May 3, 2017
Deep League Report
Unlike a week ago, there are no big names or hot prospects in this week’s Deep League Report, just the usual collection of players on the bad side of platoons, backups and non-closing relievers. Feels like home. Come on in, I’ll pour you a drink and turn on one of the West Coast games.
AL-only position players
Activated from the 10-day DL late this past week, Rickard should get a fair amount of playing time in left field for the Orioles against left-handed starters. He offers some stolen-base potential in deeper leagues. Considering the quick hook that Baltimore has had with Hyun Soo Kim in the past, it wouldn’t take much of a slump for Rickard to get starts against righties. The bigger threat to Rickard’s playing time might be Trey Mancini, who started the season hot but has cooled off considerably over the past few weeks.
He doesn’t have a lot of power, but Gamel brings a little bit of everything else to the table for roto owners. The 24-year-old hit .308/.365/.420 in Triple A a year ago, with six home runs, 19 steals, 51 RBIs and 80 runs scored in 533 plate appearances. He has a clear shot at playing time in Seattle for the next 3-4 weeks while Mitch Haniger is sidelined with an oblique injury. At a minimum, he should steal some bases and score some runs. He will also draw some walks, so add a buck or two to your bid in OBP leagues.