For this week’s Out Of Left Field there were some big stories that happened, especially with minor league call-ups. In regards to Fantasy Sports Week 10 was a week I want to bury as deep as I can in the memory bank. I had several embarrassing outcomes in DFS, lost all but two of my leagues, and my beloved MacBook stopped charging.
Needless to say it was a terrible week, and hearing the news Saturday night Byron Buxton was finally getting the call to my beloved Twins my spirits were raised immediately. So much so that my 30 point DFS day on FanDuel Sunday (29 points from Max Scherzer) was overshadowed. Thankfully.
Buxton’s performance on his first start was a little underwhelming going 0-4 with two strikeouts. He did score the game winning run though showcasing his elite speed. No one should be concerned about Buxton at this point, but be patient and take what you can get this season. He is going to be a special player, and once he adjusts to the majors he should be a serious force.
Rougned Odor is getting another crack for the Rangers after being sent down this season. He started off very slowly and once sent to AAA seemed to click immediately slashing .355/.430/.645 in the minors. Odor should be back in the starting lineup tonight, likely at second base with Delino DeShields Jr. going down yesterday.
With Buxton and Lindor’s call ups the minor league prospect landscape is very much thinned out. Corey Seager being the next big name, but he has been inconsistent so far and the Dodgers have a glut of talent ahead of him. The MLB is now filled with talented young prospects and future stars along with stars in the twilights of their careers. Indeed it is a very fun time to be an MLB fan.
Out Of Left Field: MLB Hot Topics for Week 11
What Should Fantasy Owners Expect From Byron Buxton?
Although I think it is certainly possible for elite level production from the get go, I would expect some modest production. Likely a .270 batting average, with 10 -15 stolen bases and somewhere below 10 home run power. He is, and will be a five category talent, but as everyone should know Top Prospects rarely hit the ground running. Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant may be an exception to the rule.
Even Mike Trout struggled somewhat in his first season hitting only .220, but with five home runs and four stolen bases. Buxton could perform similarly with higher average the rest of the way. Either way he is a must add, and is likely no longer available in any format as you read this.
Adrian Beltre Still Has A Bad Thumb, but What Happens When He Comes Back to Joey Gallo?
— Nathan Ham (@NathanHam87) June 15, 2015
Joey Gallo has had himself a very nice showing since he was called up. His power is astonishing and he is hitting with high average right now. Gallo is crushing the ball with a .300/.391/.625 line, four home runs and seven RBI in 46 plate appearances.
Gallo should be here to stay even when Beltre returns to the team and can actually hold a bat. I will tell you one thing, if he does get sent back down it will be a nut shot to Gallo and the Texas fans.
Is Stephen Matz The Next Prospect to Get The Call?
I think he is, and everyone knows he is ready. The issue is of course the Mets two mediocre starters they are clearly trying to showcase and trade. If a team decides to bite on one of them Matz will certainly be up. However, they are currently running a six-man rotation and until some sort of shake up or trade happens there is no room for Matz.
Another thought is with Harvey’s struggles and potential dead arm, a DL stint could help him and give Matz an opportunity. If he is on the waiver wire and you have a spot to stash him it wouldn’t be a terrible idea.
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