Roto Roundup: George Springer, Homer Bailey, Ubaldo Jimenez and Others

Joe Robbins

Ray highlights some of the top fantasy performers from Tuesday's roto action, including an excerpt from Keith Law on Astros outfield prospect George Springer, and my thoughts on Homer Bailey's gem, Ubaldo Jimenez and others.

Fake Teams Fantasy Podcast, Episode 30: Solely Ours

Zack and Andrew discuss the latest news in fantasy baseball including their thoughts on Taijuan Walker, Danny Duffy, the Marlon Byrd trade along with a few prospects: Carlos Tocci and J.P. Crawford. They also tell their stories about a few ball games they made recently.

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MLB Daily Dish: September Call up tracker

If you are looking for a complete list of prospects called up from the minors this month, look no further than theSeptember Call Up Tracker over at MLB Daily Dish.

The Tracker provides a team by team break down of every prospect promoted to the big leagues.

George Springer: A first round pick in 2014?

I own Astros outfielder George Springer in an AL only keeper league and saw that ESPN's Keith Law wrote about him in his Outlook for September Call Ups column on Tuesday. Here is the excerpt:

George Springer, CF, Houston: Here's one top prospect who should be recalled but hasn't been, as the Oklahoma City RedHawks are in the PCL postseason and Springer is their best player. He's a true five-tool player, with power, speed, range, and arm strength, while showing a strong ability to hit despite the utter lack of any two-strike approach. I think he'll have a healthy adjustment period in the majors, where given enough time, pitchers will exploit his tendency to overswing even when behind in the count -- but he'll still find ways to wow fans when he does square something up, with 30/30 potential right out of the chute.

Whoa! If I am reading that correctly, Law just said Springer is a first round pick in 2014 fantasy drafts. I assume "right out of the chute" means 2014, right? I see no reason why Springer won't be the Astros starting center fielder out of spring training, so he should be drafted in all leagues next season.

Springer is hitting .303-.411-.600 with 37 HRs, 106 runs, 108 RBI and 45 stolen bases across two levels this season. He has lowered his strikeout rate from 29.7% to 24.4%, and increased his walk rate from 13.0% to 15.4%, while moving up a level in AAA as well.

One would think he will be a favorite to win the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year, right?

For more on Springer and the Astros, check out Crawfish Boxes, SB Nation's Astros fan site.

Homer Bailey shuts down the Cardinals

The Reds still have a shot at taking second place, or even first place, in the NL Central, especially after last night's gem pitched by Homer Bailey. Bailey shut out the Cardinals on two hits, a walk and 8 strikeouts in the Reds 1-0 win last night. Bailey moved his record to 10-10 with a 3.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and an excellent 181-42 strikeout to walk rate in 184.1 innings this season.

His last two starts have come against the Cardinals, and in those starts, he has not given up a run in 14.1 innings, while giving up just 7 hits, 3 walks and striking out 15. Bailey has reached the potential many saw in him when he was one of the top prospects in the game several years ago. He should rank somewhere in the top 20-25 starting pitchers in the game heading into 2014.

For more on Bailey and the Reds, check out Red Reporter, SB Nation's Reds fan site.

Ubaldo Jimenez: Showing flashes of 2010 Ubaldo

Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez can, at times, look like one of the more dominating starters in the game. Other times, he looks like he needs more work in AAA. He will always walk a lot of batters, as he is all arms and legs, but lately we have seen him start to put a few quality starts together. Last night, Jimenez shut out the Orioles on 4 hits, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts in 6 innings or work in the Indians 4-3 win. Jimenez is now 10-9 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and a 147-75 K-BB rate over 147.1 innings this season.

His season numbers aren't great, but aren't terrible, but recently he has pitched more like the pitcher we saw back in 2010. Over his last three starts, he has given up 5 runs on 16 hits, struck out 24 and walked just 5 in 19 innings of work.

For more on Ubaldo and the Indians, check out Let's Go Tribe, SB Nation's Indians fan site.

Round'em Up

In a battle between a current ace and a former ace in Boston last night, the former ace got the better of the current ace, and possible Cy Young award winner. Yes, Red Sox starter Jon Lester out-pitched Tigers ace Max Scherzer last night, preventing Scherzer from winning his 20th game of the season. Lester was solid, giving up just one run on 8 hits, no walks and 9 strikeouts. Lester moved his record to 13-8 with a 3.88 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and a 154-60 K-BB rate in 185.1 innings this season. He has now given up two runs or less in seven of his last ten starts, lowering his ERA from 4.58 to 3.88.

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos could come on the cheap in 2014 fantasy drafts as he barely has over 200 at bats at this point in the season, mainly due to injury, but he has produced when healthy. Last night, he went 1-2 with 2 walks, a HR and 4 RBI in the Nationals 9-6 win over the Phillies. In just 57 games this season, Ramos is hitting .275-.311-.464 with 10 HRs, 31 runs and 38 RBI. Project that over 120 games and you could have a 20+ HR catcher on your hands late in drafts next season.

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