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Fantasy Baseball: From the Mound – Pitching Prospects

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By:  A. J. Applegarth

Good evening, baseball fans!  It’s obviously been a few weeks since my last article, but summer vacations and busy weekends have kept me from blogging about Fantasy Baseball pitchers!  But, I’m back and ready to highlight some pitching prospects that may be looking at a call-up to the big leagues sooner rather than later.  Here we go!

Trevor Bauer (SP – ARI) – As most everyone should know, Bauer has already been called up, and caused a lot of buzz over the first two weeks of his big league career.  Sadly, the stats haven’t totally lived up to the hype yet, but with Daniel Hudson having season-ending Tommy John surgery, Bauer will most likely stay with the big club for the rest of the season.  Bauer currently sits at 1-1 over his three starts, with his most recent start against the Dodgers being his best start by far (6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, W).  Bauer got beat-up in his second start, giving up 7 runs (6 ER) on 6 hits and 4 walks over only 3.1 IP.  Bauer gets two starts this week, so hopefully he’ll be able to build upon his last start and produce some quality numbers for fantasy teams.

Jacob Turner (SP – DET) – Turner also expects to get called up to start Tuesday’s game in-place of the injured Drew Smyly, but at this time, it remains to be seen if Turner will stay up with the big club beyond that start.  Turner made one start earlier this season, and had some control issues (4 H and 5 BB over 5.0 IP), but was able to limit the runs (only 1 ER) in the no-decision.  Turner is a potential number-3 starter, but has the stuff to be worthwhile as Detroit’s 4th or 5th starter if they decide to keep him up.  Keep an eye on his status, as he should be able to help out fantasy teams if he is able to stay in the show.

Zach Britton (SP – BAL) – Another starter getting the nod for Tuesday’s game is Zach Britton of Baltimore.  Britton was with the O’s for most of last season and finished with an 11-11 record, a 4.61 ERA, and a 1.45 WHIP.  Not really great numbers overall, but he did show some signs of being a valuable fantasy pitcher throughout the season.  Britton faces the Twins tomorrow, and even though Minnesota shellacked Baltimore on Monday night, I still think Britton has a chance for a quality start, as well as a win if he can keep his command in-check.  Britton pitched 7.0 innings of shutout ball in his last start for Triple-A Norfolk, and only gave up 4 H and walked none while striking out six, so again, the potential is there for a good outing against a weaker opponent.

Danny Hultzen (SP – SEA) – Hultzen is currently working with a 9-4 record, a 1.75 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 94 K’s over 87 ⅓ IP between Double-A and Triple-A.  He hasn’t gotten the call to the big leagues yet mostly because of apparent control issues at Triple-A, but once he starts throwing strikes with more consistency (as he was in Double-A), he should get the call.  Hultzen has good stuff, and should be able to hold some value for fantasy teams as long as he can minimize the control issues.

Matt Harvey (SP – NYM) – With the Dillon Gee injury, the Mets may look to call-up Harvey as early as Wednesday, or he could get the call to start on July 21st, but the Mets are still holding their cards close to the vest.  Harvey has been steadily decreasing his ERA each month while increasing his K/9 ratio, going from 4.85 to 3.24 to 2.45 and 8.3 to 8.6 to 10.9, respectively.  Based on what the scouts are saying about Harvey, he still needs to work on his changeup, but he is definitely ready to contribute at the Major League level.  Keep an eye on his status in the coming days, as the promotion sounds likely.

Dan Straily (SP – OAK) – Straily has been a strikeout machine in the minor leagues (141 K’s over 111 ⅓ IP) and currently holds a 6-5 record, a 2.83 ERA, and a 1.04 WHIP.  Straily has great stuff, including a Fastball that hits 94 MPH, a slider that baffles righties and a changeup that keeps lefties out in the cold.  There are no definite dates for a call-up for Straily at this point (he’s actually not even listed on the A’s player list in ESPN leagues yet), but once he gets the call, you’ll want to jump on him quick.  K numbers like his don’t come around all the time, and having the luxury of pitching his home games at spacious O.co Coliseum can only help his chances to get some W’s…as long as his offense gets him some run support, of course!

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