May 17, 2017
Deep League Report
The hitting options in this week’s Deep League Report are thin, especially in the AL. The pitching is pretty interesting, though, particularly on the AL side, where there are several relievers with double-digit K/9 potential. Beyond that, there’s a recently traded outfielder who’s been getting a lot of playing time in his new home, a hitter on the wrong side of a platoon who hasn’t been good since 2015 and a starting pitcher filling in on a team that’s close to a lock for the playoffs. OK, no more spoilers. Just keep reading.
AL-only position players
He has very little power, never hitting double-digit home runs in a season throughout his professional career. Freeman has shown a knack for posting .300-plus batting averages in the high minors over the past few seasons, though, including .404/.451/.553 line at Triple-A Tacoma this season. He can steal a few bases, too, although his speed now is more of the 10-12 stolen bases per full-season variety, down from the 25-30 steal seasons he posted in High A and Double A a few years ago. He hasn’t done much with the bat so far in his 55 major-league plate appearances, but with Robinson Cano banged up, he could be in line for a little more playing time than he would be otherwise.