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 5|
|Josh Rojas ARI||2B/SS/OF||33.73%|
|Cole Irvin OAK||SP/RP||33.73%|
|J.P. Feyereisen MIL||RP||27.86%|
|Pavin Smith ARI||1B/OF||27.56%|
|Paul Fry BAL||RP||26.69%|
|Daniel Lynch KCR||SP/RP||24.63%|
|William Contreras ATL||C||21.12%|
|Dom Nunez COL||C||21.11%|
|Kyle Higashioka NYY||C||20.82%|
|Tyler O'Neill STL||OF||19.36%|
Led all players with 25 hits in Spring Training, but stunk the first few weeks of the regular season. Now has 15 hits in his last 9 games. 23 HR/33 SB in 105 MiLB games in 2019. Has the 3 Ps: potential, playing time, and positional flexibility. Buy.
Ended a run of 4 strong starts with an 8 IP, 9 K performance against the Blue Jays, a strong offense, but that was at home, which Statcast’s Park Factors has as the 2nd best stadium for pitchers. He’s a soft throwing lefty, I just don’t see this continuing.
Just barely missed beating out last week’s 7ADD% and has since given up his 1st barrel. But he remains a stellar points league option and is still pretty widely available.
Also appeared on last week’s list. Still leading off, still has double digit hits in his last 10 games though his underlying numbers have dipped a bit (.332 xwOBA). I prefer Rojas as an OF fill-in, but I’d still be buying if I needed OF help.
For those who missed out on Feyereisen. Lefty reliever on a bad Orioles team, likely overlooked. Has an absolutely devastating slider that has made him both a groundball pitcher (career high 61.5% GB%) and a strikeout pitcher (career high 35.2% K%).
Latest hard throwing lefty starter to be called up. Many were hoping for similar or better results than Shane McClanahan, unfortunately he has struggled with command (8.44 BB/9) through 2 starts. Still think he should be rostered everywhere.
William Contreras, Dom Nunez, Kyle Higashioka
Two major factors caused 3 catchers to be on this list: 1) Travis d’Arnaud tore a ligament in his thumb that required surgery and 2) catchers suck. Higgy is the best of the bunch for both points and 5x5, but I don’t think he’ll be relevant for the entire season.
For years was a guy I couldn’t quit… until this year. A Statcast darling so far because he’s a crazy athlete, strong (89th percentile Max EV) and fast (99th percentile Sprint speed). But his plate skills (2.4% BB%) have not improved. I’m not interested until they do.
Ottoneu Top Cuts Week 5
|Ottoneu Top Cuts Week 5|
|Tommy La Stella SFG 10IL||1B/2B/3B||-20.53%|
|Jakob Junis KCR||SP/RP||-17.60%|
|Travis d'Arnaud ATL 60IL||C/1B||-15.84%|
|Akil Baddoo DET||OF||-14.08%|
|Joey Votto CIN 10IL||1B||-13.79%|
|Jordan Hicks STL 10IL||RP||-12.32%|
|Kohei Arihara TEX 10IL||SP/RP||-11.73%|
|Tanner Rainey WSN||RP||-10.26%|
|Dustin May LAD 10IL||SP/RP||-9.67%|
|Alex Dickerson SFG 10IL||OF||-9.38%|
This week, I wanted to begin analyzing some of the top cuts as well. I’m going to be more selective with these players as many are on the list for obvious reasons, mostly injury related.
Tommy La Stella
Add him to your watchlist. He’s out with a hamstring strain possibly until mid-June. But he has been leading off for the Giants, qualifies at 3 infield positions, and is a solid hitter (.351 and .355 wOBA in 2019 and 2020). A sneaky good add in a few weeks for a second half push.
Jakob Junis, Akil Baddoo
Previously, I told you Junis was bad. As for Baddoo I said: “I think he’ll be one of the most cut players in the coming weeks.” Well here we are.
If you’re rebuilding and someone has cut him I hope you put in a waiver claim. The only question coming into this year was why wasn’t he a strikeout pitcher? It’s a short sample, but he seemed to answer that with a 37.6% K%. I think In 2023, he’ll be in the discussion for best pitcher in MLB.
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