Roto Riteup: April 5, 2022

This was a really cool look into J-Rod getting the call:


On the Agenda: 

  1. Trades!
  2. Quick Hits
  3. Various News and Notes
  4. Streaming Pitchers



The Tampa Bay Rays traded Austin Meadows to the Detroit Tigers for Isaac Parades and a Comp B pick. This shouldn’t be a huge surprise as Meadows has been rumored to be on the block for a while, but the landing spot is a bit surprising. One has to wonder if the Riley Greene injury played into the Tigers decision and what his role may be once he recovers from his broken foot. Reports are that the Rays may recall Josh Lowe to the Majors. Lowe is an enticing prospect with power and speed that hit 22 home runs and stole 26 bases in AAA in 2021. The biggest concern is the swing and miss in his game. He has not had a sub 25% strikeout rate in any season in the minors, which could limit his chance at full time at bats. However, if he does get a full time role, he could hit 20+ homers and steal 20+bases and his ability to walk at a double digit rate may give him the path to that opportunity. 


Quick Hits

The White Sox signed Johnny Cueto to a minor league contract. Cueto will build up in the minor in an attempt to crack the rotation at some point. He does have an opt out in his deal that allows him to void the contract if he is not called up by a certain date. With Lance Lynn out for 1-2 months, there is a chance we see Cueto in black and white.

Richard Rodriguez, Jose Rondon and Danny Santana have been suspended 80 games for testing positive for a banned substance. This explains why Rodriguez and Santana never signed with any teams. They can be safely ignored for now.

Nick Gordon left Monday’s game with a head contusion after colliding with Max Kepler in the outfield on this play:

Kepler was fine, but Gordon was clearly shaken up after the collision. Gordon reportedly cleared concussion protocol later in the day, but you should consider him day-to-day at best.


Various News and Notes

Julio Rodriguez will be on the Mariners Opening Day roster. 

Rodriguez is one of the top prospects in baseball, hitting .347/.441/.560 with 13 home runs and 21 stolen bases in just 340 plate appearances with a 19% strikeout rate between A and AA at just 20 years old. There is risk for any 21-year-old making their Major League debut, but he is an advanced bat for his age and could be a star right away in Seattle.

Diego Castillo of the Pirates has made the Opening Day roster.

Castillo was a part of the Clay Holmes trade and hit well in the minor in 2021, going .278/.355/.487 with 19 home runs and nine stolen bases in 440 plate appearances. He walked at a 10% rate and only struck out at a 12.7% rate. He has a good hit tool and showed increased understanding of the strike zone in 2021, but he doesn’t project to have much power or speed in the Majors. He seems like he is destined for a utility role at some point, but on the Pirates, he could hold down second base due to lack of a better option. If he plays everyday, he could be a sneaky 10/10 guy with a good average for deeper formats.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: Coming Soon!

High Risk Options: Coming Soon!


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Coming Soon!

High Risk Options: Coming Soon!

For those of you that would like to see how these picks play out, I have a doc I put together to track the stats from the recommended pitchers. It does not include the “High Risk Options.”

Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as other periodic articles. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for, and the owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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