PT TODAY: Frazier gets HR boost; NYY bullpen beefs up

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American League | National League
 
Yankees | New York acquires Todd Frazier, two others
The New York Yankees acquired 3B Todd Frazier, RHP David Robertson and RHP Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, July 18, in exchange for OF Blake Rutherford, RHP Tyler Clippard, OF Tito Polo and LHP Ian Clarkin.  Source: ESPN.com - Bradford Doolittle
 
BHQ take: Lots to unravel here. Frazier will take over as the everyday 3B, pushing Chase Headley across the diamond where he will undergo a “crash course” at 1B, even though he has played 12 games (59 innings) there since arriving in the Bronx. Headley will take the strong side of a platoon with Garrett Cooper, as befits the switch-hitting Headley’s 2017 platoon splits (.785 OPS vs. RHP, .534 OPS vs. LHP). Cooper’s 18 AB to date are not enough to make a call there, but his 2017 Triple-A splits show no appreciable difference over 279 AB, and the initial thinking is that he should at least do better than Headley is in those lefty matchups. Frazier gets a nice little 18% HR boost based on the net park effects associated with the move, and is also likely to collect more counting stats in a better lineup (depending on his lineup position with NYY). Robertson (no stranger to late-inning pressure situations with 47 saves and 116 holds for the Yankees from 2008-14), will squeeze in between Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, removing some of the pressure on each of the incumbents who have each had their own struggles in recent weeks. Chapman’s 4.26/.4.90 ERA/xERA for an abbreviated July is uncharacteristic, and there are whispers that his 13% SwK (lowest in his career) might be the result of late- and post-season overuse. Betances has stumbled to an 8.38 ERA and 1.97 WHIP over the past 31 days (not counting his All-Star Game performance), with 13 walks and three losses over his last 12 appearances (10 innings). Robertson now becomes the clear Plan B closer in NYY, and if Betances doesn’t turn things around quickly, Kahnle could jump in front of him as well. With a 98 mph fastball getting 64% FpK and delivering a Dom near 15, Kahnle could become a holds machine at his new home address.   —Matt Dodge
 
Impact: High
Headley, Chase PT Loss: -10%      
Austin, Tyler PT Loss: -15%      
Torreyes, Ronald PT Loss: -5%      
Refsnyder, Rob PT Loss: -5%      
Kahnle, Thomas PT Loss: -1%  SV Loss: -5%
Choi, Ji-Man PT Loss: -35%      
Romine, Austin PT Loss: -5%      
Betances, Dellin SV Loss: -5%
Chapman, Aroldis        
Frazier, Todd PT Gain: 10%      
Robertson, David PT Loss: -1%  SV Loss: -75%
Cooper, Garrett PT Gain: 5%      
 

 
White Sox | Yoan Moncada getting called up
Chicago White Sox 2B Yoan Moncada will be promoted from Class AAA Charlotte and be in uniform against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, July 19, according to GM Rich Kahn.  Source: ESPN.com - Bradford Doolittle
 
BHQ take: This is the news fantasy owners have been waiting to hear. Moncada, the top prospect in baseball, went 0-for-2 with a walk hitting from the sixth spot in the order on July 19. The 22-year-old is up to play for the White Sox. "We aren't bringing him here to sit," GM Rick Hahn said. Moncada offers a speed/power mix, hitting 12 home runs and stealing 17 bases with Triple-A Charlotte in 2017. A detailed write-up can be found in the Daily Call-Ups column.  —Rick Green
 
Impact: High
Moncada, Yoan PT Gain: 55%      
 

 
Indians | Corey Kluber to miss next start
Cleveland Indians RHP Corey Kluber (neck) will not make his scheduled start Friday, July 21, because of a stiff neck but may start Sunday, July 23. RHP Trevor Bauer will be the starting pitcher Friday.  Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Paul Hoynes
 
BHQ take: With RHP Danny Salazar returning to the CLE rotation after first being relegated to the bullpen, then enduring a lengthy DL stint, Bauer was the rotation's apparent odd man out. Kluber's neck stiffness provides Bauer another start before potentially being relegated to the bullpen. Both Bauer and RHP Josh Tomlin have 100+ BPVs in 2017, yet have been victimized by H%/S% misfortune and have been unable to limit home runs. Bauer's 17% hr/f and 1.4 hr/9 have contributed to a yawning 1.77 run gap between his sub-4.00 xERA and mid-5s ERA. Tomlin has a history of failure to limit power, and his 1.5 hr/9 is contributing to a 1.50 run gap between his low-4s xERA and high-5s ERA. Each remains vulnerable to being ousted from the rotation upon Kluber's return. Like both Bauer and Tomlin, Salazar's inability to limit HRs has been problematic, joining with his inflated hit rate to yield a 1.66 run gap between his sub-4.00 xERA and mid-5s ERA. Base-runners have been plentiful with Salazar on the mound, due to his poor 4.6 Ctl and inflated H%.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: High
Salazar, Danny    PT Gain: 5%   
Bauer, Trevor    PT Loss: -4%   
Kluber, Corey    PT Loss: -1%   
Tomlin, Josh        
 

