by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
When it comes to September callups most people are eyeing the prospects who could get their feet wet in the Majors (something we’ve covered over on our prospect page, which you can read by clicking here). However sometimes it’s the player who has previous experience, who therefore doesn’t necessarily get the same attention, that could prove to make the biggest impact. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few names that the savvy fantasy owner will be paying close attention to this September:
Tyler Glasnow – Pittsburgh Pirates – Pitcher
There was a time that Glasnow was considered one of the premier pitching prospects in the game. Obviously he’s still highly regarded, though his struggles with his control in the Majors over the past two seasons (4.87 BB/9 over 77.2 IP) has taken off a little bit of the luster. That said when you look at what he’s done over his past six starts at Triple-A you have to think that maybe he’s started to turn the corner:
38.0 IP, 58 K, 8 BB
That type of ratio is highly impressive regardless of the level and looks even better when paired with a 1.67 GO/AO in August (47.6% groundball rate overall at Triple-A). It seems like a given that he gets an opportunity to return in September, with the struggles of Jameson Taillon and Ivan Nova in the second half. While Glasnow is not a given to thrive, he’s doing more than enough to warrant rolling the dice on with 3-4 starts likely left in the tank.
Teoscar Hernandez – Toronto Blue Jays – Outfielder
When the Blue Jays designated Nori Aoki for assignment they essentially cleared playing time for Hernandez, who was acquired as part of the Francisco Liriano trade. He has struggled at Triple-A since the trade (.200, 4 HR, 3 SB over 85 AB), with a 31.6% strikeout rate being the biggest issue. He was better prior to the trade, with a 20.7% strikeout rate prior to the trade, so we wouldn’t read too much into it (though it has been a consistent question).
Hernandez has long shown potential with both power and speed, including going 17/33 at Double-A in 2015. As long as he can keep the strikeouts in check he should be a productive option over the final month. If you are in a five-outfielder format and searching for a sleeper, he’s an ideal name to consider that others likely aren’t.
Pedro Beato – Philadelphia Phillies – Pitcher
Beato has 29 saves pitching at Triple-A this season, and while the veteran owns a 4.31 ERA over 94.0 IP in the Majors and hasn’t offered many strikeouts (7.01 K/9 at Triple-A) there’s no question that the Phillies have a hole at the back of their bullpen. While they appear committed to Hector Neris, he’s had some rough patches and could easily be replaced.
With no obvious alternative in the Majors, could Philadelphia see if Beato can take his Triple-A success up a level? Of course it’s unlikely that he does (3.33 BB/9, 36.1% groundball rate) and he’s hardly a recommended buy, but those desperate for saves will at least want to pay attention.
Sources – MLB.com, MILB.com, Fangraphs
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