Weekly Dynasty Roundup
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Tony Gonsolin Likely to Make Season Debut on Wednesday (Link)
Gonsolin was dynamite in 2022, firing 130.1 IP with a 2.14 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 119 strikeouts. The Dodgers starting depth has been tested early this season. With Gonsolin’s return, the Dodgers have five healthy starters. With Michael Grove and Ryan Pepiot on the IL, Gavin Stone may be the next man up. Stone is coming off of his best start of the year, 4.2 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. It is notable that the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, Bobby Miller, has yet to appear in a game because of shoulder soreness and is building up in extended spring training.
Sandy Alcántara Expects to Make Next Start (Link)
Trevor Rogers Suffers Biceps Strain and Placed on Injured List (Link)
Alcántara gave dynasty managers a scare when he missed his last start after experiencing biceps tendinitis. Alcántara’s follow-up to his 2022 Cy Young season has not been smooth. He has given up three or more earned runs in three of four starts. Alcántara’s velocity is in line with his 2022 season, so that is reassuring.
On the other hand, Rogers was showing diminished velocity in his last start. As predicted, Bryan Hoeing was announced as Tuesday’s starter. Hoeing has started strong at Triple-A, with a strikeout rate of 10.38 K/9 and a walk rate of 1.04 BB/9. For dynasty managers, if Hoeing sticks in the Marlins rotation, then he may be streamable against weaker opponents, as long as his strong control continues.
Logan O’Hoppe to Miss Four to Six Months with Torn Labrum (Link)
O’Hoppe started his rookie year strongly, but may now lose the rest of 2023. With injuries to both Angels catchers, it is worth noting that fellow top prospect Edgar Quero’s first taste of Double-A has gone smoothly (200 wRC+). Assuming Max Stassi returns in the early part of 2023, it is unlikely that the Angels would rush Quero to the majors. However, if Quero continues to hit, and the Angels find themselves in contention through the summer, then Quero may force the issue.
Paul DeJong Activated (Link)
In 2019, DeJong hit 30 home runs and made the All Star Game. Since then, he has found little success. Entering the final year of his contract, DeJong spent the offseason changing his swing. The Cardinals have too many bats and a revitalized DeJong would further the logjam. DeJong is only 29 years old, so he may be worth an add on the watch list.
Logan T. Allen Impresses in MLB Debut
Allen entered 2023 as a top prospect after making 27 starts across two levels in 2022. In his debut, he went six innings, gave up one run, struck out eight, and walked just one. With Aaron Civale and Triston McKenzie on the Injured List, Allen should hold down a spot in the rotation for a few weeks, assuming Civale’s oblique injury keeps him out for longer than the minimum 15 days. If the Guardians suffer another injury in the rotation, Tanner Bibee is the likely next man up.
Jorge Polanco Reinstated, Alex Kirilloff May Remain in Triple-A Once Healthy (Link)
Polanco has slid right into his normal second base role and has started hitting right out of the gate. The Twins are in an enviable position when it comes to depth. As a result of that depth, Edouard Julien was optioned back to Triple-A and Alex Kirilloff may remain in Triple-A even after he completes his rehab. Joey Gallo is the primary first baseman with Trevor Larnach, Byron Buxton/Michael Taylor, and Max Kepler handling the outfield.
Endy Rodríguez Suffers Forearm Strain (Link)
Rodríguez entered this season as one of the more exciting prospects in the game. In 2022, Rodríguez played LF, 2B, and C, which is the type of defensive versatility that fantasy managers salivate over. A right forearm injury for a part-time catcher is scary, as it may be a precursor to a more serious injury. Fellow top catching prospect Henry Davis has started his year strong at Double-A, hitting four home runs over his first 13 games. Davis is also currently walking more than he is striking out.
Joe Musgrove Debuts, Nick Martinez to Bullpen (Link)
Musgrove is fully recovered from his injured toe, tossing five innings in his season debut. Nick Martinez was sent to the bullpen and will serve with Ryan Weathers as long-relief options. Managers who roster Martinez may want to hold for a bit because Michael Wacha has struggled in three of his four starts this year.
Pablo López Extended (Link)
The Twins have extended their starting pitching acquisition for four years. López has started his Twins career off strongly, with a lot of the success coming from a change to his arsenal. López will pitch in a park that slightly depresses offense, in a division that currently sports three of the four worst offenses (by OPS). López’s arrow is pointing up and this seems like a buy-high opportunity if you can swing a trade for López.
Alex Wood to Miss Several Weeks (Link)
The Giants have a lot of movement. Alex Wood will miss several weeks. Ross Stripling slides into the rotation, showing off a new splitter. Stripling was great in 2022 and the rotation should not skip a beat. As for the next man up, it appears that Tristan Beck is that guy—Beck pitched 5.1 innings on April 20th. Picked up in the Mark Melancon deal in 2019, Beck started 19 games in 2022.
Daniel Espino Shut Down with Recurring Shoulder Soreness (Link)
The electric Espino has a ceiling as high as any pitcher in the minors, however, he continues to battle injuries. Dynasty managers can either wait out the injury and hope for a return to dominance or move Espino to a manager who is can afford to be patient. It depends on team construction, but I always have trouble giving up on arms like Espino.
Mason Miller Makes MLB Debut (Link)
Miller led Triple-A in Stuff+ before his promotion and is third on the list for starters in the majors. If he remains healthy, Miller is a can’t-miss pitching prospect who has a chance to lead the league in strikeouts. There is plenty of risk in the profile, so I can see managers selling high off of the hype or buying high for the chance to roster a special pitcher.