 
Angels | Cameron Maybin placed on DL
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Cameron Maybin (knee) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, July 19, because of a medial collateral ligament sprain. The team also selected the contract of OF Shane Robinson from Class AAA Salt Lake.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Maybin is expected to be shelved for the next 2-4 weeks. And even with the recent slump that has seen Maybin’s BA drop from a season-high .279 on June 20 down to .238 today, his running game (25 SB) and 13% bb% will be missed by the Angels and his fantasy owners. Given an anemic .227 BA over 691 MLB career AB, Robinson’s promotion over Eric Young is a bit of a surprise—until one realizes that he has gone 44-for-108 at AAA-Salt Lake City since June 16. The Angels are clearly trying to catch lightning-in-a-bottle here, and hope that a torrid Robinson can help spark a dormant offense as the OF off the bench. He’ll start out as the weak side of a LF platoon with Ben Revere (.225 BA, 90% ct%, 25% h%, 9 SB through 169 AB) in Maybin’s absence.   —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: High
Maybin, Cameron PT Loss: -25%      
Revere, Ben PT Gain: 15%      
Robinson, Shane M PT Gain: 10%      
 

 
White Sox | Tyler Clippard to close
Chicago White Sox RHP Tyler Clippard will serve as the team's closer for the time being, according to manager Rick Renteria.  Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Daryl Van Schouwen
 
BHQ take: The White Sox bullpen appears to be a fluid situation in the immediate future. Mgr Rick Renteria tried to clear things up on July 19 by anointing Clippard as the closer. This might have caught some by surprise, with Clippard owning a 4.95 ERA with the Yankees before the deal. However, Clippard does have experience closing, picking up 57 saves in his career. If the hr/9 (1.7) and Ctl (4.7) from 2017 continues, then Renteria could look at other options, and Anthony Swarzak could be the guy. Swarzak has a 3.31 xERA (2.40 ERA), 49 K in 45 IP and a 0.4 hr/9. For now, Swarzak gets the edge in save projections because of Clippard's history. However, Clippard could take the opportunity and run with it. Also, it wouldn't be unthinkable for the White Sox to trade either one as their rebuilding project continues. Dan Jennings, who also has some experience in higher-leverage situations, could be a dark horse in the pen.   —Rick Green
 
Impact: High
Swarzak, Anthony     
Clippard, Tyler       SV Gain: 25%
Jennings, Dan      
 

 
Athletics | Ryan Dull could return this month
Oakland Athletics RHP Ryan Dull (knee) could be activated from the disabled list when the team returns from its upcoming road trip on Friday, July 28. Dull has been out of action since May 20.  Source: The Associated Press
 
BHQ take: Dull had a rash of control issues—with a dash of strand-rate misfortune (57% S%)—prior to going on the DL, but his 66% FpK says the control issues shouldn't persist, and a 10.3 Dom and 14% SwK rate are solid. Overall, Dull has been a reliable reliever in his short MLB tenure, with a career 107 BPV. For now, he's only good for a few holds, but keep Dull on your short list of possible OAK closer candidates should incumbent Santiago Casilla stumble (or be shipped out of town).   —Rod Truesdell
 
Impact: Low
Dull, Ryan    PT Gain: 1%   
 

 
 
 
National League | American League
 
Cubs | Kyle Hendricks ready to return
Chicago Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (hand) indicated he's ready to return to the Cubs rotation after pitching for Class AA Tennessee Monday, July 17. Manager Joe Maddon said Hendricks will make his next start with the Cubs early next week, but he hasn't decided which game yet.  Source: The Associated Press
 
BHQ take: Hendricks' return likely will result in replacement starter LHP Mike Montgomery returning to a bullpen role. Montgomery has made eight starts among his 27 appearances, with 37 K/15 BB in 40.1 IP in that role. He displayed sharper Control as a starter than he has as a reliever in 2017. Hendricks has shown neither the Dom nor the Ctl he displayed in 2015-16, his first two full seasons as a CHC starter. His fastball velocity has been greater than two MPH lower than in 2016, nearly three MPH lower than in 2015, accompanied by a dip in his SwK%.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: High
Hendricks, Kyle    PT Gain: 4%   
Montgomery, Michael    PT Loss: -4%   
 

 
Brewers | Stephen Vogt to miss at least a month
Updating previous reports, Milwaukee Brewers C Stephen Vogt (knee) is out for at least a month after being injured in a collision at home plate on Monday, July 17. Manager Craig Counsell said simply that Vogt would miss 'significant time.'  Source: The Associated Press
 
