May 15, 2014
I'm not gonna write you an introduction. I'm the Sarah Bareilles of Baseball Prospectus.
In 38 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season, deGrom posted a 2.58 ERA with an 18.0 percent strikeout rate and a 6.2 percent walk rate. He'll be hard-pressed to repeat those numbers in the majors, but deGrom has the arsenal to survive at the back end of a second-division team's rotation for quite some time. I wouldn't spend a ton of FAAB on him, but he's definitely worth a look in favorable matchups, especially when used at home. I don't expect the Mets to be aggressive with Noah Syndergaard's promotion, so I think deGrom sees 10-plus starts this season, barring a disastrous beginning to his MLB career. He's not exciting, but he might be useful.
Johnny Giavotella, 2B, Royals
A classic "Four-A player" (but don't tell Royals Twitter), Giavotella has historically raked in Triple-A and fallen flat on his face in the majors. That being said, while it feels like Giavotella is a guy who's received a ton of time in Kansas City, he's only seen 444 PA at that level. Granted, that's in part because he's hit only .239/.277/.337, but given his Triple-A numbers I have to believe there's at least a little bit more in his bat. He's not a great long-term investment, but if you need MI help right now, Giavotella has the chance to hit for a non-embarrassing average and contribute modestly in R and RBI. Plus, if Mike Moustakas is demoted soon, there's a non-zero chance he could become a more regular part of the infield mix if Infante can play any third base.
Luis Jimenez, 3B, Angels
Jimenez's Triple-A stats this year are less than inspiring, but the 26-year-old has always had a respectable hit tool and a modest but present power tool, too. He's not going to get on base terribly often thanks to a pretty striking aversion to walks, but Jimenez has some bat-to-ball ability. He's not going to be any sort of long-term option for the Angels, but if he starts regularly while David Freese is out with a fractured finger, he has some deep league worth. The return will be modest here, but so too will be the investment.
Deep League Streamer of the Week: Chris Young, SEA
Twitter Question of the Week:
I don't know why you can't do this, Eric, but unless you're competing this year and need outfield help, you should. This question doesn't have relevancy for those in redraft leagues, but as we addressed on TINO this week, Springer is a great candidate for you to shop aggressively if you're seeking out Profar. The Astros outfielder has received a ton of hype so far this year, but he's still nowhere near the prospect Profar was coming up through the system, and you can't let prospect fatigue dissuade you from having interest in Profar's services. So pull the trigger, Eric. Do it for America.