Fantasy Fallout: Justin Masterson Traded To Cardinals

Updated as of 2:17 PM EST


St. Louis Fallout:
The Cardinals have had issues in their rotation, especially with Michael Wacha out likely until September, so it makes sense for them to try and bolster the unit.  Masterson, who is expected back this week, does offer potential upside.  He has struggled overall this season with a 5.51 ERA and 1.65 WHIP, though those numbers are not indicative of his skill.

Masterson has struggled with poor luck, with a .350 BABIP and 65.0% strand rate despite a manageable 20.8% line drive rate.  He also has maintained last year’s strikeout rate, with an 8.54 K/9 based off a 9.4% SwStr%, and could see another bump with the move to the NL.

His biggest issue has been his control, with a 5.14 BB/9, but that has generally been a strong suit for him (career mark of 3.71).  You have to wonder how much the knee injury factored in his struggles, though, and he also should again benefit from the move to the NL and away from the DH.

While there’s no guarantee he thrives the Cardinals do have a history of this type of buy low acquisition.  If he’s sitting on your waiver wire he’s well worth the gamble.

 

Cleveland Fallout:
This should mean a longer look at Danny Salazar in the Indians rotation and with his strikeout potential is worth the gamble for fantasy owners.

As for Ramsey, he was hitting .305 with 13 HR in 281 PA at Double-A.  That said there is concern regarding his strikeout rate (23.5%) and power (23.5% OFB), while offering little speed.

However, prior to the season Baseball America ranked him as the Red Sox’ eighth best prospect saying:

“Scouts call Ramsey a gamer with great makeup, while others don’t see a standout tool. He doesn’t have a glaring weakness, however, grading out at least average across the board. Ramsey proved adept in center field with improved instincts, above-average closing speed, smart range and a solid-average arm. He took advantage of Double-A Springfield’s comfy home park and hit 15 homers but doesn’t project for that kind of power. Rather, he’s a gap hitter who will turn singles into doubles thanks to his above-average speed. His strike-zone discipline improved in 2013, but his 108 strikeouts in 347 at-bats at Double-A speak to the adjustments in store.”

That echoes the concerns in the numbers we mentioned.  While he could be a solid option, he doesn’t appear to be a stellar option moving forward. Here’s one potential take on him, though:

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#Indians GM Chris Antonneti& PrezMark Shapiro did great job in getting Ramsey. Special make-up player that will over achieve like Brantley

— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 30, 2014

 

Sources – Fangraphs, Minor League Central, Baseball America

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