What We Have Learned in Week 2 – DapScout’s Corner

by Dap Scout
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Welcome to back to DapScout Corner: This week, I will cover what we have learned in Week 2 of the regular season.

Writer's Block - One of the finest prospects I have ever scouted

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I have always hated the act of writing. So, turning off the TV and walking ten feet to my laptop, I opened up my laptop and filled a blank screen with words. I would rather rewatch Derek Jeter breaking my heart again and again by making "The Flip" (yep, I'm an A's fan) than starting a writing project from scratch.

Don't get me wrong, and I love it once I get past that 1st page because everything has momentum. But getting to that first page takes so long (how many more characters do I need to write at this point)?

The important thing is BASEBALL IS BACK! I no longer have to write: What should you do if there is a lockout?, What should you wear to your favorite lockout-themed event? If you were an owner who hated their fans which owner would you be?

What We Have Learned in Week 2

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We have all learned some important lessons in the first two weeks.

I was wrong a lot during the lockout.

I will be the first to admit that I was wrong quite a bit during the lockout. For those keeping score at home, I said:

There would be missed games due to the Lockout - Nope.

I may have said Cavan Biggio would have a resurgence - .000/.333/.000 is not a good line no matter how many times I squint really hard and try to move the numbers around. He is patient (2 BB vs. 4 K), but playing time is the problem. The loaded Toronto lineup will not wait for Cavan Biggio to figure it out. Santiago Espinal has surpassed him on the depth chart. Biggio is currently the guy, behind the guy, on the bench. Do I still believe in Biggio? Absolutely. Do I think he needs to be rostered? Not even in an AL-Only league.

I'm not sure if I'm right or wrong... yet.

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I said Nathaniel Lowe should be avoided - I don't know, but Lowe looks like a different hitter so far this season. 2 BB vs. 3 Ks and a .348/.400/.435 line looks pretty great. It is a long season; hoping for the best but expecting a 25+% K rate with a .250 BA and 25 HRs.

I wrote Jordan Luplow would have a fast start to his season with his new team - Luplow opened the season on the injured list, so fingers crossed he comes back soon.

Hey, I was right (so far)

Jorge Mateo looks pretty good. I cannot believe he is only 25 years old. I have such prospect fatigue from Mateo and thought he was 30 years old. In 2022, through 31 PA, Mateo has put up .217/.333/.261 with 2 SB, 4 BBs, and 9 Ks. But most importantly for Mateo, he has started all but one game this season. If Mateo keeps getting at-bats, he will get on base, and those stolen bases will come. He can still be rostered for very little FAAB.

Also, he did this today:

The Steven Kwan FAAB bidding was insane

By now, your league has run a free agent bidding or waive wire in Week 2. Steven Kwan was most likely the top pick. In the NFC Leagues, he went for somewhere in between $1-$999. Don't believe me? Look at the Week 2 FAAB run down from Jeff Trela (Follow him at @Jtrela20).

Does Steven Kwan look amazing so far? Absolutely! Through 8 games, he has put up a breathtaking .385/.541/.538 slash line. He also has a 21.6 BB%.

In Jarad Wilk's (Follow him on Twitter @NYPost_Roto) article "Fantasy baseball managers should believe Steven Kwan’s hot start," he lays out some compelling reasons why Kwan can continue to deliver for fantasy owners:

  • Kwan is the No. 2 hitter for the Guardians in front of Jose Ramirez
  • He has shown at Oregon State University and over three years in the minors that he can make contact and get on base while avoiding strikeouts.

I think Kwan's skills are impressive, and if he can stay healthy, he will be Rookie of the Year. My only concern: Is Steven Kwan a better real-life baseball player than a fantasy baseball player?

Let's look at two stat lines:

PAAVGOBPSLGRRBIBB%K%
Player A30.375.467.5836316.73.3
Player B37.385.541.5387521.65.4

If you read this article, you would know that Player B is Steven Kwan (I literally gave you the stats a few paragraphs ago). Player A? That is Luis Arraez during the first month of his rookie year.

Luis Arraez is a fantastic real-life baseball player, but from a fantasy perspective, he provides a high batting average and OBP, a few (like two) stolen bases, and runs. That is about it.

The Guardians should be really happy if Steven Kwan becomes Luis Arraez. But, unfortunately, fantasy owners shouldn't be as excited.

Seriously are you still reading?

If you have any ideas about what I should cover, a show I should watch, or a charity I should spotlight, leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter – @dapscout.


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