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.
In a perplexing decision by a Marlins team with Brad Hand listed as its fourth starter, Miami designated 23-year old Jacob Turner for assignment. Quickly claimed by the Chicago Cubs, the former first round pick has an opportunity to right the ship for a last place team. But was Turner so terrible to begin with? 1976 statistical analysis says yes, but 2014 measures used at ROTOscouting points to a pitcher with peripherals similar to Rangers Martin Perez who signed a contract through 2017 with three option years this past off-season.
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.
Joel Henard (@JoelHenard) on Twitter invited me to be a guest on his “The Fantasy Insiders” podcast which we recorded yesterday. The thirty minute segment wound up going over (as always). I like to talk baseball… A LOT! Joel has been busy interviewing current and former big leaguers and decided to include our prospect discussion with interviews of Eric Davis, Bruce Sutter and Jonathan Singleton. It’s great to see Joel landing big names and an honor for him to think 30-minutes with me was worthy of being included with one of the hottest young names in MLB and two hero’s from childhood. “The Fantasy Insiders” is a podcast to keep up with.
A year removed from Jose Fernandez capturing Rookie of the Year honors, Andrew Heaney is the next man up in the pipeline of young Marlins arms. Selected with the 9th pick of the 2012 draft, Miami hoped Heaney would take an accelerated path to the big leagues. A 2013 lat strain forced the Oklahoma State product to miss the first seven weeks of the season, pushing back his timetable. After an April look, Heaney is on the cusp of his Major League debut.
Scouting an organization’s baseball prospects gives ROTOscouting an edge. When evaluating an MLB depth chart for the next wave of prospects ready to break through, we rely on baseball scouting to help identify players ready to fill a Major League team’s most pressing need. An example of this is the Cardinals outfield. Readers want Oscar Taveras to be handed the center field job, but ROTOscouting scouted Randal Grichuk as a better up the middle defender. When the call up was made, it was Grichuk, not Taveras who received the first call. Check out our picks for players likely to be first to the show.
ROTOscouting offers our readers a place to view raw notes on players we do not profile in depth with bona fide baseball scouting reports. Players like Braves’ Shae Simmons and Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto — solid prospects, but ones who fall short of requiring a 600-800 word piece. Rather than just being a vehicle for more dissemination of our content, YOUscout is also open to the public. We hope to build a crowd sourced scouting database for reader reference and enjoyment as players progress through the minors and into the major leagues.
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.
Each week we identify FAAB top targets at each position on the diamond. Last week, A.J. Pollock appeared in this column prior to a big weekend that had him popping up in many fantasy free agent articles. This time, we’ll look at the other side of the catcher platoon in Oakland, a fresh call up in Seattle, and the return of a veteran shortstop. We’ll also discuss a Cardinals prospect on the verge of making an impact in all formats. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across all three major fantasy platforms.
Jose Fernandez’s season-ending injury was devastating. The second-year Marlins ace joins a massive list of players to sustain an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury, the precursor to the ligament replacement procedure referred to as “Tommy John” surgery. Fernandez is the best pitcher to sustain a UCL tear since Matt Harvey, which prompted a new line of theories and conversations on causes for the sharp uptick in T.J. surgeries in 2014.
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