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September 16, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 25

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Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

This is my final edition of Deep Impact for the year. It’s been real, deep leaguers. I admire your courage, question your sanity, and appreciate your camaraderie. See you on the other side in 2015.

Rusney Castillo, OF, Red Sox
Our long (err, three-week) wait is over: The Red Sox will promote Castillo to the major leagues on Tuesday, after a whirlwind minor-league tour that saw the 27-year-old win GCL and International League titles in the same two weeks. Castillo’s minor-league stint didn’t tell us much about him, of course, but he remains an intriguing addition for deep leaguers who need speed over the final two weeks. I’d expect Castillo to start the majority of the Red Sox’s game from here on out, and while he may not acclimate to MLB pitching right away, there’s also little reason for Boston to restrict his attempts on the basepaths. If you’re desperate for steals and need a high-upside play, Castillo is a nice choice.


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September 11, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 23

0

Ben Carsley

Keeping tabs on players who could help your deep-league squad down the stretch.

Tell me why, ain’t nothin but an intro.

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September 3, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 22

1

Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Out, out, brief intro!

Andrew Heaney, SP, Marlins
Remember Heaney? One of the better left-handed pitching prospects in the game, the 23-year-old had a rough introduction to life in the majors earlier this season. He allowed 15 earned runs across 20 2/3 innings and four starts and was relegated back to the minor leagues in early July. Heaney’s been decent if unspectacular in Triple-A ever since, and now finds himself back in the major leagues as rosters are expanding. With Henderson Alvarez possibly in line to miss some starts, that makes Heaney relevant for our purposes once again.


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August 26, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 21

8

Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

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.


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August 19, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 20

0

Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

525,600 intros.

Mookie Betts, OF/2B, Red Sox
For the third time this season, Betts finds himself as a member of the Boston Red Sox. This time, his promotion very well could be permanent, as the 21-year-old has continued to mash at the Triple-A level while his MLB counterpart, Jackie Bradley Jr., ranked as one of the worst hitters in the majors. Bradley should be stuck in Pawtucket until September, and even then, the Sox are unlikely to want to stifle Betts’ development, so it looks like fantasy owners have been gifted an interesting, useful outfielder for the remainder of the season.


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August 12, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 19

5

Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Intro time, you don’t have to go home but you can’t. Stay. Here.

Rymer Liriano, OF, Padres
Liriano has long been a pet prospect of mine, and I was happy to allow confirmation bias to set in when I learned that Craig Goldstein loved Liriano, too. The talented outfielder destroyed High-A as a 21-year-old in 2012, and was productive in limited playing time in Double-A, too. Tommy John then deprived him of his 2013 campaign, but he hit .264/.335/.377 in 415 Double-A PA this season, hitting 14 homers and swiping 17 bags along the way. After a 16-game cameo in Triple-A, Liriano now finds himself in the majors, and he should see substantial playing time immediately.


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August 5, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 18

2

Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

I bless the intros down in Africa.

Javier Baez, 2B, Cubs
Lost amid the litany of high-profile Cubs pitching prospects, Baez is a little-known power-hitting middle infielder who’s quietly made his way through Chicago’s system. Praised for his bat speed, raw power, and #rig but decried for his approach, eyesight, and streaky past performances, Baez is someone you should keep in mind in deep leagues nonetheless.


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July 29, 2014 10:48 am

Deep Impact: Week 17

1

Ben Carsley

Breaking down a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

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.


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July 22, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 16

1

Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Why you gotta be so cruel? Don't you write bad intros, too?

Ben Paulsen, 1B, Rockies
In a shocking twist of fate that few could've seen coming before the season began, Justin Morneau has been placed on the disabled list, this time with a neck injury. Morneau had been enjoying a very nice year in Colorado, but given his propensity for missing games, you should've been keeping stock of his replacements all along. Many assumed Kyle Parker would eventually get the call for one-half of the former "M&M boys," but instead it's the relatively unknown Paulsen who gets the nod.


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July 15, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 15

6

Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

I would be the Yoenis Cespedes of the Lazy Intro Derby.

Trevor Cahill, SP, ARI
Remember when Trevor Cahill was good? It wasn’t so long ago as it may feel, as the sinker-baller served as a capable mid-rotation starter as recently as 2012 and was passable in the rotation last year. He’s never really been a terrific fantasy asset because of the limited strikeouts he induces, but it’s hard to imagine just how far he’s fallen over the past season. Cahill looked like one of the more promising young starters in the game post-2012. This year, he lost starts to Mike Bolsinger.


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July 8, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 14

1

Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

There are two types of people in this world: those who write intros, those who don’t, and those who can count.

Brandon McCarthy, RHP, Yankees
I generally write about players you want to target in Deep Impact, but here I want to warn you against giving up anything of much worth of McCarthy. Yes, he’s going to a better situation in terms of win totals in New York. And yes, some of his performance this season can be attributed to poor luck. But those who are simply looking at McCarthy’s BABIP and expecting a major turnaround are going to be disappointed.


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July 1, 2014 6:00 am

Deep Impact: Week 13

1

Ben Carsley

Examining a handful of players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.

Now is the intro of our discontent.

Nick Ahmed, INF, Diamondbacks
Ahmed is so gritty and such A Baseball Player (TM), Kevin Towers is probably mad he can’t trade for him again. After battling a “utility infielder” stigma for most of his professional career, Ahmed blew up in Triple-A this season, hitting .324/.390/.431 in 336 games. Sure, that line is bolstered by a .371 BABIP, but Ahmed doesn’t strike out much, will take a walk and can steal some bases, too. In other words, the average is a mirage, but he’s not a player without any offensive skills.


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