BHQ take: Updating a previous report, C Manny Pina is likely to see increased PT with Vogt sidelined. Pina's solid contact skill, line-drive stroke and ample hard contact, as reflected in his 107 HctX, have resulted in solid production. His 34% h% could prove inflated, so his BA could dip toward his xBA. Vogt was showing increased power after his move to the NL, with four HR among his seven hits with MIL, going 7-for-28 in 12 games. Jett Bandy will be Pina's backup after being recalled from Triple-A. Bandy struggled after a hot start when he opened the season splitting time with Pina. He was demoted when MIL acquired Vogt via waivers.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: Med
Bandy, Jett PT Gain: 10%      
Vogt, Stephen PT Loss: -20%      
Pina, Manny PT Gain: 10%      
 

 
Padres | Franchy Cordero gets the call
Updating an earlier report, San Diego Padres OF Franchy Cordero was recalled from Class AAA El Paso on Wednesday, July 19. In a corresponding move, RHP Jose Valdez was optioned to El Paso.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: The 22-year-old Cordero had been tearing it up at AAA-El Paso since his return from SD, posting a 20-for-57 (.351 BA) with two HR in July. But even though he was in the Wednesday lineup in LF (over Jose Pirela), it’s tough to raise his PT% by too much or assume that Cordero will stay up for too long—particularly given his limited high minors experience and sub-par plate skills (6/42 BB/K over 89 AB in SD), and with Travis Jankowski now three games into rehab stint. Don’t read too much into this.   —Jock Thompson
 
Impact: Low
Pirela, Jose PT Loss: -10%      
Cordero, Franchy PT Gain: 10%      
 

 
Nationals | Jayson Werth has broken bone in foot
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (foot) said he suffered a broken bone in his left foot and not simply a bruise. Werth originally injured the foot June 3.  Source: The Associated Press
 
BHQ take: In case you've been waiting on Werth, your wait appears to be getting longer by the day. We've made further downward adjustments in his playing time and even more may be forthcoming in the near future. Also keep in mind, it wasn't as if Werth was killing it before he got hurt. He had a .245 xBA and a 101 PX.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Werth, Jayson PT Loss: -10%      
 

 
Braves | Arodys Vizcaino will be activated Wednesday
Atlanta Braves RHP Arodys Vizcaino (finger) will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, July 19, according to manager Brian Snitker.  Source: The Associated Press
 
BHQ take: Vizcaino is back and owners in most leagues will want to put him into their lineups. So far in 2017, he has a 3.75 xERA (real ERA almost a run-and-a-half lower), a 10.3 Dom, a 3.3 Cmd and a 118 BPV. In addition, there have been murmurs that Atlanta would consider moving Jim Johnson in a deadline deal. If that were to come to pass, then Vizcaino likely would be first up for saves in Atlanta.  —Phil Hertz
 
Impact: Med
Vizcaino, Arodys    PT Gain: 1%   
 

 
Cubs | Kris Bryant unsure about status for Friday
Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant (finger) said he is not sure if he will be able to play against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, July 21, because of the pinkie injury he suffered Wednesday, July 19.  Source: Chicago Tribune - Mark Gonzales
 
BHQ take: Reserve infielder Tommy La Stella replaced Bryant at 3B when he departed CHC's July 19 game with the finger sprain. La Stella could see additional PT while Bryant is day-to-day with the injury. La Stella has played sparingly in 2017, with only 54 AB while shuttling between CHC and Triple-A. He has excellent plate skills and a line-drive stroke, though is lacking in speed and cannot approach Bryant's top-shelf power.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: Med
La Stella, Tommy PT Gain: 5%      
Bryant, Kris PT Loss: -5%      
 

 
Reds | Devin Mesoraco returns to roster
Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, July 19. The team also optioned RHP Lisalverto Bonilla to Class AAA Louisville.  Source: MLBRosterMoves
 
BHQ take: Mesoraco's return further minimizes the PT of rookie C Stuart Turner, a Rule 5 draft choice who CIN has retained, after Turner got occasional starts as backup to C Tucker Barnhart in Mesoraco's absence. Mesoraco and Barnhart likely will return to splitting time virtually evenly, as they were doing before Mesoraco's second DL stint of the season. While Mesoraco is not yet showing the power and hard contact he displayed during his breakout 2014 season before missing most of the 2015-16 seasons due to multiple injuries and surgeries, his 129 PX and 18% hr/f show above-average pop. Barnhart seems to fit the prototype of the "won't hurt you" second catcher in deeper formats. His solid contact skill, line-drive stroke and .275 xBA ensure a solid BA floor, though his production is light. Bonilla returns to Triple-A one day after being recalled to provide a fresh relief arm. He made a multiple-inning relief appearance, his ninth CIN appearance of 2017 while shuttling between CIN and Triple-A. His demotion returns CIN to 12 hurlers after a single day with 13 pitchers.   —Tom Kephart
 
Impact: Med
Turner, Stuart PT Loss: -5%      
Bonilla, Lisalverto        
Barnhart, Tucker        
Mesoraco, Devin PT Gain: 5%      

 

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