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I am back with another Pitcher Profile Razzball Nation!  I was out of town last week and unable to work on multiple screens slash was sipping daiquiris on vacation.  True story.  Ask Sky.  Then ask him what drink we came up with while my daiquiri was half melted and looked like a prop from Hostel.

As I try to do every week, I like picking a guy who pitched on Sunday to keep things topical.  I also like to do profiles on pitchers that have been requested.  And Zack Wheeler pitched on Sunday!  The stars have aligned to give everyone an introspective look and how he… well… looked.

Obviously a big name prospect heading into the season, Wheeler struggled a bit in AAA before his promotion with a 3.93 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 68.2 innings.  Given it was in Las Vegas in the PCL, those numbers aren’t as much an eyesore, but I was really worried with his 3.54 BB/9.  Yeah you might put an emphasis on trying to hit your spots in the PCL, but I’d rather see a higher ERA and a pitcher with more control with that.  As I’ve been helping with comments on Grey’s wrap-ups in the mornings, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about Gerrit Cole vs. Wheeler and I always took Cole.  The strikeouts might not quite be there for Cole, but at least he has control.

Wheeler started with a bang notching 7 strikeouts in 6 shutout innings to win his first career start, but entering yesterday’s matchup against the Nationals was sporting a 8:8 K:BB ratio.  I know he has power stuff, but I’d to see better control than that.  I also know after his second start at the White Sox, there were reports Wheeler was tipping his pitches as advisors to manager Terry Collins were alerted him.  So as I break down his start yesterday, I’ll break down his stuff and keep an eye on if he’s giving anything away.

First Inning: The first pitch of the game is a 94-MPH fastball to Denard Span taken for a strike.  I know Wheeler can amp it up to the upper-90s so that was a get-me-over strike there, but the crowd loves it in Wheeler’s home debut for the Mets.  Wheeler is low at 96, 1-1, then up to 97 which is fouled off, 1-2.  Wheeler then goes to the curveball, at 79-MPH and it has late life and a seriously heavy sink that gets Span swinging even though it bounced to the catcher and the play is made to first to start the game with a K.  For that being his first breaking ball, that was really impressive – if he can do that all game he’ll be tough to hit.  Wheeler then starts Anthony Rendon with a 96-MPH in there 0-1, then a curveball again at 79-MPH sweeps across the zone but catches the outside corner, 0-2.  If Wheeler can throw those curveballs for strikes early in the count, man he’ll be tough.  He then misses outside with his first slider at 90-MPH, it stayed too low and outside, 1-2, then a 95-MPH fastball right at the knees gets Rendon unable to hold his swing for his second K.  That had a tad of sink on it, probably a ball, but fantastic pitch to get a swing-and-miss.  Now up is Ryan Zimmerman who takes a fastball for a strike, now all three batters he’s gotten ahead of.  The slider is outside, then a fastball bounced foul, 1-2.  A fastball at the eyes at 98-MPH is barely fouled back, then a curveball at 80-MPH hung a tad, but is grounded to short to end the inning in order.  So far I haven’t seen anything to indicate he’s tipping his stuff.

