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A new week has brought some new names to the surface. Wilmer Flores made his debut last night in New York, Danny Duffy will pitch tonight for the Royals and a look at two pitchers who are doing well in AA.
Wilmer Flores – 3B – Mets
2013 Stats AAA – 107 G, 69 R, 15 HR, 86 RBI, 1 SB, 321/357/531
Last 10 Games – 5 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 297/341/452
Flores had his promotion to New York put on the fast track following David Wright’s unfortunate injury. It stands to reason that the Mets will find out what they have in Flores for at least the next 3 weeks. He did play in the PCL which is a renowned hitter friendly league. In the majors the 15 home runs probably is his max at this point for a full season. Coming into this season his offensive upside was compared to Starlin Castro.
- The bigger problem is where will Flores end up playing for the Mets? Odds are he is going to struggle defensively at 3B and it remains to be seen if he will end up at 2B someday with the year Daniel Murphy is having. In the short term, Flores is worth playing on NL only rosters but is not mixed league worthy at this time.
Danny Duffy – P – Royals
2013 Minor League Stats: 14 G, 3 W, 63 IP, 77 K’s, 27 BB, 4.14 ERA, 1.46 WHIP
Last 10 Starts: 3 W, 47 IP, 49 K’s, 22 BB, 4.21 ERA, 1.38 WHIP
- Duffy will make his return to the Royals tonight against the Twins from Tommy John surgery. He has a big fastball which can touch 96 mph but averages around 94. His curveball averages 76 mph and Duffy mixes in his changeup at 84 mph.
- He was very vocal about being ready to pitch in the majors so it will be interesting to see what his results are like tonight. Duffy is a risk in the WHIP department and is still walking too many batters to be trusted in his 2013 debut tonight. Armed with a big fastball, Duffy is a player to be trusted more going into 2014 than being a savior this year down the stretch. Monitor for now, but Duffy is not a mixed league add at this time.
Henry Owens – P – Red Sox
2013 Minor League Stats: 21 G, 9 W, 110.2 IP, 134 K’s, 55 BB, 2.77 ERA, 1.13 WHIP
AA Debut: 1 W, 6 IP, 11 K’s, 2 BB, 4 H, 0 ER
- A player that has been rising on minor league rankings Owens has put himself on the Red Sox Nation’s radar. Standing at 6’6” he has an ideal pitching frame and his fastball velocity may increase. As of now he throws his fastball in the low 90’s and it tops out at 94. He mixes his curveball with two different speeds. One averages between 74-76 mph and a slower curve between 66-69 mph. His changeup is still a work in progress.
- If your AL only leagues are 12 teams deep, odds are he is on a team’s minor league roster. But as a player for mixed leaguers to stash in 2014 in their reserve draft, Owens is a player to pay close attention to.
Marcus Stroman – P – Blue Jays
2013 Minor League Stats: 15 G, 6 W, 83 IP, 99 K’s, 21 BB, 2.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP
Last 10 Games: 4 W, 63 IP, 75 K’s, 14 BB, 2.29 ERA, .92 WHIP
- Stroman has really made strides this season at AA for the Blue Jays. A Duke University product, Stroman only stands at 5’9” which leads to a question about his role someday for the Blue Jays. Some scouts feel he will be better served as a closer someday due to his size and fastball/slider combination.
- His fastball can top out at 96 mph and he throws a plus slider between 83-85 mph with good two plane break. Stroman also mixes in a cutter at 87 mph. It will be interesting to see what the Blue Jays this offseason after 2013’s disappointment. If Stroman makes the team next year in the bullpen keep an eye on him. But the Jays may elect to see what he can do as a starter as well. One caveat, Stroman has already been suspended due to breaking the minor league substance abuse policy.
Greg Jewett is a staff writer for RotoAnalysis. Follow him on Twitter @Gjewett9 and all season long at RotoAnalysis.com.