Sunday, August 23, 2015


Aaron Nola:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.59.  Depending on whose list you looked at, Nola was a top 20 prospect in some circles coming into the season.  He has been solid but not great early on, this outing notwithstanding.  The future has Nola as more of a top-end SP 3 than anything else but he can be a help with his decent K rate and good control the rest of the season. 

Wellington Castillo:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .250.  Castillo's 16 home runs have been evenly distributed so far from first half to the second as he takes aim at an unexpected top ten statistical finish at the dish among catchers.  Remains a very affordable and attractive draft target for 2016.

David Peralta:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .294.  Peralta is already on my sleeper and "must draft" lists for 2016 as a full season of this could yield very cheap 25 home runs with a nice average.  All about the value folks. 

Chase Anderson:  6.2 IP 5 H 0 ER 3 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.28.  As the season has gone on, Anderson has devolved into what he really is, good first two months be damned, which is a SP 5 to fill out your staff.

Raisel Igleasias:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 13 K with an ERA of 3.93.  After a rough reintroduction to the Reds rotation, Iglesias looks like Carlos Carrasco over the last month.  The arm is obviously capable of very big strikeout totals and Iglesias has now given up only four runs in his last 25.2 innings.  Ummm yeah pick him up. 

Mike Napoli:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .214.  Nice that Napoli is back in his original stomping ground in Texas where he first made a nice name for himself.  That was with catching gear on though which is the only way we give a hoot regarding anything the guy does at this stage in his career. 

Cole Hamels:  6 IP 8 H 2 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.73 in Texas.  Yeah the strikeouts are not flowing in Texas like they did in Philadelphia due to the league change.  Hamels has not looked good at all so far in his new location and that is a big worry for 2016. 

Khris Davis:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .241.  That is three home runs this past week since I told you to pick up Davis.

Jonathan Lucroy:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .241.  I am very curious to see how Lucroy's rough 2015 season will impact his 2016 draft price.  Catcher is so shallow that I think Lucroy will be given a mulligan by the fantasy baseball community, which means I likely won't be buying.

Anthony Rendon:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .252.  We are now seeing the first round talent that Rendon has always possessed by has not shown up until now due to his ridiculous array of physical problems this season.  Obviously way too late for his original owners who are likely in fifth place or lower in their standings as a result. 

Wilson Ramos:  2/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .237.  Ramos has been a sleeper target of mine the last few years but he has just not broken through.  He has been around long enough now that it looks like it may never happen. 

Francisco Lindor:  3/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .298.  Boy has Lindor been tremendous over the last month and the future looks quite bright here.  The power is better than I anticipated and when paired with the average and speed, make Lindor looks like a very good future investment. 

Carlos Santana:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .224.  I will never own Santana again.  There may not be a bigger disappointment behind the dish over the last two seasons. 

Trevor Bauer:  6.1 IP 2 H 1 ER 6 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.48.  This is why I continually say never to bother with Bauer.  6 walks is just ridiculous and that utter lack of control has been the story of his young and incredibly frustrating career. 

Mike Moustakas:  3/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .274.  Moustakas is doing everything he can to make sure his breakout 2015 doesn't end on a "here we go again" talking point. 

Clayton Kershaw:  8 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.29.  It is news when Kershaw gives up a run.

Lance McCullers:  7 IP 8 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.12.  After McCullers was hooked up to an oxygen machine for the last few weeks, he is back and ready for a strong finish to the season.  If someone foolishly dropped him, snatch him up right away. 

Kris Bryant:  3/4 with 2 home runs (19 for season) while hitting .262.  The July-early August slump is looking like a thing of the past as Bryant is back to showing why he had as much hype as Mike Trout when he was first promoted. 

Dexter Fowler:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .257.  Nice season from Fowler and certainly quite useful in an outfielder 3/4/5 way. 

Kyle Schwarber:  1/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .284.  I think there might be one or two guys who we all will fight over more in 2016 than Schwarber.  Incredible start to this slugger's career. 

Jason Hammel:  6.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.35.  Been a bit of a difficult second half for Hammel and I think that has a lot to do with him hurting a bit physically.  Still up until his body began to betray him, Hammel was right there with rotation mate Jake Arrieta in terms of numbers. 

Kevin Gausman:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.30.  We seemingly have bee waiting forever for Gausman to show the dominant strikeout stuff he had coming up the minors but almost every chance he has gotten in a major league rotation with the Baltimore Orioles, he has been ripped.  Maybe the light bulb could be flickering on here a bit but I need to see a whole lot more before I dive in on this perennial tease. 

Miguel Sano:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .288.  Just when we think Sano's average is going to fall off a cliff, he comes back with a game such as this. 

Garret Richards:  5 IP 10 H 7 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.80.  Very disappointing season from Richards off his big 2014 but right now the latter looks like an outlier.  Downgrade to an SP 3.

Jose Bautista:  3/5 with his 29th HR while hitting .243.  It is almost unfair how ridiculously powerful the Toronto lineup is. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  4/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .265.  Encarnacion is getting into his best groove of the season as we turn for home.  His days as a first round fantasy baseball first baseman are finished but Encarnacion's power is still holding steady despite the slipping average. 

Carlos Gonzalez:  1/4 with his 30th HR while hitting .274.  Second time CarGo reaches the 30 home run plateau in his career and now he is more power-hitting gem than former five-tool stud. 

Logan Verrett:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.84.  Power hitting to the Toronto Blue Jays is to pitching for the New York Mets.  Verrett was just filling in for the day and back to the bullpen he will go so no move needs to be made with this. 

Robinson Cano:  1/2 with his 14th HR while hitting .274.  Cano is now hitting a scorching .331 with 8 home runs since the All-Star Break and in actuality looks like his old self.  He explains finally kicking a gastro problem for the turnaround but whatever it was, Cano is salvaging something out of 2015. 

Jose Abreu:  2/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .293.  At this point now it looks like Abreu will in fact reach 30 home runs which was not looking like a month ago.  Yeah we expected more from a first round guy but everything else has been as anticipated.

Adam LaRoche:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .213.  Well it is the second half. 

Michael Wacha:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.80.  Leave it to the ace Wacha to halt St. Louis' slide.  Very impressed with the way Wacha is holding up this late into the season and honestly this is what we all originally anticipated out of this ace-in-the-making in 2013 before shoulder trouble flared.

Stephen Piscotty:  3/4 with two home runs (4 for season) while hitting .324.  I picked up Piscotty myself in the Experts League and needless to say so far, so good.  There was good reason Piscotty was the top hitting prospect in the always fertile St. Louis farm system. 


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