As we pass the one-third mark of the season and quickly ride towards July and the All-Star break, who are the minor league players that will soon be on your radar? We have seen some elite talent get the call, some directly from Double-A, skipping Triple-A altogether! Much of fantasy baseball and fantasy sports in general is anticipating moves in advance of your competition. With that in mind, the second of our four part series looking at Triple-A players with fantasy appeal in 2013. We continue with American League pitchers.
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Kevin Gausman Baltimore- We're told Gausman was sent down so the O's could add bullpen help. Gausman's last start was solid, but his debut at Triple-A Norfolk was not. Gausman allowing seven earned runs on ten hits in six innings of work. Anyone who can hit triple digits with a great changeup will be back.
Bruce Rondon Detroit- With the Tigers in desperate need of a closer, Rondon's return can't be far off. Rondon has certainly delivered at Triple-A Toledo, with 14 saves over 27 appearances. Rondon has an ERA of 1.01 and a sparkling 0.90 WHIP. 38 strikeouts in 26 innings are a result of triple digit high heat.
Martin Perez Texas- Perez made a spot start on Memorial Day, but was promptly sent back down to Triple-A Round Rock. Perez is unbeaten in four starts since the demotion with a 1.13 ERA. The Rangers have rewarded him by calling him up for a start on Saturday. Former top prospect is still only 22 years old.
Trevor Bauer Cleveland- Bauer has been summoned three times for spot starts, his most recent on May 13th against the Yankees his best. Control has been standing in Bauer's way of a regular turn in the Tribe rotation. Over 11 starts at Triple-A Columbus, Bauer has issued 33 walks in 62 innings.
Sonny Gray Oakland- Gray was picked 18th overall in the 2011 draft out of Vanderbilt. The 23 year old right hander is 7-4 in 13 starts at Triple-A Sacramento. Gray has an ERA of 2.62 and a 1.28 WHIP. Gray is striking out more than a batter per inning while issuing 27 walks over 82 innings of work.
Danny Hutlzen Seattle- If not for shoulder problems, Hultzen might already be in the M's rotation. Seattle has called up hitters like Franklin and Zunino, so their wealth of pitching prospects can't be far behind. Before getting sidelined, Hultzen was 3-1 in four starts with a 2.77 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.
Jake Odorizzi Tampa Bay- You have to really pay attention to know which Tampa pitching prospects are actually in the majors. Odorizzi was sent back down this week, following a nice start at Fenway. Overall, Odorizzi has struggled, winless in three starts with a 6.00 ERA and 1.44 WHIP.
James Paxton Seattle- One of a trio of elite pitching prospects in the Seattle system, Paxton is still getting used to life at Triple-A Tacoma. Paxton is 4-5 over 14 starts with an ERA of 5.18 and a 1.67 WHIP. Paxton is averaging a strikeout per inning, but control has been an issue with 31 walks in 66 innings.
Jared Cosart Houston- Acquired from Philadelphia in the Hunter Pence deal two years ago, Cosart will soon be a member of what is becoming a very effective Astros rotation. Cosart is 7-3 in 14 starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City, with an ERA of 2.97 and a 1.28 WHIP. 42 walks in 75 innings needs some work.
Kyle Gibson Minnesota- Gibson must be next up for the Twins as they have already called upon their other pitching options in Triple-A. Gibson is on an innings limit as he recovers from Tommy John surgery last season. Gibson is 7-5 over 15 starts with an ERA of 3.10 and a 1.14 WHIP.
Alex Colome Tampa Bay- Colome had a nice spot start in Miami last month and will get another chance Saturday against the Yankees. The 24 year old right hander has been grinding it out at Durham, with a 4-6 record over 14 stats. Colome has an ERA of 3.07 and a 1.30 WHIP.
Allen Webster Boston- Webster will get his third chance on Saturday as he will be called up to face the Tigers. Acquired as part of a package in the mega deal that sent Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford to the Dodgers, Webster has had mixed results in his two previous spot starts.
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