by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofeswsor)
There have been a few under-the-radar call-ups over the past few days who could hold some fantasy appeal for those in deeper formats (even if it’s just for the short-term). Let’s take a look at three of them and see who brings value and who can be ignored:
Preston Tucker – Outfielder – Houston Astros
With George Springer hitting the 7-day DL, the Astros have recalled Tucker to fill his spot on the roster. Tucker was raking at Triple-A, hitting .320 with 10 HR and 32 RBI in 25 games (100 AB). A left-handed hitter, he was performing against both righties and lefties:
- vs. RHP – .299, 8 HR, 23 RBI
- vs. LHP – .364, 2 HR, 9 RBI
With Colby Rasmus, Jake Marisnick and Robbie Grossman the other outfielders on the roster, there’s a good chance Tucker sees AB while he’s up. There’s definitely power in his bat, with a 21.6% HR/OFB in the minors, and he also makes good contact, with a 16.4% career strikeout rate.
Prior to the season MLB.com said this about him:
“Tucker doesn’t have the flashiest tools, and he’s always flown a bit under the radar despite his long track record. His power is his best tool, and his 49 home runs during his first two full professional season were the most among all Astros Minor Leaguers in that time frame. He won’t get cheated at the plate, but he has a sound approach and knows how to work a walk.”
Consider him a short-term plugin and, if he produces, he could ultimately take AB away from Rasmus (if he starts to struggle). That certainly makes him worth grabbing in deeper formats thanks to the potential.
Carlos Perez – Catcher – Los Angeles Angels
He’s made quite an impression to start his Major League career, including a walk off home run in his debut. Don’t let that deceive you, though, as he hit 19 HR over 2,318 PA in the minor leagues and never hit more than 6 in a season (that came over 340 PA in ’14 and in the Pacific Coast League to boot).
He’s got a sound approach at the plate, with a 14.8% strikeout rate since ’11, and should be able to produce a usable average. Given the struggles of Chris Iannetta he also should see ample playing time at this point. Is it enough, though?
Outside of two-catcher formats, the answer is going to be no.
Joey Butler – Outfielder – Tampa Bay Rays
He’s driven in four runs in his first four games with the Rays and with Tampa Bay desperate for production out of the DH spot (.272 SLG is lowest of any AL team) he should continue to get playing time. He was hitting .317 with 2 HR and 13 RBI over 94 PA at Triple-A, though it’s hard to get overly excited.
Since 2011 he owns a 24.7% OFB rate and 51.6% groundball rate in the minors, so it’s hard to expect significant power. He also owns a 24.1% strikeout rate over that time, which means the average could also become a question.
Maybe he provides a little sort-term production, but it’s hard to count on him for the long-term. Those in AL-Only/the deepest of formats can ride the hot-streak, but be prepared to move on quickly when he inevitably slows down.
Sources – MLB.com, MILB.com, Minor League Central, Baseball Reference
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