Admittedly, I was way too low on Toronto Blue Jays offenses come into the season. To be fair, Marcus Semien and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. performs their 90th percentile results (or better), but it still does not take away from how amazing they have been. Despite being named an All-Star starter, Teoscar Hernandez is the one flown under the radar. As a result, I wanted to buy him in Fantasy.
Hernandez has implemented his line-drive heavyweight approach this season. His frequency converter of 29.6% is the third best among qualified hitters. Not only has the quality of the contact remained fantastic, but he has managed to lower the strike percentage. Hernandez’s 25% outcome rate is his best since 2016, his rookie season. The totals do not stand out, but if he continues to hit the ball so hard in the middle that Blue Jays lineup, even better numbers are coming.
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Breaking down Brujan’s debut
The next big time prospect is up and it is Rays 2B Vidal brujan. He debuted on Wednesday and started things off with an RBI single in his first record appearance. It was great, but more importantly, he also finished the game with a stolen base and a race scored. The key here is the steal – Brujan stole 103 bases between 2018 and 2019 in minors and has 80 character speeds. Up to this point in 2021, he had 15 steals on Triple-A.
In addition to speed, the biggest takeaways from Brujan’s debut are that he played both matches in the double header (finished 1 for 6), one on second base and one in the right field. At the moment he does not have OF qualification, but that should change quickly. It is very likely that he will continue to start in the field with Manuel Margot out of the mixture.
Overall, it was a pretty exciting debut for Brujan when you consider that he has already helped you in the main category you expected him to (steal). He can be a player who can ultimately help you increase your backup in that category. One small note: Brujan was sent down after the match, but this is not something to say – the plan is that he will be called back to Friday’s match.
When the underlying numbers do not match the bottom line
Paddack was shaken on Wednesday when he only went two innings against Citizens and allowed nine runs (eight earned), nine hits and seven hard-hitting balls. He has now failed to complete three innings in two of his last three starts. He had absolutely nothing, no command at this start. His ERA is up to 5.40, but before Wednesday he followed it with a 2.58 xFIP, 11.3 K / 9, 1.7 BB / 9, and a 14% fluctuating stroke rate during the last five starts.
Chris remains pessimistic that Paddack will be able to turn things around. The point: he feels like an average strike and average contact quality. His control is strong, but his overall profile is not there. Paddack does not offer anything special anymore. Paddack can be dropped in points leagues in ten teams, but it’s still worth stashing in 12 team leagues.
Rodriguez also struggled on Wednesday Angels. He lasted only five rounds and allowed four earned, nine hits and no trips. He struck out five strokes with an impressive 15 swinging strikes on 87 courses. However, the bottom line was not there again in the box. Rodriguez has a 5.52 ERA with a 3.38 xFIP and 3.31 xERA.
This is actually Rodriguez’s best xERA of his career. He has good quality contacts, the lowest walking frequency in his career and the highest strike process in his career. Chris can get behind a turnaround operation for Rodriguez much faster than for Paddack.
More news and notes
- Dodgers SP Clayton kershaw was placed on IL with left forearm inflammation, which is a huge blow. Kershaw currently has a 3.39 ERA with 0.98 WHIP and a career-high 16.3% SwStr rate. There is no return schedule. This guarantees everything David Price, which is 21% listed, will be stretched for the rotation.
- WE HAD ANOTHER NO-HITTER! The Rays bullpen combined to allow zero hits for Cleveland in Game 2 of their double header, so it was a seven-inning game. But for real – anyone who just needs ratios and strikes from a reliever, Collin McHugh has been fantastic for the rays with a 1.77 ERA, 13.4 K / 9, career high 15% SwStr speed. He is only 8% listed.
- Angels DH Shohei Ohtani went 2 for 4 with his 32nd home run and now has the most homers in a season by a Japanese-born player who passes Hideki Matsui
- Brave 2B Ozzie Albies terminated as a precaution with tightness in the neck. This is something to watch as Albies has quietly been one of the best hitters in Fantasy.
- kids 1B / 3B / OF Kris bryant again with density in hoarding.
- Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg took part in a heavy training session on Tuesday, a day after throwing 60 seats in a bullpen session, and Nationals boss Dave Martinez said he was “approaching a rehabilitation mission. I will be pleasantly surprised to get something from Strasburg this season.
- Red Sox pitching coach Dave Bush said so Chris Sale will not be activated from the 60-day injury list until he has stretched out to throw 5-6 innings.
- Cleveland OF Eddie Rosario actually landed on IL with that belly strain. Daniel Johnson started in Cleveland’s outfield. He had nine homers and six steals on Triple-A, albeit with an average of .218.
- Astros SP Jose urquidy said Wednesday that he will be barred from throwing for at least two weeks. He is at IL with discomfort in his shoulder.
- White Sox US Yasmani Grandal had a successful operation and is expected to return this season.
- Remember Blue Jays RP Julian Merryweather should potentially be the closer earlier in the season? Well, he had another setback with his left sloping load.
- Yankees SP Domingo German was scrapped from Wednesday’s start after undergoing an acute root canal.
- Yankees SS Gleyber Torres came back to the lineup after missing a match with a hamstring injury, and went 1 on 4 with two RBIs.
- Cardinals SP Carlos martinez went to IL with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
- Cubs SP Jake arrieta went to IL with the right density in the hoarding.
- Orioles 3B Maikel Franco went to IL with tenderness in the right ankle. Domingo leyba started at third base on Wednesday.
- Tigers OF Daz cameron went to IL with the right sprain. Nomar mazara started in the right field on Wednesday.
- A’s RP Trevor Rosenthal will undergo surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in the hip and miss the rest of the 2021 season. Lou Trivino’s the job is secure.
- Players who are not in the lineup on Wednesday: Cubs SS Javier Baez with a sprained right thumb, Cardinals OF Tyler o’neill with an allergic reaction, Phillies OF Odubel herrera with tenderness in the wrist, twins 3B Josh Donaldson with the hoarding problem.
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