FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets (Pitchers): 5/30/2014
ROTOscouting scours the waiver wire for the best FAAB fantasy baseball targets every week. Last week’s pick, Jimmy Nelson, hurled 5.2 scoreless innings with six strikeouts in a win against the hot-hitting Marlins. This week we’ll look at pitching prospects set to make their debuts in the near future, a Rays pitcher tearing it up in Triple-A, and a pair of relievers who are smart pickups for owners speculating on saves. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across all three major platforms.
Andrew Heaney, LHP, Miami Marlins
$5 – CBS 34% | Y! 6% | ESPN 0%
Heaney [FULL SCOUTING REPORT] continues to make a strong case for a big league call-up this month. Randy Wolf isn’t an answer for the Marlins rotation and the recent injury to Henderson Alvarez opens the window even wider for the 22-year-old left-hander. His recent promotion to Triple-A didn’t slow him down. In two Triple-A starts he’s allowed one earned run, zero homers, and zero walks. He’s struck out 14 batters in 11 innings after striking out nearly a batter per inning in Double-A. Heaney’s arsenal includes a fastball/changeup/slider and will benefit from the pitching-friendly confines of Marlins Park. The top-100 prospect was recommended in this column earlier in the year, but is worth mentioning again with Super-Two the only hurdle left to clear. The best left-handed pitching prospect in the minors will be mixed-league material right out of the gate.
Rubby De La Rosa, RHP, Boston Red Sox
$3 – CBS 2% | Y! 0% | ESPN 0%
With both Felix Doubront and Clay Buchholz on the disabled list, the Red Sox will turn to Rubby De La Rosa for Saturday’s start against the Rays. De La Rosa has pitched well this year in Triple-A and has the stuff to stick in the rotation if he is effective. The 25-year-old right-hander has started ten games this year, striking out nearly a batter per inning. He hasn’t given up a home run either, and with other candidates like Brandon Workman also available for the call-up, it was unclear which of the two would receive the promotion. John Farrell noted De La Rosa was recommended by the Pawtucket Sox staff. It’s not hard to understand why he was their choice considering the former top-100 prospect has only been tagged for more than two earned runs twice this season. De La Rosa is worth a spot start in mixed league and should be added in keeper and dynasty formats for rotation depth.
Matt Andriese, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
$1 – CBS 0% | Y! 0% | ESPN 0%
Andriese was acquired this off-season in a trade with the Padres. After a rocky start to begin the month of May, the 24-year-old right-hander has allowed just four earned runs in his last 24 innings pitched. He’s struck out 20 batters in that same stretch while walking eight. The UC Riverside grad has induced ground balls at a rate of 50% or higher at each level of the minor leagues and makes a smart value play as a high floor/low ceiling addition to fantasy rotations in dynasty formats. Should another injury open up a spot in the Rays rotation, Andriese will make his major league debut in 2014.
Daniel Webb, RHP, Chicago White Sox
$5 – CBS 11% | Y! 5% | ESPN 1%
Current White Sox closer Ronald Belisario has given up at least one earned run in four of his last five appearances. While Robin Ventura may continue to use him in the short term, Webb will force his hand if the 24-year-old right-hander continues to out-pitch Belisario. Webb has closer experience in the minors, saving 10 games across three levels last season. He hasn’t posted elite strikeout numbers this season and has struggled with control at times. However, he’s also induced grounders at a 50% clip, limiting the damage. His fastball has averaged 95 MPH, so he has the gas and the pedigree to close games. It’s only a matter of time before the White Sox hand the wheel over to their closer of the future.
Adam Ottavino, RHP, Colorado Rockies
$5 – CBS 8% | Y! 10% | ESPN 1%
LaTroy Hawkins has allowed runs in four of his last seven appearances. In a recent appearance, he was pulled for Boone Logan to face left-handers Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. With Rex Brothers struggling as well, the Rockies may turn to Ottavino to close out games. Walt Weiss already indicated that this may be the case and the 28-year-old right-hander has struck out nearly a batter per inning this season. The former first rounder has also shown better control than Brothers with a 1.19 BB/9. Hawkins may not survive June as the closer, so it would be smart to pick up Ottavino in FAAB fantasy baseball now before the price skyrockets.
Pitching Prospects Emerging As FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets
June is almost here, and that means MLB teams will begin to fill needs from their farms once Super Two passes. With top prospects like Andrew Heaney still available in the majority of fantasy leagues, it’s always best to get in before these call-ups are made. This allows fantasy owners to conserve precious FAAB dollars while still landing the top FAAB fantasy baseball targets.
30 May 2014 / Mike Buttil / 1
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