Roto Riteup — Presented by DraftKings: August 28, 2014

This Roto Riteup author doesn’t care if Tony Soprano is dead or alive, but he does care about whether or not Britt and Hank took the left at the stoplight.

On today’s agenda:
1. Daniel Norris crushed some AAA hitters
2. Trevor Cahill, recently as a starter
3. Fun with arbitrary endpoints
4. The Fanny Packing Five

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Daniel Norris is crushing AAA hitters
Daniel Norris didn’t fare too well last night against Pawtucket, but his other outings in Triple-A were magnificent. Through his first three starts in Triple-A, Norris is showing why he should be more than a fringe prospect. In those starts, Norris struck out 57% of the batters he’s faced while walking just 7%, which is just crazy sauce, especially considering he’s just 21 years old. Norris has had problems with walks at times, but his age and fastball-curveball combo is unbelievably promising. Norris has been shut down after Tuesday, and I’d expect we see him Toronto sometime next year.

Trevor Cahill, recently as a starter
Like Norris, Cahill struggled last night and ruined my narrative, but the Diamondbacks’ starter has been halfway decently after returning to the rotation in mid-July. Before Tuesday’s blowup, Cahill had thrown 42 IP over seven starts, striking out 31 and walking 12, ending up with an ERA of 3.43. Despite his recent poor start, Cahill has lowered his ERA 65 points in the last month-and-a-half, so maybe his big ‘ole contract won’t be such a burden to Arizona next season.

Fun with arbitrary endpoints
All stats through Tuesday unless otherwise noted by the handsome author

Logan Morrison, August: 81 PA, .338/.395/.446; 6 K, .358 BABIP
Zach Walters, as an Indian: 51 PA, .208/.255/.583; 15 K, 6 HR, 10 H
Oswaldo Arcia, July and August: 168 PA, .240/.321/.487; 49 K, 9 HR

Russell Martin, 2006-2013: 4180 PA, .255/.349/.396
Russell Martin, 2014: 364 PA, .292/.413/.414

Mark Appel, in High-A: 44.1 IP, 40 K, 11 BB, 9 HR; 9.74 ERA, 1.92 WHIP
Mark Appel, in AA: 34.1 IP, 34 K, 10 BB, 1 HR; 3.15 ERA, 1.17 WHIP

Eduardo Rodriguez, BAL AA: 82.2 IP, 69 K, 29 BB, 5 HR; 4.79 ERA, 1.44 WHIP
Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS AA: 31.1 IP, 35 K, 6 BB, 1 HR; 0.86 ERA, 0.99 WHIP

Maikel Franco, July and August (AAA): 205 PA, .327/.341/.598; 11 HR, .340 BABIP

The Fanny Packing Five

SP: Yusmeiro Petit | $7,400 | vCOL
SP: Mike Minor | $7,500 | @NYM
1B: Anthony Rizzo | $5,000 | @CIN (Dylan Axelrod)
SS: Derek Jeter | $3,400 | @DET (Kyle Lobstein)
OF: Michael Brantley | $4,700 | @CHW (John Danks)

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Zach is the creator and co-author of RotoGraphs' Roto Riteup series, and RotoGraphs' second-longest tenured writer. You can follow him on twitter.

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Emcee Peepants
Emcee Peepants

Wow, a Terriers reference, now I know who the other person who watched that show was.

Norris seems like a decent prospect, but 3 of his 4 starts at AAA have come against truly sad teams. I could probably K at least 8 Iron Pigs over 5.2 and all I have is a mid-30’s knuckler using a whiffle ball.