It was a busy day for prospect promotions as not only did the Boston Red Sox bring up first baseman Sam Travis but the San Diego Padres added top arm Dinelson Lamet to make his first major league start Thursday against the New York Mets. Right off the bat Lamet is very interesting given the cushy home ballpark and decent initial matchup against a Mets team that is not swinging the bats well outside of Michael Conforto. Lamer also brings with him some very potent strikeout stuff as evidenced by the 24-year-olds 11.54 K/9 rate at Triple-A which is a very eye-opening number for a starter. Lamet also has registered a solid 3.23 ERA as well which means now is the time to try him out while the going is good.
Again the strikeouts are the name of the game here as Lamet also put up 10.97 and 11.02 K/9 rates at Triple-A and Double-A last season but the one big problem he has is with walks. Like with most young hurlers who throw hard, Lamet gives up too many free passes as his nasty 4.62 BB/9 rate shows this season. Be that as it may, the K's and home ballpark make Lamet a nice pickup in most fantasy baseball leagues and he could easily stick if he starts out strongly.