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May 30, 2013

Free Agent Watch

American League, Week Nine

by Paul Singman


Josh Phegley, C, Chicago White Sox
Ownership:  ESPN: 0.0% Yahoo!: 0%  CBS: 1%
2013 Stats: 29 R, 11 HR, 30 RBI, 0 SB, .329 AVG (AAA)

Simply put, Tyler Flowers isn’t doing a good job of filling the void left by A.J. Piersynzki’s departure from Chicago. In his first full season, the 27-year-old Flowers is triple-slashing a disappointing .198/.271/.339 at the plate. Sometimes a catcher can justify his playing time with stellar defensive play, but Flowers hasn’t been up to par behind the plate either.

This has led to calls for Phegley, the White Sox’ Triple-A backstop who is currently lighting up the International League. In 39 games, he is batting an outstanding .329 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI. For a catcher, those numbers are especially impressive. And although he’s not known as a defensive wizard behind the plate, he’s at least been throwing out runners at an impressive 50 percent clip. The White Sox aren’t going to put up with Flowers’ replacement-level play much longer, so Phegley could see major-league action in the next few weeks, or even sooner. If called up, I wouldn’t expect Phegley to be a top-20 catcher or even play everyday. Still, he’s someone to keep a speculative eye on in two-catcher leagues because of his offensive potential.

Kyle Gibson, SP, Minnesota Twins
Ownership: ESPN: 0.0% Yahoo!: 1%  CBS: 12%
2013 Stats: 60 IP, 4 W, 0 SV, 53 K, 2.82 ERA, 1.07 WHIP (AAA)

With the Super Two deadline slowly nearing and likely to pass sometime in early June, plenty of prospects will magically become “ready” for the major leagues. Gibson is basically assured to be part of that bunch, and AL-only leaguers should be awaiting his arrival. I won’t say eagerly awaiting since Gibson is more of a solid number-three arm than a marquee starter. The former first-rounder currently has a 2.82 ERA in 60 Triple-A innings. His 7.86 K/9 is solid, but suggests that strikeouts won’t play a big role in his fantasy value. I see Gibson as a 4.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, mid-7.00s K/9 type of pitcher, which could make him worth rostering, but mostly just in AL-only leagues.

Nate Freiman, 1B, Oakland A’s
Ownership:  ESPN: 0.1% Yahoo!: 0%  CBS: 1%
2013 Stats: 5 R, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB, .259 AVG

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