Most of the 2017 fantasy baseball leagues are down to their final 2 weeks of the regular season. If the balls and strikes haven’t gone your way, you may be playing the proverbial role of spoiler, or uttering those humility words, “wait until next season”.
To remain competitive, you can still retool your MLB lineups, finish out the season. You can relish in the role of spoiler, add new blood in keeper leagues, or refuel for a playoff march. What ever your reason for searching the waiver wire for pitching help, here are some tantalizing prospects due to make their way to the big show.
Way Back When?
There were some promising prospects who have parlayed their opportunity into a successful season. Back in May, The Daily News told fantasy baseball owners about a host of arms with low ownership numbers. Eddie Butler’s problems seemed to be more than the Colorado air, as his stay in the Windy City didn’t cause much of a blow. Luis Perdomo has supplied fantasy worthy numbers with the Padres.
However, while he has finished at least the sixth inning in his last six starts, the number of runners he’s allowed to cross home plate has increased. Jose Urena has earned a W in two August starts, but the strikeout numbers are waning, only 8 total in 16.1 August innings. Urena will finish out the year in pitcher-friendly Marlins Park, Perdomo isn’t under any pressure in San Diego.
However, with the Cubs in a playoff fight, don’t look for the Butler to get much of a chance to serve, at least not as a reliable starter. So, if you didn’t beat your buddies to the waiver wire for Perdomo or Urena, who’s out there waiting the horizon, primed for the September 1st roster expansion?
Don’t Sleep on These Sleepers
Andrew Albers – Albers won a dozen games for the Gwinnett BravesLucas Giolito –Lucas GiolitoRyan Yarbrough –couple veterans have been injuredJacob Fariaformer Mariners southpaw Ryan YarbroughYarbrough has impressed
- Andrew Albers – Andy has already navigated his way onto the Mariners staff. The status of injured James Paxton may play a key role in how many starts Albers gets before September. However, don’t be surprised if the M’s run this kid out to the hill in September, after Albers won a dozen games for the Gwinnett Braves.
- Lucas Giolito – The White Sox have nothing left to play for; therefore, they’re going to use two of their young pitchers down the stretch. One of those will get his first Major League start of the season tomorrow. While Lucas Giolito is only 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA over his last 10 AAA starts, he has 59 strikeouts in those 56 innings of work. He’s not going to generate double-digit K’s every night, but he’s going to miss some bats.
- Ryan Yarbrough – Tampa has a dugout full of wide-eyed youthful arms already, but a couple veterans have been injured, including one of their prized prospects, Jacob Faria. How the Rays final month plays out could determine if former Mariners southpaw Ryan Yarbrough gets to show off his stuff in Tampa. Since the end of June Yarbrough has impressed with seven wins and an ERA under 2.00. As an added element of fantasy appeal, he knocks down roughly 9 strikeouts every 9 innings.
Keep an eye open for other pitchers who will navigate their way from the minor leagues during roster expansion month. You can monitor all the developments in MLB lineups by following along with FantasyAlarm.com.