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June 26, 2014

Deep Impact

Week 12

by Ben Carsley


What an intro what an intro what an intro what a mighty good intro.

Odrisamer Despaigne, RHP, Padres
Despaigne missed a ton of bats but struggled mightily with his control in Triple-A this year after defecting to the U.S. from Cuba last season. So what did he do in his MLB debut against the Giants earlier this week? He struck out just one and walked no one over seven shutout innings, of course. He apparently impressed many people on the Internet along the way, as Despaigne has become something of a hot topic over the past few days.

The bad news is that all this talk of Despaigne having a deep repertoire is off base from a scouting POV. He’s really more of an “everything but the kitchen sink” guy, as the reason he needs to throw so many breaking pitches is that none of them really profiles as plus. Fortunately, Despaigne gets to use that skillset at Petco Park in half of his starts, which means he could produce respectable fantasy stats despite his limitations. Don’t go crazy and blow a ton of FAAB on him, but if you are looking for cheap innings in deeper leagues, it’s fine to take a flier on Despaigne.

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