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April 23, 2014

Deep Impact

Week Three

by Ben Carsley


If you've ever wondered if you have a sickness when playing in a league, consider that I'm about to write about Bobby Abreu and Chris Young the pitcher, and it's entirely appropriate for me to do so.

Yes, you have a problem. And so do I.

Bobby Abreu, "OF," Mets
Yes, it is 2014 and we are talking about Bobby Abreu: Currently Employed Major Leaguer. In an attempt to infuse their bench with some offensive life, the Mets called up Abreu from Triple-A yesterday at the expense of Andrew Brown. The 40-year-old Abreu hit .395/.489/.579 in 45 PA in Las Vegas, driving out a homer and posting a stellar walk rate, per usual. The Mets plan to use him as a pinch hitter and occasional outfielder while he's with the big league club.

Though he's been out of the majors since 2012, it probably wouldn't surprise anyone if Abreu still proves to be a semi-competent presence at the plate. He did manage a .350 OBP when last we saw him, even if he was completely devoid of power. But Abreu truly does not belong in an outfield at this point, and his utter inability to defend, plus his modest offensive potential, should limit his playing time. Even in the deepest of leagues, I need to advocate passing on Abreu, despite how fun is resurgence is. He shouldn't get 100 PA this year, and if he does, the results might not be pretty anyway.

Tyler Lyons, SP, Cardinals
Apparently, it's damn near impossible for Carlos Martinez to earn a spot in the rotation. When news broke that Joe Kelly would hit the DL with a hamstring strain this week, many MiLB fans and fans of insane arm actions hoped that Martinez would finally move from the bullpen to the rotation, where his no. 2 starter potential could shine through. Instead, we get Tyler Lyons, and dynasty league and deep league owners are deprived a chance for some major excitement.

That being said, Lyons is likely to be somewhat serviceable in Kelly's absence, thanks in part to our lax requirements here, in part to Cardinals Voodoo Magic and in part due to his understated but effective skill set. Lyons doesn't strike many people out but he doesn't walk anyone either, and he'll obviously be playing in front of a great supporting cast. He's not a must-start by any stretch of the imagination, but if he finds himself in some semi-favorable matchups, I wouldn't have an issue rolling the dice with him and hoping for a cheap win. God, the deep league life is exciting.

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fawcettb

The Mets AAA team isn't Buffalo. He's been hitting in the PCL. Even so, I'm betting you're wrong about his ability to hit well.

Apr 23, 2014 06:36 AM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
BP staff

Thanks, we'll get that fixed. Either way, are you suggesting that I'm too optimistic here or do you think he can still be a productive MLB bat?

Apr 23, 2014 06:39 AM
 
Nojsztat

#FreeCarlosMartinez

Apr 23, 2014 07:09 AM
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jonjacoby

Is anyone tracking "Ben's Random X to do Y" and how they perform?

Apr 23, 2014 07:24 AM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
BP staff

Only someone silly would do that (I am 2/2 in random HR guesses, no big deal).

Apr 23, 2014 07:25 AM
 
ravenight

Just curious, would you consider dropping an injured Adam Lind for Singleton, or is that getting crazy?

Apr 23, 2014 10:51 AM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
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I would only do this if Lind is still on the DL when we get word that Singleton will be called up. Otherwise, it's too risky for similar upside.

Apr 24, 2014 07:11 AM
 
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