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May 7, 2014

Deep Impact

Week Five

by Ben Carsley


Introductions are for strangers. Let’s get right to it.

Trevor Bauer, SP, Indians
In last week’s Deep Impact, I was all like, “guys, you should totally pick up Marcus Stroman because he’s going to get the call soon.” Then he did. This week, I implore you to totally go pick up Bauer, because it’s going to be his turn in very short order. Yes, the Indians have turned to Josh Tomlin over Bauer in the interim, but the odds of Tomlin pitching well enough to stay in the rotation long-term aren’t great. Add in that the Tribe could look to replace Danny Salazar soon, and there should be plenty of opportunity for Bauer in the majors moving forward.

Through 32 2/3 innings in Triple-A this season, Bauer owns a 1.10 ERA, 24.8 percent strikeout rate, and 7.2 percent walk rate, and he’s had one successful start in the majors this year as well. His true talent level may lie a bit below what we’re seeing from him right now, but it’s certainly higher than anything he demonstrated in 2013. Yes, Bauer has had some developmental issues, but the natural talent has always been there and it certainly looks like it’s all coming together. If you want to add him, you’ll likely have to do it while he’s still in the minors, so pull the trigger soon.

Chris Coghlan, OF, Cubs
Hey, remember Coghlan? He’s tied with Angel Berroa for “most random ROY winner of the past 15 years,” and after floundering in Miami for the past three seasons he now finds himself on the North Side of Chicago, because that’s pretty much how life works for players like Coghlan. Nonetheless, with Ryan Sweeney (sad trombone) on the disabled list, Coghlan should get a chance at semi-regular playing time against right-handed pitching. Is he usable in deep leagues?

The short answer is: it depends what you’re looking for. If you need speed, can afford a potential hit in average and play in a daily lineup league, I think Coghlan is worth a look. He has a .278/.343/.409 line against right-handed pitching for his career, though his numbers from the past two years are less inspiring. And Coghlan’s hitting just .243 in Triple-A this season, though he is reaching base at a .379 clip. Add in Coghlan’s six steals, and it’s possible he reaches base enough to run a bit if you can start him against right-handed opposition only. He’s not a real difference maker, but you could do worse than to have Coghlan on your bench. I should know—I have Logan Schafer on a team.

Scott Hairston, OF, Nationals
You know how you know you’re reading a deep league column? Hairston is not the worst outfielder profiled in this space. The right-hander has recently returned from the disabled list and, thanks to the absence of Bryce Harper, figures to serve as a short-side platoon partner with Nate McLouth for the next several weeks. Terribly exciting? No. But potentially useful? Yes indeed.

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