Giving Josh Tomlin His Props

You’re no longer on my trade block Josh, get comfortable.
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Josh Tomlin got back on track after four messy outings (TB, TOR, MIN, NYY), the Pirates were the perfect matchup to do so [6.2 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, ER, 5 K]. I know Tomlin has been fortunate with his .259 BABIP this season (a soft schedule helped facilitate that), but we should give him credit for the improved control. In deeper leagues we can afford to absorb his sub standard K/9 (5.14) as long as he maintains a BB/9 below 2.00 (it’s 1.21 after tonight). If we slapped a .298 BABIP on the Indians Starting Pitcher he’d still have a 1.20 WHIP. Tomlin is getting ahead in counts (he boasts a Top 15 F-Strike%), he’s getting batters to chase pitches outside the zone and he’s not giving up any free passes. Let’s stop calling him a Sell High candidate (because you can’t do it) and give him some credit for what he is doing.

More news and notes from Friday after the break.

You know what annoys me? Seeing Kendrys Morales rostered in the same amount of leagues as Seth Smith (27%). The same Seth Smith who is hitting .310/.367/.528. The same Seth Smith who plays half his games at Coors and is ranked inside the Top 40 Outfielders despite not starting against Left Handed Starting Pitchers. According to Baseball Monster Seth Smith is a Top 25 OF on a per game basis. So you bench him when Colorado plays against the occasional Lefty, big deal. Sure his BABIP is a bit high (.361), but he deserves it. His 24.8% LD% is spanking, it’s the 10th highest percentage in baseball right now. If you want to negate a few points from his BABIP/AVG, you’ll have to add a few percentage points to his HR/FB% (that’s down a full 3% as of now). What he’ll potentially lose, he’ll gain back. Seth Smith is very under appreciated and it annoys me.

Randall Delgado made his major league debut on Friday. The Atlanta Braves No. 4 prospect drew a tough assignment as the Rangers left their jurisdiction and rode into town. It wasn’t pretty, they chased Delgado out of the fifth inning before he could get anyone out [4 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 ER, 2K]. The 21-year old has a promising future ahead of him, but his time isn’t now. Brandon Beachy will soon return so Delgado’s stay will be short. The young hurler will need to reign in his command a bit (3.18 BB/9 in AA) before he becomes a solid fantasy starter. There’s plenty of time for him to improve, stash the name in the back of your mind.

Daniel Hudson shut down his former team [9 IP, 3 H, BB, ER, 5 K] and shut the window of opportunity to Buy Low on the young Pitcher. To rub salt in Kenny Williams’ wound Hudson showed up Edwin Jackson [6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 8 K], the player Arizona sent to Chicago for Hudson. Hudson’s BABIP is still a little high, but he’s now thrown three straight gems [22 IP, 14 H, 5 BB, 3 ER, 19 K, 0.86 WHIP, 1.23 ERA]. The degree of difficulty in acquiring Hudson just went up a notch or three.

Jason Bourgeois (11%) played CF, ledoff and went 2 for 5 with a RBI-single and his 17th stolen base for Houston. He’s now pushing a .378 AVG. You don’t need me to tell you Bourgeois is playing over his head right now, but you have to love what he brings to the table. The speed demon keeps the Strikeouts down and laces Line Drives while keeping the ball on the ground. Bourgeois has a 31% LD%! In the minor leagues he was routinely hitting 20%, 21% and 22%. He has a good swing. He definitely has the tools to hit for a good Batting Average and he obviously has a penchant for stealing bases. He’s on a 74 SB pace right now. I wish I wasn’t late to the party here. Despite his low level of ownership I don’t have any shares, I’m feeling envious.

If Pedro Alvarez wasn’t expected back in late June I’d talk about Josh Harrison (low K%, solid BABIP, some speed, playing well, 0% owned).

It appears Frank Francisco is once again the Closer for Toronto. It’s only fitting for Franky Two Times to have two shots at the job. I wouldn’t drop Jon Rauch yet though. Ya never know with Franky, injury or suckage could strike at any moment.

Alcides Escobar (16%) had another multi-hit game, this one came against Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals. That makes six multi-hit efforts in his past seven games. Escobar has raised his Batting Average over 40 points since June 7th. He’s tearing it up and could fulfill my preseason projection (.284 AVG, 23 SB) despite the slow start.

Dustin Ackley (26%) went 1 for 4 (no K) in his MLB debut against Roy Oswalt and the Phillies. I talked about Acks earlier [MLB Real Talk], nothing new to report here.

Andre Ethier hit a Home Run! The blast was his first of June, his last HR was hit on May 27th.

That’s all for tonight folks, the comment section is all yours – @andrewakamds