Hankering For Heath Bell
I dropped Heath Bell in Ottoneu a couple of days ago, but didn’t want to. With him being my sixth reliever, Bell was the weakest link on a team with four closers and Trevor Rosenthal. My loss will be another owners gain in the near future.
Last night, J.J. Putz blew his fourth save in nine chances. Fantasy owners have been using David Hernandez as a handcuff, but few are discussing Heath Bell. Bell is the type of reliever I love targeting at this time of year because he had a horrid first outing which continues to tamp down an impressive season to date.
In Bell’s first 2 1/3 innings of 2013, he surrendered four earned runs.
Since then, the right-handed pitcher has surrendered one in 7 2/3 innings including a 12/0 K/BB ratio. He’s also giving up less than a hit per inning. At present, Bell is pitching like the dominant closer of old, but nobody has noticed.
If you are an owner who cycles through cheap closer options trolling for saves, Bell is a prime target. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait four more weeks before I can add him again, and enough competing owners have become subscribers for me to believe he’ll be gone.
In prospect news, the next week will be full of Red Sox prospects. Tonight and Friday, I’ll scout Cody Kukuk and Rubby De La Rosa in Rome. Next week, Pawtucket comes in presenting an opportunity to scout Jackie Bradley, Bryce Brentz, Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and Jose Iglesias. I rarely venture to Gwinnett since it’s a hellish drive during rush hour, but I’ll make an exception in May to check a handful of top-100 prospects off my list of players not scouted.
Also, I received an interesting text message from a contact sharing that a friend in the industry had scouted Blue Jays Aaron Sanchez and Mariners Taijuan Walker within a few days of each other and preferred Sanchez without question. I receive more chatter like this about Sanchez than any other prospect in baseball. I own him in every league and he’s currently still one of minor league baseball’s more undervalued assets.
If you missed it yesterday, check out my latest piece at FanGraphs discussing Stetson Allie. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned to stash him now if in need of a power hitting first baseman. The piece has interviews with both Allie and A-GM Kyle Stark.
25 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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