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Paul Sporer: Welcome to the chat, y’all! Thank you for coming out!!
Jim Leyland Palmer: Paul who’s your dream pick for the Tigers @ 3?
Paul Sporer: Any of the SS, tbh. I love Leiter and Rocker, but I just really want the Tigers to take a foundational hitter
Jim Leyland Palmer: Jram has been and still is the more valuable asset, but in a long term keeper context, would you view Bregman as the safer option, as his value is less tied to SBs? I have both and will be approaching a point where I may have to decide between the two this winter, am I overthinking it?
Paul Sporer: I think you might be overthinking it a bit. I really think Ramirez will age well, too, even w/a big SB component in his game
bg119: Is Austin Gomber a must-start?
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SUMMER STUDS: 4 BUBBLING BREAKOUTS
Most platforms have a feature where you can click something by the player’s name to put them on a virtual watchlist. It is smart to use this feature before the season starts because once it starts you be sorting by stats and you could miss out on someone you really want about to get a new role because you sorted by PA and he just didn’t show very high.
Jake Fraley hit .333/.400/.500 with 1 HR and 2 SB in 20 PA since last Friday. Three lefties in the six games cost him a couple starts, so keep an eye on the schedule if you want to play him.
SHALLOW LEAGUES (mixed leagues – 10 or fewer teams)
Cesar Hernandez | 2B/SS, CLE
Hernandez is having an uncharacteristic power season with 9 HR already and a career-best .167 ISO. Unfortunately, it hasn’t yielded major dividends across his profile as he is hitting just .220 with a .299 OBP. He also hasn’t attempted a stolen base since September 8th, 2019, when he swiped a pair against the Mets. Obviously last year wasn’t a full season, but it has been 136 games. His .246 BABIP is 87 points off his career mark and should rise. If maintains the power with that rising BABIP, he could be a sneaky MI asset even without the speed contributions.
Pardon the late start (and early finish…) but I didn’t want to miss entirely!
Chances are if you picked up Trevor Larnach in a shallower league, you cut him after a couple of weeks due to poor performance. Two weeks in he was running a .186/.314/.326 with just a single homer. A week later he was at .228/.389/.456 so he was still hitting a lot of waiver wires despite some OPS improvement. The walks were great but there was little else in terms of production. Hell, even his .247/.389/.438 to date doesn’t scream “pick up!” And yet, that’s exactly what I’m doing because I see Larnach having a strong summer that will make him relevant across many formats.
Spencer Turnbull was sharp against the Yankees after appearing on last week’s list and will no doubt be picked up quite a bit this weekend, especially with Seattle on the docket next week.
Willi Castro | SS/2B, DET
Castro generated some sleeper buzz after a strong 2020 that saw him hit .349/.381/.550 with 6 HR in 140 PA. After hitting just .191/.232/.277 through 25 games, Castro started popping up on a lot of waiver wires and understandably so. He is starting to get picked back up, though, thanks to a .254/.342/.460 line with 3 HR and 2 SB in 74 PA. He still has a 27% K rate in that run and that level of swing-and-miss is likely to foster more of these severe ups and downs. Ride the wave when things are going well!