Wednesday, July 10, 2013

News and Notes: Erasmo Ramirez, Adam Eaton, Andrew Bailey and more.

Here's the latest news from around the league that could impact your fantasy baseball rosters:
  • It looks as if Erasmo Ramirez will be called up by the Mariners to start Thursday's game at home vs the Red Sox.  The 23 year old pitched well in his brief stint in the majors last year (59 IP, 48 SOs, 3.36 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) and has put up similarly impressive stats in the minors this year (48 2/3 IP, 45 SOs, 2.96 ERA, 1.274 WHIP).  However, his unimpressive minor league strikeout rate (7.2 SO/9) coupled with an equally unimpressive hit rate (8.8 H/9) have me questioning his ceiling as a major league pitcher.  His home park will help him out, but his first start against Boston looks risky (MLB leading .800 OPS) and I'm not sure he'll help you much in road starts against good clubs.  For now, I'd relegate him to spot starts at home against weaker clubs.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

News and Notes: Phegley, Ramos, Davis, Nova and Cain.

Here's the latest news and notes from around the league that could impact your fantasy baseball rosters:
  • 25 year old catching prospect Josh Phegley was called up by the White Sox yesterday and made an immediate impact, going 1 for 3 with an RBI single and a sac fly.  In 61 games at AAA this year he posted a .316/.368/.597 line with 15 HRs and 41 RBIs.  While those numbers may look great, especially at the catcher position, don't expect him to approach those numbers in the majors this year.  He has below average bat speed and struggles with breaking balls, so his career .263 batting average in the minors is a better indication of his potential than his .316 mark so far this year.  He has legitimate power, but he'll hit at the bottom of the order and won't help you in any other category.  If you're looking for an impact bat at the catcher position for the second half, look elsewhere... 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

News and Notes: Feldman, K-Rod, Henderson, Beachy and more.

Here's the latest news from around major league baseball that could impact your fantasy league:
  • After getting traded from the Cubs to the Orioles, Scott Feldman had a solid debut for his new club.  He went 6 innings giving up just 2 earned runs on 6 hits and no walks while striking out 6, though he didn't pick up the win.  He had a solid 3.46 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with the Cubs and going to a much better team should help him improve on his 7 wins on the year.  Sounds good, right?  Wrong.  He never has been a very good pitcher, with a career 4.66 ERA and 1.39 WHIP, so don't let this solid stretch of pitching fool you.  Also, moving to the AL East certainly isn't going to make things easier for him.  Nothing to see here, folks.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Kyle Gibson: An impressive debut. Should fantasy teams take notice?

Kyle Gibson won his major league debut yesterday for the Minnesota Twins.  The former first round pick had a longer road to the majors than expected, but he finally got the call and didn't disappoint.  He lasted 6 innings giving up 2 earned runs while striking out 5.  He did give up 8 hits but didn't walk anybody in the process.  While he looked impressive in his first start for the Twins, what we're concerned about is whether he'd look good on your fantasy team's roster for the second half.  Let's take a look, shall we?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

News and Notes: Cueto, Cingrani, Uehara, Hosmer and more.

Here's the latest news from around the league that could impact your fantasy league:
  •  Johnny Cueto is injured again.  He left his start yesterday after aggravating a right lat muscle injury and will likely end up back on the disabled list for the third time this season.  Tony Cingrani will take his spot in the rotation and is definitely worth picking up after pitching will in the few starts he's received this year.  The rookie has an impressive 54 strikeouts in just 43 innings pitched so far.