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July 15, 2014

Deep Impact

Week 15

by Ben Carsley


I would be the Yoenis Cespedes of the Lazy Intro Derby.

Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
Remember when Trevor Cahill was good? It wasn’t so long ago as it may feel, as the sinker-baller served as a capable mid-rotation starter as recently as 2012 and was passable in the rotation last year. He’s never really been a terrific fantasy asset because of the limited strikeouts he induces, but it’s hard to imagine just how far he’s fallen over the past season. Cahill looked like one of the more promising young starters in the game post-2012. This year, he lost starts to Mike Bolsinger.

Thankfully, Cahill appears to have figured something out in the minor leagues. After struggling to the tune of a 5.66 ERA and being demoted to the bullpen earlier this year, Cahill notched a 3.49 ERA in 28 1/3 Triple-A innings. We can’t ignore the fact that his command didn’t really improve in the minors, but he was at least good enough to warrant another shot in Arizona. I’m not super optimistic, but I’m hopeful that Cahill can at least throw up something close to a 4.00 ERA with a tolerable WHIP, which would make him of some interest in deeper leagues. Don’t spend a lot for him, but feel free to take a flier on the 26-year-old if you can get him cheap.

Dan Johnson, 1B, TOR
I’m fairly sure Dan Johnson has been bouncing between Triple-A and the MLB since 1994. Somehow, he’s back on a roster once again in real life in 2014, as the Blue Jays have gone through first basemen this year like the Blue Jays went through UCLs last year. With both Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind sidelined for the foreseeable future, there’s an opportunity for Dan Johnson to do what Dan Johnson does -- hit the occasional homer, do nothing else and find a way to infuriate Red Sox fans.

Johnson was hitting .248/.402/.471 in 403 Triple-A appearances this year, so while it’s unreasonable to expect him to hit for any sort of a decent average in the majors, he still has a little pop left. He probably won’t start every day, as the Jays have let Jose Bautista play some first base, but Johnson could be useful in 20-team mixed leagues or AL-only leagues in the coming weeks as his teammates recover. If you’re desperate for cheap power and can set your lineups daily, go for it—it’s not like he’ll cost you anything to acquire.

Ken Giles, RP, PHI
If you take your #closerwatch-ing duties seriously, you likely already know who Giles is. The flame-throwing relief prospect for the Phillies has recently made his MLB debut, and he’s blown away the opposition so far. In 14 innings, Giles has 18 strikeouts, three walks, and just one earned run on his line. This comes on the heels of dominating performances in Double-A and Triple-A to start the year.

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