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Saturday, May 28, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY PART 1

Joe Mauer:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .281.  Without catcher eligibility, the only reason to own Mauer is if you just can't stop living in the past. Guys with his hitting profile are a dime a dozen.  Just look on the wire.  They are all there.

Miguel Sano:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .228.  Sano is starting to hit the cover off the ball but only with home runs.  The power is coming around to what was advertised but if you are happy with a .230 average then fine by me.  I am not.

Franklin Gutierrez:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .219.  Here is to hoping the splendid comeback story from Gutierrez last season has another chapter. 

Felix Hernandez:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 2.86.  Will be watching Hernandez closely this summer to see if he struggles as bad as he did last year once July arrived.  If it happens again. a trend is emerging and that is that Hernandez' arm starts getting tired early now after all those massive innings already on his still young frame. 

Pat Dean:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.43.  Well what do we have here?  Anytime there are strikeouts like this, especially in the AL, you have our attention.  Dean is a former 2010 third round pick of the team but his K/9 rates in the minors were horrendous at 5.00 and 4.93 the last two years.  So basically ignore the 8 K's last night and don't bother. 

Matt Kemp:  3/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .232.  Love the power but Kemp is aging so much now that he is devolving into a pure home run specialist which is not what you want to see from any fantasy baseball bat.  Age does not discriminate. 

Yangervis Solarte:  2/5 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .289.  Solarte has become a very useful player with eligibility all over the diamond the last few seasons so he makes for an excellent bench stash that you can plug in anywhere on light schedule days or Sunday high days off.  The power is not going to stay where it is over the last week as you know but average, runs, and a few homers is in the cards. 

Brandon Drury:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .301.  We are now into almost a month of usefulness from Drury who is holding the average and still hitting for power.  The minor leagues numbers didn't show this type of player but we said the same about Aledmys Diaz and look where that has gone. 

Jake Lamb:  1/1 with his 7th HR while hitting .280.  Even when he doesn't start, Lamb is showing how underrated he is. 

Christian Friedrich:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.65.  Yeah getting drafted by the Colorado Rockies has a way of really stunting your growth.  Now that he has escaped that carnage, Friedrich is showing why he was the 25th pick overall in the 2008 draft.  It has been a long road to here filled with struggles but Friedrich is still not worth your time despite the glowing ERA.  His 4.66 ERA at Triple-A and 7.00 there the year before shows you this. 

Albert Pujols:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .219.  Age, age, age. 

Matt Shoemaker:  8.1 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 5.96.  This guy just won't go away. 

Nick Castellanos:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .341.  This is Nick Castellanos giving me the finger for calling him regression candidate. 

Michael Fulmer:  7.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.97.  Two excellent outings in a row for Fulmer who survived a near demotion to become a sudden asset.  Fulmer does not have the top K rate as other prime pitching prospects but he deserves notice in deeper formats and non-inning capped setups. 





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