Every Monday (life got in the way last week, sorry) 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 14
|Ottoneu Top Adds Week 14|
|Paul Sewald SEA||RP||33.43%|
|Anthony Bender MIA||RP||32.26%|
|Zach Thompson MIA||SP/RP||21.22%|
|Ranger Suarez PHI||SP/RP||20.93%|
|Tylor Megill NYM||SP/RP||20.06%|
|Kyle Muller ATL AAA||SP/RP||19.48%|
|Eric Haase DET||C/OF||18.32%|
|Gavin Sheets CHW||1B||18.02%|
|Joe Ross WSN 10IL||SP/RP||18.02%|
|Collin McHugh TBR||SP/RP||17.73%|
John has been messaging me to pick him up for like two weeks now so thanks for making him happy. A 32% K-BB% rate and 0 homers allowed. Both his 4-seam fastball and slider have WHIFF rates above 31%. Save yourself from John pestering you for two weeks and roster him already.
Has been the best reliever in the Marlins pen, notched a save last week and was brought in for another one, but may be starting to come undone. Has given up 4 earned runs and blown a save in 3 last appearances. ERA estimators (1.94 xERA, 2.68 xFIP, 2.34 SIERA) still look good so he’s a fine option in points leagues.
Older prospect who has been fantastic in 5 starts since being called up (24 IP, 24.7% K-BB%, 1 HR). He throws five pitches though his 4-seamer he throws ⅓ of the time stinks and a big reason it seems he’s been in the minors so long is questions about his command (3.6 BB/9 in MiLB), but the Marlins really seem to have figured out how to develop pitching. I’m buying.
Has saves in two of his last three appearances and has been very good (35 IP, 18 K-BB%, 65.1% groundball rate). He’s a lefty and doesn’t have typical closer stuff (average fastball velocity 93 mph), but the Phillies bullpen isn’t any good so he could easily end up with the job. So, maybe an option in 5x5?
Another older prospect performing well (18 IP, 22.1 K-BB%, 3 HR). Has thrown just 158 IP total between the majors and minors, but in that time he’s been a strikeout artist plus he allowed just 0.5 HR/9 in MiLB (has an unlucky 21.4% HR/FB in MLB). Can he limit the walks (3.3 BB/9 in MiLB, 4.5 in MLB)? I prefer Thompson, but Megill is intriguing.
Not another older prospect performing well (he’s 23; 15.2 IP, 18.8 K-BB%, 1 HR). Has developed into a strikeout pitcher (31+% K% in AAA and MLB) who has had few homer problems (outside of 1.45 HR/9 in 37.1 AAA innings earlier this year), but just like Megill, can he limit the walks (BB% has been 11.5+% in each stint since 2019)? It’s Thompson, then Megill, then Muller for me as Megill has a definite rotation spot and Muller was sent back down to AAA, though he is expected to be recalled after the all-star break.
Clobbers the ball (49.5% HardHit%), has hit 5 home runs in his last 10 games. But there are reasons he’s 28 and has just 224 major league plate appearances, namely he swings and misses a ton (33.3% K%). Sure for $1 at catcher, ride it out, but I think a best case comparison is Mike Zunino, so be aware he could sink your batting average.
The man who got Adam Eaton DFA’d, kinda. A prospect, though not a major one, noted for his power which he has shown in limited major league action (45.2% HardHit%). He’s also had some solid plate skills throughout the minors (10% BB%, 17.3% K%). He’s got me interested in a guy that previously hadn’t been on my radar which is exactly why I started this series.
More like No Ross after he landed on the 10 day IL with elbow inflammation. On a recent episode of the Rates and Barrels podcast, Eno Sarris talked about the pitch mix change Ross made earlier this season (I’d link it here but it’s not easily searchable, sorry). Monitor his injury and if it looks like he’s headed for a return, I would add him.
More like Collin McHuge K-rate (36.1%), okay I’ll stop with the name puns now. The only returner from two weeks ago. I told you to add him then and he’s still available in 30% of leagues. He’s throwing 2-3 innings per outing, but just be aware if you add him that he has started some games.
Ottoneu Top Cuts Week 14
I’ve started 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. This week, there’s no one that caught my attention that I haven’t already highlighted in previous posts, but here’s the list anyway.
|Ottoneu Top Cuts Week 14|
|Trevor Rosenthal OAK 60IL||RP||-15.40%|
|William Contreras ATL AAA||C||-14.54%|
|Odubel Herrera PHI 10IL||OF||-11.63%|
|Carlos Martinez STL 60IL||SP/RP||-9.01%|
|Adam Eaton CHW||OF||-8.14%|
|Daz Cameron DET 10IL||OF||-8.14%|
|Yermin Mercedes CHW AAA||C||-7.85%|
|Victor Gonzalez LAD 10IL||SP/RP||-6.97%|
|Hector Neris PHI||RP||-6.39%|
|Colin Moran PIT 10IL||1B/2B/3B||-6.39%|
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