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April 23, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

Fantasy Baseball Added and Dropped: Teixeira Trade Continues to Bear Fruit

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Matt Harrison, SP, Texas Rangers

The Rangers pulled off quite a feat when they dealt their All Star first baseman.  They received four minor leaguers, three of whom are contributing regulars.  Matt Harrison is pushing to join Elvis Andrus and Neftali Feliz as a must own fantasy player.  Two Chicago White Sox were also picked up by many owners.  A prized Yankee acquisition was one of the most dropped players of the week.

 

Added

 

Matt Harrison:  His “turbo sinker” is generating a 3.15 GB/FB ratio, helping him to a 2.90 FIP.  He is 3-0 for a Texas team that looks like the class of the league.  His first strike rate jumped from 56.0% to 61.9%, contributing to his success.  His 5.40 K/9 is difficult to find fantasy success with, so he must be used judiciously.

 

Drop for him:  Gavin Floyd, Jonathan Sanchez, Johan Santana

Don’t drop for him:  Mike Minor, Ted Lilly, Mat Latos

 

Nolan Reimold:  He is on a ten game hitting streak with home runs in five of six.  Playing time has been sporadic, as neck spasms have forced him to the bench four times since April 15.  We wrote a detailed player profile in the Pre-season, he is startable in mixed leagues going forward.

 

Drop for him:  Jason Kuble, Angel Pagan, Nick Markakis

Don’t drop for him:  Giancarlo Stanton, Alex Gordon, Jayson Werth

 

Jake Peavy:  He has three quality starts under his belt with a 1.93 FIP and 10.50 K/BB.  His fastball velocity is up to 91.4 mph, which is consistent with his numbers from 2009 and 2010.  So far he is allowing 52.0% fly balls with only a 3.8% HR/FB.  That combination will result in more runs allowed soon, but he is displaying enough quality skills to be on any owner’s radar.

 

Drop for him:  Clay Buchholz, John Danks, Chris Carpenter

Don’t drop for him:  Edwin Jackson, Derek Holland, Bud Norris

 

A.J. Pierzynski:  From April 9 – 18 he was about the hottest hitter on the planet, with four home runs and thirteen RBI.  He reached those four homers in 46 plate appearances, last year he had eight in 500.  This power display is only an isolated streak.  The .285 career hitter has some value, but not for most mixed league players.

 

Drop for him:  Geovany Soto, Kurt Suzuki, Russell Martin

Don’t drop for him:  Wilson Ramos, J.P. Arencibia, Yadier Molina

 

Michael Pineda, SP, New York Yankees

Dropped

 

Michael Pineda:  His shoulder rehab is not coming along well as he was pulled from an Extended Spring Training start after fifteen pitches.  He will undergo an MRI in search for more serious damage than tendonitis.  He is looking at an extended absence.

 

Drop him for:  Danny Duffy, Phil Humber, Kyle Drabek

Don’t drop him for:  Jeff Samardzija, Francisco Liriano, Joe Saunders

 

Jonathan Sanchez:  He has not gone past five innings in any of his three starts, with eleven walks in 12.2 IP.  Only Francisco Liriano has a lower first strike rate.  His 5.68 K/9 is “supported” by a below average 7.4% swinging strike rate.

 

Drop him for:  Ivan Nova, Jonathon Niese, Mark Buehrle

Don’t drop him for:  Jair Jurrjens, Phil Hughes, Rick Porcello

 

Alfonso Soriano:  His Spring Training power surge did not carry over, he is homerless in fourteen games.  He has an abominable 0.15 BB/K and is working on his third straight year swinging at 40% of pitches outside the strike zone.  If rosters are deep enough he can be useful against left-handed pitchers.

 

Drop him for:  Bryan LaHair, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Denard Span

Don’t drop him for:  Ryan Sweeney, Nyjer Morgan, Yonder Alonso

 

Kendrys Morales:  He started slowly, with only a .280 OBP and .100 ISO.  His swing rates and OSwing rates are way up, indicating he is pressing.  Morales is an extremely talented hitter, do not push the panic button yet.

 

Drop him for:  Eric Hosmer, Freddie Freeman, Adam Dunn

Don’t drop him for:  Carlos Lee, Paul Goldschmidt, Gaby Sanchez

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