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1B Justin Smoak, Seattle Mariners
Here ... we go ... again. Seriously, you're tired of giving this dude chances, aren't you? Everyone is. That's why he sits on free-agent lists despite a personal-best .272/.372/.431 slash line. Since Smoak returned from the DL for an oblique injury, in late June, he's been hammering: .333/.416/.603, including five home runs.
Jeff Sullivan, of U.S.S. Mariner on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, explains that Smoak's recent performance is actually just part of a sustained window of results that began with the switch-hitter's makeover in 2012. Compelling case, don't you think? Smoak may not save your season, but he finally appears to be delivering consistent CI value for deep-mixed leaguers.
SP Tyler Chatwood, Colorado Rockies
Diamond Market has to be a little nervous about this one. A Colorado pitcher? Particularly one who had a 4.96 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 46 games (37 starts) before he joined the Rockies? Yes, well, how about one whose ground-ball rate is 56.7 percent and fly-ball rate is 22.8 percent, great for Coors Field conditions? Who's posting a career-best 2.94 BB/9 in order to prevent the extra runs he handed out as a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim?
The Denver Post's Patrick Saunders wrote a feature on the right-hander earlier this month in which he shared that Chatwood's slider is a remade pitch, a lethal weapon against right-handed batters. He was one of the Halos' top pitching prospects just a couple of years ago. Is it so difficult to believe that he can't post a 2.56 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP? The former mark is due for a little correction, but overall, Chatwood is a much improved hurler.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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