Prospect Stock Report 8.30.16
August 30, 2016 | Justin Klein
Alex Reyes looked fantastic in his first major league start against the Athletics on Saturday, August 27th. He only lasted 4 and 2/3 innings pitched, but he held the A’s to four walks and two hits while notching four strikeouts. Unfortunately, one of those walks came around to score when a relief pitcher walked them in, but it was the only earned run on Reyes’ line. The high walk total led to Alex’s early exit because of his high pitch count. It appears to be his only Achilles heel at this point because he’s otherwise been very good. On the season Reyes has posted a 0.64 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 17 K’s along with a win and a save across 14 innings pitched. Because Mike Leake was recently placed on the DL with shingles, it appears that Reyes will remain in the Cardinals rotation for now and is in line to start again on Friday, September 2nd at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. It’s a pitcher-friendly ballpark, and the Reds will earn their fair share of walks, but they aren’t a good hitting bunch and because of it the matchup bodes well for Alex. Available in 70% of Yahoo leagues, he should be picked up in nearly every format because of his SP/RP eligibility and his ability to post K’s along with solid ratios. There’s certainly a chance that he could implode with a bad start, but there is more than enough upside to warrant the risk. If you need some help in your fake team’s rotation and Reyes is available, you should definitely pick him up posthaste.
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Fellow Cardinal starting pitcher Luke Weaver is also staying in the Cardinals rotation for now. After a couple of tough outings against the Cubs and Phillies, Weaver looked good against those same A’s on the 26th as he held them to one run across 6 innings while notching 7 K’s in the win. Currently available in 83% of Yahoo leagues, Luke is a decent streaming option for Wednesday as he will face off with Matt Garza and the Brewers at Miller Park. Not only has Garza been fairly bad this season, but he’s historically bad against the Cardinals and the Brewers have struggled mightily against right-handed pitching this season. Thus far on the year, the Brew Crew ranks 29th in runs scored against right-handed pitching. In case you have forgotten, there are only 30 teams in the league, so that doesn’t bode well for the Beermakers tomorrow, but it does for Weaver. If you need an SP Streamer or a cheap play in DFS, Weaver just might be your guy. In any case, he’ll be cheap in daily, and he’s out there for most of Yahooligans if you want him.
Speaking of young starting pitching prospects that are currently in their teams starting rotations, I would be remiss to not mention the young Dodgers hurler Julio Urias. Not only has Julio pitched well of late, but he even managed to out duel Jason Hammel and the Cubs in his last start. In that one Urias spun six innings of one run ball against the mighty Cubs offense while striking out eight and walking just two in a win. It appears that Julio’s next start will come in a very tasty matchup with the Padres in LA on Saturday, September 3rd. There is no guarantee that Urias will remain in the rotation beyond that start, and he will likely slide back in a relief role at some point, but the kid has pitched extremely well of late and could keep getting more chances if he can continue to do so. The Dodgers surely want to protect their young asset, but there’s something to the phrase, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. It will be interesting to see how the young hurler is handled down the stretch. In any case, Julio is currently available in 63% of Yahoo leagues and should be added in every size league where he’s available regardless of scoring. Not only do the Padres strike out a lot, but they’re also the worst hitting team in baseball since the All Star Break. Yikes. This makes Julio a great start in any league, so go get him right now if he’s available.
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Scott Schebler has been on fire over the past two weeks as he’s amassed an impressive batting line of 9/4/9/.367 with 18 hits across his past 49 at bats. Those stats are good enough to make him the 39th most valuable player in the fake game over that time frame. For some perspective, the players directly in front of him and behind him in value were Freddie Freeman and Corey Seager. Not only has Schebler broken out with the bat, but he’s been moved up to 6th in the Reds batting order as a result. This should provide him with more opportunities to accumulate counting numbers as the season winds down. After an ice cold stretch, Schebler has raised his batting average 45 points in the past ten games. He even managed to raise his OPS 134 points over the past 10 games. Currently available in 88% of Yahoo leagues, I have grabbed a share of Schebler myself in a 15-team 5 OF league and would recommend the same in any league with 12 or more teams that has 5 starting OF per team. You can also feel free to add him in smaller leagues and hope that his hot stretch continues. You can drop him for someone else if it doesn’t, and if it does he might just help to propel your fake team into the fantasy playoffs.
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