Milwaukee’s rotation just keeps getting better
|AJ Alexy||SP||Texas Rangers||12.7|
|Steven matz||SP||Toronto Blue Jays||59.4|
|Eric Lauer||SP||Milwaukee Brewers||22.8|
|Joe ryan||SP||Minnesota Twins||8.2|
|Singer Brady||SP||Kansas City Royals||19.2|
1. AJ Alexy | SP | Texas Rangers
While rushing to add the 23rd-ranked Texas prospect in September isn’t where we expected it to be, it’s where we are now. AJ Alexy has made two starts since receiving the call and his major league debut has gone very well. In two starts, Alexy is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Yes, two starts, 11 innings total, no earned runs, an 11 to 5 strike ratio and two wins. He didn’t allow too many balls to hit hard and generates enough swings and misses. Will it last? It’s hard to say. In 300.1 minor league innings, Alexy has a 3.30 ERA with 362 strikeouts and 147 walks. He has solid numbers in minors, but is by no means considered a high-end prospect. Either way, after his first two starts he needs to be added in case he continues to throw well.
2. Steven Matz | SP | Toronto Blue Jays
Matz’s first year with Toronto was a bit of a top-down. While his first four starts of the year looked great, he quickly lost his effectiveness throughout May and soon after began struggling with injuries throughout the summer months. However, if you hadn’t noticed, Matz has been healthy since early August and has been really, really good. In his last seven starts, Matz is 3-1 with a 1.63 ERA and a strike-to-strike ratio of 31-11 in 38.2 innings pitched. We’d love to see more strikeouts from Matz, but that’s what you get from the waiver thread additions in September. Here are the remaining Toronto clashes: Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, New York Yankees, Baltimore.
3. Eric Lauer | SP | Milwaukee Brewers
He might not be Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, or Freddy Peralta, but Eric Lauer has been almost as good as them all for quite some time now. He didn’t start the year very well, having a 5.21 ERA and a 1-3 record until June 20. However, since then he’s made 11 appearances and has a 1.85 ERA on that stretch with 50 strikeouts and 19 walks in 58.1 innings pitched. In those 11 appearances, he is also 4-2. Needless to say, he’s been a fantastic asset and still has a percentage of ownership closer to 20%. 20%! Despite this production, many fantastic players still block players such as Kyle Hendricks (87.5%), John Means (82.1%) and Chris Paddack (69%) in their rosters instead of every start regardless. the way they pitch. If he’s available in your league, really take a look at the bottom of your roster and see who might be droppable in the last few weeks here. Here are the Brewers’ remaining games in the series: Cleveland, Detroit, Cubs, St. Louis, Mets, St. Louis and Dodgers.
4. Joe Ryan | SP | Minnesota Twins
Who? Joe Ryan was the centerpiece of the return package the Twins received for sending slugger Nelson Cruz to the Tampa Bay Rays on the deadline. Since joining the Twins’ organization, Ryan has presented the United States team beautifully at the Olympics and has had video game numbers in the minors. With the Twins’ rotation in shambles, he got the call and made his major league debut. Over the course of two starts, Ryan, who was generally considered major-league ready at the time of the trade, pitched 12 innings in total and 11 of those were shutout-type innings. He allowed a three-run homerun on his first start and that’s it. Most recently, he pitched seven white innings against the Indians, of which the first 6.1 were perfect. Now Ryan doesn’t have any stuff turned off and he’s not intended to be a drummer of the world in any sense of the word. However, no one has the advantage of having played against him yet and five of the remaining seven series for the Twins are against the Royals, Tigers or Cubs. There are probably better options for many of you, but for those of you in the deeper leagues, try Ryan.
5. Singer Brady | SP | Kansas City Royals
After showing promise in his first major league season in 2020, it has been a bit of a season for the 25-year-old right-hander in Kansas City. In 10 starts until May, the singer had a 4.91 ERA in 47.2 innings pitched. While it looked good in spurts, overall June and July weren’t great. However, more recently things have looked a lot better. In his last four starts, Singer has a 1.46 ERA with 23 strikeouts and nine walks in 24.2 innings pitched. While you’d love to see him get more strikeouts, his exit speed numbers and expected stats indicate he’s around the league average. Here are Kansas City’s remaining clashes: Minnesota, Oakland, Seattle, Cleveland, Detroit, Cleveland and Minnesota.