Every Monday this season I’ll take a look at the players most added to Ottoneu rosters over the last week to see what I can glean from the hivemind of the community.
|Ottoneu Top Adds Week 1|
|Yermin Mercedes CHW||C||87.65%|
|Julian Merryweather TOR||RP||58.82%|
|Akil Baddoo DET||OF||57.06%|
|Cedric Mullins BAL||OF||47.65%|
|Cesar Valdez BAL||SP/RP||38.83%|
|Corey Knebel LAD||RP||38.24%|
|Steven Matz TOR||SP||37.65%|
|Kyle Isbel KCR||OF||35%|
|Carlos Rodon CHW||SP||29.71%|
|Tyler Naquin CIN||OF||28.83%|
Longtime AAAA bat crushing in Eloy Jimenez’s absence. Skeptical he’ll be relevant once MLB pitching finds his weaknesses. Doesn’t matter as he’s now widely rostered. If you signed him, ride the lightning.
As predicted in last week’s post, he appears on the list again. If you didn’t act then, then you’ve missed out. Had another quality outing and appears to have solidified the closer role for the Blue Jays.
Started hot (5 hits in his first 4 games). Was a rule 5 pick, so he should play. Has good amount of MiLB experience, but none above A+. I think he’ll be one of the most cut players in the coming weeks.
Add him, especially in 5x5 leagues. 17 Hs, 4 BBs, 2 SBs in his first 9 games. Hitting at this level won’t last, but he’s batting leadoff and will steal 20+ bases if he can hit well enough to stay at the top of the lineup.
Avoid. Notched 2 SVs, pitched a 3rd clean outing and appears to be the Orioles’ closer, for now. Most recently blew a SV. Fastball velocity of just 86 mph. Simply won’t last in the role.
Pick him up if he’s still available. One-time elite closer who recently battled injuries. Appears fully healthy, FB velocity has returned (97 mph) and CB looks nasty. Appears to be next in line (2 SVs) to closer Kenley Jansen.
Watch. So far throwing harder than he ever has before (95 mph). Stats look good, just 2 games tho and 1 was against the weak Rangers offense at their pitcher-friendly park. Home against the Angels he gave up 3 BBs and 1 HR.
Pass. Strong spring (.968 OPS) earned him a surprise call-up. A rabbit who could provide SBs, but has no experience in the high minors and he has looked overmatched in MLB so far (44% K%).
Watch. Longtime okay SP. Appears to be finally fully healthy after Tommy John surgery, his FB has new life (96 mph). Want to see more, in particular, if his control has improved at all, gave up 3 BBs in his first start.
Take a cheap flyer if you can. Previously seen as a defense-first OFer. Now crushing the ball (5 HRs). Statcast data seems to suggest he has made a swing change for the better. Crowded Reds OF, so may miss out on some playing time.
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