Roto Riteup: April 5, 2023

Randy and I are on the same workout routine:


On the Agenda: 

  1. Closer Chaos
  2. Quick Hits
  3. Various News and Notes
  4. Streaming Pitchers


Closer Chaos

Drey Jameson got the save for the Diamondbacks on Tuesday after throwing two innings and allowing one run on three hits and a walk. This was likely because a number of the high leverage relievers had thrown on both Sunday and Monday, but this is interesting to watch as Jameson has a win and a save now already on the season and the Diamondbacks clearly like him in spite of not making the Opening Day roster. 


Quick Hits

Kenta Maeda left his start on Tuesday. While it originally looked like an arm issue, it apparently was just fatigue and he is expected to make his next start. Consider him day-to-day at this time. 

Brett Baty left his game in AAA with a thumb injury. He is expected to undergo further testing this week. This is disappointing as it looked like he was headed for an early callup. If you are stashing him in a league, you may have to wait a bit longer. 

Joey Wendle was placed on the IL with an intercostal strain. There is no timetable for his return. In his absence, Jon Berti figures to gain the most amount of time with Garrett Hampson also getting some run. 


Various News and Notes

Grayson Rodriguez will make his Major League debut on Wednesday according to multiple reports. Rodriguez is the top pitching prospect in baseball and while he had a rough spring training, his stuff was great. He should be up for good and a top priority pickup if he is still available in any format. 

Franmil Reyes went 1-for-4 with a home run on Tuesday in the loss to the Blue Jays.

Franmil struggled to start the season, but this may be a sign he is turning things around. He had a great spring which allowed him to make the Opening Day roster and he is widely available in most formats, but if he doesn’t hit, he will be out of a job.

Dylan Dodd made his Major League debut, allowing one run on six hits while striking out three in the victory over the Cardinals.

Most impressively was that Dodd didn’t issue a walk and got a 39% whiff rate on his slider. He has more control and command than stuff, but with an opening in the Braves rotation with both Fried and Soroka out, he should have some rope to stay up with the Major League club for a while.

Jason Vosler went 1-for-4 with a home run in the

Vosler now has home runs in three games this season and may be locking himself into a full time role moving forward. Power has never been in question for Vosler, but he has struggled to make enough contact to stick at the Major Leagues. He is still striking out a ton, but the hot streak is covering that up a bit. I am sure this fades, but ride the hot streak in one of the best parks to hit in for power while it is still here.

Brian Anderson went 3-for-4 with two home runs in the victory over the Mets on Tuesday.

Anderson has been unbelievably hot to start the season and with Luis Urias out for a while, he has a full time job at third base or in the outfield. Anderson has always had believers in spite of mediocre numbers, but now he is out of the cavernous park in Miami and in a much better situation for his swing. He should be picked up in any leagues he is still available in.


Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)

Pitcher for Today: None

Some interesting high risk guys, but no one I am truly comfortable with. 

High Risk Options: Hunter Gaddis at OAK, Kyle Gibson at TEX, Kyle Muller vs CLE. 


Pitcher for Tomorrow: Tylor Megill vs MIA

Megill has great stuff when he is on and has a really nice matchup. 

High Risk Options: Josiah Gray at COL, Alex Wood at CHW. 

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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David Klein
1 year ago

I thought Painter was the top pitching prospect? Baty’s injury is to the same finger that was operated on last year so not good the Mets could use him.

Last edited 1 year ago by David Klein