Monday, September 03, 2012

A.L. FAAB Log: September 3, 2012

De Vries was a non-prospect heading into 2012: an undrafted free agent signed by the Twins probably as much due to the fact that he hailed from Eden Prairie, Minnesota than for any other reason. De Vries slowly worked his way up the food chain though, and after 650+ minor league innings got the call earlier this year. De Vries is a pretty pedestrian looking pitcher, but doesn't walk anyone and as a result has kept his WHIP decent and his value proposition passable for A.L.-only. He's extremely homer-prone and has been tattooed at Target Field, making his start at home against the Indians this week an iffy play. The owner who picked up De Vries is making a wins play here.

Sam Deduno $6. Other bid $1.
Deduno has always had decent stuff, but has been held back by injuries and command problems (according to John Sickels). He has been healthy this year but - his last two outings aside - has still struggled with control/command. He gets the White Sox tomorrow in Chicago and despite the decent enough ERA I'd avoid. Deduno was picked up by the same team that grabbed De Vries. Only in A.L.-only does a team bid a combined $13 on two Twins pitchers while trolling for wins.

Gomez was profiled in my Gearing Up post this week. He's a steal at $1; someone playing next year should have made a spec play here.

Corey Kluber $1
Add Kluber to the De Vries/Deduno dregs of the earth bids. Kluber is a two-start pitcher this week, with the Tigers and Twins on tap, both on the road. Kluber has carried much of his decent whiff rate over from the minors, but he doesn't have much in the way of secondary pitches and is too mistake prone to trust if ERA/WHIP matter to you at all. Within the contet of this league, this is another strict wins play, and given the match-ups is OK to do.

Safe middle reliever for the stretch run? Check. Delabar has struck out a ton of guys and is a completely adequate middle relief option for 5x5 A.L.-only.

Miguel Olivo. Claimed by 12th place team.
Olivo is part of the ugly, three-headed hydra that is the Mariners catching corps. His batting average sucks and he doesn't provide enough home runs to really make him worth the headache. You can add him in A.L.-only if you're in a super tight race for HR/RBI and if the batting average absolutely doesn't matter.

Alexi Casilla. Claimed by 2nd place team.
Casilla hasn't been playing much, but he steals bases and has been swinging a hot bat in the last week or so when he has played. He's an acceptable add in A.L.-only if you need steals and nothing else at this late juncture.

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