Has Devin Mesoraco Finally Emerged As A True Fantasy Asset?


by Ray Kuhn

We have been waiting three years for this, so now that Devin Mesoraco has got off to such a prolific start will it last? What can we expect from Mesoraco moving forward?

Before we go too in depth must be noted that Mesoraco’s 2014 body of work consists of just ten games (through Monday). His season got off to late start due to a minor injury, but that has not seemed to affect him as he is batting .541 on the season with three home runs and 12 RBI. Currently he is batting towards the bottom of the order. While according to Reds’ manager Brian Price a change isn’t imminent, I would not be surprised to see Mesoraco batting more towards the middle of the order if he keeps this up.

Regardless of who you are, keeping this pace up is not possible. That said, it’s very possible Mesoraco has finally turned a corner towards living up his expectations. We always knew that he was talented, but in the past there were a few obstacles standing in his way. They are now gone, which plays a large factor in his early season hot streak.

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Deep League Waiver Worthy: J.D. Martinez & Tyler Lyons


by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tyler Lyons – St. Louis Cardinals
With Joe Kelly on the DL the Cardinals opted to bring up Tyler Lyons from Triple-A as opposed to taking Carlos Martinez out of the bullpen. Lyons had 8 starts in the Majors last season, posting a 5.56 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, with poor luck (58.8% strand rate) being the biggest issue.

The southpaw has spent time at Triple-A each of the past three seasons, posting a 3.73 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 8.4 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9. It’s hard to buy into the strikeout rate, especially having averaged just 89.8 mph on his fastball last season (including spending a little time in the bullpen) and posting an 8.8% SwStr%.

He also is a decent, yet unspectacular, inducer of groundballs with a minor league career mark of 44.5% (47.4% in the Majors last season). He does have strong control, but that may be the only thing really working for him.

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10 Stories From 04/23/14 Box Scores: Moustakas Surging, M. Perez Must Own & More


by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was another crazy day around the league, to say the least.  We saw Michael Pineda ejected for having a foreign substance on his neck, now likely facing a suspension.  We had Cole Hamels (6.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K) return from the DL and pitch well against the Dodgers.  We also saw Drew Smyly bounce back strong in his second start, showing why fantasy owners need to remain patient.  What else do we need to know from around the league?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) The legend of Aaron Harang continues…
Sooner or later this has to stop, doesn’t it?  While he had to settle for a no decision against the Marlins he allowed just 1 ER on 6 H and 1 BB, striking out 11, over 6.0 innings.  He is now the owner of a tidy 0.85 ERA and 0.88 WHIP, to go along with 33 K, over 31.2 innings of work.  We all know this isn’t going to continue, considering his .143 BABIP and 90.5% strand rate entering the day.  He also has not yet allowed a home run, despite a 54.2% fly ball rate (4 fly ball outs vs. 2 groundouts yesterday as well).  Sooner or later the bubble is going to burst, it’s just a matter of when the implosion comes.

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Searching for Saves: Two Under-the-Radar Options Who Could Earn Closing Duties


by Steve Grindstaff

 

Adam Ottavino – COL
Ottavino is off to a hot start, posting a 0.00 ERA through April 22.  With the struggles of Rex Brothers, Ottavino has become a hot name in the Rockies pen as his third season in Colorao is shaping up to be his finest yet.  However we need to look at some early season stats that are not sustainable.

His LD rate currently sits at 6%, way off the mark of his career norm of 24.8%.  Also, he sports a BABIP of .176 which is well below his career mark of .318.  While he has been good thus far through 9 innings, be warned that his numbers won’t be this good the rest of the season.

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Is Curtis Granderson The Next Jason Bay Or A Buy Low Candidate?


by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

To say that it has been a disappointing start for Curtis Granderson would be a massive understatement. In his first 17 games (through Sunday) he’s managed to hit just .127 with 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R and 2 SB. Met fans are certainly having flashbacks of their last big ticket bust (who coincidentally was also an outfielder), but could it really be that Granderson is the next Jason Bay?

It’s fair to be nervous, especially considering the concerns about moving to CitiField to begin with. However, it’s just 63 AB. Everyone needs to calm down a bit and give him a chance to find his footing.  It’s not like he’s never shown an ability to produce in New York.

Since becoming more of a power hitter his average has always been an issue. From 2009-2013 he hit under .250 in four of the five seasons, so no one was going to expect big numbers there. Granted .127 is pathetic, but it’s hard not to imagine better days ahead.

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Downward Trend: Are Justin Smoak or Kolten Wong Worth Owning?


by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously seeing someone like Ivan Nova, Matt Moore or Jose Valverde atop a list of most dropped players makes sense. They have either been lost for the year or, in Valverde’s case, has lost his closing job with little hope of regaining it. How about some of the other names that owners are fleeing from? Is it too early to give up on them? Are they worth grabbing if someone did cut them? Let’s take a look (all drop percentages are as of Tuesday evening):

 

Justin Smoak – Seattle Mariners
CBS – Down 20%
ESPN – Down 28.2%

After getting off to a hot start, Smoak has cooled off considerably over the past few weeks. In fact, three games in he had 2 HR and 7 RBI. Now? He has 2 HR and 10 RBI to go along with a .227 average (and seven consecutive games without an extra base hit).

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