Monday, September 17, 2012

N.L. FAAB Log: September 17, 2012

I wrote about Correia on Friday. I don't recommend him, even with the two "easy" match-ups this week against the Cubs and Astros.

Tony Cingrani $2. Other bids: $1, $0.
Fangraphs calls Cingrani an under-the-radar prospect because he was drafted as a college senior, but it's hard to see how far under the radar he could be given that he was John Sickels' sixth best prospect i the Reds system entering this year. Cingrani exceeded expectations, so he should enter 2013 with a good shot of making the Reds. The question is whether his stuff is good enough to make it as a starter or if he's going to wind up in the pen long-term. Cingrani is a questionable keep at $10 either way and won't jump over Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall in the bullpen's pecking order anyway. I'd monitor Cingrani in N.L.-only, but I wouldn't add him just yet.

Cory Gearrin $2.
Gearrin has been terrific out of the pen this year for the Braves. This is a safe ERA/WHIP protection play by the 1st place team; while Gearrin isn't expected to pitch in too many impact innings for the Braves, he does look like a safe bet going forward.

Travis Ishikawa $1.
Like a mediocre phoenix rising from the ashes, Ishikawa has once again shown some signs of life and could be worth adding in N.L.-only as long as he gets some playing time down the stretch. Ishikawa is a sneaky source of runs/RBI who can add the occasional dinger. Add him in N.L.-only if he's playing.

Santiago Casilla $1.
He won't get the closer job back barring an implosion, but Casilla continues to put up solid ERA/WHIP and is a worthy add in deep leaguers for his qualitatives.

Darin Ruf $0
Ruf doesn't look like he's going to play unless/until the Phillies are eliminated. Feel free not to add him, even in N.L.-only.

Phillipe Aumont $0. Other bid $0
Aumont is yet another in a long line of relievers that will live and die by his control. If he can get his walks down to an acceptable level, he might have a big league career yet - and could even close at some point in the future. If Aumont doesn't do this, he'll still get chance after chance because he throws hard but probably will never be a closer. He's an OK add right now if you need the whiffs but with Jon Papelbon in front of him has about as much of a chance of getting saves as I do.

Josh Vitters $0
Vitters is still playing but the numbers still stink. I don't know if Vitters needs more time in the minors or if he's going to be the next Brandon Wood, but I do know that you can pretty much ignore him in all formats at the moment.

Jimmy Paredes $0
A poor spring sunk Paredes as a prospect, but that didn't change his intriguing moderate power/strong speed profile. Paredes spent most of 2012 in the minors, but had an even stronger year than he did in 2011 in AAA. The Astros are trying Paredes in the outfield, and while he isn't a great prospect, the speed makes Paredes enticing from a Roto standpoint.

Jeremy Affeldt $0
Like Casilla, Affeldt was closing for the Giants at one point. Anything could happen, but Sergio Romo looks like he has claimed by job so Affeldt or Casilla won't be closing anytime soon. You can pick up Affeldt as a spec play, but I wouldn't bother this late in the season.

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