Way Too Deep League FAAB: Week 9
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Week 9 wasn’t a huge week in terms of the number of bids, but there were a number of interesting moves to talk about. We have a few breakout prospects, and a few standout bench/spot players.
Programming note: Way Too Deep League FAAB Week 10 will be delayed a few days next week due to my travel schedule.
WEEK 9 FAAB RESULTS ($100 BUDGET FOR THE SEASON, NO ZERO BIDS)
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR $10 OR MORE
Smeltzer, Devin SP | MIN: $15
This one was mine. I hadn’t known anything about Devin Smeltzer before seeing his name on top the most added free agents list. The 24 year-old lefty starter pitched six shutout innings for Minnesota with seven strikeouts and no walks. His call up was well-earned, coming off a 54 and 2/3 inning, 1.15 ERA start to the season between Double-A and Triple-A. His rates were elite all around at Double-A, but his Triple-A performance featured a poor strikeout rate in a small sample size. He has a funky delivery, two plus off speed pitches, and a mediocre track record before his trade to the Twins. I believe in what the Twins are doing right now (or at least in the strength of their division), and I was willing to a significant chunk of my remaining FAAB on Smeltzer. I ended up dropping Trevor Cahill for him, who was never going to earn a start off my bench.
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR $5 OR MORE
Hechavarria, Adeiny SS | NYM: $8
Yastrzemski, Mike RF | SF: $7
Fedde, Erick SP | WAS: $6
Yaz! Mike Yastrzemski is the hottest previously unowned corner outfield prospect to hit San Francisco since the last four Mac Williamson call-ups. After years of pretty bla performances in the minor leagues, Yastrzemski started the season hitting .316/.414/.676 at Triple-A. He appears to be San Francisco’s every day left fielder and #2 hitter at the moment. If he hits even a little bit, Yaz will get playing time. Buy him while you can.
Adeiny Hechavarria is not good, but he’s probably the everyday 2nd baseman for the Mets at the moment. Some owner was probably desperate for plate appearances in his MI spot. Erick Fedde is a bit more interesting after posting some excellent numbers to start the season at Double-A, but his 4.57 FIP between Washington’s starting rotation and bullpen signal more of the same for the moment.
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR LESS THAN $5
Puello, Cesar LF | LAA: $3
Kahnle, Tommy RP | NYY: $2
Estrada, Thairo SS | NYY: $1
Maile, Luke C | TOR: $1
Rodriguez, Ronny SS | DET: $1
Tommy Kahnle was another one of mine. If he were on the Red Sox or Nationals right now, Kahnle might be a top-10 closer in the game. Unfortunately, he finds himself in the middle of baseball’s best bullpen in the Bronx. It would take a real disaster for him to see saves, and he will have to split holds with Zack Britton, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, and Adam Ottavino. However, he should still return value in his ratios and occasional holds. He replaces Ryan Brasier in my bullpen for now.
The remaining players are all very part time. Cesar Puello might be having a late-career breakout at 28, but he’s probably closer to a Quad-A fill-in for the Angels. Thairo Estrada has no path to playing time despite an impressive performance off the Yankee bench, and that’s before Didi Gregorius comes off the disabled list. Ronny Rodriguez and Luke Maile are bad.