Today’s Roto Riteup aims to start your week off with magic and general deliciousness.
Jake Odorizzi gets the call
With David Price landing on the DL, the Rays had three viable options to fill his spot in the big league rotation. Odorizzi got the nod for the DRays, beating out fellow prospects Chris Archer and Alex Torres. Acquired from the Royals as a large part of the James Shields trade, Odorizzi has been cruising along in Triple-A, but the right-hander has still displayed problems with the home run ball, allowing seven in eight starts. Price is out indefinitely, but it sounds as if he may only miss three turns through the rotation. Odorizzi is worth grabbing in deep or dynasty leagues if he’s not already owned, but he’s not worth the transaction in standard mixed leagues.
Chris Archer, Alex Torres stuck in Triple-A
Torres and Archer were both passed over in favor of Odorizzi, but Torres’ situation is even more heartbreaking. Torres was already in the bigs prior to Odorizzi’s promotion, pitching twice out of the bullpen before being sent down to the minors to make room. Archer, on the other hand, was pitching in Triple-A, but may have been looked over due to a calf injury that caused him to miss a start and has appeared to alter his performance. Of the two, Archer is the much better fantasy prospect due to the likelihood of pitching in the rotation while the Rays likely see Torres as an MLB reliever.
Here comes Jurickson Profar
Profar is being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to take the spot of Ian Kinsler, who is headed to the DL after suffering a rib injury earlier last week. Profar, widely considered the best prospect in all of baseball, will be playing every day at second base in Kinsler’s absence. Profar is a mere 20 years old, but he brings a great approach from both sides of the plate, terrific defense, and moderate power that should only improve over time. Profar’s only negative would be his low BABIPs across the minor leagues, as top hitting prospects usually have much higher BABIPs than Profar’s traditional .305 mark. He may not hit right away, but Profar is a guy you want on your fantasy roster in pretty much all formats.
Minor injury notes
• Carlos Ruiz strained a hammy while roaming the basepaths yesterday. Ruiz missed the start of the year due to a drug suspension, so this setback means even more time lost for owners.
• Michael Cuddyer expects to be back on Friday, which is much earlier than I expected. Cuddyer hit the DL due to a issue with a disc in his neck, but an epidural appears to have made his child birthing experience more comfortable.
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