A late evening edition of the scrap heap all stars, featuring one arm and one bat…
Gio Gonzalez | SP | Athletics | 28% owned
The curveball extraordinaire has developed into a rock solid workhorse for the A’s, posting a 4.34 xFIP even though his strikeout rate has dipped below one per inning for the first time in his (relatively short) big league career. (R) ZiPS isn’t very optimistic because they expect his walk rate and BABIP to climb in the second half. I’m a fan because Gonzalez misses bats with his curve and his velocity is at an all-time high. Gio’s final two starts before the break come on the road in Cleveland and at home against the Yankees.
Andres Torres | OF | Giants | 10 %
If you can quietly stand on 2.8 WAR on July 1st, Torres is doing it. The 32-year-old switch hitting outfielder has posted a strong .272/.371/.443 triple-slash line with 35 runs scored and 14 steals, setting the table atop the Giants’ lineup. (R) ZiPS predicts a crash back to Earth (.334 wOBA) mostly because his previous big league exploits have been uninspiring. As long as he’s producing at his current levels, he’ll have value in basically all leagues and is worth a spot on your roster.