Second Inning: Despite no scoring, it was a fairly long bottom of the first, and Wheeler starts Adam LaRoche with a 94-MPH fastball right down the middle that LaRoche absolutely crushes for a home run.  You’ve got to know the Nationals hitters are talking to each other, and Span probably told LaRoche to look for that get me over fastball exactly how he started the game.  So up now is Jayson Werth who takes a 97-MPH fastball outside, then 96 low, and Wheeler is scuffling.  96-MPH fastball is outside, 3-0, then again outside for a four pitch walk.  Yikes, about as good a first inning you could have and now a first-pitch homer then four-pitch walk.  Wheeler starts Ian Desmond with a 96-MPH fastball on the outside corner taken by Desmond who shows bunt for a strike, then Desmond takes a huge hack at a fastball at 94 MPH up and in to make it 0-2.  Wheeler throws the slider low and outside at 90-MPH, still haven’t seen one of those near the zone, then another slider at 88-MPH also low and outside.  Now there I saw something.  He slowed his delivery down a tad on that slider, Desmond was easily able to lay off.  Almost as if Wheeler was trying to be sure that one started in the zone, guiding it where he wanted it.  So it’s 2-2, and a 96-MPH fastball is crushed opposite field for a double, it scores Werth, and makes it 2-0.  I think everyone could’ve guessed a fastball was coming there with the struggle adjusting that slider.  So up now is Roger Bernadina who takes a slider way in and tight, then a fastball inside, 2-0. A 94-MPH fastball gets a big cut and is hit on the end of the bat for a flyout to right for the first out, and Desmond tags to third.  Wheeler starts Kurt Suzuki with a slider that barely hangs onto the outside corner, 0-1, Suzuki didn’t like that call, then a fastball at 93-MPH up and in gets a check swing but the ball hits the bat, so it’s 0-2.  Need a strikeout here.  Then a curveball at 78-MPH gets a swing and a weakly hit ball to short, but with the infield in trying to protect Desmond from scoring goes off Omar Quintanilla‘s glove for an RBI single.  That was tough luck there.  Now 3-0 and runner on first with one down, Wheeler starts a bunting Gio Gonzalez with a pitch low that’s offered on , 0-1, then Gio bunts a high one foul, 0-2.  Wheeler is way outside but Gio again goes for it and bunts it foul for a strikeout.  So two down, and back up is Span who takes a fastball low, then another fastball fouled off, 1-1, then a change-up that didn’t do much at 86 is fouled, 1-2.  That was his first change-up and you see why he doesn’t throw it much.  A fastball is outside, then a curveball way inside and low, 3-2.  That very first curveball in the first inning to Span was by far Wheeler’s best off-speed pitch; he just doesn’t have the feel for them right now.  A fastball is fouled back, still 3-2, then a well-placed fastball at 95 is spoiled, then a 93-MPH fastball on the outside edge is hit hard opposite field for a double and it scores Suzuki running on contact, now 4-0.  Out comes pitching coach Dan Warthen for a chat, and the first pitch to Rendon is a slider grounded weakly to short and Wheeler is mercifully out of the inning.

Third Inning: So after the brutal 2nd inning, Wheeler starts the third with a fastball at 92 that runs inside, 0-1 to Zimmerman, then low at 93.  Velocity a little down right now.  An 87-MPH slider is in there for a strike, it didn’t do much though, then a nice curveball on the outside corner gets a bad swing-and-miss, 2-2.  Wheeler is again inside, full count, then a mini-slider down the middle, again little break, gets a weak ground ball to short for the first out.  Wheeler starts LaRoche this time with a fastball outside, 0-1, then an 88-MPH change-up, this time a good one, gets LaRoche to pop out to shallow left, two down.  Nice pitch there to a guy sitting fastball after that homer in the second.  Wheeler starts Werth with a fastball inside then a 94-MPH fastball down the middle is taken for a strike, 1-1.  Then Wheeler again goes down the middle, Werth adjusts and is ready for it, and clobbers a homer on a 93-MPH fastball.  John Buck was calling for it inside and it missed by a foot over the middle.  Back to business and Wheeler starts Desmond with a nice first-pitch curveball for a strike, he needs to use that more often, then a fastball high and out of the zone is fouled back, 0-2.  A slider is outside, 1-2, then another slider, his best on the day, stays in the zone with a hard late break but stays at the knees to get Wheeler’s 4th strikeout.

Fourth Inning: Still down 5-0, Wheeler starts the fourth with a 94-MPH fastball swung on and missed by Bernadina, then a curveball is way inside, 1-1.  A change-up sails high, then a fastball outside, 3-1, then a fastball is fouled off to work it full.  Another fastball at 95-MPH is ripped foul, Bernadina is sitting on the fastball, but Wheeler throws a good one right off the outside corner and Bernadina grounds out weakly to short.  Wheeler starts Suzuki with a fastball high, then one in there at 95, then another fastball at 94 is called a ball but looked good to me, 2-1.  Another fastball at 94 is ripped foul, 2-2, then a slider is outside, yet another full count.  A fastball again placed well on the outside corner at 94-MPH gets a weak ground ball to David Wright for the second out.  Two down, and Gio is first pitch swinging and grounds out weakly to short for a 1-2-3 inning all on weak ground balls.

