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May 28, 2013 posted by Chuck Anderson

Added and Dropped: Waking Up

Added and Dropped:  Waking Up
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Jedd Gyorko and Julio Teheran were top performers in Spring Training and lead many to brand them as sleepers.  Both had a rough April and were cut in many leagues before turning things around in May.  Meanwhile, two young middle infielders are down on their luck and are being dropped all over the place.

 

Added

 

Jedd Gyorko:  His OPS jumped from .640 in March/April to .885 in May.  He hit all five of his 2013 home runs in the last month.  His 1.17 GB/FB ratio and his home park will likely keep him from being a top tier power option, but he owns a very healthy 25.9% line drive rate with a below average chase rate.  He is the sixteenth rated middle infielder over the last 30 days.  This is not a superstar, but he is a useful player.

 

Drop for him:  Dan Uggla, Jurickson Profar, Omar Infante

Don’t drop for him:  Kelly Johnson, Daniel Murphy, Chase Utley

 

Julio Teheran:  Sunday night he extended a streak of starts allowing three runs or less to six.  His season’s ERA is now well under 4.00.  He has a sub-standard 5.59 K/9 and a 82.6% strand rate.  Despite much acclaim as a top prospect he has not struck out a batter per inning above Single-A.  A strong 65.2% first strike rate supports his great control numbers.  For fantasy he is a rotation filler, not a star.

 

Drop for him:  Scott Feldman, Jeremy Guthrie, Jeff Locke

Don’t drop for him:  Zach McAllister, Andrew Cashner, Wandy Rodriguez

 

Matt Garza:  His first major league start in ten months went very well, the second less so.  His fastball is showing healthy zip with a 93.5 MPH average velocity and he looks unafraid to break out his slider.  Both years in the National League his xFIP was under 3.60 and his K/9 was over 8.00.

 

Drop for him:  Tim Hudson, Wade Miley, Francisco Liriano

Don’t drop for him:  Doug Fister, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Trevor Cahill

 

Michael Brantley:  He is batting .333/.361/.400 in May.  He owns a career high .340 BABIP, although a 2.10 GB/FB is helping that cause.  There is no big change in his plate discipline stats, but his BB/K dropped from 0.95 to 0.54.  It is time to give up on him as a stolen base threat. He simply doesn’t run enough and that curbs his value.  He is similar to Marco Scutaro in the outfield.

 

Drop for him:  Andre Ethier, B.J. Upton, Ichiro Suzuki

Don’t drop for him:  Alfonso Soriano, Jon Jay, Josh Willingham

 

Josh Rutledge, 2B, Colorado Rockies

Josh Rutledge, 2B, Colorado Rockies

Dropped

 

Josh Rutledge:  He was optioned to Triple-A last week due both to a .298 OBP and four errors committed since April 24.  He improved his BB/K from 0.17 to 0.48.  He is five for five in stolen base attempts as well.  His .262 BABIP is low and a correction will make him far more productive.  Some fantasy pundits dismissed him as a sleeper before the year, but he has an optimistic outlook when he gets his next chance.

 

Drop him for:  Emilio Bonifacio, Mark Ellis, D.J. LeMahieu

Don’t drop him for:  Jeff Keppinger, Darwin Barney, Chris Getz

 

Dee Gordon:  He was 0-22 before “breaking out” with a 1-4 on Saturday.  He is hitting .175/.278/.254 with Los Angeles and losing playing time to Nick Punto.  He is improving his walk rate and a .217 BABIP for someone so fast does not make sense.  The problem is he will not play over a healthy Hanley Ramirez and he did not take the chance to boost his trade value.

 

Drop him for:  Stephen Drew, Yunel Escobar, Mike Aviles

Don’t drop him for:  Marwin Gonzalez, Brendan Ryan , Jose Iglesias

 

Michael Saunders:  He is hitting .203/.276/.316 in May with a .292 BABIP on the month but a 33.3% strikeout rate as well.  Good signs include a below average chase rate and his 4 HR, 6 SB in 31 games.  Conversely, with Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackley, and Jesus Montero all failing one must wonder about the Seattle’s capability to develop young hitters.

 

Drop him for:  Matt Joyce, Juan Pierre, Andy Dirks

Don’t drop him for:  Justin Ruggiano, David Murphy, Jason Kubel

 

Kyle Lohse:  In his last two starts he has pitched 11.2 innings, allowing six runs with five walks and seven strikeouts.  He was held out of action Saturday with “elbow irritation”.  He rode a .262 BABIP against to a 2.86 ERA last year, but this season’s 3.76 ERA is a much better indication of his skills.  Owners in standard leagues have better options than relying on a possibly injured starting pitcher.

 

Drop him for:  Marco Estrada, Jorge De La Rosa, Bronson Arroyo

Don’t drop him for:  Barry Zito, Jerome Williams, Chris Tillman

 

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