It’s been awhile since there’s been any Trevors of note. In 1986, professional boxer Trevor Berbick became the first (and only) person to fight both Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. If you’re a fan of the Castlevania series of video games, the name Trevor Belmont might ring a bell. Most fantasy baseballers are undoubtedly familiar with Trevor Hoffman’s dominance from the mid 90s through the end of his Padres days (and with apologies to Mariano Rivera, it’s hard to forget the coolest entrance in baseball history). Lately though, there haven’t been too many newsworthy Trevors out there. Perhaps Trevor Noah would qualify, but longtime fans of The Daily Show would probably insist that it’s for all of the wrong reasons. In fantasy baseball, however, there’s been no shortage of relevant Trevors in recent weeks. Let’s start off by highlighting this week’s most added player in ESPN leagues, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (69.3% owned; +32.1% over the past week). Known mostly for his extreme training techniques and inconsistency throughout his MLB career, Bauer had been notoriously unreliable from a fantasy perspective entering the 2016 season. Since making his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks in 2012, Bauer has posted solid strikeout numbers (8.45 K/9) but has been a ratio killer along the way (4.50 ERA, 1.38 WHIP entering this season). These poor ratios have been largely a result of shaky control (4.2 BB/9) and an inability to consistently keep the ball in the park (1.1 HR/9). This season, Bauer ditched his mediocre slider in favor of a cutter, and reduced his reliance on his fourseam fastball while leaning more heavily on his sinker, terrific curveball, and vastly improved changeup. The results have been impressive. Bauer has managed to maintain his solid K-rate (8.37 K/9) while drastically cutting down on his walks (2.99 BB/9) and homers (0.7 HR/9) allowed. His new pitch mix has resulted in a career high 50.0% GB% as well. Over his last five starts, Bauer has been downright dominant (37.2 IP, 37/9 K/BB, 1 HR, 1.67 ERA, 0.93 WHIP). If he can maintain his newfound control, you’re looking at a top 30 starting pitcher the rest of the way.

Here are a couple of other interesting adds/drops in fantasy baseball over the past week:

Trevor Rosenthal: 76.2% owned; -13.3%

Coming into this season, Trevor #2 had a profile that wasn’t all that dissimilar from Trevor #1. Hard thrower with swing and miss stuff but saddled with poor control. Unlike Bauer, however, Rosenthal was one of the more effective pitchers in baseball at keeping the ball in the park (0.38 HR/9 from 2013-2015, 2nd lowest among RPs with a minimum of 150 IP). Although his home run rate has increased this season (1.08 HR/9), that doesn’t seem to be a big concern (3 HR allowed in 25 IP). His strikeout rate (13.32 K/9) and groundball rate (57.8% GB%) would represent new career highs for him as well. So what’s the problem? Well, Rosenthal has gone in a completely different direction from Bauer in that his somewhat iffy control has been absolutely horrendous this season. His 7.56 BB/9 is the worst rate among 158 qualified relievers this season and has helped to send his ratios (5.40 ERA, 2.04 WHIP) spiraling out of control. While his .443 BABIP should certainly see some improvement as the season moves along, he’s one of only 15 of those aforementioned RPs to allow hard contact at a 40+% clip (40.8%). He’s having trouble throwing strikes, but when he does, they’re getting crushed. Even if he regains the closer role at some point later this year, let someone else bank on a comeback. TRASH.

Trevor Plouffe: 4.6% owned; -0.3%

Ok, so Plouffe isn’t technically one of the most added or dropped players over the last week, but I needed another Trevor, ya know? Plus, while he’s not the sexiest option in the world, Plouffe always seems to be underrated. He’s hit 20+ homers in two out of the past four seasons and has back-to-back 80 RBI seasons to his credit. Plus, check out his upcoming schedule. The Twins face six left-handed pitchers over the next eight days, and Plouffe has always mashed southpaws (career .804 OPS and .190 ISO vs LHP). Also, the two righties that he’s scheduled to face over that stretch are James Shields and Chi Chi Gonzalez, not exactly the toughest matchups for right-handed hitters these days. Need a corner infielder or utility bat over the next week and a half that’ll provide some cheap pop? Plouffe’s a solid option. TREASURE.

 
  1. Steve says:
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    Plouffe or Pagan?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Steve: Depends on needs. Plouffe for power and Pagan for avg/runs/steals.

