Weekly Dynasty Roundup
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Reese Olson Starts for Tigers on Friday (Link)
Eduardo Rodriguez to IL (Link)
The Tigers rotation has been decimated by injury (Eduardo Rodriguez, Casey Mize, Matt Manning, Tarik Skubal), so Olson is the next man up. Olson started on Friday and fired five innings of two run ball with six strikeouts. Olson had a decent 2022 for Double A Erie, where he went 8-6 with a 4.14 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. For dynasty managers, his metrics were more interesting: 12.64 K/9, 2.86 BB/9, 3.31 FIP, and 3.08 xFIP. Per FanGraphs, Olson may not have the command to start, so it will be worth watching to see how major league hitters match up after he makes his way around the league a little. As for dynasty managers, I would take a patient approach and see how he pitches again Philly before investing too much.
Originally diagnosed as a stress fracture, it is now considered a stress reaction. Greene had been coming into his own for the Tigers this year, slashing .296/.362/.443 over 52 games, including five home runs and six stolen bases. Dynasty managers should expect to be without Greene for the next four to six weeks. If they are looking to replace Greene’s bat, the Tigers could opt to play Akil Baddoo in centerfield and bring up Justyn-Henry Malloy. Malloy has played exclusively at third for Triple-A Toledo but did play left field in the Braves organization in 2022. Note that the Tigers would have to put Malloy on the 40-man roster.
AJ Smith-Shawver Debuts (Link)
Smith-Shawver has made the improbable rise to Atlanta, after beginning the season in High A. Smith-Shawver pitched 2.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Smith-Shawvery showed off his strikeout prowess in 2021 and 2022, but it was not until this year that he reined in his walk rate. Smith-Shawver did have some off-season hype, so dynasty owners are taking victory laps. Based on the speed of promotion, Spencer Strider is an interesting comparison. In 2022, he made 31 appearances with 20 starts. Strider spent about two months in the bullpen, making his first start on May 30, 2022. It is hard to imagine Smith-Shawver starting before July, but once he does, he may start through the rest of the season.
Nestor Cortes Likely to IL (Link)
Nestor Cortes’s 2023 has not gone according to plan and now he appears headed to the IL. Cortes has made 11 starts, pitching to a 5.16 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. A shoulder injury should not be taken lightly, so managers should prepare for Plan B. After a relatively successful debut on May 26th, Randy Vásquez could be in line to step into the Yankees rotation. Vásquez is best known for his breaking ball and has had decent strikeout stuff this year. Cortes’s spot is set for two starts this week (CHW, BOS).
Andy Pages Undergoes Shoulder Surgery (Link)
It appears that Pages is going to miss the rest of the 2023 season. Pages was the 18th-ranked outfield prospect over the offseason. The injury happened after just his first game following his promotion to Triple A. Pages performed very well at Double-A and was showing improved patience along with his typical strong power production (.211 ISO). The concern for dynasty managers is that the shoulder injury will sap some of Page’s prodigious power. Assuming Pages misses the rest of this season, he will likely begin next year at Triple-A and make his debut in the summer of 2024.
Andrew Abbott to Start Monday (Link)
Abbott has one of the more dominating arms in the minors this year. He struck out an obscene 20.68 batters per nine in Double-A (using the experimental tacky ball) and then went on to strike out 12.68 batters per nine in Triple-A. Abbott was recently discussed by Fangraphs where it was noted that Abbott has experienced a velocity spike and has doubled his changeup usage. David Bell pointed out that Abbott’s call-up is not a spot start so we can expect him to remain in the rotation as long as he is performing. This is a high strikeout arm that may experience more blow-ups than other top prospects simply because he pitches his home games at the Great American Ballpark.
Xander Bogaerts’ Playing Through a Wrist Injury (Link)
Bogaerts admitted that he has been playing through a wrist injury, which explains his drop off in production since his blistering start. Although he is looking to avoid the IL, the return of Manny Machado could give Bogaerts the opportunity to take some time to heal up. If that happens, then Ha-Seong Kim would likely move over to shortstop. Assuming Rougned Odor avoids the injured list, then he, Jake Cronenworth, and Matt Carpenter would likely rotate between two spots.
Tarik Skubal Pitches Well in Rehab Start (Link)
Skubal pitched two scoreless innings in his first rehab start. Skubal is making his way back from a forearm injury. Skubal reportedly reached 96 m.p.h. Skubal was excellent in his sophomore campaign last year, pitching to a 3.52 ERA and 1.16 WHIP while striking out almost a batter per inning. It is thought that Skubal may return by late June. Skubal should be a boost to teams in all formats. For the Tigers, the addition of Skubal would be welcome after experiencing significant rotation injuries so far in 2023.
Bryan Woo Debuts with Mariners (Link)
Woo had a tough assignment for his major league debut and gave up six runs over two innings to the Rangers. Woo had been dominant in Double-A and was predicted to be the next Mariners promotee after Bryce Miller. With Marco Gonzalez going on the IL with a forearm strain, Woo will be given the opportunity to pitch out the rotation for a while. It should be noted that Woo only pitched 57 innings last year, so he may barely eclipse 100 innings in 2023. The Mariners may intend to run him out there for the time being while working the trade market. Woo continues to be an intriguing arm for the long term, but managers of competing teams should have no issue moving him for an established arm to produce over the course of this season.
Stephen Strasburg Shut Down from all Physical Activity (Link)
This is horrible news for the Nats pitcher. Strasburg was one of the most hyped prospects and delivered consistently while healthy. Strasburg was dominant during the National’s 2019 World Series run, making six appearances (five starts) with a 1.98 ERA and 0.94 while striking out 47 batters over 36.1 IP. I know that I can speak for all baseball fans that we wish Stephen the best.