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Roundtable: Lost Ones

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


This is the weekly Fantasy Roundtable, where the writers of Rotoworld Baseball let the readers of Rotoworld Baseball in on a quick staff discussion. It's water cooler talk ... that we've decided to publish. Look for it every Tuesday.

 

Drew Silva: The first week of the 2016 baseball season is in the books. Give me a player you didn't consider in drafts this spring that you're suddenly high on now. Or is there a draft-day sleeper that you see emerging into a true difference-maker now that you've got a slightly different perspective? I know ... it's way early.

 

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Ryan Boyer: It's impossible not to be impressed by what we've seen so far out of Tyler White, whom I ended up with zero shares of this spring. The 25-year-old blasted three home runs and drove in nine runs in the first week of action and has moved up to the No. 5 spot in the Astros' batting order. I don't expect him to wind up offering more than moderate power. However, he's got a great approach at the plate and certainly doesn't look intimidated by big league pitching in the early going. Having Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa, and Colby Rasmus hitting in front of him obviously helps White's RBI prospects. Many felt before the season that White was merely keeping a seat warm for A.J. Reed, but we could see him shift over to third base once Reed is ready if the Astros are willing to stomach his glove there.

 

D.J. Short: Most teams have only played around six games, so I haven't been swayed significantly on most players, but I wish I was more aggressive on Nationals right-hander Joe Ross in drafts this spring. The 22-year-old posted a 3.64 ERA and 69/21 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings in his first taste of the majors last season and tossed seven innings of one-run ball in his season debut Sunday against the Marlins. The ingredients for a breakout are here, including starts against some weak offenses in the National League East. His average draft position was 220.4 in Yahoo leagues this spring, which looks like a potential steal.

 

Nathan Grimm: Very little has happened in the first week of the season that has made much of a difference, and the guys we could talk about in this space -- Trevor Story, Tyler White, etc. -- have been covered ad nauseam across the interwebs (sorry Boyer). Allow me, then, to put on my homer hat for a minute and trumpet the accomplishments of Jeremy Hazelbaker. Hazelbaker might be the talk of the internet if not for Story and others, but all he's done in the season's first week is bat .400 with two home runs and two steals. Of equal importance, he's already made such an impact that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny shoehorned him into the lineup three times in six games, once in favor of Randal Grichuk, and started him in left field for the Cardinals' home opener on Monday. I repeat: a 28-year-old rookie displaced seven-time All-Star Matt Holliday (who just slid to first base, admittedly) to start a home opener for a team that won 100 games the year before. It's not as though the performance isn't without some merit, either -- even if we discount his spring, when he hit .304/.373/.543 with three homers and four steals to earn his way onto the club, Hazelbaker has always had a tantalizing combination of speed and power. It's easy to write off his start as a 2006 Chris Shelton-like flash in the pan, but the Cardinals have a history of developing non-prospects into solid contributors and, in some cases, All-Stars like Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig. All of which is to say: maybe Hazelbaker isn't a guy worth knowing. But maybe he is.

 

David Shovein: One player whom I didn't give enough credit to on draft day is Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez. Sure, he isn't going to continue hammering the ball at the unsustainable pace that we're seeing right now, but the 24-year-old did swat 13 homers in just 372 at-bats last season and still plays his home games in the Great American Small Park. Add on the fact that he's hitting near the top of the Reds' lineup and has dual-position eligibility including shortstop. He's someone who should have been much higher on my draft board this spring.

 

Drew Silva: I completely glossed over Suarez this spring too, thinking last year's power showing was a bit of a fluke. But that is one strong dude and he's in a great spot to produce on that rebuilding roster. Nobody is going to take his job at third base, and I think Reds manager Bryan Price will continue hitting him second even as he levels off. That puts Suarez right in front of Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, Devin Mesoraco -- all legit bats. Bruce and Phillips could get traded this summer, but it probably won't be until June or July.

 

Matthew Pouliot: I think I might have underestimated Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan, figuring his control issues and lack of a quality third pitch would prevent him from serving as a quality starter. However, he’s throwing just about as hard as a starter 91-94 mph) as he did out of the pen, his groundball rate has remained excellent and he’s working in his changeup a whole lot with excellent results so far (he’s thrown it 50 times in two starts and has yet to allow a hit with it). He still pitches for a bad team in a hitter friendly ballpark and he’s going to walk batters, so I wouldn’t suggest dropping a known-quantity for him in mixed leagues. Still, he wouldn’t be a bad stash.

 

Drew Silva: I'm getting an early vibe from Rays outfielder Steven Souza as a possible post-hype breakout candidate. He had us buzzing around here last spring, but there was an early forearm issue that hurt his ability to get off to a hot start and then he battled hand injuries in July and August. The dynamic 26-year-old was a disappointment in the end, tallying only 16 home runs and 12 stolen bases over 110 games in 2015. But the upside is apparent. He had a healthy spring this year in Rays camp and is slashing .381/.409/.857 with three home runs in six games as this Fantasy Roundtable goes live. This guy hit .346/.428/.579 with 18 home runs, 75 RBI, and 26 stolen bases in 99 games at the Triple-A level. Rays manager Kevin Cash will start batting him higher in the lineup. I can at least promise that.

 

 

You can follow these @Rotoworld_BB writers on Twitter: @drewsilv@djshort@RyanPBoyer@matthewpouliot, @Nate_Grimm@daveshovein.



Drew Silva is a baseball editor for Rotoworld and also contributes on NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. He can be found on Twitter.
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