I figure I need to get on this prospect band wagon if I'm going to succeed in this industry, so I'm looking into maybe joining a dynasty league. Take over a big league roster, each yearly draft is all minor league players. When looking at available teams in this league, and the prospects affiliated with each one, I had to do a fair bit of Googling to see how good my farm system was I may be inheriting. One name that popped up was Todd Frazier. I had never heard of him (this was a month ago). The point of all this is not only do I know who he is now, I'm sure everyone in Atlanta does too, because you see, Todd hit a walk off homer last night to cap a 2-1 victory against the Braves.
Frazier is a power bat at a power position, he has 64 AB's this season, a .250 avg and 3 HR's. A respectable rate of hitting a HR every 21 AB's or so (math wins again!), or a HR every 4 or 5 days... or to broaden it out, a little more than 1 HR every week. Look at all that math! That's currently a better pace than Alex Rodriguez, and similar pace to Kelly Johnson and Billy Butler. Not overly sexy names, but players more than useful to our game. The point is with regular playing time this guy is capable of helping out. If you have nothing better going for you, grab him and see what happens. He's hitting HR's at a better rate than Miguel Cabrera has been.
Lowrie has a WAR of 0.7 over the last 7 days, tied for highest in baseball. Over that stretch he has a .360 AVG with 3 HR's, 5 Runs and 6 RBI. Eligible at 3B and SS he is the 41st ranked player in Yahoo! at the moment and he is only owned in 51% of leagues. By now I hope you have given up on Alexei Ramirez, Erik Aybar or Jhonny Peralta and grabbed him. Heck, if you read this paragraph before doing it, it's probably too late.
If anyone is still feeling love not yet completely numb from burns season after season, Gordon Beckham is once again showing signs of his potential, with 3 HR's and a .280 avg over the last week. Ride the streaks folks.
We’re not “early in the season” anymore, but, then again, we aren’t exactly deep into the season either. There are a number of high round draftees still struggling to find their way and put forth the numbers that their fantasy GMs were expecting. Because of their track record, on top of current peripheral stats, these players make for great buy-low targets.
- Out with the old in with the new in the outfield for the Angels. Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos, and Mark Trumbo all started tonight.
- Lots of injury notes in Oakland. Brett Anderson is ahead of schedule but had a recent setback, Coco Crisp could be back tomorrow, and Yoenis Cespedes will not be activated when eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday.
- Adrian Beltre's hamstring issue is almost to the point where it is no longer an issue.
- Jesus Montero busted out of a slump for the Mariners. He attributed his 3-hit day to an at-bat in which he drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch early in the game.
- As soon as the swelling goes down, Paul Konerko will be back on the field for the White Sox. The shiner he got from Jeff Samardzija is worth a look for the boxing fans.
- Detroit will be without Jose Valverde for at least another couple of days. Austin Jackson also figures to be out of the starting lineup for Sunday's action.
- The Royals have already had 8 different starting pitcher and 14 different relievers through 37 games played this season. That won't change this year given that the team won't be adding a veteran.
- Jeanmar Gomez has a 1.09 WHIP this season after another quality start on Saturday. He's had one bad outing in the eight appearances he's made this season (7 starts) and if we throw out that one bad outing he has a 1.77 ERA.
- It's possible that Desmond Jennings could be back on May 27th when he's eligible to return. Joe Maddon said the club has not decided if he needs at-bats in the minors first.
- Brandon Morrow has looked as good as any pitcher on the planet over the last month including Justin Verlander. Morrow threw a complete game 3-hitter Saturday and has not allowed more than an earned run in his last six starts. It's stories like this that inspire people to actually believe in xFIP.
- The Red Sox might not have to make a decision on Daisuke Matsuzaka by May 23rd when his rehab schedule is supposed to be complete.
- Adam Jones is on pace for more than 110 RBI, 120 runs scored, and 55 home runs. Yes, it is time to sell high.
- Alex Rodriguez has 1 home run in his last 72 at-bats. Hank Aaron's Barry Bonds' record appears safe.
It's hard to believe, but we're already approaching the quarter pole for the regular season. With that in mind, it's time to try and determine which hot starts are sustainable, and which aren't. Two former fantasy aces have gotten off to hot starts, and one pitcher's sizzling start to the season looks more believable than the other.
All PITCHf/x data courtesy BrooksBaseball.net