. This edition of the Exchange is for you.

In the bigs

It was relatively quiet on the Movin' On Up front, but there's one name to consider there as well as one fairly big one who got called up after the fact (and will surely be included in next week's MOU).

Let's start with the outfielder in this week's edition of Lisa Winston's roundup: Matt Joyce. He's moved quickly since being drafted in 2005 and was having a nice year in Triple-A when called up. That being said, he's really only a consideration right now for AL-only participants who need outfield help. He does have some pop -- his power numbers have improved each year -- but he's not going to help much in any other category. He is playing some and could snag a homer or two for those of you in deep leagues.

The other guy -- sure to be the lead in Movin' next week -- is pitcher Greg Reynolds. The 2006 first-round pick made his big league debut on Sunday, and while it was an uneven performance, those in NL-only leagues at least need to take notice, especially if you're in one of those leagues that requires big league service in order to keep a guy. He's going to get a nice, long look in the Colorado rotation, so watch his progress carefully. I wouldn't put him in your active lineup yet, but if he makes adjustments, he'll be a nice addition. His Minor League numbers don't look all that exciting (4.86 ERA), but he was pitching in Colorado Springs and had allowed just four earned runs over his last 19 innings pitched (1.89 ERA).

A phone call away

It's hard to imagine we haven't talked about Jay Bruce since the season began. I'd say that the Reds' top prospect is on fire right now, but truthfully, that's how he hits all the time. He's now up to .328 with a .565 slugging percentage at Triple-A. The Reds are in last place, and Corey Patterson is still getting regular playing time in spite of his .196 average. If this is a service-time thing, then Bruce could get the call at the end of this month or at the beginning of June to provide a much-needed spark. When that happens, everyone in every kind of league should pick him up, because he's going to play once he does get up.

Here's an interesting name and a good comeback story to boot. Back in 2004, Chris Lambert was a first-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals. He kind of stalled out, though, and the Cards even tried making him a reliever. Last August, they dealt him to the Tigers for Mike Maroth, who now is actually pitching in the Royals organization. Meanwhile, Lambert is flourishing in Triple-A. He's fifth in the International League with a 2.21 ERA and has held hitters to a .226 batting average. He's never going to be a big strikeout guy, but he's got a 1.23 WHIP thus far, and he's just 25 years old. Considering that Detroit's starters have combined for a 5.55 ERA, maybe Lambert gets a shot at some point. Again, probably just someone for AL-only players, but you can never have too much knowledge about pitching, right?

A year away

Matt LaPorta understandably gets a lot of the attention, but the Brewers have another pretty good bat going in Double-A these days. Mat Gamel is hitting .372 with eight homers, 33 RBIs and a 1.105 OPS in 37 games. Just 22, Gamel is no fluke. He's been good every year and this is simply a breakout. With Ryan Braun now an outfielder, Gamel could be ready in a year to join the big boys in Milwaukee at the hot corner.

The Florida Marlins have a well-deserved reputation for having young pitching depth. Down in Double-A Carolina, there are a number of former first-round picks taking the ball every fifth day, but none have been pitching better than Ryan Tucker, taken in the supplemental first round of the 2005 Draft. I wrote the following in my Marlins organizational preview: "If you're a fan of truly electric stuff, Tucker might be your guy. ... the one thing he's lacked is a good breaking ball, and it's something he's still working on. The slider is the pitch of choice, and he's worked hard on perfecting it. The sentiment is once he can throw it consistently, he'll pitch in the big leagues. ... if the light goes on, watch out." I guess the light has turned on, as Tucker has a 0.97 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, a .170 batting average against and 43 Ks in 46 1/3 innings. Florida never hesitates to call guys up from Double-A, so look for Tucker to get a shot at some point, perhaps before the year is over.

Down the road

Let's start with a pair of second basemen who can hit. Eric Sogard went from being a second-round pick of the Padres in last year's Draft out of Arizona State right to the California League this year. So far, so good, as the overachiever is hitting .378 with a .488 on-base percentage. He's even got a .511 slugging percentage, though power isn't really his thing. More than anything, he'll be a guy who'll hit for average and get on base, which could lead to plenty of runs scored. Jim Negrych was drafted by the Pirates out of Pitt a year earlier, and he's truly enjoying the Carolina League so far. He's leading the circuit with a .402 average and profiles as the same kind of offensive-minded second baseman. He's also been playing some third this year, so a role as a super-utility guy isn't out of the question. Nor is a promotion to Double-A at some point this year.

Finally, I'll leave you with a pitcher I just saw, a teammate of Negrych in Lynchburg. Daniel Moskos was the Pirates' first-round pick last year, and he's been adjusting to being a full-time starter this season. It's been a little up and down, but last Thursday night, the lefty out of Clemson had his best pro start, allowing just three hits and walking none over 6 2/3 shutout innings. His inconsistencies can partially be traced to the fact he's been focusing on throwing more four-seam fastballs, but on Thursday, he commanded it perfectly. As he continues to get a better feel for it, he'll have more starts like this one and could jump on a faster track as a result.

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