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July 29, 2014

Deep Impact

Week 17

by Ben Carsley


I’m too sad thinking about Jon Lester to write a real intro.

Chris Capuano, LHP, Yankees
Capuano seems to have more lives than a cat, which, proverbially speaking, has nine lives. He was brilliant as a reliever with the Red Sox in the early days of 2014, but was then decidedly less brilliant as the season went on, leading to his release in June. Capuano then signed a minor league deal with the Rockies and was acquired by the Yankees late last week. Yes, Capuano has called Fenway Park and Yankees Stadium home this season, and could potentially have called Coors Field home, too. Capuano does not give a damn about your fantasy league.

Yet somehow, Capuano has found himself back in the rotation for an AL East team that’s in contention, and it looks like he could stay there for a little while if he performs. He threw six innings of two-run ball against a depleted Blue Jays team last week, earning a no-decision in his first start with New York. That’s better than we realistically could’ve hoped for, and you should be very, very selective about how you use Capuano moving forward. He’s still more of a spot starter than a truly roster-able option in 20-team and AL-only leagues, but he certainly has much more value today than he did a week ago.

Kyle Hendricks, RHP, Cubs
Often times when I sit down to write Deep Impact, I take a quick poll of the TINO boys to see if they have any suggestions as to who I should cover. Every week, Mau comes up with some obscure Cubs player who I largely ignore, but this week he caught my attention when he brought up Hendricks, who he tells me is in fact a different player from Twin-turned-Blue Jay-turned-Royal Liam Hendriks. This fascinated me, so I dug into Hendricks’ profile a bit, and it seems like Mau’s suggestion is, for once in his life, a good one.

Hendricks is fairly unheralded as a prospect but he’s put up decent numbers in Triple-A as a 24-year-old this year, holding minor league competition to a 3.59 ERA while striking out 18.2 percent of the batters he faced. Awe-inspiring? No. But if he can come close to replicating those numbers in the majors, he’ll be at least worthy of spot-starting against weak lineups or in many of the NL’s more cavernous parks. Most importantly, Hendricks may get Cubs Twitter to shut up about not having any pitching prospects for three minutes, which would be the greatest gift to the baseball community we’ve seen in a while.

Yangervis Solarte, INF, Padres
I’ve spent much of the season cautioning that Solarte wasn’t the .300 hitter we saw through April and May, so it feels odd to be semi-endorsing him here. But now that Solarte is out of the limelight and into baseball obscurity in San Diego, everyone is going to forget about him. Part of this oversight will be well deserved, as Solarte is never going to be a fantasy superstar. But he’s still worth rostering in 20-team and now in NL-only leagues, in my opinion, as I think he’ll see a good amount of playing time with the Padres.

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