Fifth Inning: Hoping to build on a solid inning and end on a positive note, Wheeler is at 70 pitches and starts Span with a perfect fastball at 93-MPH on the lower outside corner 0-1, then hangs a curveball high, 1-1.  Wheeler then bounces a fastball at 93, 2-1 and the velocity is still way down.  Another fastball at 93 is flared to shallow center and lands for a leadoff single.  Wheeler paints the outside corner to Rendon, 0-1, then a slider at 87, very well placed and hangs onto the outside black makes it 0-2.  So Wheeler again goes with the slider but overthrows it way outside for a wild pitch and Span moves to second.  So 1-2 and another slider is fouled away, another fastball is fouled back, then another fastball paints the inside corner at 93 for Wheeler’s 5th K.  Wheeler starts Zimmerman with a fastball for a strike, then a tight 87-MPH slider gets the zone as well, 0-2.  Wheeler climbs the ladder at 94 but it’s taken, 1-2, then another one taken inside, 2-2.  Wheeler then goes to the curveball, it gets Zimmerman to golf at it and he hits it pretty well but it’s caught on the edge of the warning track and Span moves to third with two outs.  Wheeler misses with a change outside to LaRoche, then bounces a fastball, 2-0.  A fastball is high, then way outside and high for a four-pitch walk.  And that’ll end Wheeler’s day.

Final Line: L  4.2 IP  89 Pitches (54 Strikes)  6 Hits  2 Walks  5 ER  5 K  Gamescore: 35  Gamescore+: 41.6

Final Analysis: A tough outing for Wheeler, with almost all of the damage done in the 2nd inning.  The big question is what happened to the velocity?  After throwing high 90s fairly consistently in his first two starts and in the first inning, it tailed off and after the 2nd rarely got over 94.  With such a reliance on his fastball, a definite red flag.  With getting more strikeouts than innings pitched a lot of weakly hit outs, Wheeler’s Gamescore+ stayed high.

With a four-pitch mix of the heater, slider, curveball and change-up, Wheeler has tremendous upside.  The heater looked good early but got him into trouble on the very first pitch of the second.  He then had some nice ones painting the black at 93-94, but missed badly a fair amount as well.  The slider was definitely touch-and-go, it is very reminiscent of Matt Harvey‘s slider with tight, compact break.  The very first curveball Wheeler threw was by far his best, and he struggled with its feel the rest of the game.  Usually that’s not the case, but Wheeler just didn’t look the same after a dominant first inning.  The change-up also had its issues and wasn’t used much.  Wise man once said, “Change-up no bueno if not 10 MPH slower than fastball.”  Wheeler’s changes were usually 87-89 and with his fastball dipping in velocity to the 94 range, isn’t going to be effective.

Wheeler’s got a lot of kinks to work out.  The tipping of his pitches I only noticed once in this game in the 2nd when he tried to over-guide a slider.  But hitters were locking in when on his fastball just because he didn’t have a consistent feel with his other pitches.  Each secondary pitch showed potential and a few of each except maybe the change looked above ML-average.  Then there’s the fastball velocity that he needs to be able to maintain in the high 90s or be able to hit his spots in the mid-90s and amp up when necessary.  All of those adjustments is just too much for him to be held in 10-team leagues right now.  But in keepers and dynasty leagues I’m still very optimistic in his stuff as he refines.

87 Responses

  1. Shawn of the livid says:
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    “Rocked like a Wagon Wheeler”, that may be the best headline I’ve seen yet JB! I love me some Dylan, or Old Crow Medicine Show!

