All issues thought of the 2021 Main League Baseball season has felt comparatively regular. On the very least, it has been much more acquainted than what went down final summer time. And this previous week we continued to creep nearer again to that feeling of “normalcy” because the minor leagues resumed following a 588 day hiatus.
My very own private adoration of the minors apart, it’s an objectively good factor for baseball to have prime prospects taking part in in video games that matter once more. It’s additionally nice for followers, staff evaluators, and the hundreds who’re employed by minor league organizations. Numerous issues have been taken away in 2020 that we beforehand took with no consideration. Slowly however absolutely we’re beginning to get a few of them again. The Minor Leagues are right here, the climate is warming up, summer time is correct across the nook, and it’s Week 6 in Fantasy Baseball Land. There’s loads to be enthusiastic about proper now. Make certain to not take any of it with no consideration. Now let’s dive in.
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1. Andrew Benintendi‘s favorable schedule
As a Pink Sox fan I’ve had an up-close view at Benintendi’s whole profession. There have been some disturbing developments lately. Following a sluggish begin to 2021 I admittedly gave up on him. But since April twenty first he has raised his batting common from .180 to .276. He’s as much as 18 runs in an underrated Kansas Metropolis lineup. He even has 5 stolen bases. Whereas he isn’t as quick as his prime prospect days, we all know the Royals will hold letting him run. That is all to say that Benintendi could be very a lot again in play as a significant roto contributor. He will help in batting common and stolen bases, that are the 2 hardest classes to switch through the waiver wire. Moreover, KC faces six right-handers in Week 6. Fireplace up your Benintendi shares and purchase him whereas his worth would possibly nonetheless be ambiguous.
2. Francisco Lindor‘s struggles
The Mets’ shortstop was a second-round choose in most fantasy drafts and is hitting .175/.302/.247 getting into Saturday. That isn’t what of us signed up for. My colleague and good pal Mike Maher mentioned Lindor in his latest Statcast Review piece (which is great) and his findings aren’t overly optimistic. Whereas there are encouraging causes to view Kyle Tucker as a savvy buy-low on account of his sturdy anticipated stats, the identical can’t be stated for Lindor. It additionally doesn’t assist that Lindor wasn’t his typical self in 2020 both. The very best paid shortstop in baseball is making contact at his regular price. He simply isn’t barreling balls up in any respect. As for actionable recommendation no one ought to be promoting low on him. The observe file remains to be too sturdy. I’d need a Xander Bogaerts kind — and even Tucker — if buying and selling Lindor away. Observe that Friday’s epic homer was actually an encouraging signal.
3. Jarred Kelenic‘s potential debut
Talking of the Mets, let’s speak about Kelenic (sorry, Dan Harris). Seattle’s 21-year-old outfielder is universally thought of a top-five prospect in baseball. We’ve been prepared for his arrival for some time now. Nonetheless, the Mariners have stated to hell with what fantasy gamers need, sending Kelenic to Triple-A Tacoma to start the minor league season. Properly it’s secure to say he’s off to begin after homering twice in his debut on Thursday, together with one versus a lefty. Taylor Trammell simply isn’t reducing it in left subject for Seattle. Kelenic is coming very, very quickly. Persevering with to begin sizzling ought to solely assist expedite his path to large league (and fantasy baseball!) stardom.
Jarred Kelenic was FIRED UP after his first Triple-A blast. pic.twitter.com/hsn3X3OuFc
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 7, 2021
4. Cubs, Mets, Dodgers taking part in solely 5 video games
Taking note of what number of video games your gamers have scheduled is a strategy to sport the system in weekly lineup leagues. We shouldn’t overrate this. In any case, is seven video games versus 5 actually going to make all that large of a distinction? I believe it does when you’re constantly making the most of streaming hitters by maximizing video games performed. After all, we must always by no means bench an objectively superior hitter in favor of 1 who has extra video games, however it’s tiebreaker. It is a good distance of me saying that anybody struggling on these groups might be sat in favor of a sizzling bat with seven video games. Dom Smith and Michael Conforto come to thoughts immediately, for instance.
5. Coors Test-In
As at all times, we have to know what’s taking place at Coors Area earlier than setting our weekly lineups. I discussed on this piece final Saturday that I count on Coors craziness to pattern upwards because the summer time begins heating up. We noticed some indicators of that on this week’s Giants-Rockies sequence when San Francisco dropped 10 runs within the first inning of Tuesday’s matinee. Now we’ve a full-seven sport set in Colorado for Week 6, with each the Padres (3) and Reds (4) receiving a lift to their fringe fantasy property. As for Colorado — C.J. Cron, Raimel Tapia, Garrett Hampson, and Dom Nunez are all very a lot in play as streaming choices.
