The Padres are headed for another ugly season, highlighted by the recent firing of GM Josh Byrnes. They currently sit 12 games back of the Giants, have one of the worst run differentials in the league (-58), and no way of making the playoffs. The Friars will be sellers at the trade deadline, so who will be the next San Diego Padres closer?
Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker is an elite prospect. Seattle expected the talented right-hander to be a big part of their 2014 campaign, but Walker’s debut was delayed due to a shoulder injury. After another smoke and mirrors performance by Erasmo Ramirez, is Walker ready to rejoin the Mariners rotation and contribute to a surprising playoff push?
FAAB Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher Auction ValuesThree pitchers profiled in last week’s FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets continued to dominate this week. Jake Arrieta, Jake Odorizzi, and Danny Duffy combined to surrender three earned runs in 20 innings. This week’s FAAB targets include a top prospect closing in on a return to game action, a potential future closer, and three pitchers thrust into prominent roles due to injury. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget.
Last week on FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets we focused on players to stash for later this year or 2015. One of those players, Adam Duvall was promoted to the majors yesterday and will see time at the corners. Hopefully, readers stashed him last week while available for $1. This week we’ll look at a few other recent call ups. As always, bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across all major fantasy platforms.
Christian Bethancourt is a familiar face to Team ROTOscouting. From his first scouting report in 2010 to 2014, few players have been seen more often than the top-100 prospect. The combination of Evan Gattis’ poor defense and B.J. Upton changing his last name to Mendoza has led to rumors of a pending call up. And with Bethancourt heating up in Triple-A (.325/.341/.416 in June), promoting the top prospect is a real possibility. Christian Bethancourt is the Braves’ catcher of the future, but is he catcher of the present too?
Rays ace David Price is having a career year. A 6-7 record masks how dominant the left-hander has been, but a 2.55 xFIP and 10.29 K/BB ratio tells the story. With his value peaking and free agency looming after the 2015 season, it’s time for Tampa Bay to explore a David Price trade. St. Louis is rumored as a frontrunner for the soon-to-be All-Star and pairing him with Adam Wainwright would form a knock out pairing capable of carrying a terrible hitting Cardinals team through to the World Series. But can a trade happen without including top-3 prospect Oscar Taveras [SCOUTING REPORT]?
In the MLB Futures Game 2014, Kris Bryant headlines the US Team.The MLB Futures Game 2014 is approaching and rosters were released yesterday. Fortunately, ROTOscouting has recent scouting reports on four, World Team prospects in the game. In addition to those reports, we have notes and scouting information from our writers featured on other sites including Bullpen Banter and FanGraphs. Overall, the rosters boast an impressive collection of talent. From Rangers Joey Gallo to Cubs Javier Baez, all 30 MLB organizations are well represented. Full scouting reports were left as links. Blurbs where players were mentioned have been pulled as quotes.
The MLB Futures Game 2014 is approaching and rosters were released yesterday. Fortunately, ROTOscouting has recent scouting reports on four, World Team prospects in the game. In addition to those reports, we have notes and scouting information from our writers featured on other sites including Bullpen Banter and FanGraphs. Overall, the rosters boast an impressive collection of talent. From Cubs Kris Bryant to Yankees Luis Severino, all 30 MLB organizations are well represented. Full scouting reports were left as links. Blurbs where players were mentioned have been pulled as quotes.
In the TDGX Experts League, Johnny Cueto is my top trade chip. In this dynasty/keeper league format, the right-handed pitcher can be kept through the rest of his career. Performing like an ace and sitting in the bottom half of the standings, it is time to shop the Reds’ 28-year old star. In fact, he’s the second ranked player in CBS as of today. So why then have offers for his services been so underwhelming? Has the statement, “never spend on pitching” been taken too far?
Michael Wacha was placed on the Disabled List on Sunday, leaving three Cardinals starters on the shelf. Wacha used a stellar 2013 playoff run to catapult himself into the conversation for best young starting pitchers in baseball. As a result, fantasy owners expected the lanky right-hander was in for a big 2014 campaign. Instead, Wacha’s season is on hold, joining another young gun figured to build on a strong 2013 debut, Gerrit Cole. We already examined Cole’s Solo Home Run Situations. Does Wacha follow the same pattern?
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