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Playing For Next Year — Even More Bench Bats to Consider

Let’s get back to discussing recent minor league callups who aren’t playing every day, and are therefore likely still available in your deeper league. If you’re playing for next year, it’s worth filling your entire roster with cheap youngsters who could turn out to be excellent keepers if they end up opening the 2022 season with a starting job.

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New Everyday Starters — Sep 22, 2021

We got some more everyday starters to discuss as we count down the days until the regular season ends.

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New Everyday Starters — Sep 21, 2021

During these last two weeks of the season, all that matters right now is playing time. And playing time changes a lot at the end of the season as out-of-contention teams look toward the future and veterans on teams that have wrapped things up might get an extra day of rest here and there. So let’s bring back the look at new everyday starters and discuss four of them.

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Loading Up On Rockies

With just two weeks left in the season, it’s as good a time as any to play the schedules. The Rockies are embarking on a nine game homestand, which means it’s time to load up. Obviously, most (all) of the starters are going to be rostered, depending on the depth of your league. So let’s just discuss the names that might not be, but do have a chance to play enough to make an impact.

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Playing For Next Year — More Bench Bats to Consider

Yesterday, I discussed five bench bats to consider adding in your keeper league if you’re playing for next year. Why not fill your entire roster with cheap flyers who could make for great keepers next year if they win a starting job? Let’s continue those names with another four.

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Playing For Next Year — Bench Bats to Consider

If you’re in a keeper league and have no shot at the money, you are playing for the future. That means potentially dropping overpriced veterans and picking up as many youngsters for cheap as possible, hoping you hit on a couple who open next season with a full-time job. If your keeper league has a minor league roster, you may even be able to keep those hitters in your minors if they don’t win a starting job next year. So let’s review five hitters who don’t currently have an every day role and wouldn’t help a contending team this year. That means it’s very likely they are still in your league’s free agent pool, depending on its depth, and they could be plucked cheaply to load your roster with potential keepers, despite not helping much, or at all, over the remaining weeks in the season.

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4 Cheap Home Run Options

Yesterday, I discussed four hitters who could contribute in steals over the final three weeks that should be widely available, at least in shallower leagues. Let’s now shift our focus to power, and specifically, home runs. I filtered hitter performance over the last 30 days with a FB% of at least 37% (just above the league average) and a maxEV of at least 110 MPH. You need to hit a fly ball to knock one over the wall (welllll, except for those rare inside-the-parkers that require batter speed and usually a misplay or two) and you typically need to hit the ball hard. While these maxEV values may have come on a non-fly ball, it’s a quick proxy for power.

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4 Cheap Speed Options

We only have three weeks left of the regular season, which means you can throw out your player values (if you haven’t already) and focus solely on your categorical needs. If you’re good in home runs and RBIs, feel free to jettison Joey Gallo. If you need stolen bases, here are four under the radar options who might be available in your league depending on its depth.

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Starting Pitcher Debuts — Sep 9, 2021

With September comes a number of minor league callups that figure to remain with the big league club through the end of the season. This includes new starting pitchers making their MLB debuts. Let’s discuss four of those.

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Discussing Five Last 30 Day Starting Pitcher K% Laggards

Yesterday, I discussed five starting pitchers who appear inside the top 20 in strikeout rate over the last 30 days. These weren’t necessarily the leaders, but interesting names worth a deeper dive. Let’s now flip to the other side and discuss five pitchers who appear near the bottom of the strikeout rate leaderboard over the last 30 days.

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