Way Too Deep League FAAB: Week 14
For an explanation of league rules, see the introductory post.
Heading into the All Star Game, the Way Too Deep League bid on an interesting mix of players.
WEEK 9 FAAB RESULTS ($100 BUDGET FOR THE SEASON, NO ZERO BIDS)
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR $10 OR MORE
Urquidy, Jose RP | HOU: $22
Herrmann, Chris C | OAK: $10
Jose Urguidy is Houston’s 4th starter for the time being. The Astros signed Urquidy out of the Mexican League last year. He rewarded them with with an eye-popping 37% strikeout rate and 6% walk rate at Triple-A. Given that Houston only has four starters on the roster right now, he should earn at least an extended audition. Great pick up.
Chris Herrmann is also a sneaky good pick in this league. The catcher hit a grand slam in his 2019 debut after missing the first half with a knee injury. Josh Phegley is still the A’s starting catcher, but Hermann is good enough to force an equitable share of the playing time. In a league with 48 catchers starting, Herrman is a valuable asset.
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR $5 OR MORE
Gallegos, Giovanny RP | STL: $5
Gio Gallegos was always a bit of a mystery in Yankee world. He put up crazy K/BB and ERA numbers at Triple-A for years, but could never secure a consistent spot on the Yankee roster. They traded him to St Louis in the Luke Voit deal. A year later, Gallegos has replicated his excellent Triple-A numbers in the major leagues. In an uncertain Cardinals bullpen, Gallegos could end up a closer pretty quickly.
PLAYERS WHO WENT FOR LESS THAN $5
Beaty, Matt 1B | LAD: $4
Hudson, Daniel RP | TOR: $2
Lambert, Peter SP | COL: $2
Holaday, Bryan C | MIA: $2
Brosseau, Mike 3B | TB: $1
Miller, Brad 1B | PHI: $1
Parra, Gerardo LF | WAS: $1
Lots of interesting names here. Matt Beaty has been lurking around the most added free agents list in the Way Too Deep League for awhile now. Beaty has hit a solid .298/.375/.474 for the Dodgers, and for the moment has secured a nearly full-time super utility role. That will change as the Dodgers get healthier, but for now he’s a huge pickup for $4.
Mike Brosseau went to my team for $1. I first learned about Brosseau when the Rays opted to call him up to replace Ji-Man CHoi instead of top prospect and Rays 2018 Minor League Player of the Year Nate Lowe. It’s easy to see why: Brosseau was hitting .317/.408/.590 at Triple-A, and provides more positional flexibility. He’s bought himself some time after the All Star Break by hitting .409/.435/.727 in his first 23 plate appearances. He’s played both 2nd and 3rd base so far in the majors, but also played shortstop, outfield and first at Triple-A.
Finally, it’s nice to see Daniel Hudson succeed. The two-time Tommy John victim has a 2.79 ERA for Toronto. He’ll either be traded to a contender at the end of the month, or take over the closing duties after Ken Giles is traded. Either way, he should be a solid source of SVHLDs.