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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Kolten Wong:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .500.  Listen pick up Wong and ask questions later.  Now 28 and with a few seasons of disappointing campaigns in the rearview mirror, this is likely Wong's last chance to show the early optimism about his power/speed game was not misplaced.

Colin Moran:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .750.  Moran is obviously hot as a pistol and this run should be ridden out until he cools.  Still young enough to retain some upside, Moran is worth checking out.

Chris Archer:  5 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.00.  The good Chris Archer showed up today and we all know how inconsistency is the name of the game here.  Archer simply doesn't have a third pitch to heighten his impressive power arsenal but Pittsburgh has seen some reclamation projects really take off over the years such as A.J. Burnett, Franciso Liriano, and Ivan Nova.

Mike Clevinger:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 3 BB 12 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Ever since coming up in 2017, Clevinger has been steadily getting better every season and wow what a start to 2019.  The strikeouts really have jumped out here since the beginning and I for one am fully on board the legitimacy here.

Gary Sanchez:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .250.  His defense remains atrocious but Sanchez is picking up the slack on the injury-marred Yankees with his second homer in as many days.  The average figures to be volatile as it is for any catcher but Sanchez is without peer in terms of power at the position when all is going right.

Brett Gardner:  2/4 with his first HR and first SB while hitting .176.  A throwback game for Gardy who figures to play a bunch now with the Yankee lineup decimated.  That could be a useful thing in the short-term but Gardner at his age does tend to slump the more he plays so there is a time limit to any sort of fun.

Khris Davis:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .250.  Even in today's homer-centric explosion of a game, Davis is something else.

Matt Chapman:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .376.  Chapman I don't think got the hype he deserved both last season and this spring in terms of fantasy baseball but he sure seems intent on changing that narrative.  While the average may not be overly pretty once things settle down, it shouldn't be a killer either.  Add in the 30 homer potential and Chapman could easily plant himself among the better third baseman in the game.

Ramon Laureano:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting. 167.  Laureano has interesting tools such as burgeoning power and speed to burn but his ability to hit is in question and right now he is buried at the bottom of the lineup.  While the lineup issue is not as major in the AL, Laureano's strikeout-heavy results make him a true lottery pickup right now.

Aaron Brooks:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Already 28 and a former 2011 9th round pick, Brooks had just a 6.70 K/9 at Triple-A last season.  He will be exposed quickly and it will get ugly.

Pete Alonso:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .412.  Queue up the home run Alonso hit last night as it was insane how easy a swing he had and the ball went to the deepest part of the spacious Miami ballpark in a flash.  Everything coming up roses here so far.

Juan Lagares:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Those who play in NL-only or deeper leagues could do well than to take a whirl here as Lagares can run and has some underrated power.  The problem with him is that he has never been able to stay healthy but when on the field has produced.

Caleb Smith:  5 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.60.  This was a continuation of what was looking like a nice breakout for Smith in 2018 before injuries sent him to the shelf.  There is an easy fastball here that induces a bunch of swings and misses and so even though there won't be many wins to speak of, Smith should be on the waiver wire radar.

Yasiel Puig:  1/4 while hitting .091.  I admit I took an aggressive plunge on the infuruating Puig this spring given his new digs in Cincy but I already have a queasy feeling about this.

David Hess:  7 IP 0 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.00.  No issue with Hess being removed from a no-hitter given how early in the season it is and his youth but instead let's focus on his possible addition to your squad.  Still just 25, Hess was pretty terrible in logging a 4.88 ERA last season and his K/9 rates have been middling while coming up the minor league ladder.  Next!

Randal Grichuk:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .125.  The Blue Jays will have no qualms letting the streaky Grichuk plays on a daily basis given their rebuilding status which should result in about 25-30 homers but you can do so much better.

Trey Mancini:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .500.  There was a bit of a sophomore slump for Mancini a year ago after a nice 2017 debut but the minor league rates all suggest a guy who can hit for average and reach 20 homers.  You can do well with him as a spare part.

Ender Inciarte:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .125.  You may not see it yet but Inciarte is Jonathan Villar with a better average.

Ronald Acuna Jr.:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .214.  There could very well be a sophomore slump here for Acuna Jr. based on the history of young players who come up and take no prisoners as a rookie and then fall back a bit the following season when pitchers adjust.  Ultimately, I think Acuna Jr. is just too talented to let that go on past the initial month or two of 2019.

Sean Newcomb:  4 IP 6 H 0 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 0.00.  The arm has some juice but Newcomb can't be touched with his control as bad as it has been.

George Springer:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .250.  I wish Springer and Jose Altuve would swap spots in the order.  In terms of Springer himself, he has been a guy I have always faded as the average is never great and the steals from the minors never made the trek north. 

Brad Peacock:  6.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.35.  We have seen glimpses of usefulness from Peacock in the past in terms of his above-average strikeout rate but I need to see a bit more before investing. 

Jay Bruce:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .200.  Bruce has settled into being a dependable OF 3 when not battling injuries and this will be his classification in Seattle as his power plays everywhere.

Chris Taylor:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .154.  The Dodgers are hitting home runs like it is batting practice. 

Julio Urias:  5 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Urias should be back on your radar as he was a major power pitching prospect before injuries derailed his progress.  Pick him up everywhere.

Adam Jones:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .375.  That's now three home runs since you should have picked up Adam Jones. 

Fernando Tatis Jr.:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .222.  The first of many homers for the prospect monster but again keep in mind it may be awhile before the average helps you.




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