Roto Riteup: April 15

Welcome to another chipper Monday edition of the Roto Riteup.

On today’s agenda:
1. Carlos Quentin starts his suspension
2. Wilson Ramos lands on DL
3. Tony Cingrani could be up soon
4. Checking in on soon-to-be MLBers

Carlos Quentin starts his suspension
This note is likely too late for you weekly-league players, but if not, Quentin will be sitting out the entirety of this week while serving his suspension for viciously mauling Zack Greinke. Quentin was set to face the Dodgers and the Giants away from Petco, but now he’ll have to wait until next Tuesday against the Brewers in San Diego to return to action. An off-day next Thursday also means the right-hander should sit on your bench for next week’s matchup.

Wilson Ramos lands on DL
The Nationals have placed their starting catcher on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. While hamstring problems can be very serious, especially for a catcher, it sounds as if it is more of a precautionary measure and Ramos will be back when eligible. Kurt Suzuki has received plenty of playing time even when Ramos was healthy, but now he’ll slide into more of an everyday role. Suzuki hasn’t been a fantasy threat since 2009, when as a member of the Oakland Athletics he hit .274 with 15 homers.

Tony Cingrani could be up soon
With Johnny Cueto potentially on his way to the DL, the Reds are preparing to bring up the top-prospect to take his place in the starting rotation. The Reds kept Cingrani on a low pitch count yesterday to ensure the 23-year-old would be well rested should his number be called. Cingrani has a devastating fastball that overpowers minor leaguers, but he still needs to develop more confidence in his offspeed stuff. Should either his changeup or breaking ball become even a semblance of an effective pitch, the big guy could be a terrific fantasy starter.

Checking in on soon-to-be MLBers
A few folks in the minors should be in the big leagues by the end of the year, and here’s how they’re faring thus far, with numbers through Saturday’s action.

• Zack Wheeler, AAA: 2 starts, 8.2 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 9 K, 6 BB
• Danny Hultzen, AAA: 2 starts, 11 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 14 K, 3 BB
• Mike Zunino, AAA: 33 PA, 4 HR, 0 SB, .333/.364/.900
• Billy Hamilton, AAA: 37 PA, 0 HR, 7 SB, .286/.324/.400
• Wil Myers, AAA: 43 PA, 0 HR, 0 SB, .294/.395/.353
• Yaisel Puig, AA: 32 PA, 2 HR, 1 SB, .414/.469/.759




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5 Responses to “Roto Riteup: April 15”

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  1. Kevin says:

    I thought Cingrani has a plus change already. I think it’s the breaking ball that needs work.

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Might want to read JD Sussman’s piece from this morning:

      “The 23-year-old’s excessive use of his four seamer isn’t by design, it’s out of necessity. In 2012, Cingrani threw a slider and a changeup, but neither were average offerings and he used them sparingly. This year, Cingrani has added an intriguing new 11-5 sweeping curveball. It’s a slow breaker with tight rotation and consistent shape that he can throw for strikes.”

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  2. jB4s7 says:

    “Viciously mauling”? You make it sound like he went out there wielding a chainsaw.

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  3. docmex says:

    I heard the same on Cingrani. Also thought his fastball was good but not terrific ( low 90s) and that he has a deceptive motion that has made it difficult for hitters to pick up the ball.

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  4. Dub says:

    I’ve been debating all morning on whether to drop Jarrod Parker or Haren for Cingrani.

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