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MLB Today: Wilkin Ramirez Can’t Gain Traction

May 20, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Wilkin Ramirez is not doing much in his first season with the Minnesota Twins.
Wilkin Ramirez is seeing more action, but not exactly running with it.

When Wilkin Ramirez last popped up on our Fantasy radar, we were already pegging him as a Quad-A player, and we have not wavered from that conclusion as since then he’s struggled to gain a foothold in the majors.

On Sunday, in his first start in a week, Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a double for just his third extra-base hit in 19 games and 40 at-bats this season. He also continued to flash his horrible strike zone judgment, fanning three times.

He’s been a bit more productive this season (as you can see from the video below), but not so much as to garner Fantasy interest.

So much for that nice April Ramirez put up (.381/.391/.476). The arrival of Oswaldo Arcia has rendered him irrelevant.

Ramirez has flashed intriguing speed and power potential in the minors, but he’s always struggled to make contact and the 27-year-old Dominican has failed to gain any traction as a result. With Aaron Hicks struggling, Ramirez has had a golden opportunity to steal some of his PT, but we’re still waiting to see if he can actually do so.

Until that happens, ignore him, as the best case scenario is that he’s the team’s top pinch-hitter.

Quick Hits

  • Since his two-start hiccup at the end of April/beginning of May, Justin Masterson is back to the form he showed through most of April. Sunday, he mowed down a season high 11 batters against Seattle as part of a seven shutout inning gem to win his third straight start. Last year, he started poorly before turning things around in June (and then sucking again for the rest of the year). Nearly a third of the way through this season, however, Masterson has looked dominant at times and is headed for a career year barring a complete collapse. We’re a tad worry about the workload (70 innings already) and how that may affect his second half. Also, Masterson’s strand rate is abnormally high, so we recommend that you think about selling high on the Indians’ ace.
  • What should have been a stellar pitching battle turned into a one-sided affair as Masterson cruised but Felix Hernandez endured his worst outing of the season Sunday. The 2010 Cy Young winner had been looking like a prime candidate to bag another one so far this year but Sunday’s effort was one to forget. Maybe he was bothered by a sore back he had dealt with last week, as Hernandez was touched up for eight hits and six runs (five earned) in five innings and his ERA shot up over half a run. His velocity has dropped for the third straight year, but by employing his curve and changeup more often, he’s managed to post his highest K/9 yet, not to mention rack up five wins already, which gives him an outside shot at his first 20-win campaign. Hernandez owners should shrug this off as simply a bad start and continue to ride their horse for the rest of the season.

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MLB Today: Brennan Boesch on Borrowed Time

April 29, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
After the Tigers unceremoniously ditched him, he was a nice late spring acquisition to help the Yankees fill one of their holes, but his usefulness — limited as it is — is about to expire with Granderson due back in a couple of weeks.
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MLB Today: Scott Baker Suffers Setback

March 20, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
The right-hander’s recovery from Tommy John surgery was expected to be complete by mid-April, but that’s not going to happen now after the team shut him down indefinitely on Tuesday.
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MLB Today: Cliff Pennington Trying to Win D-Back SS Position Battle

February 27, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Now we’ll see if he can build on a season in which he had a career high in runs, homers and walks. Staying in the desert is a bonus for Kubel’s Fantasy value after he managed his first 30-homer campaign.
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MLB Today: Francisco Cervelli Denies Using PEDs

February 13, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Chris Stewart’s chances of winning the starter job are better now. You can add New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli to the list of players denying getting any PEDs from Biogenesis, the Miami clinic that is currently being investigated by MLB. Cervelli admitted to consulting with Biogenesis head Anthony Bosch about the foot he broke in Spring [...]
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