I want to start by apologizing to those of you who took my advice and looked at Trevor Bauer — I wish I could understand the thinking in Cleveland that leads one to leave a top pitching prospect with a 1.12 ERA in the minors. If only….
Anyways, on to some guys to keep an eye on in your league:
Seth Smith (available in 95% of leagues)
While Troy Tulowitzki is blowing everyone away offensively, can you name the two guys trailing him in OPS? How about Seth Smith (.994) and Charlie Blackmon (.991).
On the season, Smith is hitting a cool .330 with 17 of his 35 hits going for extra bases. Even better? He’s not slowing down. In the past 14 days, Smith has an OPS of 1.321 with five runs and six RBIs to go along with one home run.
So is this sustainable? Probably not, but you might as well enjoy it while it lasts.
Henderson Alvarez (available in 76% of leagues)
Henderson Alvarez, the 24-year-old righty for Miami has been lights out recently with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in his past 36 innings. While he’s only got 24 strikeouts in that stretch, he has logged four quality starts — a good sign of consistency.
In fact, in his seven starts this season, Alvarez has already notched two complete-game shutouts and has only allowed more than three runs one time (four earned runs on May 1). As a reminder, Alvarez was one of the main prospects received from Toronto in the 2012 Jose Reyes trade.
Jordan Lyles (available in 70% of leagues)
If you’re a pitcher for Colorado, chances are you’ve won a lot of ball games. With all the offense coming out of Coors Field, Lyles has been one of the beneficiaries — notching a 5-0 record to go along with his 2.66 ERA and 1.09 WHIP this season.
Even better than those numbers for me, however, is his streak of five consecutive quality starts and his string of seven straight starts with less than 3 ER. The 23-year-old righty was sent to Colorado in exchange for Dexter Fowler last December and has been ranked as high as No. 42 in Baseball America’s prospect rankings (pre-2011).
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