Weekly Dynasty Roundup
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Tyler Glasnow Throwing Off Mound (Link)
Given his injury history, dynasty managers were likely concerned that Glasnow’s spring injury would cause him to miss significant time. If Glasnow ends up back with the Rays by May, managers can hope for ~120 innings of elite production (which would be the most innings he has pitched since 2014). For example, in 2021, Glasnow punched out 123 batters in 88 innings with a 2.66 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. Even with the injury-risk discount, Glasnow still came in at No. 22 on our rankings.
José Siri Goes on IL; Taylor Walls to IL? (Link, Link)
Siri was knocking the cover off the ball to start the year. So far, he has lowered his strikeout rate compared to his previous two seasons in the bigs. Siri’s power/speed combo keeps him fantasy relevant, even with a 30% K rate, and his defense will keep him in the lineup. Taylor Walls’ elbow issue may lead to Jonathan Aranda getting some playing time, as he was on the taxi squad after Siri’s injury. Aranda hit very well at Triple A in 2022, with solid batting average (.318), decent walk rate (9.7%), and a good ISO (.203). Aranda is not the sexiest name in prospect circles, but he has proven himself at Triple A, does not have plate disclipline issues, and can hit with some power. Because it is the Rays, he is not likely to stick with the big club this go-round, but he is not far off from a full-time roster spot.
Omar Narváez to the IL; Francisco Álvarez Promoted to Mets (Link)
Álvarez is back in New York. I would be hesitant to place Álvarez on my active roster until he shows that he can hit major league hitting. He remains one of the elite hitters in minor league baseball, but will play infrequently at the major league level to start.
Seiya Suzuki Progressing Through Rehab Assignment (Link)
Suzuki injured himself before the World Baseball Classic. He can now DH at Triple A and should be back with the Cubs soon. When Suzuki returns to RF, Trey Mancini will likely be the full-time DH for the Cubs. That still leaves Eric Hosmer as the full-time first baseman. Dynasty managers are clamoring for the eventual promotion of Matt Mervis to take over for Hosmer, but Hosmer has been fine with the bat and is a 4x Gold Glove award winner. Mervis has started well, and if he keeps it up, he will force the issue, especially if the Cubs are competing.
Adam Duvall Injures Wrist (Link)
Duvall has been a powerhouse for the Sox in the first part of the season. If Duvall ends up missing time, then Jarren Duran may get another look in center field. While Duran did not impress in Boston in 2021 or 2022, he was solid in Triple A during both campaigns. Duran has lost some prospect shine, but still brings a solid hit tool and plus speed to the table. Duvall’s injury is to the same wrist that he had season-ending surgery in 2022, which is concerning for those rostering Duvall. (Editor’s note: Duvall has unfortunately been placed on the 10-day IL with a broken left wrist)
Seth Brown to the IL; Kevin Smith Recalled (Link)
Brown injured his oblique and the A’s are recalling Kevin Smith. Smith has started 2023 off with a bang, hitting four home runs in the first six game. Smith’s strikeout rate is the lowest that it has been since Single A, which if he can maintain a ~17% strikeout rate, then it would likely lead to marked improvement for the 26 year old. If it all clicks, Smith can go 20/15 in a season, which is playable.
Oneil Cruz Fractures Left Ankle (Link)
Cruz is one of the most exciting players in the game, wowing fans with his bat and arm. It is unclear how long Cruz will miss at this point. Rodolfo Castro will likely be the beneficiary of additional at-bats. Castro had 11 homers and five steals over 71 games in 2022 and is only 23 years old. Steamers projects him to be about average with the bat (95 wRC+). After Ji Hwan Bae’s increased role to start this season, Castro may have been dropped in many leagues.
Darick Hall Undergoes Thumb Surgery (Link)
Darick Hall’s injury pushes Alec Bohm to first base and Edmundo Sosa will take over at third base. Sosa hit .315 with a .593 slugging after being traded to the Phillies and has started 2023 off similarly. If he hits well during this trial and maintains the third-base job moving forward, then Sosa will be a big riser in our dynasty rankings in 2024.
Drey Jameson Moves into Rotation After Zach Davies Injury (Link)
Jameson competed for the fifth spot through Spring Training, lost out on the spot, and has pitched well out of the bullpen. He is now headed to the rotation. Jameson impressed with Arizona in 2022, making four starts with a 1.48 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. He should be rostered in all dynasty leagues.
