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Week 10 Recap (RP Adds SV/ SV+HLD Leagues)

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Nate Pearson – TOR (3%)

2023/ 15 G: 3 W, 0 SV, 1 HLD, 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 20 IP/ 22 K/5 BB

Former first overall pick (28th overall) by Toronto in 2017, has dealt with numerous injuries only appearing in 17 games from 2020-22. Known for his high-velocity fastball that ranks in the 96th percentile, which should play even better in short spurts allowing him to max out effort. Pearson’s K% has slightly increased from 28.2% to 28.8% while decreasing his BB% from 16.9% to 6.8%. Pearson pitched b2b outings for the first time (June 3rd and 4th), picking up wins in each but recently has been used in a multi-inning role. Hopefully can transition out of that role into a single inning high leverage role, otherwise will be difficult to start seeing more hold opportunities.

 

Steven Okert – MIA (2%)

2023/ 24 G: 3 W, 0 SV, 5 HLD, 2.18 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 20.2 IP/31 K/9 BB

2022/ 60 G: 5 W, 0 SV, 19 HLD, 2.98 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 51.1 IP/63 K/26 BB

Last three weeks: 2 W, 4 HLD, 1.54 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 11.2 IP/20 K/2 BB

BB% continues to be an issue increasing to 12.3% from 11.8% which was bottom 6% of League but K% has spiked from 28.5% to 41.1%. Ranks top% of League in Max EV down from 111.8, decreased hardhit% to 26.5% down from 29.6% which was top 2% of League. A lefty specialist alongside Tanner Scott, could limit usage and hold opportunities. Still makes for a solid speculative hold option, especially in leagues that count K% or K/9

 

Keynan Middleton – CWS (1%)

2023/ 23 G:

1 W, 1 SV, 2 HLD, 1.27 ERA, 1.03 WHIP 21.1 IP/28 K/7 BB

Last three weeks:

1 W, 2 HLD, 0.00 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 10 IP/9 K/2 BB

Middleton has a limited track record with only two seasons of more than 32 appearances (64 his rookie season with Anaheim/ 32 in 2021 with Seattle). While his career numbers are not impressive (176 G/ 164 IP/163 K/69 BB, 3.68 ERA, 1.34 WHIP), has been unhittable so far this season. His K% ranks in top 7% of League (34.1% up from his career 23.5%), BB% down (8.5% from a career 9.9%). Despite pitching well Middleton only has two holds to show for it but an injury to Hendriks who was closing again, moves Kendall Graveman back to a closing role with Joe Kelly working the 8th. Middleton has to compete with Reynaldo Lopez (5.19 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) and Austin Bummer (7.71 ERA, 1.66 WHIP) who have both struggled for usage in the 6th and 7th. The fact that his role has been lower leverage might be why his numbers look so good but could be worth a speculative add in the event his production continues and earns a higher leverage role. 

 

Josh Sborz – TEX (0%)

2023/ 17 G: 2 W, 0 SV, 5 HLD, 3.63 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 22.1 IP/32 K/8 BB

2021/ 63 G: 4 W, 1 SV, 9 HLD, 3.97 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 59 IP/69 K/32 BB

Last two weeks: 1 W, 2 HLD, 0.00 ERA, 0.16 WHIP, 6.1 IP/11 K/1 BB

A former 2nd-round pick by the Dodgers in 2015, only appeared in 11 games before being traded to the Rangers in 2021 for Jhan Zambrano. Had some success in his rookie season with Texas, despite a 12.5 BB% but his xERA 3.89 was slightly lower than his actual 3.97. Sborz ranks top 6% of League in XBA – .180, top 2% in XSLG – .242, top 6% in WOBA – .237, top 2% XWOBACON – .302. Sborz K% has increased in each of the last three seasons (26.8%, 32%, 35.8% which is top 3% of League), while his current ERA of 3.92 is ugly has an xERA of 2.08 which ranks top 2% of League.

 

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