  2. J-FOH says:
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    Trevor, such a white name. Along with Cole, Cody, Tad, and Brady. Speaking of white guys thanks for the tennis heads up yesterday. Got the rackets for the daughter and pretty soon I’ll be doing my own version of Johnny Mac

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @J-FOH: Berbick? He’s the first Trevor that I mentioned. Nice on the rackets. I have to get back out on the courts myself.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Big Magoo: besides him, it traditional falls to Anglo’s

  3. Frommiethisfrommiethat says:
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    Shoemaker, Bauer, or Duffy – rest of the way?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Frommiethisfrommiethat: They’re all worth owning in any format, but I’d probably give a slight edge to Shoemaker if forced to choose. Bauer has the highest ceiling though if you’re looking for upside.

  4. Ryan says:
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    Brandon Crawford or Marcus Semien at SS ROS? Currently have Crawford. Should I hold or drop him for Semien?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Ryan: I’d stick with Crawford in an OBP league, but give a slight edge to Semien in a standard format.

  5. Adam says:
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    Need to stream
    Giolito vs mets ( Harvey)
    Archer vs Bos ( porcello)
    Urias vs Milw( Anderson)
    Thx

    • Big Magoo

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      @Adam: The Red Sox are extremely dangerous, so I’d sit Archer there. The other two are close, but I’d probably give a slight edge to Giolito since Urias hasn’t pitched 6 innings in any of his MLB starts yet.

  6. Teddy Heater says:
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    #Bauliever
    #JonSnowIsWinter

  7. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Belieber? Et tu, Teddy?

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @Big Magoo: Hell no, but I used it in my DK article on Monday. I liked it because he’s burned me off so many times he’s annoying like Bieber, so I figured it fit for now.

      • Big Magoo

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        @Teddy Heater: Haha, nice! I like it. I’m a Bauliever too (but not a Belieber).

  8. The Fridge says:
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    Bauer or Joe Ross?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @The Fridge: Ross pitches in a better park for a better team and calls the weakest hitting division in baseball his home. He’s walked more than two hitters in just one start this season, and hasn’t allowed more than one homer in any start. High floor. I’d go with him.

  9. Rusty Arms says:
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    I know his small sample is no reflection on his talent. What do you think about AJ Reed. Does he stay up with the big club and what kind of numbers do you see going forward. Thanks

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Rusty Arms: For the rest of this season, I think something like a .250 average with 10 homers is realistic. He’s likely to sit against LHPs and hit towards the bottom of the order, which would hurt his counting stats though.

  10. Hunter says:
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    If given the choice between AJ Reed and Mazara in roto dynasty, who would you go with?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Hunter: Mazara by a good margin

  11. Chucky says:
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    Can Chen ever get himself squared away? Moving AL E to NL E, Camden to Miami seemed so easy but WTH happened?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Chucky: He’s been hurt by the long ball and a poor strand rate. Nothing else terribly alarming in his profile. He’s just a matchup play in 12 team mixed leagues at the moment though.

  12. Cheese says:
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    Thoughts on Chisenhall? We’ve seen his streaks in the past, but regular playing time and solid splits pique my interest. Not to mention he’s only 27 and has dual position eligibility.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Cheese: He has value in deeper formats, but his low ceiling limits his value in shallow ones. He’s fine to use while he’s swinging the bat well.

  13. Bread n Mustard says:
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    Aledmys Diaz or Justin Turner?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Bread n Mustard: I like Turner a bit more, but would give the edge to Diaz in the short-term. Turner just tweaked his hammy the other day.

  14. Landisimo3 says:
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    Whatup Magoo …12 team dynasty.. I’m holding down the fort in 3rd place so far .. Ive been shopping Big Papi today to see what I can get … Best offer on the table so far is Travis Shaw and Pence straight up … What do you think?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Landisimo3: Hey, Landisimo! That’s not a terrible offer, but I’d probably hold Papi unless something a bit better comes along (Pence has age/durability issues and Shaw is just ok). You could probably use him to make a run at this year’s title, no?

  15. phil says:
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    Been offered Teheran for my Matz….Matz elbow has me nervous

    pull the trigger?

    • Big Magoo

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      @phil: In a dynasty, I’d want Matz. In a redraft? Sure, you could pull the trigger on Teheran there.

  16. Adam says:
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    Rich hill vs Pitt
    Or
    Giolito vs Cin

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