Week 4 Avocado Fantasy League Results
• Trevor Rosenthal is off to a BRUTAL start with the Nationals this year after missing 2018 due to undergoing Tommy John surgery. It took him 5 appearances to record an out. He’s pitched 3 innings in 7 games while facing 28 batters and being rocked to the tune of a 36.00 ERA and 5.33 WHIP. He’s thrown 5 wild pitches, walked 9 and struck out 3. The Nationals placed him on the IL Friday with a viral infection and has agreed to report to extended spring training to work on his mechanics. Rosenthal is only 28, it seems unlikely his career is done for already.
• More top prospects making their way to the majors this week. The Rays called up 1B Nate Lowe (no relation to their 2B Brandon Lowe). Lowe was the organization’s minor league player of the year last year and has been heralded for his combination of discipline at the plate and power. Annnnnd then the Blue Jays also made the long anticipated call to promote 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to the major leagues. In many eyes, these call-ups might signify the start of this year’s AL Rookie of the Year race. In the NL, shortstop Carter Kieboom has found himself thrust into the spotlight in Washington. Trea Turner’s injury (and projected long absence) plus Kieboom’s scorching start to the season in AAA forced the National’s hand in promoting the 21 year old to the majors.
• Catcher Travis d’Arnaud was designated for assignment by the Mets this weekend. Years ago him and Noah Syndergaard were the centerpieces of the trade that sent knuckleballer RA Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays (and prior to that, d’Arnaud was part of the trade that brought Roy Halladay from Toronto to Philadelphia). d’Arnaud had a couple of solid seasons upon his arrival to the big leagues but injuries and ineffectiveness have seen him go from surefire catcher of the future to unwanted piece.
What’s been catching your eye in baseball recently? Feels like I’ve forgotten something, maybe I didn’t.