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June 4, 2014

Deep Impact

Week Nine

by Ben Carsley


You only get one chance to make an introduction. Unless you write a weekly column.

Eddie Butler, SP, Rockies
News broke fairly late last night that Butler will replace Franklin Morales in the Rockies rotation in short order, and this is a very good thing for fantasy owners. Butler will already be owned in dynasty leagues, of course, but in deep leagues with shallow rosters or no minor league rosters, there’s a decent chance he’s unowned. Despite the fact that Butler is a pitcher who will call Coors Field home, that should change immediately.

Butler has been quite good in Double-A so far this season, posting a 2.49 ERA through 68.2 innings pitched. His strikeout rate is a bit low at just 14 percent, but that’s uncharacteristic of how Butler has performed throughout his career. Plus, part of the reason Butler projects as a successful pitcher in the majors despite his unfavorable home park is his ability to generate ground balls, and that skill has still been readily apparent this year. Butler lacks any Triple-A experience and doesn’t have many contextual factors in his favor, so there’s a decent shot that his first taste of the majors doesn’t go exactly as planned. But while I may preach caution in shallower leagues, he’s a must-add for deep leagues, as his upside is as a legit no. 4 fantasy starter this year.

Rubby De La Rosa, SP, Red Sox
Speaking of talented pitchers with unfavorable contextual factors, De La Rosa made a triumphant return to the major leagues this week, throwing seven innings of shutout ball with eight strikeouts against the Rays. While we can’t expect RDLR to be that dominant moving forward, he’s been moderately successful as a starter in Triple-A this season, and the Red Sox are now reaping the rewards of their decision to leave De La Rosa in the rotation.

With Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront both theoretically eligible to return from the DL later in June, there’s a chance that De La Rosa’s stint in the Boston rotation is relatively short-lived. For that reason, I can’t advocate blowing a ton of FAAB on him, as there’s really no guarantee he makes mores than five starts this year. That being said, if you really need pitching help he’s a nice gamble, and if you’re looking to pick up some extra starts this month, you could do far worse than to turn to the talented right-hander. If he demonstrates the ability to dominate in the major leagues as a starter on a consistent basis, he’ll have increased his long-term value, too.

Jesse Hahn, SP, Padres
Hahn made his major -eague debut for the Padres last night, and thought he started off very strong he finished with a pretty ugly line, lasting just 3 2/3 innings and giving up four earned runs. I like Hahn as a potential back-end starter in the long run, and any pitcher with a pulse is somewhat interesting in Petco, but I’m going to advocate holding off on Hahn in deep leagues unless he’s going to cost you next to nothing right now.

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MaineSkin

Butler had his cutter shelved by the Rockies, so he could work more on his 4FB CMD and CB development per Mr Parks. As long as he relies on the GB, he'll get his Ks off the SL.
DLR has 3 +pitches, but only needed 2 v the terrible TB offense. If the CTL is present now entering his 2nd yr after TJS, maybe we see the kid who took the NL by storm with the LAD.
Butler or DLR?

Jun 04, 2014 05:45 AM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
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I prefer Butler by a wide margin.

Jun 04, 2014 06:17 AM
 
davinhbrown

Offered a $1 T Jordan, and $9 Soler for a $20 Headley.

NL only dynasty where you lose players that go to AL, and salaries increase $2/yr for major leaguers.

Is offer fair?

I thought of also including a $1 JR Graham.

Jun 04, 2014 07:40 AM
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jonjacoby

Annoyed at myself for taking Jonathan Gray over Butler in my NL-Only Reserves. Now I'm going to have to blow the FAAB wad.

Jun 04, 2014 08:36 AM
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Nojsztat

And just as quickly as you type up your two paragraphs urging us not to pick up Jesse Hahn, the Padres option him back to the minors anyway. He's useful in a dynasty league, but not ready to compete in the big leagues in 2014.

Jun 04, 2014 13:20 PM
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