Roto Riteup: September 4, 2015

Seventeen years ago today a little company named Google got started. It’s still a bit of a niche company, so I wouldn’t blame you if haven’t heard of it just yet.

On today’s agenda:
1. Corey Seager got called up
2. Domingo Santana’s power
3. Streaming Pitching Options

Corey Seager got called up
The Dodgers promoted the 21-year-old shortstop/third base prospect yesterday. With Enrique Hernandez on the shelf and Ken Rosenthal reporting Jose Peraza is going to be sidelined for anywhere from three to five games, the Dodgers needed a shortstop. That Seager is possibly the best shortstop prospect in the minors since Carlos Correa got called up suits Dodgers fans and Seager fans just fine. Despite hitting eighth in his debut, Seager is still one to own as his talent level is just about off the charts. Our own Kiley McDaniel rated Seager as sixth best prospect in baseball before the season and the top midseason prospect. He is already owned in 55 percent of CBS leagues, however Seager is available in 75 percent of Yahoo! formats and over 85 percent of ESPN settings.

Domingo Santana’s power
Speaking of young prospects, Santana is 23 and cracked his sixth big league home run of the season in 85 plate appearances on Thursday. Yeah, he’s striking out at a cover-your-eyes-bad 34.5 percent rate and whiffing at an oh-won’t-someone-please-think-of-the-children 14.5 percent clip (not counting whiffing at three pitches in Thursday’s contest), but the ability to drive the ball is there. The right-handed hitter has popped 24 home runs across Triple-A and the show this season, as well as going yard 25 times last year at Double-A and 23 times in 2013 while at High-A ball. The Brewers are giving him plenty of time in center field, yet it should be noted Santana has been moved to one of the corners in the later innings seven out of eight times he’s started in center. Defensive question marks aside, the Brew Crew seem sent to get his bat into the lineup in the final month of the season, so you may has well take advantage of the potential for dingers. Throughout the minors Santana did his best damage against southpaws, posting a .908 OPS against them, though he did own a very good .872 OPS when facing off against a righty. For a late season power play, I like Santana as a cheap DFS option or in deep traditional leagues. Look to play him in 90 percent of CBS formats and over 97 percent of either ESPN or Yahoo! leagues.

Streaming Pitching Options
If you enjoy streaming pitchers or play DFS, tune into the Roto Riteup for recommendations each and every day.

A pitcher for today: Joe Kelly vs PHI (Adam Morgan)
The Phillies aren’t a particularly scary lineup as they rank 29th in both wOBA and wRC+ against right-handers. Kelly is free to stream in almost 60 percent of CBS settings and more than 75 percent of ESPN or Yahoo! formats.

A pitcher for tomorrow: Brad Hand vs NYM (Bartolo Colon)
It’s a pretty gruesome day for stream options despite the full slate. I’m opting with Hand against a Mets offense that hasn’t hit against southpaws too well. Hand can be found available in more than 90 percent of the three major fantasy sites, though he is an admittedly risky play.

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7 years ago

For what it’s worth, I think moving Santana to a corner outfield spot has less to do with his defensive limitations and more to do with the defensive limitations of Khris Davis.