Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Collin McHugh, Jacob Turner
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The Mets have shut down Johan Santana for the rest of the season because he's dealing with inflammation in his lower back. Not a bad idea considering how the southpaw has pitched since he tossed the first no-no in the organization's history and is in his first MLB campaign since serious shoulder surgery.
Getting first crack at replacing the team's ace is McHugh, who's not much of a prospect by the standards of people do that stuff. The right-hander is getting this opportunity in part because of a strong recommendation by his manager at Triple-A Norfolk. He has at least two quality offerings. In his debut on Thursday versus the Colorado Rockies, through seven stanzas, he'd allowed only two hits and no runs, with one free pass and nine strikeouts.
The workload for McHugh, 25, will be monitored, so he might hit his cutoff point in September. At two stops (12 starts each and 143 2/3 total stanzas at the Class AA and Class AAA levels), he's posted a combined 2.88 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and an 8.27 K/9. He experienced more troubles with walks at the higher level and will need to be aggressive to avoid carrying that over.
McHugh has some strikeout stuff and, more importantly, a chance. He's been effective at most of his pro stops. He may not profess a ton of upside, but he deserves a roto shot if the format is deep enough and should be monitored if he isn't in a roster spot.
10-tm mixed: Pass
On Wednesday, Turner made his debut for the Fish and went six innings, with four hits, three runs and zero walks allowed. The right-hander whom Miami acquired from the Detroit Tigers struck out five in the start. He was one of Motown's best prospects.
Miami's skipper (prior to his third-inning ejection) and a writer from a leading fan site liked what they saw. The concern that Michael Jong touches on is Turner's dip in velocity, which has been an issue for more than a year and surfaced when he began to deal with multiple cases of shoulder soreness.
Diminishing physical ability might not necessarily be responsible. It's something that no one has commented on a great deal. No conspiracy theories here; Turner is capable of retiring major leaguers (or at least National Leaguers) without his former low- to mid-90s heaters. But they'd help.
At any rate, Turner will remain with the Marlins and is line for one more start at least. If so, he's virtually certain to remain with the big club for the rest of the season, although perhaps not in the rotation. Turner doesn't promise superb results, but he's good enough to be serviceable in deep leagues.
10-tm mixed: Pass
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