Prospect Stock Report 9.6.16
September 6, 2016 | Justin Klein
Yoan Moncada was called up by the Boston Red Sox last Friday to much acclaim, but is still available in 57% of Yahoo leagues. He didn’t start on Friday but still played third base and made two plate appearances where he struck out and walked and ended up coming around to score. On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Moncada started at third base for the Red Sox, so he only has two more starts to go before he has 2B and 3B eligibility in Yahoo leagues. That makes it very likely that he’ll have dual eligibility by Wednesday or Friday and at the very latest some point this weekend. Although Yoan has the tendency to strike out quite a bit (42.9% thus far at the MLB level and 30.9% in 45 games at Double-A), he should be able to get on base, hit for some pop and rack up the stolen bases. If you feel the need for speed, Yoan makes for a solid addition in any format regardless of size and scoring. Moncada’s average could plummet if he continues to strike out, but he doesn’t have to do very much to hold off the likes of Aaron Hill and Travis Shaw to get regular playing time at third base. He’s already made an error though, and if that continues he could potentially lose at bats. For now he should get the lion’s share of playing time. I’ve recently added Moncada in a few leagues, and coincidently he’s the de facto Billy Hamilton replacement in the majority of them. Let’s just hope the Red Sox awaken from this slumber and Moncada starts running like crazy.
Carl Edwards Jr. has been used in a setup role of late as both Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop are on the DL for the Cubs. If you play in a holds league or are looking to improve your ratios over the last month, Edwards should be a good source of them along with some K’s and maybe a few wins and saves then Edwards is your guy. He’s currently available in 98% of Yahoo leagues, so he’s available for nearly all of you Yahooligans. Also currently sporting a 12.21 K/9 and a 3.80 K/BB ratio, Edwards’ 2.89 ERA looks even more impressive when you realize that he has a 1.97 FIP and 2.39 SIERA. While Carl’s .164 BABIP isn’t even close to sustainable, neither is his 59.1 LOB%. As his batted ball luck decreases his LOB% luck should hopefully increase and help even out some of the peripheral numbers.
Seth Lugo has flown so far under that radar that he’s still floating around in the free agent pools of 76% of Yahoo leagues, despite the fact that he’s now 3-2 on the season with a solid 2.38 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, .210 BAA and a K/BB ratio of 32:11. Although he’s been lucky in the BABIP department with a .237 mark and a touch lucky with a 80.6 LOB%, Lugo’s 3.32 FIP is still quite solid. The fact that much of his work had been out of the bullpen before his past 4 outings, all starts, makes his numbers look even better. Over those 4 outings Lugo notched three QS and three wins while posting a useful 16:5 K:BB ratio. If you need some help in your fake team’s rotation and Lugo is available, you should grab him right away. His next matchup is a tasty one, as he heads to Atlanta to face the hapless Braves on Saturday, September 10th. After that I’m not sure of the matchups, but Lugo could very well be serviceable for the rest of the season.
Raimel Tapia was recently called up by the Rockies and he’s received a surprising amount of playing time already as he notched a hit in his only at bat on Friday, before starting in centerfield and leading off for the Rockies on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. If Tapia continues to get regular playing time out of the leadoff spot for Colorado, he has the potential to make a rather large impact down the stretch in fantasy leagues. Not only should he be a good source of runs scored, but he should provide AVG, OBP and SB. Raimel triple-slashed a healthy .328/.361/.458 across two minor league levels and 128 games this season before being called up. Over that stretch Tapia managed to notch eight HR and 23 SB. If you’d like to join me (I’ve recently added Tapia in several 5 OF leagues), you can do so in 99% of Yahoo leagues. Outside of the shallowest formats Tapia should be added everywhere. Leading off for the Rockies is in itself valuable, especially in the thin Rocky Mountain air, but being able to use his abilities to hit, get on base, score and steal should move the needle more than enough to be a solid contributor for the rest of the season and into the fake baseball playoffs. Go get him, go getters.
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