Daily Fantasy Baseball DiamondsAfter nearly two months of frustration, I dropped everything and moved ROTOscouting to a new paywall. This took time and limited my ability to produce this piece. With that completed, it’s back to daily fantasy baseball and picks for Friday. It’s a great day for bargain basement pick ups as my lineup was completed with $4,000 left over. The remaining cash was spent on a major pitcher upgrade, although my original pitcher will be included with today’s diamonds. To make up for the past couple of days, we’ll include four more player recommendations. Here’s to hoping the five picks win readers money on this rainy Friday (in Atlanta at least).
The original diagnosis of Ivan Nova’s elbow injury was confirmed yesterday with team doctors recommending Tommy John surgery for the right-hander. The Yankees have few in-house options to take Nova’s place, calling on Vidal Nuno with David Phelps and Adam Warren waiting in the wings — hardly the rotation stalwarts fans expect in pinstripes. In a very tight AL East, the Yankees rotation needed to step up, so the loss of Nova is huge. Without pitching depth to weather significant injuries to the starting rotation, where do the Yankees go from here?
Ronald Guzman is the kind of prospect who can change one’s perspective on how to evaluate young ballplayers. Behind every report is an evaluator typing away at the computer at a frenzied pace — sure in their convictions and what they know about baseball, each writes what he/she believes a player will be years from the date of the report. Most do this knowing the results will be used to evaluate a scout’s individual success, or lack thereof. The athletic pitcher with three potential plus pitches and great arm-action is a future three-starter. The athletic shortstop with a plus hit tool is going to be an impact player. But every once in a while, a player comes along who bursts the bubble of preferences every evaluator has. On a chilly April night, Ronald Guzman mashed his way through any preconceived notions I had, and showed the kind of tools that one does not see in many young hitters.
FAAB Top Targets: Fantasy Baseball Auction ValuesThis week’s crop of FAAB top targets includes a definite add for stolen bases, a talented power hitter with a fresh start and top prospect thriving in his everyday role. We’ll also look at a couple of intriguing middle infielders – one whose current slump has him being dropped in far too many leagues, and another who is in Triple-A forcing his way into the MLB picture.
With Jameson Taillon joining the parade of Tommy John patients this spring, Nick Kingham becomes the next serious pitching prospect on deck for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Last season served as his breakout campaign, cruising through the Florida State League in the first half before finishing the year with the Altoona Curve. He returns to the Eastern League to begin this season, but a promotion to Indianapolis (or even Pittsburgh should they a rotation spot open up) may be in his near future.
While 2013 draft hype focused on Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows, Travis Demeritte flew under the radar. With the athletic profile the Texas Rangers love, Texas drafted the Winder-Barrow High School (GA) product with the 30th pick. Making his full-season debut with Hickory, the second baseman is the closest thing the organization has to a true, five tool prospect.
Monday night, Dustin Pedroia and Ian Desmond produced as daily fantasy baseball diamonds. Buster Posey and Martin Prado did not, but it’s tough to bat a thousand when digging deep for bargain basement plays. Today, we’ll discuss four more players with strong situational splits and excellent opposing pitcher match ups including a full outfield and under performing back stop. Monday through Friday, I’ll share my favorite picks of the day. Subscribe to ROTOscouting now and let’s win together!
Raimel Tapia spent the winter as a prospect darling. After being included in top-100 lists, the Rockies outfielder was built up as a five tool outfielder with an elite ceiling. This made an April trip to Asheville a must. And when a second look at Tapia was rained out, another trip was planned to return to “Beer City USA” to scout him again. After two nights in a hotel and over 900 miles driven, the left-handed hitter is the third best prospect on his own team behind David Dahl and Ryan McMahon. In person, Tapia presented as a smaller, less explosive version of 2013 South Atlantic League Most Valuable Player Rosell Herrera.
Looking through the waiver wire haphazardly is a waste of time. As a fantasy manager you need to scour MLB depth charts to find the next hidden gem. This series will assist fantasy managers by identifying players completely off the radar that will produce fantasy gold at black-market prices. Specifically managers need to consider current incumbent production (or lack thereof), talent level, and organizational status (i.e, tendencies to promote, arbitration clocks, and/or financial considerations). This week’s picks include a pitcher known for hitting triple digits, third baseman with helium and a former first round pick hoping to reinvent himself.
Last week, I traveled about 1,000 miles to scout minor league baseball prospects. It was fun, but poor Internet service, combined with many hours away from a computer made daily picks impossible. Now back in Atlanta, a light travel week means a full slate of daily fantasy baseball diamonds for readers to enjoy! Today’s picks include a quartet of slumping MLB All-Stars with breakout worth match ups. Barring an overnight scouting trip, look for my daily picks every Monday through Friday only at ROTOscouting.
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