“In Lou Of”- West Coast Notes: Hitters and Pitchers:
HOU: 1B/3B: Tyler White:
He got off to an incredible start to the season which surprised most people. After what seemed like a month-long slump, he’s been turning it on again lately including a 2 HR game this past Tuesday. Unfortunately it seems like this Cinderella story will not last much longer. The Astros top offensive prospect is 1B A.J. Reed and I still believe it’s only a matter of time before he is called up to the majors, which may result in White losing his job altogether. There is of course the possibility that White can be played at 3B by the Astros, which brings me to my next point. He has definitely been a great find for many fantasy rosters, especially with his dual position eligibility, so if for some reason you can sell high on him, I suggest doing so now.
ARZ: 2B/SS: Jean Segura:
Segura continues to exceed everyone’s expectations in 2016 and has really been one of the best hitters in the National League. He has a .337 BA and leads the league with 58 hits in 39 games. The change of scenery has certainly agreed with him and it’s encouraging to see that he has gotten his career back on track after a couple difficult seasons with the Brewers. He only has 5 SB as of May 18th, however I still think he can reach the 25-30 mark. He is on pace to hit a career high in HR, RBI and AVG and is one of the best MI in baseball.
TEX: OF/SS: Ian Desmond:
After turning down a mid-season multi-year extension in 2015 and a qualifying offer this offseason to stay in Washington, Desmond found himself with no contract and no home for the 2016 season. It wasn’t until shortly before spring training that he inked a 1 year deal to play for Texas, not as a SS though, as a OF. He started slowly at the plate and did not look to comfortable in the OF, playing in both LF and CF. He has however been one of the hotter hitters in the American League and in the Rangers lineup over the last 3-4 weeks and the Rangers signing of him is starting to look like one of the better low pro signings this year. Desmond is also playing this year for a lucrative free agent deal next offseason, where the free agent class is not nearly as strong as last seasons.
SEA: 2B: Robinson Cano:
There were rumors this offseason about the Mariners looking to trade Cano. It was reported that Cano was unhappy in Seattle and people began to question whether or not it was affecting his performance. It’s safe to say that even if Cano is unhappy in SEA, it’s not having an impact on his production in 2016. He’s arguably having the best season of his entire career, leading the AL in HR (12) and RBI (36) while also hitting for over a .300 BA. I’ve heard a number of people suggest selling high on Cano because he won’t sustain his HR numbers but I’m here to tell you to hold on to him all season. He’s still the best 2B in fantasy, even without the SB that Altuve racks up over him.
SFG: SP: Jeff Samardzija:
He got off to a bit of a slow this season but recently has been the Giants best pitcher in my opinion. Many people soured on him after his season and a half in the American League and those who backed off should be kicking themselves right now. He was drafted at incredible value, going later than the 200th pick in many drafts and formats. So far this season he is 5-2, with a 2.88 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 56.1 innings. I expect his success to continue this season, especially now that he’s back in the NL and playing in a great pitchers park. With Samardzija as the 3rd starter in the Giants rotation, a playoff run seems to be in the future for this ball club.
OAK: SP: Jesse Hahn:
Hahn has a lot of potential, showing it in 2014 with the Padres and in much of the 2015 season with Oakland. It’s has been a very up and down 2016 for Hahn though. He started this season in the minors working out kinks and then was called up to make a start a couple of weeks ago. He was excellent in that start and was heavily added across fantasy leagues. He then followed that start-up with a terrible one and was optioned back to AAA. Luckily for Hahn, it didn’t take him long to be re called again. He recorded a quality start in his last outing and will hopefully stick around with the big league club for a while now. This is a player to keep an eye on if he’s not already owned in your league.
COL: SP: Chad Bettis:
He’s had a few rough starts this season but I mean which Colorado SP hasn’t? He’s also had some very solid starts though, resulting in 4 wins and 5 quality starts. His 1.21 WHIP is very respectable and if he continue to throw quality starts he will find his way on to more fantasy rosters as the season progresses. The Rockies have a lineup who can provide a ton of run support for Bettis, which only adds to his value. Jake McGee has done a nice job as the teams closer in 2016 which also bodes well for Bettis if/when he has a lead in the late innings.
TEX: RP: Shawn Tolleson:
Tolleson was fantastic last year for Texas recording 35 saves and a sub 3.00 ERA in 72.1 innings in 2015. Although he has 11 saves this season, his ERA is over 9.00 and his WHIP is just under 2.00. He’s been far to ineffective to remain a top closing option and currently Sam Dyson is getting some of the opportunities. If you have Tolleson, id begin to worry a little because if he’s not getting you saves anymore he really has no value to any fantasy roster with his current ERA and WHIP.
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Our guests this week are Hernan Batista and Bryan Luhrs. Bryan is the owner of Real Deal Dynasty Sports, a writer with MLFS, and a key member of our organization. Hernan is a frequent guest on our radio shows and an owner in MLFB1 and MLFB2.
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