Andrés Muñoz to the IL with Deltoid Strain (Link)
Muñoz is one of the most dynamic relievers in baseball and got Seattle’s first save opportunity in 2023. He had offseason surgery on his foot, which led to a slower ramp-up this Spring. For this year, Paul Sewald should be counted on for Seattle’s saves, while Matt Brash will likely be asked to take over the fireman role.
Garrett Whitlock to Debut on Tuesday (Link)
Whitlock was allowed to go six innings in his last rehab start, so he may not have much of a limitation on Tuesday. Whitock is an arm that I am targeting in dynasty.
Austin Meadows to IL with Anxiety (Link)
This is an unfortunate turn of events for Meadows. He dealt with anxiety at the end of last year, but going into this season, it appeared that he could take the field full-time for the Tigers. Meadows has played a total of 42 games for Detroit since he was acquired for Isaac Paredes.
Jhony Brito Recalled (Link) and Excels in Start
With the Yankees’ injury concerns, and Clarke Schmidt’s struggles, Brito will get a lot of run for dynasty teams. Note that while Brito made 26 starts across two levels in 2022, he only pitched 112.2 innings, so he may have an innings limit. Those 112.2 innings were good, where he posted WHIPs of 1.12 (Double A) and 1.17 (Triple A). He does not strike out a lot of hitters, but he does limit the long ball historically. He also pitches for a good team, so he could rack up a bunch of wins; he has two wins so far in two starts. If I rostered Clarke Schmidt, I would be concerned that Schmidt is the one optioned to Triple A when Carlos Rodón returns.
Justin Verlander May Return in April (Link)
This is great news for dynasty managers who are looking to take advantage of Verlander for his final few years in the league. When Verlander returns, it will be interesting to see which of Tylor Megill or David Peterson is optioned; Megill has outperformed Peterson, but Peterson was the first option after Verlander’s injury.
Raisel Iglesias Has Not Resumed Throwing (Link)
There is no timetable for Iglesias’ return at the moment. A.J. Minter has filled in nicely, throwing four innings of shutout ball. After Minter, I would consider rostering Nick Anderson. Anderson is showing signs of a return to his 2019-2020 self, when he was a dominant force out of the bullpen. He may not be the favorite for saves in Atlanta as long as Iglesias is around, but he will earn holds, vulture saves, and provide very strong ratios. If he is performing at his previous elite level, a team will likely offer him a closing gig for 2025.
Aaron Ashby to Undergo Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery (Link)
This is tough news for Ashby, who was primed to be a major contributor for the Brewers this year. Ashby has video-game stuff, with three plus pitches that generate strikeouts and groundouts. For dynasty managers hoping that Ashby would take the leap to Ace-hood, this is a blow to their confidence. Ashby has never been a model of health and this latest injury only strengthens the injury-prone label. Ashby has the stuff to be a frontline starter, but win-now managers may want to shop him around to see if there are any rebuilding clubs who are willing to part with players contributing this year.
Eloy Jiménez to the IL with Hamstring Strain (Link)
Jiménez is another player who cannot seem to stay healthy. It appears that he will only miss two to three weeks, so dynasty managers have to hope for a quick return and Jiménez’s name placed next to DH everyday.
Kyle Bradish to IL; Grayson Rodriguez Promoted (Link)
The Orioles surprised the dynasty world when they optioned Rodriguez before the start of the season. However, after the first injury to the rotation, he returned and had a good start against a formidable Rangers offense. Rodriguez is one of the elite pitching prospects in baseball and is owned universally in dynasty leagues.
Johnny Cueto to IL with Biceps Injury (Link)
Cueto’s injury led to Braxton Garrett’s return to Miami. Garrett had a nice debut in 2022 making 17 starts with a 3.58 ERA with 90 Ks over 88 IP. For Miami, the depth that was such a strength before this season is thinning, when factoring in the Pablo López trade. If injuries continue to pile up, we may see Devin Smeltzer make some starts. Smeltzer started 19 games for the Twins last year to the tune of 3.99 ERA and 1.24 WHIP and 96 strikeouts. Note that top prospect Eury Perez is not on the 40-man roster, so there are additional barriers before he debuts.
JT Brubaker Considering Tommy John Surgery (Link)
As discussed on the previous roundup, Brubaker’s injury signaled potential future issues. Brubaker is now considering Tommy John which would end his season and lead to a one-year rehabilitation period before we see him in games again.