    • shibboleth says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: This headline is pure Alabama High Test. (Just missed a double-pun … Wheeler grew up in Georgia, not far from ‘Bama…)

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @shibboleth: Hah sweet! I knew he was from the South but not that close to Bama

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @shibboleth: “pure Alabama High Test”? I don’t know what that is. I thought the headline was from the lyric “Rock me mama like a wagon wheel” which is from a song named “wagon wheel” written by Bob Dylan and more recently covered by the “Old Crow medicine Show”, covered well I might add

  2. Mike says:
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    Would u trade Rizzo and Rafael Soriano for Reyes?
    Have excess power..need MI
    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: MI is so thin there’s definitely a premium… I would have no problem with that.

  3. Mike says:
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    How about Rizzo,fowler,and Soriano for segura?
    I have Harper coming off DL and also Leonids Martin on bench…
    He won’t go for rizzo and Soriano for Reyes?
    He has both of them

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: I like that one too, Fowler and his hand or thumb injury is really sapping his power.

  4. Shawn of the livid says:
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    I had high hopes for this kid. I was thinking he could be this years Darvish. I watched the whole game too, and I saw a lot more cons than pros. I don’t want to drop him, but it’s probably the best move. His velocity is all over the place and he just cannot locate when needed. It seemed like every time he wanted to throw something out of the zone he threw it WAYYY out of the zone. The Nats were just all over him the whole time. Damn it. He didn’t even look like he was ready for the bigs, a couple more like that and he’ll be heading back to Vegas.
    Great write up, I always look forward to a good read and detailed analysis. My suggestion for the next is………… Jacob Turner? He’s been fun to watch. Or Hyun-Jin Ryu? Maybe Iwakuma? I like me some rookies :) Thanks for the good read

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: Thanks for reading! Yea I’ve always been concerned with the control, and with reports of tipping pitches the last start and drop in velocity in this start, they’re going to start tinkering with mechanics and the control is still gonna be iffy. Love Iwakuma, might have to do him next, Turner is a great choice too. Ask you shall receive on Ryu! http://razzball.com/pitcher-profile-hyun-jin-ryu-rues-his-last-start/

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Sweet! guess I missed that one

  5. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Love the pitching profiles JB! Keep em coming! Watched this start as well, and it just seemed like it was pretty much downhill from that 1st pitch of the 2nd. No secondary pitch seemed absolutely at his disposal either. Glad I held on to him a month before he was up…ugh

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Alky Sobrera:
      Oh, and the tipping pitches thing. Not a pert, but didn’t really see it happening. Just felt like the nats knew he would be going to the fastball and could sit on it because his other stuff wasn’t working. Seems like the mess pr machine at work trying to find excuses…

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Alky Sobrera: Haha yea, like I said I saw it once the whole game, possible they’re trying to feed something, and agree like I wrote that it was just too easy to sit fastball. Thanks for reading!

        • @JB Gilpin: it was much more obvious in his previous game against the WSox.

  6. Mile says:
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    Would u also offer that same 3 for 1 trade for Reyes?
    I like segura more but he does too
    Thanks !

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mile: Getting a little pricey at that point… if very very dire then yeah but cautiously

  7. Rodney says:
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    Sorry to thread-jack, but:

    A) Is it an absolute no-brainer to trade J-Up for Machado in a keeper league? (This year and/or the future.)

    B) Who do you like better between Alex Gordon and Headley?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rodney: Hah no such thing! I wouldn’t say “no-brainer” but I’d take Machado. With no position concerns, Gordon, if you sorely need the CI/3B spot then Headley but Gordon in a vacuum.

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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks! (I’m trading J-Up and Headley for Machado and Gordon w/o need of Headley’s 3B eligibility.)

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Rodney: Nice love it!

  8. Wake Up says:
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    OCMS…nice!

    Fuck Wheeler!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: Haha tell us how you really feel about Wheeler…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @JB Gilpin: if you like OCMS Big Easy Express was pretty good…if you don’t, Fuck Wheeler!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Wake Up: Hahaha

  9. Moth says:
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    Welp, looks like I’ll be starting Dickey next time out! Haha

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Moth: Ugh yea, just don’t know what to do with him, start him for the time being only for him to be rocked sometime soon.

