FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets (Pitchers): 8/8/2014
Last week’s FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets highlighted pitchers benefiting from trade deadline deals. This week’s column will profile three more pitchers whose situation has improved due to deadline deals to new teams. We’ll also profile two fast-moving recent draftees poised to make an impact next season. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget.
Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Texas Rangers
$7 (NA Yahoo / NA ESPN / 2% CBS)
Alex ‘Chi Chi’ Gonzalez [FULL SCOUTING REPORT] was the first pick of the Texas Rangers in the 2013 Amateur Draft. Spencer Schneier witnessed the potential three plus pitches (fastball, curveball, and change-up) when he scouted the top-100 prospect earlier this year. The fact Gonzalez’s control can also flash plus caused Schneier to call the Oral Roberts University product the best all-around pitching prospect he’d scouted for ROTOscouting in 2014. With a Rangers rotation decimated by injury and ranking second-worst in the majors in ERA, wholesale changes are on the horizon. Be proactive with the FAAB fantasy baseball dynasty target before he debuts in 2015.
Jarred Cosart, RHP, Miami Marlins
$5 (7% Yahoo / 2% ESPN / 27% CBS)
Jarred Cosart was traded to the Miami Marlins at this year’s trade deadline. On the season, Cosart’s cutter ranks first in the majors with an average velocity of 94.81 mph. However, it hasn’t translated into swing-and-misses at the MLB level. Poor strikeout numbers (5.5 career K/9) and his lack of control (4.4 career BB/9) has capped the former top-100 prospect’s success. However, a ground ball rate of close to 60% limits the damage. Going from a team ranked 29th in team UZR per FanGraphs to one ranked 16th will provide a boost to the right-hander’s value. However, the number is misleading considering the Marlins outfield defense ranks among the best in baseball while their infield defense is poor. Dynasty owners in need of a mid-rotation arm at a rock bottom price need to buy now with the hope Miami turns Cosart into the next Henderson Alvarez.
Trevor May, RHP, Minnesota Twins
$4 (NA Yahoo / <1% ESPN / 6% CBS)
The Minnesota Twins Trevor May [FULL SCOUTING REPORT] is a study in prospect fatigue. The 24-year-old has been pitching in the minors since he was 18. Sub-par performances in Double-A in 2012 and 2013 left many questioning his starter ceiling, just as ROTOscouting’s Mike Newman did in 2010. This year in Triple-A, Trevor May has restored some of his lost luster by posting personal bests in ERA (2.93), WHIP (1.175), and walk rate (3.5 BB/9) since Single-A. With the Minnesota Twins having the third-worst starting rotation in baseball, May’s time is approaching. While the right-hander will max out as a back-of-the-rotation starter, dynasty owners should take a chance that he becomes the latest example of a starter figuring it out in his mid-twenties.
Heath Hembree, RHP, Boston Red Sox
$3 (<1% Yahoo / <1% ESPN / 2% CBS)
Heath Hembree was traded to the Boston Red Sox a week before the trade deadline. Although Hembree had been groomed as the San Francisco Giants closer of the future since being drafted in 2010, an opportunity never came. In Boston, Koji Uehara will be a free agent at the end of the season. As ROTOscouting’s Joe Pytleski observed, Junichi Tazawa is next in line to man the ninth inning should Uehara depart. But Hembree’s acquisition means Boston has a cost-controlled alternative to Tazawa if in need of an additional option. For a bottom dweller in need of future closer candidates, Hembree is one to stash.
Jacob Lindgren, LHP, New York Yankees
$2 (NA Yahoo / NA ESPN / NA CBS)
Jacob Lindgren has pitched at four minor league levels since being drafted by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 2014 Amateur Draft. That’s what happens when a college reliever is blessed with mid-90s velocity from the left side and a wipeout slider. The former MSU Bulldog’s ERA and WHIP are each below 1.00 and he’s only walked four in 14 1/3 innings. But what makes Lindgren a FAAB fantasy baseball target is his 20.7 K/9. The Yankees aren’t ruling out the left-hander making his major league debut later this year. The back of the Bombers’ bullpen has been unstoppable, but David Robertson is a free agent after the season. Dellin Betances is next in line if Robertson leaves, but a left-hander with Lindgren’s pedigree and hot start deserves to be owned in leagues where 125 or more prospects are rostered.
FAAB Fantasy Baseball: Targets for 2015
Whether still in playoff contention or just looking forward to next year, one of the best ways to stock a dynasty roster is to look at organizational depth charts and acquire major league ready arms before they debut. Owners can acquire FAAB fantasy baseball targets at bargain prices and as roles change during the offseason, young pitchers can be easily traded to rebuilding teams for major league assets.
8 Aug 2014 / Brian Molter /
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