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Thursday, June 7, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: JALEN BEEKS SO BOSTON RED SOX SP BOSTON RED SOX

With the Boston Red Sox in need of an arm to fill a start for the team on Thursday, the decision was made to promote the team's 2014 12th-round draft pick Jalen Weeks.  While the Red Sox at this point are taking Weeks on a start-to-start basis, there is some intriguing talent here that became evident through his impressive results at Triple-A where he logged a 2.56 ERA and was a K machine to the tune of a massive 12.78 K/9 rate.  The strikeouts alone make Beeks someone who is a major person of interest in fantasy baseball and now that he will be throwing for one of the best teams in the game, win opportunities will flow here if he can stick in the rotation as well. 

Now in digging into the numbers, Weeks began to build a name for himself in 2017 as he put forth a 3.86 ERA at Triple-A after he absolutely dominated at Double-A with a 2.19 mark.  What has really elevated Beeks this season is that he lowered his shaky 3.10 BB/9 last season at Triple-A to just 2.24 at the same level prior to this promotion.  Throw that in with Week's monster strikeout numbers and we have a lot to work with here.  So at the very least, Weeks is worth starting on Thursday given the strikeout appeal and also for the fact that rookie pitchers making their debut tend to have a sizable advantage against hitters who have never faced him before.  This is especially true for guys who can collect K's like Weeks can and so this promotion has legs to it.  Add Beeks where available and throw him in there Thursday as we begin to see how this will stock will shape itself. 


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