Fantasy Update: Trading Stephen Strasburg
My fantasy team this season was barely competing. Being in a deep keeper league, my team isn’t at the top and I don’t have the greatest resources at the MLB level. But my minor leagues is pretty deep and continues to grow as I trade away some youthful talent. Over the weekend, I decided to trade Stephen Strasburg to a contender for Shelby Miller, Bubba Starling, Brody Colvin, and Nick Tropeano. Additionally, I received the opposing managers first-round selection in the upcoming first-year player draft. I thought I did very well and these chips are all very useful.
While the stars of the deal are Miller, Starling and the first-round pick, I’m really intrigued with the other arms of Colvin and Tropeano.
The most familiar name out of the pair is Brody Colvin. Colvin was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies for a good amount of money. After a solid campaign in Low-A in 2010, Colvin put himself on the map as a top prospect and appeared on many top-100 prospect lists. However, he hit a road bump in High-A Clearwater last season, going 3-8 with a 4.71 ERA. What’s surprising about his struggles his numbers were almost identical to his success in 2010, however, his strikeout rate dropped from 7.8 SO/9 to 6.0 SO/9.
Colvin is repeating Clearwater this season and is looking better. The strikeouts aren’t exactly where you’d like to see them, but the 22-year-old rebounded nicely after a rough star on April 25th. On April 30th, Colvin went 6 strong allowing 1 ER on 7 K’s. The most glaring statistic was his ability to locate the ball, which caused him to walk 5.
He’s definitely in my future plans but he has to be monitored closely because at this point in his career, it’s either make or break. He was right behind Jarred Cosart last year, but has fell a few steps in the Phillies organization that is depleted after the Hunter Pence deal.
The next piece is Nick Tropeano, a 6’4″ right-hander out of SUNY Stony Brook. Stony Brook isn’t a powerhouse but is on a steady rise in the northeast baseball scene. I grew up two towns next to Tropeano and got to see him pitch in high school. After a great deal of success at Stony Brook, he was drafted in the fifth-round by the Houston Astros in 2011.
He’s a big pitcher but he won’t blow you away with his fastball. His go to pitch is his change up, which was nabbed as probably the best change up in the 2011 draft. This season, the Astros places Tropeano in Class A Lexington, and he’s found success early. In 26.2 IP, Tropeano has made 33 miss, while walking 8. The keys to his success will be weather her can control his pitches. If he does that, people in the industry believe he can be a 4/5 starter.