Daily Dr. Roto — June 13, 2017
One Name to Watch — American League
Baltimore — It’s hard to believe that Manny Machado is only hitting .218 at this point of the season. It’s also hard to believe that he has only 27 RBIs. Considering that he was a first round pick (and one of the top hitters in the AL), it’s a major disappointment. He seems to be over his minor wrist issue, so I would certainly look to see if I could add him for what should be a huge second-half turnaround.
Boston — Admittedly, I was worried that David Price was not going to pitch this season. However, Price was able to overcome his arm issues and has looked pretty good since his return. With Eduardo Rodriguez possibly out for an extended length of time with a knee issue, Price will be needed more than ever to help the Red Sox make the playoffs. I am not sure I trust him, but Price has a tremendous upside.
Chicago — Tick tock, tick tock -- the trade clock approaches and the White Sox need to decide what they want to get for ace pitcher Jose Quintana. Quintana has struggled this year with his consistency, but I am hopeful for him to improve considering he should end up with a contender (Astros? Yankees?) in less than a month.
Cleveland — It seems like Carlos Carrasco breaks down at some point every season. He’s thrown 75 IP thus far and should have another 100 in him if healthy. He is one of the top pitchers in the AL so get him if your team needs a starter.
Detroit — The Tigers bullpen woes have been well documented, but it seems as if Justin Wilson will keep the job for the time being (or at least until September when Joe Jimenez is healthy). If you are desperately seeking saves, he could be a sneaky source.
Houston — The one regret I have this year is not picking Lance McCullers in all of my leagues. I do worry that the Astros will monitor his innings in the second half of the season, considering they are making a playoff run, so watch a mysterious 10-day DL stint at some point in the second half.
Kansas City — The have been numerous rumors about Kelvin Herrera being traded, and as a Herrera owner, I cannot wait for that to happen. If Herrera goes to the Nationals his value spikes immensely, so trade for him now in case that comes to fruition.
Los Angeles — Get Mike Trout right now if you can, especially in Head-to-Head leagues. He will return from injury with a vengeance and could once again lead your team to a Fantasy Championship.
Minnesota — Someone sent me a tweet asking me if Ervin Santana is a top five pitcher in the American League. I am not so sure about that, but he has been amazing this season. I expect a slight regression in the second half of the season not only from Santana but the entire Twins roster. This means that Santana will still be good, just not a Cy Young candidate.
New York — Ask yourself this question -- if you redrafted right now would Aaron Judge be a top five pick? I say most assuredly, YES! If I am dumping, he is the guy I want to build my team around for the next decade.
Oakland — I think I am too excited for Franklin Barreto to be called up in the next month or so by the A’s, but I think he can be the next young infield star in the AL. He is a shortstop in the minors, but there is a good chance he will be put at 2B as soon as Marcus Semien returns. Get him now in all keeper leagues if he is miraculously available.
Seattle — I may have misjudged Edwin Diaz this season, thinking he was going to be a top five AL closer. I haven’t given up on him yet, even though he lost his job at one point in late May. In fact, I think I would try to trade for him, hoping he has resolved his control issues. If the Mariners play better in the second half, Diaz should see a ton of save opportunities.
Tampa Bay — It’s great to see Corey Dickerson mashing again. I remember taking him in the third round of a draft just a few years ago and then was shocked to see the Rockies give up on him so quickly. Well, he has found a new home in Tampa, and he might be the most unheralded power hitter in the AL. His numbers are for real, and I recommend him highly.
Texas — Sadly, Adrian Beltre has been injured for much of the season (he has less than 40 AB) and at the age of 38, I am worried that we have seen the best of Beltre. If I owned him, I would try to move him to an owner who is trying to get Beltre’s stats from 2016.
Toronto — If only Aaron Sanchez could keep his finger healthy we might just see a top ten AL pitcher. Sanchez is currently on the DL, but is expected to return to full health by the end of the month. He might still end up being an impact starter in the second half.