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April 30, 2014

Deep Impact

Week Four

by Ben Carsley


The names aren’t as sad this week, as I get to talk about three young players and Gavin Floyd. You can’t win ‘em all, but things are looking up!

Gavin Floyd, SP, Braves
Remember when the Braves weren’t going to have enough pitching to compete after Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy were lost for the season? Welp... here we are at April’s end, and now we’re wondering where Floyd—a savvy offseason pickup by GM Frank Wren—is going to fit in a crowded rotation once he’s healthy. Floyd is currently on a rehab assignment in High-A, and could be ready for the majors as soon as early-to-mid May.

Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, and Ervin Santana are firmly cemented in the rotation, and one would assume that David Hale would be bumped in favor of Mike Minor when the later rejoins the Braves in short order. I’m assuming the plan was for Floyd to take Aaron Harang’s spot, but “Aaron Harang has been too good to remove from the rotation,” is a sentence you can say with a straight face in 2014. This creates an interesting buy-low opportunity for Floyd, who may begin the year in the bullpen but will likely start at some point this year. He’ll be back on everyone’s radar once he comes off the DL, so act soon if you want to speculate on him being in the rotation by June.

Randal Grichuk, OF, Cardinals
Raise your hand if you thought it would be Grichuk, and not Oscar Taveras or Stephen Piscotty, who would be the first Cardinals outfield prospect to get to the majors this year. It’s surprising, but this is where we find ourselves, with Grichuk replacing Shane Robinson and figuring to serve as a bench bat and occasional starter against southpaws. Never considered an elite prospect, Grichuk should be of some interest to deep league owners nonetheless thanks to his solid supporting cast and the fact that he’ll likely only face lefties in the majors.

Grichuk was hitting .310/.351/.529 in Triple-A at the time of his promotion, and he’s shown an ability to take the occasional walk and hit for solid power throughout his MiLB career. On the one hand, it’s doubtful he sees even 250 PA this season. On the other hand, it’s not like you’ve never started a platoon outfielder in a deep league before, and Grichuk isn’t a wholly unappealing option. I wouldn’t actively make room for him, but if he was available and I needed another bat, I’d be fine spending a few FAAB dollars on Grichuk.

Jace Peterson, 3B/SS, Padres
When Chase Headley hit the DL with a calf injury earlier last week, I feared I’d be writing about Brooks Conrad or Tyler Greene or some other fantasy soul-crushing Quad-A retread in this space. Instead, the Padres surprised many by going young and summoning Peterson to the majors. A name who will be familiar to prospect hounds, Peterson is one of the more interesting positional prospects in San Diego’s system, but wasn’t projected to reach the majors this season, or at least not until quite late in the year.

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