Can of Corncast: There are some worthy fantasy players besides Goldy and Pollock on the Arizona Diamondbacks
As we head into the All-Star break, let’s take a look at how the other Diamondbacks are impacting fantasy baseball this season.
If you’re going to say someone was snubbed by Bruce Bochy and the NL coaching staff, it’s Brad Zeigler. The D-backs closer has 1 saves and a miniscule 1.18 ERA in 38 innings and despite this success he’s only 56-percent owned in Yahoo leagues. It blows my mind that a solid closer is so vastly unowned in fantasy baseball and it’s not like Addison Reed is going to take over that role any time soon, as he’s allowing batters to hit .259 off him in the minors.
Another D-backs pitcher is putting up All-Star level numbers, but hasn’t been in the majors enough this year to garner consideration for the mid-summer classic. Robbie Ray, despite losing three starts in a row before his latest victory, has the best starter’s ERA on the team at 2.16. He’s second on the team in K/BB ratio at 3.17, just behind Rubby De La Rosa, who is just three K’s short of 100. Ray has put together a quintet of quality starts but has been more than quality on the mound, giving the D-backs another reliable starter and if you really want to go out on a limb with Gambo, a guy who may remind you of “Louisiana Lightning” Ron Guidry.
If you’re looking for some extra support on offense, Yasmany Tomas is one of three D-backs players hitting over .300 (Goldy and Pollock the others) and with Inciarte on the DL, he’s playing every day, usually in right field. While his homer numbers leave a bit to be desired from someone with so much power, he’s put up 35 RBI and swiped five bases, a feat that was certainly unexpected from this fantasy baseball player. I’ve been praising Tomas all season long, but his ownership numbers have hardly gone up as he’s available in one-third of Yahoo leagues.
Also aside from Goldy and AJ we find David Peralta, the only other Diamondback with more than 30 runs and RBI (34/36) and Ender Inciarte. While on the DL, Ender’s hitting .287 and leads the non-All-Stars in runs with 39. He’s worth stashing on the DL if you have the space and he’s only 28-percent owned, so if you’re willing to wait for him to come back you should still be able to add him to your team.
If you want to dig into the minor leagues there’s always hard-hitting Peter O’Brien. He’s currently eligible only at catcher but if/once he gets called up he should add outfield to that as well. He’s spent all season at Triple-A Reno and sports a .281 batting average with 15 homers and 61 RBI which is actually second on the team behind third baseman Jamie Romak, another potential call-up. Romak is slightly better than O’Brien in most offensive catetories with a .297 average, 17 homers and 66 RBI though unless the Snakes make a move at the deadline or have to deal with an injury, they won’t have a space to bring him back up and frankly would be better off using the 24-year old O’Brien over the 29-year old Romak.
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