  10. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    So I offered Marter for Miller didn’t think he would go for it but he sent back Miller for Mccutchen way to much right? Should I send back maybe bruce or kemp for Miller?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate: Shelby I’m assuming, I don’t know if I’d part with either of those OFers for Miller, maybe Bruce if dire SP need

  11. mike says:
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    Who wins? Trout for Ian Desmond and yu darvish?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mike: I’ll stick with Trout, but close

  12. bearded lady says:
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    Hey JB!

    Was offered Konerko for Leake, thoughts? 14 team h2h deep league mixer.

    Btw thanks for the Tobias Harris add that took me from 6th to 2nd in my basketball league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bearded lady: Hey man! Yea Tobias was my boyfriend last year, excited to see how all free agency shakes out and head into my first full season. I’m not buying Leake can keep it up, I like that deal

  13. Fish says:
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    Hey JB, what side do you like in following trade? 10 Team Yahoo H2H with OPS and QS

    Homer Bailey/Brandon Phillips
    vs.
    Dickey/Prado

    Thanks for the help!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fish: I like the top side, all out on Dickey despite better now

  14. Rasopulos says:
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    Who do you like better ROS, BJ or D.Fowler? Both just got dropped and I’m sitting with the #1 waiver slot. Any advise?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rasopulos: Well conventional thought is Fowler but this hand issue is worrisome, I would gamble on BJ

  15. Big AL says:
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    I’m going to give Wheeler one more start,but if he can’t control his BB and HR’S allowed I’ll drop him. On another matter what do you think about trading Alex Gordon for Hamels ? Do you think Hamels will turn his season around ? Will the Phillies score enough runs this 2nd half to help him ?
    I have questions ya’all………

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Big AL: Sounds like a plan re Wheeler, I think Hamels does turn it around and I would deal Gordon for I’m if I could get him

  16. MrMojoRisin says:
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    I wonder if he tried to equalize the speed of his pitching motion between his fastball and breakers, therefore losing velocity on his fastball.
    I watch the Met feed and their announcers didn’t mention his slowed down motion nearly as much as they did in his previous start. (Are they Collins’s advisers? LOL)
    As a life-long Met fan, he’s starting to remind me of Isringhausen when he 1st came up, all stuff no control. I sure hope he’s not destined for relieving!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @MrMojoRisin: Ugh I sure hope not either! I watched the Met feed as well, they didn’t mention it until like the 4th. I understand that thought process but he looked so sharp in the first, and he had his best breaking ball. I would told the kid to let it fly instead he toned it down. Kinda weird… Haha yea surprised Collins has 10 friends at this point…

  17. Clive says:
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    I’m in a 10 team keeper. I’ve managed to hoard Harvey, S Miller, Z Wheeler, Goldy, Puig, Profar.. Another team just dropped Gerrit Cole. I’ll likely be able to keep 5 of these guys for next year. Should I go with Cole over any of them? Wheeler? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clive: Yea Wheeler is the only clear option, Cole has great stuff too and Ks could develop Id say Cole right now

  18. Shawn of the livid says:
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    I like Cole a lot, potential ace. Great for a keeper, but I don’t know how you drop any of those guys. If I had to, I drop Wheeler, Miller, or Profar. The SS position can be filled with someone else and Profar stats can’t stand up to Goldy or Puig IMO. They will out produce him in most categories. Harvey is untouchable, and Miller could possibly get rookie of the year. I drop Profar in that situation. But that is partially because I don’t care at all about the SS position, and I place top 3 in my league the past 3 years

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: Profar is gonna be a perennial .300 15/25 guy though in a tough position to fill. I’d want to see Wheeler make some big strides before the end of the year to put him ahead of Cole

  19. Colin says:
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    Wheeler is pissing me off. Look I’m not expecting Harvey like stats, but to regress after a decent first start is maddingly frustrating. To look like a future Cy Young candidate in the first inning and then get rattled by the Laroche homer shows he has a lot of growing up to do. This is going to be an up and down season, and I’m NOWHERE near as stoked about him as I was pre promotion.
    He couldn’t handle the White Sox and Nats, both pretty weak lineups. When does he get the Marlins? Even that matchup is a crapshoot.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Colin: Yup I know been frustrating… And agree he looked like an elite pitcher then one pitch in in the second inning, not so much. If you can’t feel good starting him against the Marlins, he’s droppable in redraft leagues

  20. Doorstop says:
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    I have a feeling he is the second coming of Bud Norris.

