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Friday, April 15, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Vince Velasquez:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 16 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Oh my goodness.  Velasquez has yet to give up a run in two starts and he has struck out a ridiculous 25 batters in only 15 innings. Also this is what we wrote about Velasquez over the winter in a sleeper profile:  "When it comes to Vinny Velasquez, the first thing that stands out here are the strikeouts as the 22-year-old righty comes off a 2015 campaign at Double-A where he registered a very high 12.27 K/9 rate and miniscule 1.91 ERA.  With a fastball that tends to rise as it approaches the dish and that comes in in the upper 90's, Velasquez also has terrific secondary stuff that makes him quite a handful for opposing hitters to deal with. With the Phillies having nothing to lose by having him in their rotation, the fantasy baseball upside is very intriguing."  Nothing else needs to be said.

Drew Pomeranz:  Back in February yours truly penned a "Late Round Pitching Values piece on a certain Mr. Pomeranz that went something like this "Very intriguing here as the hard-throwing Pomeranz moves to the San Diego Padres and Petco Park for 2016.  Pomeranz has had trouble staying healthy in his career but his stuff has elicited a high number of strikeouts and we all know how many assets come out of a San Diego rotation when pitching at home."  I mean seriously.  Why do you even waste time going to another fantasy site?  Find someone else with our early pegs coming through like this?

Ryan Howard:  1/2 with his third HR while hitting .214.  NL-only option is where Howard has sunk to at this late stage of his career.  Even money on the Phils buying him out before July. 

Jaime Garcia:  9 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 13 K with an ERA of 2.40.  One guy I admit to overlooking often is Garica but this is a guy who annually is one of the best values out there as he always pitches to a good ERA in the mid-to-low 3.00 range.  Keep in mind though that the strikeouts here are an anomaly as Garcia has generally been a 7.00 K/9 IP or lower guy.  All in all though you can't do better for your SP 5.

Jeremy Hazelbaker:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .481.  Sorry I am still not buying this story as no one suddenly figures out how to hit Major League pitching at the age of 28 going on 29 after being a .260 minor league guy.  Sell high.  The regression folks are going to go to town on this real soon.

Avisail Garcia:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .207.  Garcia is still hitting for the power he showed in spring training but his average is disgusting.  Maybe he is doing the Salvador Perez/Matt Carpenter trade average for power deal? 

Mat Latos:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.75.  Yes I have been a very tough critic of Latos over the years which he deserved but it looks like he finally is starting to reinvent himself in a Dan Haren late in his career sort of way which is working.  If you want an SP 5 and won't live in the past then go right ahead. 

Rajai Davis:  3/5 with his first HR and 2 steals (3 for season) while hitting .231.  No matter where he goes, Davis seems to stumble into playing time.  He then produces like he is doing already with Cleveland and before you know it he is supplying very good value for a guy who was picked up off waivers after this game.

Marlon Byrd:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .211.  The Ryan Howard of outfielders. 

Danny Salazar:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 0.79.  Did any pitcher give up a run today?  For all the talk regarding the New York Mets and their awesome rotation, the unit in Cleveland is not too shabby either.  Will be fun to see how ends up with the best numbers out of Salazar, Carlos Carrasco, and Corey Kluber.  Predictions?

Nick Castellanos:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .333.  I don't think Castellanos will even hit .280 this season due to his high K rate but it seems this is another developing kid who is adding power and strength as he enters into his prime.  Still on the up and up here and I would give him another look. 

Jordan Zimmerman:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Didn't Jordan Zimmerman get the memo he was supposed to be a less valuable pitcher in the American League?  It is like he is doing the reverse of Doug Fister in 2015.

Brandon Belt:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .333.  What is funny about Belt now is that you can get him dirt cheap even after the big start.  This is what happens when you fail to come through as a sleeper the previous 20 seasons. 

Gerardo Parra:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .290.  Parra is not hitting at the top of the order like we expected which is a decent drag on his fantasy baseball value due to having less running chances.  I still like him but about 25 percent less then I did prior. 

Matt Cain:  6 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 6.75.  Cain and Tim Lincecum can't be any better examples of how a team SHOULD NOT handle young pitchers. 

Bryce Harper:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .250.  Big power already from Harper and he is still three years from his prime.  Amazing. 

Wilson Ramos:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .407.  With catcher being as shallow as ever, I am falling prey to the allure of Ramos yet again. 

Stephen Strasburg:  7.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 B 7 K with an ERA of 1.98.  Thank goodness for 24-hour Walgreens as Strasburg was able to get on the mound before the series with the awful Atlanta Braves was complete.  Strasburg was insanely good the second half of last season and with a payday looming, we expect nothing but his best no matter how annoying at times he is to own. 

Josh Donaldson:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .325.  Scary to think Donaldson might even better his MVP 2016 numbers.  He certainly is capable and in the right ballpark.

Troy Tulowitzki:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .139.  Ugly start to the season for the second year in a row for Tulo but at least it seems like his power is returning a bit.  A clear step or two or even THREE down from where Tulo once was as a first round pick.

Marcus Stroman:  8 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.22.  While he won't have anywhere near the K rate of other aces, you better believe that this kid can be in the SP 1 conversation by the end of the season. 

Kris Bryant:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .250.  Power explosion ready to launch in 3, 2, 1......

Jason Hammel:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 0.75.  Once again Hammel is going back to his habits of being excellent in the first half of the season but his career trends are him going south as the innings pile up. 

Mark Trumbo:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .389.  Another one we nailed here as we suggested buying very low on Trumbo this spring after he moved into a game of a ballpark in Baltimore.  We thought his power would explode like in his old Arizona days and so far he has been locked in on that front.  Yes we have been tremendous critics of Trumbo over the years but we recognize value when we see it and Trumbo is one of the best of the bunch this season. 

Jose Altuve:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .317.  Back-to-back home runs from Altuve who is now showing there is not anything he can't do on the diamond.  Is there really any debate anymore now about Altuve being a first round pick? 

Ian Kennedy:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.66.  Kennedy seems to like Kansas City which is turning into the pitching Lourdes that Pittsburgh is over at the other league. 

 

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