Marc and I are slowly progressing through our off-season work. As in his past post, we are behind schedule in terms from the 2014 UTR-OAS posting schedule, but the content is coming.
During a timeout from my work, I came across the most recent transactions in the Minor Leagues. What caught my attention was the pitchers who were added to the 40-man roster, so they can be protected for the December 10th Rule-5 draft. I pay very close attention to the Rule-5 and make notations of those drafted. These notes can be very important during my 2016 fantasy draft, especially in the end-game. Its definitely a high-risk / high reward if you do your homework and can pay huge dividends. Last season for example, Delino DeShields Jr (Rangers), J.R Graham (Twins), Odubel Herrera (Phillies) all made Opening Day Rosters. If your studies bring you to UTRMinors.com, you would have been familiar with J.R. Graham and also Logan Verrett who was taken by the Orioles. He was later claimed by the Rangers and was placed on their Opening Day Roster, but was later returned to the NY Mets. Verrett will continue to be a UTR pitcher to keep tabs-on with all the interest expressed last season. Again its tough to hit it right, but with our research and content, we hope to make the guesswork much easier for you. Let’s take a look of those 2014 UTR-OAS pitchers who were recently protected on the 40-man roster and those UTR-OAS who could find themselves on another team by Christmas. Here’s hoping that some of you took heed of my system and stashed any of the following pitchers to your roster.
John Gant (NY Mets UTR-OAS)
Pat Light – I wasn’t very kind in my assessment with the former 1st rounder (2012) who struggles be-felled him to UTR status. He had a major TPS turnaround in 2015 by cutting his score in-half from .162 to .080 and reaching Triple-A. Light made the Red Sox OAS only by his mention points, which in my upcoming list for 2016 will be called the Factor Score.
I asked the question back on February 8th on what the organization thought of Michael Heesch, I got my answer….as Cubs left him unprotected. He posted respectable numbers in 2015 (.105 TPS) at HiA Myrtle Beach working in the bullpen.
Juan Minaya – Reymin Guduan was on the Astros OAS list in 2014 and wasn’t protected. I predict that the Guduan will be taken next month, as he could quite possibly become a closer once he tempers his control issues.
Past UTR – Alec Mills
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
Jose Adames and Matt Milroy were mentioned by Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper as a pair of Marlins arms that could be taken in the Rule 5. Adames posted great TPS numbers in 2014 and was ranked #2 on my list. He flashes some heat with good movement and could be a nice bullpen addition. Milroy has been mentioned numerous time as a UTR and could be a sleeper in the right system.
New York Mets
Dakota Bacus could be a nice fit for a club looking to take a flier in long relief. The Nationals makes Bacus available in the Rule 5 draft, even though they took an aggressive approach with him since acquiring him from Oakland in late 2013.