Man Crush Monday is Man Crush Tuesday, at least for this week. Kayaks, basketball, T-Ball, and Emmaus Community stole quite a bit of time from me over the last couple of days. You would think that meant less baseball watching, but it wasn't a huge decline. I still watched enough baseball to be able to cash in all of my daily contests! Enough about my activities and more about my crushes!
Welington Castillo (C, Arz).
Affectionately known as Beef, Castillo had a great week of baseball. He had 4 bombs, 9 ribs, and a steal to boot. I would be interested to see how many winning teams for the week had Beef on their rosters. I would assume a few. In our points league, Castillo averaged 8.1 PPG over the last week. Wow! He plays in a hitter's park, and he's a power happy. He's a low1end C1.
Sean Rodriguez (1B, Pit).
Another week, another Pittsburgh 1B. This isn't really my MCM, but Peter's. 2 HRs, 7 RBI, and 6 Rs for the week will make people want to pick you up. Rodriguez is a points league add, but only for daily transaction leagues. His hard-hit rate is unsustainable based on his career, his ISO and BABIP are as well. Play the hot hand, then cut bait.
Chris Owings (2B, Arz).
The beneficiary of the best name in baseball being sent down to the minors is...Chris Owings. With Socrates Brito being sent down, and AJ Pollock out for the year (personal speculation), Owings is getting a lot of playing time in CF. The best thing about Owings is that he has SS/2B eligibility. Over the past week, Owings cashed in on that playing time with 2 triples, 3 stolen bases, 6 runs, and 4 runs batted in. We all need steals, and Owings is getting those. Arizona is a team that runs, so if Owings is getting playing time, he should be added in deeper leagues or roto leagues that count steals.
Yasmani Tomas (3B, Arz).
Let's keep the Arizona love going. 2 homers and, more impressive, 8 runs. 4 extra base hits with that many runs is going to make a lot of people happy. Tomas was supposed to be the next big thing from Cuba, a la Jose Abreu. He is not. However, with multi-position eligibility, he should be owned. Not a must start as of yet, but at home, he's close to it.
Ian Desmond (SS, Tex).
Desmond doesn't fit the normal parameters of the #MCM, but, since it's Tuesday, it's anarchy. Desmond is owned in more leagues than he's not. I've been a Desmond supporter for a good while now. If you've listened to the show or just listened to me talk, I'm a huge advocate for any player that has the potential to go 20/20. The past week for Desmond was very much in line with the 20/20 potential. 2 home runs and 3 stolen bases, and his average wasn't good. So basically, a very Desmond-like line. He's only owned in 72% of leagues, but that should be 90% if not higher. He's SS eligible so there is no reason for him not to be added.
Odubel Herrera (OF, Phi).
Herrera is on most of my deeper league teams. I like that he has a little pop and a lot of speed, but he's on a team that doesn't really care about winning baseball games. Why does that make a difference, you ask? Herrera could get caught stealing an inordinate number of times, and I don't see the Phillies caring all that much. He had 2 steals last week, so at least he is succeeding at that. He also hit a home run and walked more than he struck out. Herrera is a good source of speed and has been an asset in OBP leagues
Tanner Roark (SP, Was).
Wow, I tweeted that I liked Roark against Minnesota this past weekend, but even I didn't think he had a 15-strikeout game in him. Well, he did. He had those 15 Ks in just 7 innings pitched. Yes, that means that 15 of the 21 outs he recorded were strikeouts. Very impressive. Roark is still just a streaming option in shallow leagues and an innings eater in deep leagues, though. That was a fun game to watch, but it was definitely the exception and not the rule.
Nate Jones (RP, CWS).
Jones is a middle reliever, so he's an odd choice for this column. Middle relievers don't typically have value in all leagues. If you were a Jones owner, like the 5.2% of those who were, you were able to record a save, 5Ks and 2 holds (in hold leagues). That White Sox pen is looking pretty good. It might be time to pay attention to them.
I hope everyone is still as excited about baseball as I am. The NFL Draft is just a few days away, and it will undoubtedly take away some of the excitement from Major League Baseball. I'm okay with that, as long as you come back.