This week is not as exciting as the past couple weeks of major call-ups but there are still some useful options out there for us to dig into.

10/12 Team Adds

Tyler Anderson (LAD/SP) – Anderson has allowed more than 2 ERs, just once this season. That one occurrence just so happened to be a 7 spot against the Phillies. He is currently projected for two starts this week, at Washington and at Arizona. (6-7% FAAB)

Jonathan Schoop (DET/1B,2B) – Since May 1st, Schoop is 35th in baseball in hard hit (50%). He doesn’t have much to show for it as he has a .297 slug over that time. The Tigers have seven games this week and I can see him breaking out of his slump in a big way.  (1-2% FAAB)

MJ Melendez (KC/C) – Melendez is having a solid MLB debut, currently slashing .286/.348/.500. It doesn’t appear to be a fluke, either. He currently holds a 10% barrel-rate to go along with a gaudy 60% HH rate. Salvador Perez sprained his thumb and landed on the IL. The Royals have no reason to bring him back early. Expect Melendez to have a stranglehold on the everyday job for a couple of weeks. All goes well and he could lock up the DH role for himself upon Perez’s return. (4-5% FAAB)

Kole Calhoun (TEX/OF) – Trevor Story caught the headlines this week but Calhoun may be more deserving. Over the last 14 days, Calhoun has a .372/.440/.884 slash; along with 6 homers. Calhoun has a good history of being a power contributor but I wouldn’t expect much more than that at this point of his career. (2-4% FAAB)

Dane Dunning (TEX/SP) – I like what Dunning does as a pitcher. He keeps the ball on the ground (52.1%) and throws strikes (28.8% CSW).  Currently sits at a 3.92 ERA but his FIP, xFIP, and SIERA are all below that number. He likely won’t tip the scale for you in any one category but is a solid 4 category contributor. (3-6% FAAB)

Christian Walker (AZ/1B) – Currently has a career high barrel rate (15.9%) and his FB% is 10 points higher than last season. He has seen those metrics come to actual results this week, as he’s hit 4 homers. He could flirt with 30 homers by season end. (3-6% FAAB)

 

15 Team Adds

Chase Silseth (LAA/SP) – He’s scheduled to face Toronto this week so this a stash play. Chase has looked solid in his two MLB starts, he has yet to allow a barrel and his hard hit sits at 35.7%. What really pops off the page is his 32.8% CSW, that’s all-star territory. Only Corbin Burnes and Shane McClanahan have higher rates among qualified pitchers.  Add in his 51.9% GB rate and we might just have something here.  Granted it’s only two starts and he doesn’t have elite prospect pedigree, so let’s not go crazy just yet. (3-6% FAAB)

Nolan Gorman (STL/2B) – Gorman has shown his power is no joke in the minors. What remains to be seen is what his K-rate will shake out at. In 2021, over 76 Triple-A games, he struck-out 19.2%. In 2022, that number sits at 34% through 34 games. His ceiling feels like Brandon Lowe but floor is a 40% k rate and back in the minors in two weeks. (5-7% FAAB)

Hansel Robles (BOS/RP) – Robles recorded Boston’s last save opportunity on Monday. Matt Strahm and John Schrieber both pitched in non-save situations on Thursday and Friday. Just reading tea leaves here but to me, Robles is the guy. (5-7% FAAB)

Martin Perez (TEX/SP) – Perez has upped his sinker usage and so far, so good. His ERA sits at 1.64, along with a solid 3.63 SIERA. He is currently scheduled to face Oakland, so I expect his good fortune to continue for now. We’ve seen good stretches from Perez in the past, so I wouldn’t hold on for too long if he starts to skid.  (2-3% FAAB)

Michael Chavis (PIT/1B,2B) – Chavis has done enough to earn his way out of a platoon. Against RHP, he has a respectable .254 average and 101 wRC+. His K-rate has settled in at 25.5%, a stark improvement from his career 32%. That and Josh Van Meter being terrible to this point, should mean second base is safely his job for the near future. (1-2% FAAB)

Alex Kirilloff (MIN/1B,OF) – Stumbled out of the blocks while fighting an injury to start the year; he has now found himself in Triple-A. I don’t expect him to be there much longer. He’s walking more than striking out and is slashing .348/.464/.435 in 13 games. (3-4% FAAB)

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toolshed
toolshed
1 month ago

Martin Perez last year had a stretch where he was good too from about end of April to June. I can’t wait to see him crumble again. He ended up in the bullpen last year after that stretch. I am not a Red Sox fan, I am just a guy that is bitter that I have pitchers struggling who should be better than him.