Lilly could bloom again
Ready for Round 2 of the starting pitcher primer? Stash and Dash: tuckaway commodities for you deep leaguers. Maximizing your DL spots and other roster loopholes (minor leagues, taxi squad, etc.) augments your net of player ownership and strategic potential.
This is chiefly a reminder list that doesn't include top prospects like Dylan Bundy or Gerrit Cole, but you shouldn't forget these names.
Opening day injury concerns
Andrew Cashner, San Diego Padres
His thumb rehab is swimming along. If the K-GB PETCO arm can round out his third pitch, presumably a changeup, you should dive in. You should probably hope he has to start out on the DL so his value will be hidden.
Tommy John surgery
Brandon Beachy, Atlanta Braves (expected return: early summer)
Cory Luebke, San Diego Padres (early summer)
USA Today's Steve Gardner outlines the case for these two, as well as the overall concept of stashing DL players.
Felipe Paulino and Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals (mid-to-late summer)
Paulino is the preference considering Duffy's additional, long-established trouble with walks.
Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers (late summer)
This may be a lost cause for the year as those last few starts may just be practice efforts, so to speak, but in deep leagues, a handful of starts could help those trying to compile any SP work possible.
Daniel Hudson, Arizona Diamondbacks (late summer)
He'll probably use this season as a mere tune-up for 2014, but it's worth a shot given his peripherals.
No rotation spot (at the moment)
Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly, Los Angeles Dodgers
Though depending on the health of Zack Greinke (elbow), one of them might join the quintet, at least for a spell. Both soft-tossing southpaws play to Dodger Stadium's homefield advantage (ahem, fly balls) and would be worth an immediate pickup.
Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
A trade of Jeff Niemann could open up a spot for this talented youngster, whose profile looks like Edwin Jackson's with more strikeout upside.
Rubby De La Rosa, Boston Red Sox
Crawling back from Tommy John surgery, he boasts late-season AL-only potential in a rotation that could need some replacements.
J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays
Ricky Romero hasn't looked clean. Though he's not overpowering, he's boasted hefty K rates because of his established deception.
Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
He's on the shuttle if a SP gets hurt and still has innate grounder and K skills that, if optimized, could produce one helluva breakout.
Stay tuned for the final installment of the Starting Pitcher Primer.
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