Baltimore Orioles RP Mychal Givens
Regression of SO/9 dropped from 11.6 to 10.1 to 9.3 in 2018. Givens is a controlled cost reliever which could net the Orioles a nice package in return if they decide to flip him. For right now I anticipate Givens serving as the Orioles closer to start 2019.
Boston Red Sox RP Tyler Thornburg
The Red Sox sent Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, and Josh Pennington to the Brewers for Thornburg in the winter of 2016. Thornburg immediately missed all of 2017 and threw just 24 innings in 2018. The 5.63 ERA doesn’t matter to me after missing over a year and a half. I believe if Thornburg is healthy he can carve out a high leverage role in the bullpen.
Chicago White Sox 1B Yonder Alonso
Back to back seasons of 20 plus ding dongs. Alonso owns a career slash rate of .293/.361/.413 in Chicago. Alonso batting in a power spot in the Sox lineup has the opportunity to do some damage with a late round pick.
Cleveland Indians OF Jordan Luplow
.287/.367/.462 slash rate in AAA last season. Acquired in an off season trade from the Pirates. Luplow has a much clearer path to playing time in Cleveland’s outfield. Could be worth a late round flier in upcoming fantasy drafts.
Detroit Tigers SP Matthew Boyd
The 9-13 record last season doesn’t scream out Circle Of Trust, however the 1.157 WHIP in 170.1 IP does. Boyd’s 2nd half saw his SO/9 go up from 8.0 to 9.0 and WHIP drop from 1.210 to 1.083. 27 Gopher balls allowed led to Boyd’s undoing. Acquired from the Blue Jays as part of the David Price trade it’s time to shit or get off the pot for Boyd and the Tigers.
Houston Astros RHP Josh James
Electric arm provided solid innings for the Astros late in the season. James has experience starting in the minor leagues. There’s an opening in the back end of the Astros rotation, but it’s possible a high leverage bullpen role is better suited for 2019. James ratios of 11.3 SO/9 and low WHIP 0.957 will play in fantasy leagues starting or relieving.
Kansas City Royals 2B/SS Adalberto Mondesi
I’m buying big time on the 8 Ding Dongs and 14 SB in September. Overall for the season had 14 Ding Dongs and 32 SB. Mondesi should be able to take his lumps on improving the .306 OBP for the rebuilding Royals. Since the team lacks power Mondesi should have free reign on the base paths.
Los Angeles Angels CL Cody Allen
5 consecutive season of 24 or more saves. The high workload in Cleveland maybe took its toll in 2018. Allen’s WHIP jumped up to 1.358 last season. On a 1-year prove it deal Allen has the opportunity to set himself for a longer term contract. I’ll gamble on Allen if the price is right in drafts.
Minnesota Twins CF Byron Buxton
I’m willing to spend a late round flier on Buxton to rebound to his 2017 numbers. 2018 can be chalked up to a lost season. The 25 yr old Buxton is a high upside post hype sleeper.
Yankees 1B Luke Voit
14 Ding Dongs 148 plate appearances in a late season run with the Yankees. Possible platoon candidate with Greg Bird at 1B. Betting on Bird to stay healthy is a risky proposition. Voit’s worth a late round flier.
Athletics 2B Jurickson Profar
26 years old now and gets a clear path to playing time in Oakland. Profar quietly hit 20 bombs with 10 SB last season. Multiple position eligibility makes Profar more valuable in daily formats.
Seattle Mariners OF Domingo Santana
Hit 30 Ding Dongs and drove in 85 with 15 SB in 2017 with the Brewers. That production led him to ride pine as a backup outfielder and pinch-hitter for 2018. Santana gets a new lease on life with a trade to the rebuilding Mariners. Santana is a worthy late round flier.
Tampa Bay Rays RP Jose Alvarado
2.39 ERA, 1.109 WHIP, and 11.3 SO/9. Alvarado is a worthy pickup to help with ratios. 32 Holds and 8 Saves last season. The Rays with more talent on the roster, may have more defined roles in 2019. Alvarado has the stuff to be a closer, hopefully the Rays management feels the same way.
Texas Rangers SP Drew Smyly
Hasn’t pitched in 2 seasons coming off Tommy John surgery. Smyly is a lottery ticket at the end of drafts to try if he proves healthy in spring training. In 5 major league seasons Smyly owns an 8.7 SO/9.
Toronto Blue Jays SP Sean Reid-Foley
Owns a career 10.0 SO/9 in 5 minor league seasons. The 5.13 ERA and 1.56 WHIP with the Jays last season may not truly be indicative of the pitcher Reid-Foley can become. If Reid-Foley has a good showing in spring training, will slide up draft boards as a late round flier.