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April 19, 2017

Deep League Report

Week 3

by Scooter Hotz


Hitters on the bad side of a platoon and lots of non-closing relievers—the Deep League Report has settled into midseason form a little earlier than expected.

AL-only position players

Matt Davidson
Spending significant parts of four-consecutive seasons in Triple A seems like a good way to get tagged as a quad-A player. Davidson has done just that, but you wouldn’t know it from his .355/.364/.742 line with the White Sox so far. He’s currently on the bad side of a platoon with Cody Asche, but if Davidson can keep hitting and Cody Asche keeps on being Cody Asche, he’ll start getting a lot more playing time.

Jaff Decker
A few years ago, the idea of playing Decker in center field would have raised a few eyebrows. He was viewed as a bat-first player who was stretched defensively as a corner outfielder. He’s improved defensively, but he still has managed to accumulate only 283 plate appearances in the majors at age 27. As a hitter, he has a lot of patience and a good eye, so he should get on base at a decent clip. He stole 19 bases a year ago between Triple A and the majors, so he could chip in with a few steals, as well. And if he keeps hitting, Rajai Davis and/or Matt Joyce will have to start—or else they’ll find themselves behind Decker on the depth chart in short order. If you’re in an OBP league, add an extra buck or two to whatever you would have bid in an AVG league.

Craig Gentry
He’s 33 years old and has never been an everyday player in the majors, but Gentry could be useful this year in deep leagues. He brings two things to the table that the Orioles conspicuously lack: speed and excellent outfield defense. What he has never done is hit enough to play every day, although he has been good against lefties throughout his career. His glove will get him a little more playing time than other fourth outfielders, thanks to the subpar defenders than Baltimore pencils into the lineup most days, and his legs will get him plenty of pinch-running appearances. If you need steals in a deep AL-only league, Gentry is worth a speculative FAAB bid.

Other Options: Chad Pinder, Mike Freeman, Shane Peterson

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