Good day, Razzballers,

Another week, another couple of players getting injured. Sorry Met fans, it’ll be a while before we see Jacob deGrom. Sorry White Sox fans, but at least we’ll see Andrew Vaughn in a few weeks. Now that new outfielder AJ Pollock is in town, Vaughn can hopefully have less adventures in the outfield.

Previously, I wrote a deep league dive on shortstops that may be worth a back end roster spot/FAAB add/waiver priority claim during the season. Here’s the second base counterpart to last week’s list:

1. Gavin LuxLos Angeles Dodgers – 24 years

Before writing this article, I didn’t think I would be highlighting a Los Angeles Dodger. The Dodgers are looking like the Yankees during the George Steinbrenner years with splashy free agent signings and owning one of the highest payrolls in the game. Now that Max Muncy is healthy and the Dodgers have signed Freddie Freeman, there currently doesn’t seem to be a starting spot for Gavin Lux. However, injuries and ineffectiveness do happen over the grind of a 162 game season (looking at you Justin Turner & Cody Bellinger).  If you have a deep bench, you could do worse with your last few slots than stashing former top prospect Gavin Lux or rather, keeping him on your watch list if he’s on waivers. When we’re looking back on the 2022 season, I think we’ll see a player who has managed to sneak his way into 350+ at-bats while providing some all-around pop, stolen bases, and a decent average.

Update: AJ Pollock was shipped to the White Sox, freeing up some more playing time for Lux. I get the sense Lux is a bit of a forgotten man in drafts though.

2. Nick GonzalesPittsburgh Pirates – 22 years

Nick Gonzales is starting the season in AA. Not Alcoholics Anonymous, though I could imagine being a Pirates fan and/or player would drive one to drink. I mean, Christian Pache tweeted that his heart was broken getting traded to the Oakland A’s!  I’m sure you’ve seen this gem of a tweet already:

In all seriousness though, the Pirates have no reason to start Nick Gonzales’ service time right out of the gate (they’ve already assigned Oneil Cruz to the minors). If Gonzales keeps hitting like he has been through his career (see minor league stat line below), he should earn a midseason callup. MLB Pipeline has graded Nick Gonzales with the highest hit tool among second base prospects, as well as the highest floor. He’s regarded as one of the best hitters from his draft class and has been compared to Dustin Pedroia. Keep Nick Gonzales on your watch list.

 

3. Ramon UriasBaltimore Orioles – 27 years

If you’re in a very deep league, more players on bottom-feeder teams such as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles will be drafted (albeit at a steep discount in most cases). Infielder Ramon Urias is no exception to the steep discount.  Per Baseball Savant, Ramon Urias produced max exit velocity in the 86th percentile and a barrel rate of 9.7%. Given a full season’s worth of at bats, Ramon Urias could be a serviceable middle infielder. Steamer has him pegged for a 47/12/46/3/.244, but I think he has a good chance to outperform his mediocre projections. Ramon Urias’ swinging strike rate in 2021 was in the single-digits, so he is somewhat disciplined. Ramon has a shot at 20 homers even with Camden Yards moving their fences back. For what it’s worth, Urias is having a good spring training and is eligible at second base, third base, and shortstop in Yahoo.

That’s it for now, play ball!

 

 

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Matt
Matt
5 months ago

Sorry this is the 2nd half of the team on my 10 man espn

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scar
Scar
Reply to  Matt
5 months ago

The team looks solid. If I had to quibble, I’d say it’s a bit low on speed and you could use another closer, but overall well done

Matt
Matt
5 months ago

Can I get you thought on my team 10 man ESPN leauge

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Bestsella
Bestsella
5 months ago

Please give feedback on my 14 team 5×5 roto mixed redraft auction.
C Stephenson
1B Bryant
2B Kiki
SS Bichette
3B Arenado
MI N.Lopez
CI Walsh
OF Y.Alvarez
OF Grossman
OF Grichuk
OF Nimmo
UT C.Walker
UT Candelario
UT Wendle
UT L.Thomas

P: Woodruff, Morton, Mahle, Flexen, Skubal, Civale, A.Wood, Ryan, Thor, Gonsolin

Res: Sale, Sims, T.Walker, Ortega, Sheets

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Bestsella
5 months ago

You look weak on AVG…maybe weak on RBIs too…Lots of runs…Nimmo, Grossman, Lopez, Bo, Enrique….Pitching is solid, likely more than you need

EDIT: Oops, sorry, Scar, I had wrong post open

Bestsella
Bestsella
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

Thank you. According to projections Runs 1163, HR’s 313, RBI 1073, SB 105, Avg. .259. Will have to check against last years league totals.

scar
Scar
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

No prob Grey, thanks!

Lincoln T
Lincoln T
5 months ago

Jo Adell or Julio Rodgiguez has a better FBB season?

scar
Scar
Reply to  Lincoln T
5 months ago

J-Rod for me, though I do think Adell is due for a good year.

Jimmy
Jimmy
5 months ago

Thanks for the info! 15 team 5×5 keeper…my team is ready to contend…but I need saves… been offered Robert Suarez for Tommy Edman…Edman would be a bench player for me but provides valuable depth… thoughts?

scar
Scar
Reply to  Jimmy
5 months ago

You’re welcome! Although I don’t know who else is on your team, if you’re ready to contend and only need saves, I’d push for a closer with a more defined role. However, it is unclear Suarez has the job full-time. I could see Pomeranz and/or Lamet vulturing some saves throughout the season.