June 17, 2014
Who can say where the day flows? Why I write intros? Only time.
Andrew Heaney, SP, MIA
The Marlins haven’t been shy about promoting prospects in recent years, so it’s not altogether shocking that Heaney is making his debut nearly one year after being drafted. He’s long gone in dynasty leagues, of course, but if you’re in a deep league where you can’t acquire players until they’re in the majors, Heaney is worth a substantial investment. If you’ve been conservative with FAAB to this point, Heaney is the type of pitcher you can splurge on, as he’s really just one tier below the Noah Syndergaard/Archie Bradley group and he’ll enjoy a favorable home ballpark. As long as Heaney doesn’t bomb his first few starts, I’d expect him to throw close to 100 innings for the Marlins, and he could contribute meaningfully in ERA, WHIP, K, and W during that span. Go all in here.
Jesus Montero, UT, SEA
This isn’t to say that Montero has completely cured what ails him. I’m still skeptical as to his ability to recognize off-speed pitches, and as a full-time DH, Montero is going to have to really, really hit to keep a spot on the MLB roster. But Montero has at least bought himself a brief respite from “RIP this prospect” status, and given Seattle’s health and offensive woes there’s no reason to think he can’t stick with the club if he’s good. Don’t touch him unless you’re in really, really deep leagues, but consider him if you’re truly desperate. Hopefully Bret Sayre will stop aiming his gun at my head now.
Kyle Parker, 1B/OF, COL
It doesn’t sound like Parker is due for a ton of playing time up front, and that’s especially true with Corey Dickerson off to a hot start in the majors. However, if the Rockies want another tough right-handed bat to throw against southpaws, Parker could replace Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon or Justin Morneau on occasion, and he has more upside than fellow righty Brandon Barnes as well. Odds are Parker doesn’t see more than 150 PA this season, so don’t go nuts on him when it comes to FAAB. But if you’re looking for a bench bat in deeper or NL-only leagues, Parker’s capable of contributing some immediate power.
Deep League Streamer of the Week: Jeff Locke, Pirates
Twitter Question of the Week:
Any time Darin Ruf and Jordan Lyles are involved, you know you’re talking deep leagues! I can see why Chris would be tempted by this trade, as Lyles is having a sneaky-good year, Cingrani has shown the ability to be an effective no. 3 MLB starter and Ruf has power. Add in Bailey’s uninspiring start to the 2014 season, and in super deep leagues, the Cingrani/Lyles/Ruf trio starts to look somewhat appealing.
But at the end of the day, this is quantity over quality. Cingrani should return to the rotation for someone someday, but right now, he’s just another middle reliever. Even if we take Lyles’ improvement at face value, he’s a no. 3/4 starter pitching in Coors Field. And Ruf doesn’t profile as an everyday player, even on a second-division team. You’re better off holding on to Bailey right now, since he’s not at peak value, but if you must trade him, aim for one or two better players rather than this hodgepodge of mediocrity.