Way Too Deep League FAAB: Weeks 6-8
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After a long hiatus, Way Too Deep League FAAB is back. Teams are starting to call up their breakout prospects, and owners are jumping to add unowned star prospects before our mid-season draft. Owners who are paying attention are being rewarded with some of baseball’s better young players. Other than that, bidding has been a little bit quiet lately.
WEEK 6, 7 and 8 FAAB RESULTS ($100 BUDGET FOR THE SEASON, NO ZERO BIDS)
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR $10 OR MORE
Martin, Chris RP | TEX: $15
Ramirez, Harold RF | MIA: $14
VanMeter, Josh SS | CIN: $11
Urshela, Gio 3B | NYY: $10
Two weeks ago, someone bid $14 on Harold Ramirez. I had never heard of the Marlins outfielder before, but that owner looks pretty smart two weeks later. He has hit .381/.435/.524 in 12 games following a breakout start to the minor league season. There is plenty of room for any decent hitter to get tons of playing time in Miami. If Ramirez is available in your dynasty league, don’t wait to place a bid.
Josh VanMeter is a bit more of a prospect stash given the currently crowded Reds infield. His .336/.431/.736 line at Triple-A is pretty eye-opening. Now he just needs a full-time spot in the lineup.
Finally, Gio Urshela is fascinating. Since the beginning of Spring Training, he has been one of the best hitting third basemen in the game. While his BABIP is inflated at .383, his Statcast numbers suggest that his surprise performance is not just good batted ball luck. Urshela’s defense should keep him in the lineup for the time being, but I’m skeptical about his long term viability. 3rd base is one of the deeper positions in this league, which has no CI spot and just one U, but Urshela definitely needs to be rostered.
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR $5 OR MORE
Tilson, Charlie LF | CHW: $9
Arraez, Luis 2B | MIN: $9
Oberg, Scott RP | COL: $8
Canha, Mark CF | OAK: $5
Charlie Tilson has been hanging around close to the major leagues for three years now. Between Triple-A and the majors, he has hit well over .300 with 6 steals in under 200 plate appearances. Give how scarce stolen bases are, Tilson should definitely be owned in leagues less deep than this one.
Luis Arraez is another recent pop-up prospect. He was promoted to the major leagues after just 3 games at Double-A. He’s receiving just short of full-time play right now, so be sure to stash him in any league where Arraez is available.
Scott Oberg is the closer for the Rockies. He should be owned in all leagues as long as Davis is out, so it’s no surprise that he was bid on here. He’s a strong case to stash 2 or 3 relief pitchers deep on your bench since I’m not sure anyone outside of Colorado knew who he was a few weeks ago.
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR LESS THAN $5
Wilkerson, Stevie 2B | BAL: $4
Parra, Gerardo LF | WAS: $3
Conley, Adam RP | MIA: $3
Dixon, Brandon 1B | DET: $3
Adrianza, Ehire SS | MIN: $2
Yastrzemski, Mike RF | SF: $2
Gomez, Carlos RF | NYM: $2
Mayza, Tim RP | TOR: $1
Allen, Austin C | SD: $1
Kintzler, Brandon RP | CHC: $3
Floro, Dylan RP | LAD: $1
Vogt, Stephen C | SF: $1
Lots of pretty boring names here. Tim Mayza has a great strikeout rate and could be a closer candidate if Toronto sells off half their bullpen next month. Stevie Wilkerson could be a sneaky good hitter with eligibility at 2b, MI and OF, although his .737 OPS for Baltimore this season is discouraging. Kintzler has a nice ERA at 2.84, but the peripherals suggest he’s still pretty mediocre. I’m skeptical that he could ever hold the closer spot in Chicago, even as their bullpen thins out with injuries.
My favorite pick among the group was Mike Yastrzemski. He has been pretty elite at Triple-A this year, hitting .316/.414/.676 in 163 PAs. I’m a little surprised that he wasn’t owned in the prospect pool. San Francisco is desperate for a decent young outfielder, and Yaz the Younger could fill that role well.