    Filthy stuff but little control and poor offense.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Doorstop: Let’s hope not! And Wheeler has four pitches that could all develop while Norris is pretty much only fastball slider

  21. Love the profiles this year!

    Trade question: H2H, 12 team Keeper league.
    J-Up, Shelby Miller for Pedro Alvarez, Pence and Rodney.

    I need an upgrade at 3B and saves (loosing Bell soon). Pitching would get hurt without Miller.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Buhner: Thanks man! I’d shoot a little higher, think Pence regresses, maybe replace him with that teams #2 SP pr something like that

      • @JB Gilpin:
        He has Medlen, Price and Parker and will move any of them, Is Price or Medlen asking to much?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Buhner: Not at all, I would try putting Price in there, although it is a gamble with Price coming back, although he is reportedly feeling good and coming back today.

  22. Mike says:
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    Aaron hill or Utley ROS??
    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Ill take Hill

  23. Mike says:
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    Would u trade Dom brown and Rafael Soriano for segura??
    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Yea I think I like that one

  24. Tom says:
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    Great report. Makes me feel better about dropping him earlier today. I’m in a 10 team h2h each cat league. I have Kluber, Lackey and Cingrani at the back of my rotation. I think that Cingrani will go back to the pen when Cueto comes off in a “few weeks” and that Carlos Martinez is a better bet than Wacha ROS for the Cards.
    1) Do you agree?
    2) If Erasmo comes up who if any do I drop?
    3) If C. Martinez (or Wacha) then comes up, who if any do I drop?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: Thanks man! Yea it wasn’t unlucky hits or anything besides the Suzuki RBI single. Agree like Martinez more, when Erasmo is up probably drop Cingrani as Cueto will be back at some point, then if those Cards are up probably wait and see, but I think Lackey regresses more, really like Kluber.

      • Tom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the answer. If Martinez comes up and does decent do you think he will pitch through 9/22 (my playoffs) or will he have an innings limit or some other obstacle (Wacha or some other pitcher taking his place)?

  25. los locos says:
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    Would you move a 1st or 2nd rd pick for CC Sabathia?

    I’m 3 games out.

    10 team keeper, we only get 7 players

    Rosario, Wilin(C) COL
    Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Carpenter, Matt(1B,2B,3B,OF) STL
    Ramirez, Hanley(3B,SS) LAD
    Zobrist, Ben(2B,OF,SS) TB
    Beltran, Carlos(OF) STL
    Craig, Allen(1B,OF) STL
    Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
    Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC

    Lind, Adam(1B) TOR
    Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI
    Headley, Chase(3B) SD
    McLouth, Nate(OF) BAL
    Rios, Alex(OF) CHW
    Fowler, Dexter(OF) COL

    Active Pitchers
    Griffin, A.J.(SP) OAK
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Medlen, Kris(RP,SP) ATL
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Verlander, Justin(SP) DET
    Holland, Greg(RP) KC
    Jansen, Kenley(RP) LAD

    Cashner, Andrew(RP,SP) SD
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin(SP) LAD
    Tillman, Chris(SP) BAL
    Ogando, Alexi(RP,SP) TEX

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @los locos: Naw, you have a very very solid rotation. Kershaw Strasburg Verlander will be fine for you

  26. Frank White says:
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    What up… Would you pick up Leonys Martin and drop Peralta?? I have Reyes and he’s a bench guy.. 10 team mixed h2h points..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Yea I think I’d be fine with that

      • Frank White says:
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        Or would u grab Juan Francisco?

