Anthony Rizzo’s batted ball profile looks much closer to 2012’s than 2013’s. He sports a high line drive rate and a HR/FB near 20%. His BB/K is 1.06 leading to his most productive year so far.
Hisashi Iwakuma made his debut, giving up 4 ER in 6.2 IP at Houston. He had the sixth lowest BABIP against last year, which lead to a low ERA that inflated his draft value. He is more of a rotation filler in standard mixed and owners may want to explore his value on the trade market.
As A.J. Burnett flirted with retirement his ADP fell and never really recovered. He had early issues with walks but has really rounded into shape in his last four outings. His strikeout rate is down, probably connected to him losing 1.5 – 2.0 mph off all his pitches. Lower strikeout projections from 200 to 175 – 180 but expect quality efforts to continue.
Mark Teixeira made waves with three home runs in his last five games. He is more of a three true outcomes hitter this season but that is working for him so far. He was 68th in Yahoo’s per game ranks entering Sunday’s action.
In case anyone was frustrated by Corey Kluber’s first few starts he now has a 2.74 FIP, 3.11 xFIP, and 4.00 K/BB.
Nick Castellanos has a 35.5% line drive rate and .254 BABIP. He is also a respectable 11th among 3B in ISO. When the numbers even out he should be a solid mixed league starter.
Phil Hughes’ 4.83 K/BB has never been better but hard hit balls in play are still crushing him. Do not speculate on improvement here, make him show some real results first.
Josmil Pinto is managing a 110 wRC+ even though his BABIP is .200. Pick him up if you are getting nothing from your catching spot.
Howie Kendrick is nearly doubling his walk rate and drastically reducing his OSwing%. He hits tons of grounders but is still very productive and a fine injury replacement.
Jonathan Villar is third among shortstops with a .277 ISO. His 2.00 GB/FB works against him and his 23.5% HR/FB will not stay high. Anyone thinking he is the next Jean Segura might give up a good piece for him.