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Sunday, August 19, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: DANIEL PONCEDELEON

If fantasy baseball value was placed on how cool a guy's name was, St. Louis Cardinals hurler Daniel Poncedeleon would be a first-round pick every spring.  While it is fun to say the kid's name, Poncedeleon has some game as well as he has logged a tidy 2.04 ERA while making one start and mostly operating out of the bullpen for the team in his 2018 debut.  Poncedeleon has been so solid that the Cards will now remove the struggling Luke Weaver from the rotation and give Poncedeleon a chance to show what he could do as a starter.  Now in terms of fantasy baseball impact, Poncedeleon had a 2.15 ERA and 10.08 K/9 rate in 92.0 IP at Triple-A this season which continue to speak to the positives here but he also has shown rough control at every stage of his development.  It also will likely take Poncedeleon a bit to stretch himself back out again and so counting on him to help your fantasy baseball rotation down the stretch is not looking like a promising option to undertake.  Then there is Weaver who has been nothing but a monstrous bust this season and reinforces the notion to never again overvalue a pitcher's half-season debut from the campaign prior.  

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