June means prospect time and today was no exception as one of the most intriguing prospects in baseball is coming to the Big Show. Perhaps he won't be the best, but he seems to be the one that fantasy players have been talking about for a long time. We also have good news for once on an injured star, and a slumping star finally parks one in the seats. We have an established pitcher who keeps getting pounded, while we have news on two younger guys who are looking very strong. Don't forget to check out the pitch streamer for Saturday as so far we have had a pretty good record of success. Can you ask for anything more from Rounding The Bases?
Mike Moustakas has been called to the major leagues by the Kansas City Royals as they continue to overhaul their roster and look to the future. Over the past couple of seasons Moustakas has been one of the most sought after prospects for his third base eligibility and his power potential. At the time of his promotion he was hitting .287 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI. He hit 32 homers in two levels of the minors last year but I question what kind of batting average he is going to hit for in the big leagues. Given the problems that have been befallen third basemen around baseball, Moustakas is likely going to be a hot pickup in your leagues so if you want him, you better move quickly. I think there are better prospects that have come up and will come up, but his power is hard to ignore.
Dustin Pedroia had his troublesome knee looked at back in Boston, and the Red Sox received great news as the diagnosis came back that he has just a bruised kneecap and nothing seriously wrong with it. Even better news than that, manager Terry Francona expects Pedroia to be back in the lineup for the Sawks on Friday. So, if you have Pedroia and it is a daily league, you can just leave him in your lineup as he will be back for the end of the week. Hopefully he can get his act together and help his fantasy owners.
Alex Avila has been perhaps the biggest surprise in fantasy baseball at the catcher position this season, as he has just been punishing the baseball. He did the same on Thursday night as he had two hits (both triples), and drove in his 33rd run of the year. Obviously there is no way that he is still available in your league unless you are in a ten team, one catcher league, but I do believe that this success is going to continue. If he is on your bench and you can trade your starter to help your team elsewhere, I would do that as I think Avila will be solid all season long.
Josh Collmenter was good again on Thursday, and at this point you have to start saying that he is worth a roster spot in traditional 12 team leagues. He threw five shutout innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates (who by the way were a .500 team coming into this game), walking two and striking out four. Collmenter's ERA is now at 1.12 for the season, but don't expect him to continue to be this good. He is an average pitcher who is on a nice roll and for right now is worth having on your fantasy roster. If he has one or two poor starts in a row, don't be afraid to cut him loose for the next hot pitcher.
I have talked a lot about Chris Volstad throughout his career on this site and others as I have always thought that the kid has great stuff and should some day make himself into an effective major league pitcher. It still hasn't happened yet, but lately he has shown a little sign of life. Volstad allowed three earned runs over 6.2 innings and he walked just two and struck out seven. This is now four of his last five starts that he has allowed three runs or less, and the kid has the kind of pitches that know how to miss bats. He is to the point where you can think of using him as a streaming option, and if he continues to pitch like this he could be worth a roster spot.
It might have been his only hit of the game, but Adam Dunn did hit his sixth home run of the season and his owners are hoping that THIS is what finally gets him on track. Dunn was given two days off, so it is good to see him produce after getting that extra rest. Dunn is too good to be this bad, so if you are a Dunn owner I would still be confident in him. It might not be bad to try to trade for him right now, he must be very cheap by this point.
Trevor Cahill's struggles continue and this one was a BAD one! Cahill threw 74 pitches in just 2.2 innings and he got touched up for six earned runs over that stretch and he walked three and struck out just one. This is a really tough one to swallow for Cahill owners as he has had a very rough last three weeks. I still believe in the guy and urge you not to lose patience, even though he obviously hurts you with outings like this when he doesn't ever bring you strikeouts. If you are really upset and want to sit Cahill the next time out I wouldn't call you crazy, but I'm going to keep pitching him each time his turn comes up.
Angel Pagan had a good game for the Mets as he continues to hit well since coming back from injury. Pagan is a guy who can get on base and make things happen. He also won't get you a lot of home runs, but he will give you lots of doubles, triples, and stolen bases, so he is a guy that can help you in a few different categories. I am still not 100% confident in him as he had a career of mediocrity before last season, but I like how is playing right now.
Jonathan Niese was masterful today for the Mets as he shutdown the Brewers on Thursday as allowed just one run over 7.2 innings, walked four and struck out eight. I have liked Niese all season long, and he is really starting to come into his own I think. This was one of his best starts of the season and it comes against a strong offensive team. I think that it is worth having a roster spot with Niese in it as long as he stays hot, even though the Mets aren't a great team.
Mike Minor vs. Jordan Lyles (HOU). Minor is coming back up from the minor leagues to fill in the hole caused by Brandon Beachy going back on the DL. Minor has struggled in his few starts in the majors, but he has good stuff and could rack up a good number of strikeouts. Lyles is a rookie who is still trying to find his way and often doesn't go deep into games. Not to mention the Astros aren't exactly Murderer's Row.
Join The Fantasy Alarm Show & SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio for the first mock fantasy football draft of the season! On Monday, June 13th, hear some of the top minds in fantasy football, including Jeff Mans & Ryan Hallam, compete in an expert's fantasy football draft, live from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association Summer Conference in San Francisco. We're not letting reality ruin our fantasy! Mark your calendars - Monday, June 13th at 8pm eastern
Rounding The Bases - Todd Zola Looks At The First 10 Rounds of a Likely 2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft
Master Fantasy Baseball Notes From Todd Zola - Looking Ahead To The 2014 Fantasy Baseball Season
Rounding The Bases - Master Fantasy Baseball Notes From Todd Zola
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (20 Prospects for '14)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week 24
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (September Call-Ups)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week 23
Rounding the Bases: A Day For the Little Man
Rounding The Bases: Morse, Willingham On the Move?
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (Roster Expansion)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week 22
Rounding the Bases: Five Surging Pitchers & Hitters
Rounding the Bases: Rookies, Veterans & Roster Movement
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (Pitching Help On The Way!)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week 21
Master Notes From Todd Zola - Taking A Look at Starting Pitching In Keeper Leagues
Rounding the Bases: Small Names, Big Production?
Rounding the Bases: A First for Stephen Strasburg and the (Near) Final Round-Up
The Farm Report: Minor League Baseball Coverage From A Fantasy Perspective (Hitting Help On The Way!)
2013 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week Twenty