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Monday, July 30, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: KOLBY ALLARD SP ATLANTA BRAVES

At the ripe old age of 20, top Atlanta Braves pitching prospect Kolby Allard has be summoned by the team from Triple-A to make his MLB debut Tuesday versus the Miami Marlins.  While he certainly has a plush first assignment that would instantly draw fantasy baseball interest, Allard is bit of an anomaly in terms of being a buzzy pitching prospect who lacks in the strikeout department.  The 14th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft certainly has the numbers to warrant the promotion however as Allard has pitched to a sparkling 2.80 ERA in 109.1 innings at Triple but his 7.16 K/9 leave a lot to be desired on that front.  Clearly, Allard is your classic control artist as his 2.72 BB/9 is excellent 0.49 HR/9 even better.  So while Allard may not blow anyone away with 98-mph fastballs, he also doesn't defeat himself via walks or home runs which is a tendency never to be overlooked.  So in essence what we have here is a must add in NL-only formats and a speculative addition in deeper mixed fantasy baseball leagues.  While the lack of K's dulls some of the excitement, Allard looks like he at least could be a key SP 5 boost if he can stick around.


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