Brian Johnson, Mauricio Cabrera And MILB Stats
Based on a box score, which pitcher would you rather have for your dynasty league team?
Pitcher A: 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 BB, 4 K
Pitcher B: 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
From the numbers, Pitcher B is the obvious choice. Last night, I would have run home to grab Pitcher A, or Mauricio Cabrera, off the waiver wire. The 19-year old right-hander hit 99 mph on the first pitch of the game and then a few more times for good measure. His breaking stuff was rudimentary and Cabrera had little command, but it’s an arm to dream on. That’s all I’m really looking for in Single-A — Flashes of brilliance.
Cabrera’s arm strength is on par with the best I’ve seen in person including Dylan Bundy, Rubby De La Rosa and Domingo Tapia. He’s also the biggest Braves arm I’ve seen in person and I’ve scouted Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino and J.R. Graham. This doesn’t mean Cabrera is a better pitcher. He’s not. But when it comes to fantasy baseball, I’d rather take a chance on arms like Cabrera than go for floor.
As for Brian Johnson, his arsenal reminded me of a poor man’s Mike Minor. With experience, Minor has developed into a fine fantasy pitcher with the ability to limit damage. I love adding those types on the cheap. Unfortunately, Minor was never cheap. Between being a top-10 overall pick and going to the Braves, a pitching factory, he has always been valued highly in fantasy circles.
Johnson has as strong a resume as any pitcher in the minor leagues. Multiple appearances in the college world series, a spot on team USA, and a selection in the first round is impressive. Plus, Johnson has tremendous makeup and will max out his ability. He’s not an impact talent for a fantasy team, but in extremely deep leagues where grabbing future big leaguers early is important, Johnson is a good pitcher to bet on.
In the first month, I’m receiving a ton of questions about stats and whether I’m ready to give up on guys I’ve touted. That’s not going to happen. If anything, it presents an opportunity to buy low. If you can grab Trevor Story on the cheap now, do it. You’ll thank me later.
I’d also be comfortable buying low on Dylan Bundy. If an owner is ready to panic and sell low on the risk of T.J, their overreaction is your gain.
25 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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