Happy Thursday, everyone! It's time to unpack some of the most exciting moments from Wednesday's action on the Fantasy Baseball front, and where else to start other than the slugfest city by the Braves. Atlanta put on a hitting clinic on Tuesday, scoring 14 runs on 18 hits, including six home runs. Ronald Acuña continued his fantastic start to the season with his sixth homer and his 14th stolen base, while Ozzie Albies went 4-for-5 with his ninth homer. Marcell Ozuna, who hasn't been playing much lately, made the most of his opportunity, going 3-for-5 with a double dong and 5 RBI. Austin Riley, who's been slow out of the gate, also hit his sixth homer. It was simply a great night to have Braves in your Fantasy Baseball lineups and a pure joy to check the box score.
We'll dive into more of the action from Wednesday including two highly anticipated pitching debuts.
Prospects struggle in debuts
Arizona SP Brandon Pfaadt had a rough debut against the Texas Rangers, giving up seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched while allowing four home runs. Pfaadt struggled to keep his slider in check, throwing four swinging strikes and a 35% CSW on the pitch.
If you invested heavily in either pitcher -- more than likely it was Pfaadt -- and the best thing you can do right now is hold. In weekly leagues, it might make sense to bench both starters until they prove otherwise. Just because you paid a hefty price doesn't mean they have to immediately be impact pitchers in your lineup. Stashing them on your benches has a ton of value, too, and if you're playing in Roto leagues it makes more sense to protect your ratios. The Fantasy Baseball Today in 5 podcast broke down these anticipated outings here.
We're still waiting for another exciting prospect debut who cashes in early, and the Reds have a few prospects who could be next to make an impact at the Major League level. This includes Christian Encarnacion-Strand, who's been impressing with his bat in Double-A. Shortstop Matt McLain is another name to watch, as is left-handed pitcher Andrew Abbott. Eury Perez is also making waves, striking out 11 in a start at Double-A on Tuesday and potentially making a jump to Triple-A.
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Sell high on Bieber?
Guardians SP Shane Bieber put in a solid performance against the Yankees, giving up just two earned runs over eight innings pitched. However, despite the quality start, there are reasons to be cautious about Bieber's long-term prospects. His whiff rates have dropped across the board, and his ERA and FIP suggest that he's been getting lucky so far this season. Additionally, his BABIP is low, despite allowing a career-high 93 MPH AVG EV against. For those reasons, it may be worth considering selling high on Bieber if you can get a good return. Look to.target a manager in your league with injuries to their SP1 or SP2 -- or a lack.of depth altogether at SP.
News and notes
- Jacob deGrom is slated to begin playing catch during the Rangers' upcoming road trip, which spans May 5-14. He's on the IL with right elbow inflammation.
- Corbin Carroll missed three straight with that left knee injury. The MRI confirmed it was merely a bruise. He went 1-for-2 on Wednesday. Hopefully this doesn't impact him on the base paths.
- Kyle Wright left his start due to right shoulder soreness and was placed on the IL after the game. Dylan Dodd is actually making a start Thursday, perhaps he sticks around if he pitches well.
- Watch for Mike Soroka. He's had four starts at Triple-A so far and three of them were excellent.
- Pete Fairbanks was placed on the IL with right forearm inflammation.
- Michael Harris was removed as a precaution after jamming his right knee. It doesn't sound like he'll need an IL stint.
- Liam Hendriks will make 4-5 minor-league rehab appearances before joining the White Sox. He's 71% rostered and is must-add if available.
- Luis Severino will throw a live batting practice session Friday instead of beginning a rehab assignment.
- Carlos Rodon will undergo more testing on his back Thursday.
- Nestor Cortes will lose his start this week due to strep throat. Gerrit Cole has been pushed up and will gain an extra start against the Rays this Sunday.
- Harrison Bader exited the game after colliding with Kiner-Falefa in the outfield.
- Oswald Peraza also left after suffering a leg injury on a stolen base attempt.
- Not that we needed confirmation, but Bruce Bochy confirmed Will Smith will see the majority of the team's save opportunities moving forward.
- Kenley Jansen threw a bullpen Wednesday and will likely be available Thursday.
- Robbie Ray officially underwent Tommy John surgery, which means we probably won't see him until the second half next year.
- Carlos Carrasco will make a rehab start this weekend and could rejoin the Mets' rotation next week.
- Garrett Cooper was placed on the IL with an inner ear infection. Yuli Gurriel will fill in at first base.
- Yoan Moncada is close to beginning a rehab assignment.
- JJ Bleday was recalled by the Athletics and was crushing it in the PCL.
- Peyton Burdick was recalled by the Marlins and was also crushing it at Triple-A.
- Noah Syndergaard isn't scheduled to make a start this week. It allows the Dodgers to go with Kershaw, Dustin May and Julio Urias in this weekend's clash with the Padres.
- Yan Gomes was placed on the 7-day concussion IL.
- Angels reliever Jose Quijada will undergo Tommy John surgery.
- Guardians pitching prospect Daniel Espino underwent shoulder surgery and is expected to miss the next 12-14 months. Huge blow for a once exciting prospect.