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July 8, 2014

Deep Impact

Week 14

by Ben Carsley


There are two types of people in this world: those who write intros, those who don’t, and those who can count.

Brandon McCarthy, RHP, Yankees
I generally write about players you want to target in Deep Impact, but here I want to warn you against giving up anything of much worth of McCarthy. Yes, he’s going to a better situation in terms of win totals in New York. And yes, some of his performance this season can be attributed to poor luck. But those who are simply looking at McCarthy’s BABIP and expecting a major turnaround are going to be disappointed.

ESPN’s Keith Law did a terrific job of breaking down why we might not expect McCarthy to improve earlier this week. As Law pointed out, 13 of the 15 homers McCarthy has surrendered this year have come off of sinkers or cutters up in the zone, and those are pitches McCarthy would generally rely on to induce ground balls. Even if he starts inducing more grounders with those pitchers, the Yankees’ infield defense isn’t going to help him out much on the BABIP front. And while Chase Field is hardly paradise for a pitcher, Yankee Stadium isn’t much better.

Basically, if you can get McCarthy for a waiver claim or a low FAAB bid, go for it. But if you snag him up with the expectation that he’s going to return to his dominant days in Oakland, you’ll be disappointed. His fantasy stock has only improved very marginally with his trade to New York.

Nolan Reimold, 1B/OF, Blue Jays
Nolan Reimold can hit adequately when he’s healthy. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a career .252/.327/.439 line in 1059 career PA with no discernable platoon splits. The problem, of course, is that those PA have come over five seasons, as Reimold has proven incapable of staying on the field. Finally released by the Orioles earlier this week, Reimold immediately caught on with the Blue Jays and will have a decent shot at seeing playing time thanks to the injury to Edwin Encarnacion.

Reimold clearly has power, but it’s fair to call his hit tool into question. He hit well in 2009 and in 2012 in limited plate appearances, but overall, his .252 average isn’t terribly promising from a fantasy point of view. However, Reimold finds himself in the middle of one of the major’s most potent offenses now, and he could contribute meaningfully in HR, RBI and R in the interim. He’s not a long-term solution by any means, but if you’re in an AL-only league or a league with 20-plus teams, he’s a decent gamble for some power at absolutely no cost.

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