TDG Weekly Report, April 7-13, 2018
This year, The Dynasty Guru will provide a weekly report every Saturday. The weekly report will link to TDG articles for the past week, touch upon notable player developments, and preview upcoming TDG articles for the next week.
This Week at TDG
Last week’s report
Examining rookie reliever Jordan Hicks
Analyzing Miguel Andujar, Didi Gregorius, and Jordan Montgomery
Discussing MLB news and notes, Franklin Barreto, and countless other topics!
Detailing the top 20 (and more!) fantasy prospects in the 2018 MLB Draft
Singing the praises of Daulton Varsho
Taking a long look at Joey Lucchesi and providing all the GIFs!
Deciding whether Rhys Hoskins is a God or mere mortal
Assessing the validity of certain hot starts, including Nick Pivetta, Yonny Chirinos, Jake Junis, and Joey Lucchesi
Evaluating the injury outlooks of Victor Robles, Xander Bogaerts, and Clint Frazier
Championing Mitch Haniger
Notable Player Developments
- Shohei Ohtani dominated on the mound on Sunday. Perfect through 6 1/3 innings, he finished with 7 shutout innings, 12 strikeouts, 1 hit, and 1 walk. During the outing, he averaged 97.4 mph with his fastball, touching 100.5 mph, and netting 22% whiffs. Meanwhile, Ohtani’s splitter continues to prove to be one of the best pitches in baseball, eliciting 16 misses on 21 swings and a 47.1 whiff percentage.
- Post-hype former prospect, Reynaldo Lopez, is back! In two cold weather starts, he only allowed 1 run and 4 hits in 13 innings. Most importantly, his fastball is averaging over 95 mph and he is relying far more on his slider/cutter.
- Rookie Joey Lucchesi now has 11 straight scoreless innings with 15 strikeouts. Chiefly relying on deception, he has only thrown 2 pitches thus far (91 mph fastball and 80 mph, 12-to-6 curveball).
- Nick Tropeano returned to the majors on Thursday with 6 2/3 shutout innings. Interestingly, he now throws a slider instead of a curveball and it is missing bats (25% whiff rate).
- On the other hand, Jordan Montgomery lost 2 mph on his fastball.
- Felipe Rivero changed his name to Felipe Vazquez.
- Nolan Arenado received a five-game suspension (which he is appealing) for charging the mound.
- The notable injuries: Dinelson Lamet (torn UCL, out for the season with Tommy John surgery); Christian Yelich (right oblique strain); Xander Bogaerts (fractured left ankle, likely out 2+ weeks); Eugenio Suarez (fractured right thumb); Adam Eaton (left ankle bone bruise); Rougned Odor (left hamstring strain); Anthony Rizzo (lower back injury); Johnny Cueto (left ankle sprain); Manuel Margot (bruised ribs); Kendrys Morales (right hamstring strain); Scott Schebler (right ulnar nerve contusion); Ryon Healy (sprained right ankle); Travis d’Arnaud (torn UCL, out for the season with Tommy John surgery); Elvis Andrus (fractured elbow, out 6-8 weeks); Josh Donaldson (right shoulder inflammation).
- On Saturday, the Athletics called up Franklin Barreto.
- Both Hunter Harvey and Jaime Barria received promotions and will make their MLB debuts this week.
- With Suarez out indefinitely, Nick Senzel is now receiving playing time at third base and likely will receive a promotion shortly. In the meantime, Alex Blandino received a promotion and is filling in at third base.
- With Margot landing on the disabled list, the Padres activated Franchy Cordero. Cordero is an electrifying talent who could immediately provide value in all formats.
- The Rangers called up Ronald Guzman to replace Andrus. Presumably, Guzman will play first base with Joey Gallo shifting to the outfield.
- With the potentially season-ending injury to d’Arnaud, Tomas Nido received a promotion to operate as the backup to Kevin Plawecki. Then, Plawecki promptly fractured his hand. Nido likely is not a viable fantasy option outside two-catcher or 24-plus team leagues.
- Riley Pint left his season debut after just 1/3 of an inning with an arm injury. At the time, he already gave up 3 earned runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.
- Victor Robles suffered a hyperextended left elbow. Once swelling decreases, we should receive the MRI results. The injury looked bad so stay tuned.
- Bryan Reynolds will have surgery to remove the fractured hook of the hamate bone in his left hand.
- MacKenzie Gore is on the 7-day disabled list with a blister.
- With the requisite time passed, prospects like Ronald Acuna should receive a promotion soon. I anticipate he will debut on Monday when the Braves return home.
Next Week at TDG
- TDG’s Triple Play
- Trader’s Corner
- Early Performances of Late Free Agent Signees
- Players to Monitor for Change in April