June 26, 2014
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Odrisamer Despaigne, RHP, Padres
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.
Brad Mills, LHP, Athletics
Mills put up some nice numbers in Triple-A this year, posting a 1.56 ERA, 9.24 K/9, and 2.16 BB/9 in 75 innings. He benefited from some BABIP luck, to be sure, but it was interesting to see his strikeout percentage tick up to 26.2, considering his career average is 19.9 percent. Odds are this is just an aberration, and it’s tough to see Mills as a starter for a playoff team for longer than a few turns through the rotation. But if Oakland mutes his home run tendencies and Mills can keep missing more bats than his career average suggests he should, he’ll become an interesting streaming option at home.
Joe Panik, 2B/SS, Giants
That said, I advise you to root for his success from afar when it comes to fantasy. Panik put up a decent .321/.382/.447 line in Triple-A this season, but he doesn’t project to hit like that in the majors, doesn’t hit for much power, and doesn’t really run. His ability to play both middle infield positions and put the barrel on the ball will let him stick around the majors for a long time, but most likely as a utility infielder.
Deep League Streamer of the Week: Josh Collmenter, Diamondbacks
Twitter Question of the Week:
I know that 16 teams isn’t quite as deep as my target audience here, but I think this is an interesting trade offer nonetheless. I like Latos a lot and think he’s a legit no. 2 fantasy starter (no. 1 in deep leagues) when healthy. He’s also still just 26, so I get the temptation to make this move.
But giving up 10 years of control of two players who profile as legit fantasy starters for just two years of a good but non-elite starter just isn’t something I can advise. Arcia has the power and hit tools to bat .275 with 25 homers for many years, which would make him a no. 3 outfielder in this format. Gray’s upside is actually higher than Latos’, and even if you don’t think he’s going to get there, giving up 150 potential starts for 45 is a short-sighted move. If you’re going for it this year and want to deal one of these guys for Latos, I can accept it. But definitely don’t move both.