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Minor League Pitchers to Watch

You play in a deep league and you want to stream pitchers or look for two start pitchers for your weekly fantasy baseball league.  But, you really don’t know whether Charlie Morton is a new Charlie Morton or the one that nearly ended the 2009 season with an ERA above 10.00.  Add a # 5 starter to your starting lineup and your WHIP just might go to hell.  Is it worth it?

Rubby de la Rosa

RUBBY ARM: Rubby de la Rosa, Dodgers prospect

No, it’s probably not.  So, the best thing to do is to not rely on picking up a guy who “can eat up innings” for your staff.  A guy who can eat up innings is really like saying that “she has a great personality.”

Here are some minor league players that will likely see some Major League action sooner than later and can help your fantasy baseball much more so than picking up one of those innings eaters with the 1.50+ WHIP.

Danny Duffy, SP, Royals — The 22-year-old lefty might be the next of the Royals deep Minor League stockpile to follow Eric Hosmer to the Bigs.  He’s 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.  He also has 42 K’s in 32 innings.  With Bruce Chen just sent to the DL, the Royals called up Vin Mazzaro instead of Duffy.  When the Royals make the move to Duffy, he’ll likely go to the bullpen unless one of the current Royals starters go down.

Rubby de la Rosa, SP, Dodgers — If de la Rosa makes the Majors, he’s a sure fire bet to make BallparkBob’s All Name Team.  Rubby is rubbing the Dodgers the right way; he was named the Dodgers Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2010.  De la Rosa went 4 years in the minors before giving up his first home run last year where he as 1.41 at Double-A Chattanooga.  He’s at 2.10/1.10 as a starter thus far in 2011 at Double-A.  The 22-year-old was pegged for a 2012 debut, but with the Dodgers bullpen struggling, Rubby may rub his way into the pen this season.

Kyle Gibson, SP, Twins — The Twins have been surprisingly bad thus far this season and the Twins are not used to being bad.  Kyle Gibson looks like a June call-up, as he’s thrown a near no hitter at Rochester.  In 6 starts, Gibson is at 3.66 with a 1.06 WHIP.  He’s struck out a little over one batter per inning.  Francisco Liriano has been especially bad and if he picks things back up a bit, he could be moved later in the year, thus opening up the spot for Gibson.

Brad Holt, SP, Mets —  Brad Holt was the Mets first round pick in back in 2008, 33rd overall. He burst onto the scene with the Brooklyn Cyclones and turned heads in his first pro season. In 14 starts he struck out 96 batters in 72 innings, going 5-3 and pitching to a 1.87 ERA.  He move up in the system in ’09, but 2010 was a disaster with a 3-14 record and an 8.34 ERA.  In 2011, Holt’s roller coaster ride to the Majors is going in the right direction at 2.59 and 1.18.  With Chris Young out for the season and Mike Pelfrey struggling, Holt might be the solution in New York.

Mike Minor, SP, Braves — The Braves pitching staff has been nothing short of awesome this year with a team ERA currently at 2.85.  In fact, it may just be the best pitching staff in the NL East thus far this season.  Part of the reason for its success is Brandon Beachy who has established himself as one of the best # 5 starters in the league.  Julio Teheran, Baseball America’s #1 prospect got a spot start against the Phillies last week, but Minor is still in the …minors.  Mike Minor just keeps rolling along. The guy has done nothing but pitch masterfully this season for Gwinnett and it show in his numbers, with a 1.82 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, 6.6 H/9, 2.9 BB/9, and 9.8 K/9.  You have to think Minor, BA’s # 4 top prospect, is going to get a shot for the Braves at some point.

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