Jedd Gyorko and Julio Teheran were top performers in Spring Training and lead many to brand them as sleepers.Â Both had a rough April and were cut in many leagues before turning things around in May.Â Meanwhile, two young middle infielders are down on their luck and are being dropped all over the place.
Jedd Gyorko:Â His OPS jumped from .640 in March/April to .885 in May.Â He hit all five of his 2013 home runs in the last month.Â His 1.17 GB/FB ratio and his home park will likely keep him from being a top tier power option, butÂ he owns a very healthy 25.9% line drive rate with a below average chase rate.Â He is the sixteenth rated middle infielder over the last 30 days.Â This is not a superstar, but he is a useful player.
Drop for him:Â Dan Uggla, Jurickson Profar, Omar Infante
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Kelly Johnson, Daniel Murphy, Chase Utley
Julio Teheran:Â Sunday night he extended a streak of starts allowing three runs or less to six.Â His seasonâ€™s ERA is now well under 4.00.Â He has a sub-standard 5.59 K/9 and a 82.6% strand rate. Â Despite much acclaim as a top prospect he has not struck out a batter per inning above Single-A. Â A strong 65.2% first strike rate supports his great control numbers.Â For fantasy he is a rotation filler, not a star.
Drop for him:Â Scott Feldman, Jeremy Guthrie, Jeff Locke
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Zach McAllister, Andrew Cashner, Wandy Rodriguez
Matt Garza:Â His first major league start in ten months went very well, the second less so.Â His fastball is showing healthy zip with a 93.5 MPH average velocity and he looks unafraid to break out his slider.Â Both years in the National League his xFIP was under 3.60 and his K/9 was over 8.00.
Drop for him:Â Tim Hudson, Wade Miley, Francisco Liriano
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Doug Fister, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Trevor Cahill
Michael Brantley:Â He is batting .333/.361/.400 in May.Â He owns a career high .340 BABIP, although a 2.10 GB/FB is helping that cause.Â There is no big change in his plate discipline stats, but his BB/K dropped from 0.95 to 0.54.Â It is time to give up on him as a stolen base threat. He simply doesn’t run enough and that curbs his value.Â He is similar to Marco Scutaro in the outfield.
Drop for him:Â Andre Ethier, B.J. Upton, Ichiro Suzuki
Donâ€™t drop for him:Â Alfonso Soriano, Jon Jay, Josh Willingham
Josh Rutledge:Â He was optioned to Triple-A last week due both to a .298 OBP and four errors committed since April 24.Â He improved his BB/K from 0.17 to 0.48. Â He is five for five in stolen base attempts as well.Â His .262 BABIP is low and a correction will make him far more productive.Â 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:Â Emilio Bonifacio, Mark Ellis, D.J. LeMahieu
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Jeff Keppinger, Darwin Barney, Chris Getz
Dee Gordon:Â He was 0-22 before â€œbreaking outâ€ with a 1-4 on Saturday.Â He is hitting .175/.278/.254 with Los Angeles and losing playing time to Nick Punto.Â He is improving his walk rate and a .217 BABIP for someone so fast does not make sense.Â 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:Â Stephen Drew, Yunel Escobar, Mike Aviles
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Marwin Gonzalez, Brendan Ryan , Jose Iglesias
Michael Saunders:Â He is hitting .203/.276/.316 in May with a .292 BABIP on the month but a 33.3% strikeout rate as well.Â Good signs include a below average chase rate and his 4 HR, 6 SB in 31 games.Â 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:Â Matt Joyce, Juan Pierre, Andy Dirks
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Justin Ruggiano, David Murphy, Jason Kubel
Kyle Lohse:Â In his last two starts he has pitched 11.2 innings, allowing six runs with five walks and seven strikeouts.Â He was held out of action Saturday with â€œelbow irritationâ€.Â He rode a .262 BABIP against to a 2.86 ERA last year, but this seasonâ€™s 3.76 ERA is a much better indication of his skills.Â Owners in standard leagues have better options than relying on a possibly injured starting pitcher.
Drop him for:Â Marco Estrada, Jorge De La Rosa, Bronson Arroyo
Donâ€™t drop him for:Â Barry Zito, Jerome Williams, Chris Tillman