CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 02: Jurickson Profar #2 of the Texas Rangers flys out to center during the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 2, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Before I get to the Roto Roundup, I would like to let you know that our own Bret Sayre has started his own blog, in addition to writing here at Fake Teams, and you can find him at thedynastyguru.com. Make sure you check out his latest pieces on Jurickson Profar, Shelby Miller and Lance Lynn.
The Rangers called up top prospect Jurickson Profar on Saturday and he provided immediate results yesterday in his first big league game. And big league at bat. Profar went 2-4 with a HR in his first major league at bat. He batted 9th and played second base, giving Ian Kinsler a rest. I imagine he will give shortstop Elvis Andrus a day of rest soon as well. Craig Goldstein discussed Profar in his weekly Seesaw Report and had this to say about him, in case you missed it:
Jurickson Profar - Here's the big name for September call ups. Profar was limited to pinch hitting duties his last week or so in the minors to prepare him for his time in the Majors. He's an otherworldly talent, reaching the majors at 19 years old with more than enough defense to stick at shortstop and an approach lightyears beyond his age. He won't amass much value this month but he's likely worth a stash in almost any league as an option for next year.
I own Profar in my AL-only keeper league, and since he was brought up on September 1st, I don't have to activate him and gives me an extra year to own him at $5.
It appears that Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds likes to play the Yankees. Reynolds went 3-5 with 2 HRs, 3 runs and 4 RBI yesterday. The two home runs on Sunday followed up the two home runs he hit in Friday night's Orioles win. Reynolds continues to hit for power, yet in limited at bats this season, and he could be looking for a job next season if the Orioles go with Chris Davis as their full time first baseman.
Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings has disappointed fantasy owners this season, so much that I was able to trade for him in my AL-only keeper league this season, so I am hoping he can have his breakout season in 2013. Jennings went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base yesterday and is now hitting .254-.317-.401 with 11 HRs, 67 runs, 40 RBI and 24 stolen bases in just over 400 at bats. He struggled at the plate in June and July, but turned it on in August, hitting .291-.354-.524 with 4 HRs, 22 runs, 9 RBI and 4 stolen bases.
More Roto Roundup after the jump:
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg had a nice bounce back start after getting hit around for 7 runs in his August 28th start. This start will end up being his third to last start of the 2012 season, as the Nationals announced that Strasburg will be shut down after his September 12th start. Strasburg shutout the Cardinals on 2 hits, a walk and 9 strikeouts in 6 innings of work. With 2 starts left in his season, Strasburg might be the #2 starter taken in fantasy drafts in 2013, right after Justin Verlander. Strasburg is 15-6 with a 2.94 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and a 195-45 strikeout to walk ratio in 156.1 innings. He should have no innings limit in 2013, but the Nationals front office may be second guessing shutting him down this late in the season if they make it to the World Series this year.
Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks has been scorching over his last 4 games. After going 5-5 on Thursday night, Weeks walked into Pittsburgh getting hits on Friday and Saturday night, and ended the weekend by going 3-4 with a HR, 4 runs, 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases. He is piling up the stats of late, building his fantasy value, even though it is tough to get by his .227-.334-.383 triple slash line. He now has 14 HRs and 12 stolen bases to go along with that disappointing slash line.
Don't forget the name Brett Anderson on draft day 2013. Anderson has made just 3 starts since returning from the DL after Tommy John Surgery, but has absolutely dominant thus far. He limited the Red Sox to just one run on 5 hits, a walk, 4 strikeouts and 9 ground ball outs yesterday to win his 3rd game of the season. Anderson has given up just 2 runs on 11 hits in 20 innings over his 3 starts this season, and has the benefit of pitching in one of the best pitcher parks in baseball.
The Cardinals plan to call up top pitching prospect Shelby Miller sometime this week, but he will only be used in a relief role, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Miller should be picked up in all keeper leagues, but he has little value in mixed or NL-only redraft leagues.
Who would you rather have in 2013: Justin Verlander or Stephen Strasburg?
Verlander (53 votes)
Strasburg (47 votes)
100 total votes