April 30, 2014
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
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
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
Now that he’s here, what can Peterson do for fantasy owners? Well, he can run a bit, as evidenced by his 51 steals in 2012 and 43 steals a season ago, and he’s shown consistent bat-to-ball ability in the minors, too. But there’s little to suggest that Peterson is ready to succeed against MLB pitching on a consistent basis, and the best you’re likely to get from him right now is a non-embarrassing average and the occasional steal. If you can’t keep him once Headley is recalled and Peterson is inevitably demoted, it’s probably not worth rostering him at this point.
Marcus Stroman, SP, Blue Jays
In 20 2/3 innings across four starts in Triple-A, Stroman is boasting a 2.18 ERA, 29.2 percent strikeout rate and 6.7 percent walk clip in what’s been a dominating start. Many thought Stroman might see the majors last year before his suspension and Toronto’s collapse, so it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that he looks ready for the next level now. With Dustin McGowan Dustin McGowan-ing (thought to be fair he was excellent in his start last night) and the Jays looking for more impact from an inconsistent rotation, Stroman could potentially get a long look in short order. If you want him, you’ll need to add him within the next few days or someone else will.
Deep League Streamer of the Week: Jordan Lyles
Twitter Question of the Week
I adore this question. The answer, of course, is no. No, you should not roster Tzu Wei Lin in any league of any size. But this is the way deep leagues make us think. They inhibit our ability to instinctually know that no, of course Tzu Wei Lin should not be rostered. I was excited to pick up Sean Rodriguez and debated the merits of stashing Trayce Thompson in my deepest league lately, so Ben isn’t nuts for asking this question. But he’s still a little nuts. Is Lin even in the CBS database? He shouldn’t be.