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SP Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
In some leagues, he had been simply a streaming option. The once highly regarded prospect has cemented his worthiness of something more after he fell four outs short of a no-no Wednesday. (Of course, it's not as satisfying to scoop him up afterward.)
He was listed in the Best Available section last week for the reasons he displayed yesterday. Teheran looks to be harnessing his most comfortable mix of velocity and pitch selection while pounding the black; young pitchers often take time to figure out what works.
The Braves will have a decision to make when Brandon Beachy (rehab from Tommy John surgery) declares himself ready for activation, which may take only another few outings, so Atlanta reluctantly may return Teheran to Triple-A Gwinnett. His talent is worth stashing in deep leagues even if that happens; he'd line up to fill any subsequently available rotation spot.
SP Bartolo Colon, Oakland Athletics
Doumit righting April wrongs
The Biogenesis reports haven't bothered him lately. He's given up more than three runs in only two of his 12 starts this season and walked one batter in 34 frames at home; he trusts his defense and the park's expansive foul territory to back him there.
Colon, who turned 40 about two weeks ago, doesn't punch out many batters, but his get-ahead approach fuels his success. Sabermetric attributes don't point to a catastrophic downturn, either. His nearly static batted-ball distribution over his last few years adds more security to that notion.
Of course, his vast tree rings could chop him down at any time. So can the MLB witch hunt. How much has whatever aid he purportedly sought from the Miami clinic inflated his recent foundation? Even if they find a way to suspend Colon and the others successfully, he won't be hard to replace in most leagues, so enjoy this ride. If he remembers his age and winds up tumbling, he still might have use as a home-matchup play. That's not terrible, either, in deep leagues.
OF Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins
The titanic power he showed on the farm hasn't made the trip. Though his whiff problem has, everything else is clicking. Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) aims to return Monday, but Ozuna has probably played well enough to keep a starting gig.
Ozuna's batting average, however, remains ripe for correction. Sure, when 25.3 of your connections are liners, you stand to have an above-average in-play clip. His brief MLB history and utter lack of Triple-A time, however, jeopardize his ability to sustain it, even though he was OK in that area in the minors.
Being in the Marlins' lineup does only so much for team-dependent counting stats, as well, so if his thump doesn't come around (Marlins Park won't help), he could deteriorate into an empty contributor as the summer wears on.
SP Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati Reds
Johnny Cueto's DL placement, thanks to the aggravation of his bum lat, opened up the discussion for Cingrani to rejoin this rotation. The instinct to grab the southpaw isn't wrong when it comes to upside, but it might be overrating his immediate contributions. Despite the fact these injuries can linger, Cincy says Cueto's isn't serious and hopes he'll miss only one or two more starts. A quick pause would limit Cingrani's ability to stick in the quintet.
The Reds instead might use miscellaneous fill-ins (maybe not Pedro Villarreal), but regardless of setup, it doesn't hurt to tuck away a previously cut blue-chipper who fanned 41 major-league batters in 33 innings earlier in the year. You didn't commit a large FAAB bid, did you?
Owned in fewer than 50% of league polled
C Ryan Doumit, Minnesota Twins
Jimenez rediscovering top form?
Doumit has plated 13 with four homers, three doubles and even a three-bagger while hitting .308 with a 1.101 OPS over his last nine games; he has collected at least one hit in eight of them. He's hit all of his seven homers since the end of April.
That sluggish start to 2013 prompted Doumit to simplify his swing with some video work. His walk and strikeout rates are headed in the right direction, and more authoritative contact should bring about better in-play fortune. His continued outfield work will buttress his at-bat load. He's coming off what many considered a career year, and in healthy campaigns, Doumit has ranked as an almost universal fantasy starter.
SP Ubaldo Jimenez, Cleveland Indians
Finally, hints of his 2009-2010 ace form have returned, but he's still a meagerly owned property; must be the 4.83 season ERA that accompanies his name. In his last seven starts, he boasts a 2.74 ERA with 45 K's and 16 walks (1.12 WHIP) in 42 2/3 frames.
His weakness for free passes and homers will hurt, but his grounder rate has jumped back to its previous highs as he's regained bite and dip on his pitches, including his changeup. Though it'd help to have more infield pop-ups, he actually has room to improve in his HR/FB. His mechanics look like they're back to what they were in his standout seasons.
We've showcased him under this heading before. Don't force us to include him again.
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