6. Two-start pitchers
It’s as soon as once more not a foul week for two-start choices! Madison Bumgarner, Robbie Ray, and Brady Singer are all strong choices to choose up and begin in Week 6. For the file, Kyle Gibson can be a two-start pitcher, however he has graduated from streaming standing. As for matchups — MadBum will get the Marlins and Nationals, Ray will get the Braves and Phillies, and Singer will get the Tigers and White Sox. That is additionally the order I’d rank them in for anybody making an attempt to choose up a two-start possibility.
7. Dylan Cease‘s pitch combine and SP2 upside
The 25-year-old former prime prospect can be a two-start pitcher, however he’s a robust sufficient possibility that he deserves his personal writeup. Stop’s previous two begins have been phenomenal — 13 scoreless frames with a 20:3 Okay:BB ratio. So what modified? Probably the most noticeable enhancements have been a rise within the spin price of his pitches, primarily his slider. He additionally started mixing in his curve and changeup extra, which supplies him a real four-pitch combine. There have been causes to be enthusiastic about Stop getting into the yr, however some tough outings early on brought about many fantasy analysts to look away. He’s positively on our radar once more, and he must be rostered (and began) in each league getting into Week 6.
8. John Means‘ encore
We’ve recognized that John Means Enterprise since final September, however his ascention reached new heights in Wednesday’s no-hitter. The 28-year-old totaled 12 strikeouts en path to the masterpiece. The one blemish was a batter reaching first base on a dropped third strike. This has led to a dialogue on whether or not or not fantasy players ought to promote excessive on Baltimore’s ace. Excessive-end pitching might be so robust to come back by that it’s alright to easily sit again and gather the revenue Means is offering. In case you do search to commerce him then ensure you’re specializing in the “excessive” facet of “promote excessive.” My suggestion, when you can afford to half with him, is to discover a staff in your league in dire want of beginning pitcher assist.
JOHN MEANS BUSINESS pic.twitter.com/0UsL2LvWBR
— Brendan Tuma (@toomuchtuma) May 5, 2021
9. Alex Reyes‘ grip on the nearer function
Reyes was one the most effective pitching prospect in baseball, however for years his profession didn’t go as deliberate. Accidents and ineffectiveness piled up yr after yr. Lastly in 2021 he has discovered his calling because the Cardinals’ nearer. Now 26 years previous, Reyes has been a blessing for fantasy gamers who punted saves on draft day. Getting into Saturday he has 9 saves and nonetheless hasn’t given up a run. That’s incredible, however it’s regarding how laborious he will get hit in addition to his 16:12 Okay:BB ratio. Reyes is nice, and Jordan Hicks‘ newest harm ought to solely lengthen his leash on the job, however I’d in all probability look to swap him for one more top-10 nearer if I may.
10. James Karinchak closing time?
Emmanuel Clase imploded on Friday night time in opposition to the Reds, permitting three runs (two earned) with out recording an out. The timing is unlucky as James “Particular Okay” Karinchak recorded a save earlier within the week. He has been downright particular this season, registering a 0.60 ERA with an unholy 30:3 Okay:BB price by 15 innings. He additionally has three saves and 4 holds, which makes him an elite reliever in SV+HLDs codecs. We don’t but have cause to suspect that the Tribe will flip away from Clase within the ninth, however it’s one thing to observe. Particular Okay is smart as a “purchase” if anybody is promoting.
11. Gary Sanchez‘s taking part in time
Sanchez hit his third homer of the season on Friday night time. He’s now hitting .182 with a .674 OPS. Issues haven’t gone as deliberate for individuals who purchased into his draft-day low cost. Worsening the scenario is newfound considerations over taking part in time. Together with Friday, Sanchez has began simply 4 of New York’s previous 10 video games. Kyle Higashioka is principally working because the beginning catcher proper now, which makes Sanchez droppable in most codecs.
12. Willie Calhoun‘s sizzling bat
Might it lastly be taking place for the ever-lovable Willie Calhoun? The 26-year-old has lengthy been a favourite of fantasy writers, however accidents have at all times slowed him down. Since debuting halfway by April this yr, Calhoun is batting .338 with three homers and an .895 OPS. He has recorded multi-hit performances in 6-of-16 begins. He has reached base safely in all however a type of. The hit device was at all times there. It’s what led him to being the prospect Texas obtained from the Dodgers in trade for Yu Darvish. And Calhoun’s Statcast numbers are saying that is principally legit. Rejoice, Willie Calhoun followers!
