Way Too Deep League FAAB: Weeks 10-11
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We have two weeks of Way Too Deep FAAB to catch up on. The theme so far in June has been young starting pitching. Teams are starting to call up their young breakout starting pitchers. Many of these pitchers are unowned, but potentially valuable in a league with 120 active starters.
WEEK 9 FAAB RESULTS ($100 BUDGET FOR THE SEASON, NO ZERO BIDS)
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR $10 OR MORE
Plesac, Zach SP | CLE: $31
Jones, JaCoby CF | DET: $17
Yamamoto, Jordan SP | MIA: $17
We have three very interesting names in the big money tier. Zach Plesac was in the middle of a breakout minor league season when he was called up two weeks ago. The 24 year-old posted an impressive 1.41 ERA and 8:1 K/BB ratio between Double-A and Triple-A, and has allowed just 8 runs in 24 major league innings to date. $31 is a very aggressive bid, but his new owner likely has a new long term starting pitcher on his roster.
Jacoby Jones is scorching hot. After a slow start, he’s hitting .294/.366/.540 since May 1st. The Tigers noticed, and moved him up from batting 9th to the leadoff spot this week. Jones has both a strong prospect pedigree and a long record of mediocre play in the major leagues. The smart money bets on regression to the latter, but he should be rostered in a league with 96 starting outfielders and a CF slot.
Jordan Yamamoto was recently called up by Miami straight out of Double-A. He’s a solid pitching prospect, but his rotation spot is not long for this world. Yamamoto is squeezed on both sides by Caleb Smith, who will return from the disabled list, and Zac Gallen, a much better prospect with a sub-2.00 ERA and killer peripherals in the Pacific Coast League. He’s a solid minor league stash, but shouldn’t be counted on for more than one or two starts.
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR $5 OR MORE
Santander, Anthony RF | BAL: $6
Locastro, Tim CF | ARI: $8
Cuthbert, Cheslor 3B | KC: $8
Sandoval, Pablo 3B | SF: $5
There is lots of mediocrity here, with one interesting player in Tim Locastro. The outfielder was called up to Arizona after a .330/.425/.701 breakout season at Triple-A. Locastro hasn’t hit nearly as well in the majors, and is currently slumping. However, he remains an interesting speculative bet.
Pablo Sandoval has a .900 OPS in San Francisco. It probably won’t last, but it might. Sandoval could even play his way into a trade to a better ballpark.
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR LESS THAN $5
Wingenter, Trey RP | SD: $3
Hernandez, Elieser RP | MIA: $3
Agrazal, Dario SP | PIT: $2
Rodriguez, Ronny SS | DET: $3
Palumbo, Joe SP | TEX: $3
Kang, Jung Ho 3B | PIT: $3
Milone, Tommy SP | SEA: $2
Anderson, Shaun SP | SF: $1
Hendriks, Liam RP | OAK: $1
The most interesting name on this list, by far, is Elieser Hernandez. The 24 year-old Miami starter put up eye-popping numbers at Triple-A: 48 innings, 1.12 ERA, 69 strikeouts and just 14 walks. Entering the season, it looked like Hernandez was destined for the bullpen. He had a big fastball, but no useful secondary pitches. I have no idea if he developed a decent changeup or not, but those numbers suggest something has changed. He has a better shot of staying in the Marlins rotation than Yamamoto as well.