Monday, March 10, 2014

Michael Pineda is Coming!

Michael Pineda (NYY)- Michael Pineda just showed up to the party and he brought his slider. To be clear, I've been banging the Michael Pineda drum for weeks now on Twitter. To further illustrate my support for the 25 year old hurler i've been drafting him in virtually every mock this year. I mean the guy is in no man's land in terms of ADP. Every fantasy baseball draft season there are a few players that I refer to as "fantasy gold". These are the guys who are buried in the ADP basement but have the potential to be fantasy stars. Enter Michael Pineda. In his last outing Pineda’s slider looked fantastic. He gained better feel for it as his start went on, throwing a few for strikes early in counts but mostly using it as a swing and miss pitch in the dirt. His slider displayed a wide variance of velocity. He threw a few as low as 81mph, several at 85mph and even touched 87mph once. Mostly he was 83-84mph with it, featuring significant late vertical movement. It’s a consistent plus pitch that will flash better, and a true weapon. Not to mention his fastball was sitting in the 90-95 mph range. All of this excitement is tempered by the reality that Pineda still needs to win a rotation spot. However, the Yankees not only want Pineda to run away with the job, they need Pineda to do so.

Cole Hamels (Phi)- Cole Hamels will test his tired arm on Wednesday. The Phillies' ace will throw a bullpen session six days after having a throwing session canceled by arm fatigue, manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters Monday afternoon. Hamels has not pitched this spring. He announced the day before camp opened that he was dealing with shoulder tendinitis, and labored through a bullpen session two Saturdays ago. Hamels has made at least 31 starts the last 6 seasons fueling concerns about the hurlers ailing left arm. Those concerns have seen his ADP plummet in drafts this spring. When healthy Hamels has been one of the most durable pitchers in the league. However, it looks as if he will begin the year on the 15 day DL and will likely need a few tune up games to get him ready to return to the Phillies rotation. Draft accordingly...

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