When I searched for a picture of Kevin Gausman the related searches on Google were ‘Kevin Gausman Shirtless,’ and ‘Kevin Gausman powdered donuts.’
It seemed like not so long ago Dylan Bundy was receiving the type of notoriety only rivaled by Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Despite his near superstar prospect status Bundy has been in the waiting of Dr. James Andrews far too often of late; that is never a good thing. For the time being Bundy has been shut down for a six week period. With Bundy’s absence tied with a struggling Orioles pitching staff it opened the door for 2012 first rounder Kevin Gausman. At double-A Gausman has spun a 3.11 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 46 innings, solid numbers for a minor leaguer with only eight games to his name, but he did also play college baseball at LSU so he is an advanced prospect to some degree. Gausman is noted for his exceptional fastball and change up, but regardless, if anything, he’ll be better than Freddy Garcia.
If anything in fantasy baseball, any time a player that hasn’t even spent a full year in the minors is called up owners must take note. This isn’t a situation where he will be up for the proverbial ‘cup of coffee,’ considering the state of the Orioles pitching he could stick around. In dynasty leagues he is a must own, and really an option for any league considering the potential. He is only owned in 13% of YAHOO leagues so for any owners planning to go Bigfoot hunting he is still out there.
Other Bigfoot sightings:
Mike Trout: Hit for the cycle to go along with five RBI, two runs, and a steal. Somewhere in between the struggles of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout‘s season has somehow been quietly good. He has four homeruns, 11 RBI, and four steal in his last ten, and has pleasing owners who took him first or second.
Darwin Barney: Barney has been piping hot of late .371, but that really is about it. For owners that need second or middle infielder help he isn’t a bad option, but he won’t do much other than hit singles.
Jose Altuve: Baseball’s best midget since David Eckstein has been struggling a bit of late going hitless in hist last 12 at bats. In reality he is actually the Mark McGuire of the Astros playing with eight post-Angels Chone Figgins. Owners could sell here, but he’s going to get going, and will outproduce last years numbers.
Jimmy Paredes: Bigfoot hunters were put on alert a few weeks ago when Paredes was called up to keep him in mind, and it seems he is finally getting going. He is currently five for his last seven with a homer, and four RBI, and in being in the Astros outfield playing time will come easy.
Jedd Gyorko: It seemed Gyorko was supposed to follow in the same path as the Braun’s and the Longoria’s as a rookie, but maybe those expectations were too high. Nonetheless, hitting .324 in his last 10 to go along with four homers on the season. .270/20/80 doesn’t seem out of reach for the second basemen.
Jose Quintana: Quintana has been a frequent here at Bigfoot Sports Blog, and he has proven to be somewhat reliable, but sometimes unattractively average. Last night he almost pitched one inning too much, but got the win, and five strik outs against the Red Sox.
Dan Straily: Before the season someone had asked me if they should trade for Straily, I proclaimed ‘NO!’ and have been right until last night. Before last night he had a terrible 7.23 ERA, but after pitching one run ball against the Rangers he may start to getting going.
Edinson Volquez: After a useful 2012, Volquez has been terrible. At this point any pitcher with 25 walks should probably be unowned.