Friday, April 22, 2016



Aaron Nola:  While he got hit hard in his last start, Nola looks like a future fantasy baseball ace as he is average a K per inning and has terrific control for a young starter.  Very high ceiling. 

Jered Eickhoff:  Yes another young Phillies hurler makes the list as Eickhoff himself has been tremendous so far with 21 K's in 19 innings for the team.  While maybe a smidge below Nola when it comes to stuff, Eickhoff looks like the real deal. 

Tajuan Walker:  Showing much better control and the ability to keep the baseball in the park better which makes Walker's strikeout stuff that much more potent.  Could be just the latest post-hype sleeper made good. 

Carlos Beltran:  Now batting third for the Yankees, Beltran is showing he is not done yet as he his hitting well over .300 and for good power this season. 

Jeremy Jeffress:  Has been flawless closing out games for the Milwaukee Brewers with Will Smith on the shelf.  Right now the closer role is Jeffress' to lose and that doesn't look like it is happening any time soon.

Steve Cishek:  Got a fresh start closing games in Seattle and Cishek has looked like his old All-Star self due to rediscovering some lost velocity.  Looking like a very nice closer value this season. 

Yasmani Tomas:  Could be another post-hype sleeper made good here as Tomas is hitting for average for the second season in a row but this time around the power is showing.  Having a clear end being an everyday outfielder and not manning third base surely has contributed to that uptick. 


Jacoby Ellsbury:  It hurts watching Ellsbury WALK let alone play baseball.  His hitting has been atrocious and his fielding comical.  The end could be coming swiftly. 

Russell Martin:  We all know his average was a clear fluke in 2015 but Martin at least was being depended on to hit for some power and collect solid runs and RBI totals.  He has been none of the above and with a catcher, they can turn to toast in an instant.  Not saying this is what is going on with Martin but no one should be surprised if that is the case. 

Todd Frazier:  A slow start for Frazier is not a total shock since he was switching leagues but it still is tough to stomach a .200 average even three weeks into the season. 


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