  27. bojangles mcgee says:
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    just got offered adam jones/maholm for dom brown/hosmer.. you like this trade?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bojangles mcgee: Yea, while Hosmer is heating up, Jones is a stud. Want him.

  28. drew says:
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    Was offered Alex Gordon and Jeff Smardzija for Beltran. Oui ou Non?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @drew: Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Worried about Beltran wearing down like last year, like both the guys you’re getting

  29. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Thanks in advance for opinions: Who to add w/Wheeler drop: AJ Griffin, Turner, Lohse, Erasmo, Carlos Fernandez. Twelve team 6×6 league with Holds.

    Also, would you drop Oliver Perez for Soria in a Holds league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hal Incandenza: I’d probably take Griffin. Then keep Perez until Soria has pitched a few innings, I don’t think Soria automatically goes into the set-up role

  30. Thorbs says:
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    JB – fantastic analysis as usual, hoping you get a chance at some point this year to break down a YoGa/Greinke/Hamels-type of underachiever to get your take on them.

    Quick q for my dynasty league that’s bugging me as I don’t know all that much about young arms:

    I trade

    Braun + 2nd or 3rd round pick

    for

    J-Up/Cole/Skaggs + 7th round pick

    Are the upsides of Cole/Skaggs enough to go from Braun to J-Up, who looks atrocious right now?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Thorbs: Thanks man! Ugh I don’t know if I can handle writing on Gallardo as a Brewers fan… Might go insane! But sounds like a great idea to mix it up. How deep is the league? I think Cole can be a consistent starter but like a A.J. Griffin or something like that. Skaggs is iffy too. I think Braun plus those high picks is too much

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        @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: From what I’ve seen of Cole’s starts, he seems a lot like YoGa actually…raw stuff is sick, just doesn’t really have a good idea of how to use it. I’ve read that the Pirates teach all their prospects to use 2-seamers to pitch to contact no matter their raw stuff, which seems kind of limiting, and maybe why so many of their pitching prospects seem to stagnate.

        It’s a pretty deep league (12 teams, 20 MLB keepers, 8 minor leaguers), but I’ve got a win-now sort of team and was hoping to retool on the fly. He originally proposed J-Up/Myers for Braun, so I might offer up Braun and a 3rd rounder for that?

        I’ve got Erasmo/Straily in the minors right now and a SP core of Greinke/Hamels/Samardzjia/Shields/Ryu/Eovaldi/Miggy Gonzalez with Niese on the DL, so I’m not exactly hurting for arms.

  31. The Bartender says:
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    Just got offered my Derek Holland for his Ben Zobrist. Roto league with shut outs which makes Derek enticing, but I have a huge need for MI with Cabrera and Gyorko on the bench. This is a no brainer accept right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Bartender: Yea I think you gotta take that, Holland has been hot lately but hasn’t put together a long-term stream of this kind of success.

  32. Frank White says:
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    Do you think Juan Francisco would be better then Martin?

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      sorry my bad

  33. Frank White says:
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    Also, I’m trying to find another pitcher I can maybe keep for a while. What do you think about Jeanmar Gomez?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Got ya on Grey’s :)

  34. My god people. Wheeler is a rookie pitcher. Did you guys expect Harvey? His walks have gone down each game and he has had a couple minor hiccups.

    Anyone who counts on a rookie pitcher to save their fantasy team deserves to get whatever bad stats come their way. If you are in a redraft league, then you shouldnt be hoarding AAA pitchers anyway. If you are in a keeper league and you are thinking about dropping him… can I come join your league?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @gbaked: Agree, but people were indeed thinking he was the best pitcher prospect to help this year in the Minors and I have been steadfast in saying he wouldn’t be this year. Then a debut win in 6 shutout had everyone on board.

  35. Ryanjoe13 says:
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    Dominant performance by Wheeler today. The fastball may be clocked at 93-94 but it’s still running past hitters. Saw a lot of guys behind the fastball clocked in that range today

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryanjoe13: Interesting, yea he must’ve tweaked the mechanics. But it was also SF in a great hitter’s park with some struggling hitters, but I didn’t watch the game. Hope he keeps it up!

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