MLB Real Talk: 4/24/12

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Mark my words, pretty soon you will see a plethora of lame Bass jokes by fantasy writers with the sense of humor of a young Dave Coulier. Bass Fishing, Slapping The Bass, The Bass Effect… trust me, there’s gonna be a lot of wack jokes. Yet when you read those wack puns, just remember where you heard the name Anthony Bass first. From the people who brought you Lance Lynn comes another unheralded pitcher who warrants your attention like… um, an unreasonable detective who really, really wants to arrest your attention. Y-yeah.

More after the jump:

-Through three starts, Anthony Bass has a 2.33 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and a 8.44 K/9. With pretty good velocity (92.7 mph average on fastball so far in 2012) and an 11.3 SwStr%, Bass is looking like a mighty fine waiver wire find. His strong start has basically gone unnoticed among fantasy owners, who are instead sporting boners for jabronis like Ross Detwiler and Matt Harrison. Bass isn’t perfect by any means. He’ll struggle to find wins in San Diego and his control has been an issue this year (4.66 BB/9). At the same time, Petco Park is an ideal pitcher’s park and Bass’ walk rate in the minors was pretty solid (2.4 BB/9 in 370.2 innings). Somehow, despite all these pros, Bass is still available in 97 percent of Yahoo! leagues. You may be feeling hesitant to move since most of you have never heard of this guy before, but rest assured, this guy looks like a legit SP4 with some SP3 upside.

-When everyone was in love with Alcides Escobar as a sleeper two years ago, your boy Stat Bundles didn’t understand why. Sure he had wheels, but his lack of walks had him pegged as a bottom-of-the-order hitter who desperately needed to improve his game at the plate. Nowadays, he’s still terrible at drawing walks and remains a fixture in the bottom of the lineup, but he’s become a lot more appealing. The chief reason for this is because his sleeper shine has pretty much gone away. Despite having four steals on the young season and playing a position as shallow as shortstop, Escobar is owned in just 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues. The guy stole 26 bases last year despite a .290 OBP and at least he’s hitting more line drives to start 2012. Calling him a breakout player is a stretch, but does he have the goods to finish the year as a top 12 player at a weak position? In the words of Stone Cold Steve Austin, “Oh hell yeah!”

-Owned in just 28 percent of Yahoo! leagues, Luke Scott is a pretty good buy if you are in need of power. He hasn’t even gone on one of his trademark hot streaks yet, but he still has three HRs and 14 RBIs in just 12 games. He’s even cut down on the strikeouts early and is hitting a respectable .275.  Power isn’t just growing on trees these days, so when a player with Scott’s potential is performing, you don’t let him sit in free agency.



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