Another prospect from Detroit was called
|Last name||Position||Team||ESPN Clean%|
|Austin gomber||SP||Colorado Rockies||54.1|
|Vladimir Gutierrez||SP||Cincinnati Reds||25.7|
|teen ross||SP||Toronto Blue Jays||9.7|
|Tony Gonsolin||SP||Los Angeles Dodgers||41.4|
|Matt Manning||SP||Detroit Tigers||5.1|
1. Austin Gomber | SP | Colorado Rockies
How can we leave Gomber on the renunciation thread at this point? Sure, he’s going to start half the rest of his game this year at Coors Field, but he’s just throwing too well not to have him on the roster. Over the season, Gomber is 6-5 with a 3.54 ERA and strikeout / steps ratio of 75-23 on 76.1 innings pitched. In his five starts in April, Gomber had struck out 23 batters and walked 19 batters in his first 23 innings pitched. These five starts resulted in an ERA of 6.65. In his nine starts since, Gomber has a 2.19 ERA with 52 strikeouts and just four walks in 53.1 innings pitched. The remarkable turnaround in the withdrawals-to-markets ratio has paid huge dividends to Gomber and his fancy owners. While he is mid-range when it comes to generating strikeouts with swings and misses, his batting stats are encouraging. It is in the 71st percentile and 80th percentile, respectively, in terms of average exit speed and HardHit%. Additionally, his expected ERA, 3.32, is lower than his actual ERA, 3.54. If he’s available, Gomber should definitely be on the list.
2. Vladimir Gutiérrez | SP | Cincinnati Reds
Vladimir Gutiérrez is having a fairly encouraging start in the Major Leagues. In his first four starts and 23 innings pitched, Gutiérrez has a 2.74 ERA, a WHIP of 1.087 and an FIP of 4.07. He struck out 19 batters and allowed 10 walks. While the strike-to-walk ratio is a bit of a concern, as seen with a much higher FIP than the ERA, its ability to limit hard contact has made it effective so far. It is in the 56th percentile in terms of average exit speed and in the 94th percentile in terms of HardHit%. Its three most used pitchers are its four seams, curve ball and slider. Of these, the two rupture bullets were almost untouchable. In the 155 combined throws between the curve ball and the slider, Gutiérrez generated puffs on almost a quarter of those while allowing only two additional hits (two doubles). As good as he was, I’d get as much of it as possible until the league figured it out yet. His walks and inability to get hitters out of the zone will eventually start to show up in his stats in an ugly way. However, in the meantime, grab a flyer about a 25-year-old rookie who has some prospect pedigree (Cincinnati’s No. 13 overall prospect) and throws well.
3. Ross Stripling | SP | Toronto Blue Jays
Yes, I repeat on Stripling. However, he’s still under 10% held in ESPN leagues and has some big games to come. As it stands, Stripling is set for a two-start week against Miami and Baltimore. With the offense he has behind him, it’s hard not to be excited about the potentially massive two-start week for Stripling, especially in points leagues where two wins aren’t out of the question. His season totals don’t look very good as he’s 2-4 with a 4.64 ERA on 54.1 innings pitched. However, he’s been getting better lately. In his first six starts, Stripling had a 7.20 ERA and a 0.330 batting average. In the five appearances since, Stripling’s ERA has been 2.45 with an opponent’s batting average of 0.184. This included eliminating the Rays in seven innings and limiting the Astros to one run in five innings. I’m not here to say you should be counting on him all season long. However, there might not be a better streaming option for the coming week than Ross Stripling.
4. Tony Gonsolin | SP | Los Angeles Dodgers
While Gonsolin’s debut in 2021 wasn’t a spectacular one, I’ll always say you should get it back. Historically, we’re talking about a 27-year-old who had a career of 2.60 ERA, 0.923 WHIP, and 3.02 FIP over 86.2 Major League innings before the season. Plus, he throws for the Dodgers, which makes him more desirable in leagues where the win stat is factored in in any way. A shoulder injury sidelined him early in the season and he’s slowly coming back to full capacity now. In his first start, Gonsolin allowed one earned run on 66 throws and just 1.2 innings of work. Perhaps of more concern were the five walks he gave up on this outing. The second outing was a little more encouraging, as he allowed just one earned run on 81 pitches and 3.2 innings of work against the Phillies. In that outing, Gonsolin had five strikeouts and three walks. In the next few starts, Gonsolin should start to see a longer leash, which will allow him more to start racking up innings and eventually picking up wins. What could be most encouraging are the potential clashes lined up for Gonsolin. Over the next few weeks, Gonsolin could pitch against the Cubs, Nationals, Marlins, Diamondbacks and Giants. It’s by no means a sure thing, but if he’s available in your league, you could probably do a lot worse by taking a flyer from a pitcher with as many advantages as Gonsolin.
5. Matt Manning | SP | Detroit Tigers
First it was Casey Mize, then Tarik Skubal, now it’s Matt Manning. As of this writing, Manning is set to make his major league debut tonight against the Angels against Shohei Ohtani. At just 23, Manning is Detroit’s third prospect behind Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene. To be fair, Manning’s appeal is a bit of a headache. Of course, before 2021, Manning was showing all the signs of a future high-end starter. He finished 2018 with a 3.29 ERA in 117.2 innings at several minor league levels. In 2019 he apparently improved, finishing with a 2.56 ERA in 133.2 innings at AA. Just like many others, Manning missed 2020 because of the pandemic and has since returned to minor league action in 2021 and it hasn’t gone well. With 32.1 innings pitched, Manning has an 8.07 ERA. Despite having 36 strikeouts and only 10 walks, he allowed 11 homers in those seven starts. It’s not often that teams call up a prized prospect when they are dominated in AAA, but Detroit seems to have kept their faith in Manning. This, along with his history of success and his ability to continue to generate swings and hiccups, tells me that the real Matt Manning is still out there somewhere. It’s well worth the flyer because we’re talking about a Top 20 prospect in all of baseball. IF you hadn’t seen him, Manning made a solid debut. He allowed just two earned runs in five innings of work, striking out three on grabs and two on walks. Relying mainly on the four seams, Manning had a combined total of 16 Called Strikes + Whiffs on his 77 shots.