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June 5, 2014

TTO Scoresheet Podcast

Novelty Food

by Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss


Drafting a player taken in the recent amateur draft yields a special sort of rush. All promise and potential, your pick could theoretically turn out to be the next Mike Trout and lead your Scoresheet team to championship after championship. Of course, that almost definitely isn’t going to happen. And while dreams of championships to come may be dandy, there’s a pennant race this season to consider. So below are some players who might be available in your league to consider taking instead of a second or third draftee.

Players who can count on getting a Choomongous at Globe Life Park in Arlington:

Daniel Norris (75% available in AL-only leagues, 79% in BL)
We’ll discuss this in more detail in next week’s podcast and article, but when you’re picking in Scoresheet’s Round 40, it’s sometimes too easy to fall in love with the shiny new toy and jump on draftees. Daniel Norris remains available in 75 percent of AL-based leagues, and unlike every draft prospect, he’s already succeeding in High-A ball. There are still a few warts with Norris, mostly around a record of health and his distance from the majors, but his issues are shared by much of the draft cohort.

Scott Sizemore (64% / 68%)
We’ll confess that we missed the Yangervis Solarte train, too, only giving him cursory mention as a sleeper pick in favor of the deposed Dean Anna. We had our eye on Sizemore as well, though, as someone who could take the third-base job in the long run. That’s not likely anymore now that Solarte appears to have a hammerlock on the position, but Sizemore can help in a pinch, and now that he’s been called up, the pressure of inertia is on his side.

Matt Shoemaker (83% / 88%)
We didn’t see this coming either, as Shoemaker seemed to be destined to be either an emergency starter or designated for assignment for the remainder of his career. His relatively hot start after Hector Santiago’s implosion means that he has a fairly stable hold on a rotation slot for the foreseeable future, and he might be a solid backend starter there. A likely worst case scenario sees him moved to the pen, where, as Baseball Prospectus 2014 suggests, he has the potential to thrive.

Kevin Kiermaier (98% / 92%)
Wil Myers’ injury is crippling both to the Rays’ depth and to their season. Someone has to play the outfield, however, and it’s likely to be a player who has some potential to contribute in the season ahead. Enter Kiermaier, who is a defensive specialist with limited offensive upside. If you need the at bats, and you’re in a very deep league, Kiermaier should be getting some run. Also, check out Mikie Mahtook (96% available), former first-round pick and poor man’s Eric Byrnes, who’s having the best run of his career at Triple-A Durham and may soon get a call.

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