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August 26, 2014

Deep Impact

Week 21

by Ben Carsley


That’s me in the intro. That’s me in the spotlight.

Rusney Castillo, OF, Red Sox
In last week’s Deep Impact, I talked up Mookie Betts, assuring owners that he’d see the majority of playing time in center field for the rest of the season now that Jackie Bradley Jr. has been relegated to the minor leagues. Whoops.

This weekend, as you may have heard, the Red Sox signed Castillo, a 27-year-old Cuban outfielder, to a seven-year deal that begins this year. While the right-handed hitter is starting his stateside career in the minors, he’ll likely be up sometime in September. And once he’s up, he’ll likely lead off and play center field pretty much every day. The temptation to rush out and pick up a guy like Castillo is pretty significant in redraft leagues, but despite his upside, this is a man who hasn’t played professionally in almost two years, and who’s probably looking at 50-60 PA this season. I wouldn’t burn significant FAAB on him, because there’s really no telling what to expect.

Long term, of course, the prognosis is much more promising. Castillo doesn’t have the raw fantasy upside of fellow Cuban outfielders like Yasiel Puig or Yoenis Cespedes, but he has more upside than Leonys Martin and should bat atop what figures to be a good lineup next year. If you want to talk absolute upside, Castillo is a 15-homer, 25-steal threat with a decent average, though there’s plenty of room for a performance below that, too. Long story short, Castillo’s not as attractive as you might think for 2014 uses, but he’ll likely be drafted as a top-30 outfielder for 2015, so deep leaguers should take note.

Michael Choice, OF, Rangers
I am not going to write about Michael Choice, because he’s not particularly worthy of writing about right now. Instead, I am going to write about Choice’s competition, to illustrate why you should stay away from Choice even though he may see playing time this year.

Choice’s competition right now is Daniel Robertson. Oftentimes, when I’m about to write up a player for Deep Impact, I’ll do a quick search in one of my ESPN leagues to make sure that player is owned in, say, less than about 15 percent of leagues. I did not have to do that with Robertson, because I did not know who he was until I looked at the Rangers depth chart this morning. This is not Athletics infield prospect Daniel Robertson, mind you: This is 28-year-old Rangers sixth outfielder Daniel Robertson, and I am writing about him on purpose right now for you.

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