13. Is Trevor Larnach the following Alex Kirilloff?
The timing of the Kirilloff harm was devastating. He was actually set to expertise a full breakout with six extra-base hits in his 4 video games previous to injuring his wrist. Alas, mixed with the Byron Buxton harm, this has opened the door for one more lefty-swinging outfielder in Minnesota — Trevor Larnach. He isn’t fairly the extent of prospect the Kirilloff is, however Larnach remains to be a former first-round choose with a robust hit device and 25+ homer energy over a full season. The 24-year-old has at all times gotten on base at clip and will see semi-regular taking part in time for so long as Buxton/Kirilloff are sidelined. In contrast to another prime prospect who obtain a giant league promotion, Larnach isn’t must-add immediately until you want outfield assist.
14. High prospects taking part in within the minors
Look, you clicked on a Brendan Tuma article. It’s best to know meaning there might be some prospect protection blended in. Severely, although, it has been such a pleasure to be getting minor league field scores once more. For these of us taking part in in dynasty leagues this offers us with higher info when monitoring prospects. For instance, Alek Manoah, Toronto’s first-round choose from 2019, exploded onto the dynasty scene along with his Triple-A debut on Thursday night time. I immediately added him in a dynasty league the place free brokers are first come/first serve. Make certain to remain plugged into the FantasyPros MLB News Desk as I’ll be mixing in some minor league sport recaps on the most important names to know.
Might be mixing in Minor League sport recaps for prime prospects on the @FantasyPros MLB Information Desk this yr, reminiscent of this Robert Hassell one beneath
Nothing loopy, however simply maintaining readers updated on a number of the larger names to know pic.twitter.com/FKFD1sTgc5
— Brendan Tuma (@toomuchtuma) May 7, 2021
15. Charlie Blackmon‘s final dance?
The grizzly, 34-year-old outfielder has been a fantasy presence for some time now, however there have been some considerations getting into ’21 that the top was close to. A sluggish begin didn’t assist issues, however Blackmon is slowly beginning to string collectively some optimistic performances. Additionally, the anticipated stats are lastly exhibiting some causes for optimism. Blackmon has a .289 wOBA with a .360 xwOBA. He has a .206 BA with a .288 xBA. As talked about above the Rockies play seven house video games subsequent week. Blackmon is a buy-low getting into the week. We’ll quickly study simply how a lot he has left within the tank.
16. Sixto Sanchez updates
I’ve held onto Sanchez in a 12-team roto league and it has been brutal. Since Miami optioned him to the minors earlier than he suffered his harm, he isn’t eligible for the IL in fantasy baseball. This has meant that we’ve principally needed to deal with him as a prospect who might be up midseason. We all know Sanchez is ultra-talented, and that he will help us in our fantasy leagues, which makes him a bit totally different than MacKenzie Gore / Bobby Witt sorts. That is why I’ve held onto him all this time. The 22-year-old is at present aiming for a June return. Now’s the time to begin maintaining an eye fixed out for optimistic updates if he was dropped in your league. Don’t add him simply but, however monitor the scenario intently.
17. Over performing hitters
For this week’s Statcast highlight we’ll take one other have a look at hitters who’re over performing their xwOBA. This doesn’t essentially make these gamers instantaneous sells. It’s simply one thing to at all times be being attentive to.
18. Dinelson Lamet‘s velocity
I can’t consider a riskier fantasy possibility than beginning Lamet in Coors Area on Monday, so clearly fantasy managers ought to sit him in Week 6. What I’ll be eager about monitoring is his velocity, which was noticeably down in his most up-to-date two-inning outing. This makes two strikes for Lamet. He left his first begin with a forearm situation after which had the rate points final day trip. Monday isn’t concerning the outcomes as a lot as it’s about him escaping wholesome.
19. Juan Soto‘s utilization
The Nationals activated the famous person outfielder from the injured checklist earlier this week. Nonetheless, his shoulder remains to be bothering him to the purpose the place he isn’t taking part in the sphere. Soto is serving as Washington’s DH this weekend in Yankee Stadium, however it stays to be seen how the Nats will make use of him once they return to Nationwide League ballparks subsequent week. Test our Information Desk for latest stories earlier than setting your weekly lineups.
20. Brendan and Mike’s Sunday Evening FAAB/Waivers Clubhouse Room
Each Sunday night time this season Mike Maher and I’ve been hopping on Clubhouse at 8 PM EST to speak by that week’s FAAB/waivers run. For these unfamiliar with Clubhouse it’s principally an app that allows you to arrange an audio convention name. Mike and I are the hosts, however listeners can “increase their hand” to come back “on stage” to ask a query and work together. In case you want an invitation to Clubhouse and our Fantasy Baseball Group, simply shoot one in all us a DM on Twitter!
Gamers I’m including in my #FantasyBaseball leagues
Going dwell with @mikeMaher in 5 minutes to debate on Clubhouse
Swing by and ask questions! https://t.co/tf4mqa9W7N
— Brendan Tuma (@toomuchtuma) April 18, 2021
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