Fantasy Baseball Trade Deadline Follow-Up: Josh Hader Distributed to Brewers; park change could benefit Trey Mancini

The trade deadline is fast approaching, and we could see a flurry of activity just before the clock strikes 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 2. Here’s where we’ll break down all of the most notable moves from a Fantasy Baseball perspective.

This seemingly low-key deal could actually have an impact in Fantasy given how important the park change is to Mancini’s swing in particular. He shoots the ball in the air more than the average hitter (about 25% of the time, according to FanGraphs), which would normally be a good indicator of power, but the Orioles of course moved their left field fences this year. Minute Maid Park, meanwhile, is best known for its small porch in left field. The sites couldn’t be further apart for this stretch of outfield fence – we’re talking tens of feet – and rightly so, Statcast suggests Mancini would have more than twice as many home runs, 22 in total, if he had played all his games in Houston this year.

he won’t play everything his games in Houston even now are worth noting, but he will play enough that he can be a top 40 outfielder in the future.

Stock up for Montas, of course, as he goes from the team with the worst record in the AL to the one with the best. As good as the rest of his stat line looks, it’s his 4-9 record that makes him the 52nd-best starting pitcher in run leagues and 46th-best in 5×5. He could have been 9-4 had he been with the Yankees from the start, and I would expect him to be a top 25 starting pitcher going forward. Of course, there’s also the fact that he’s going from one of the best pitching parks to one of the worst, but that won’t affect him as much as his 5.01 road ERA would have you believe. For a full explanation why as well as a breakdown of the outlook (i.e. Ken Waldichuk) in the other direction, Click here.

Hader will continue to do his thing, just for a new team. The Padres are just as much in the running as the Brewers, so it remains as prolific of a backup source as ever. The bigger question is who is closing now for the Brewers. Rogers seems like the easy choice, but the Padres had just removed him from his role after a horrible July in which he allowed 10 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings. So the best bet might be Devin Williamslong considered near-in-waiting with his airbender change (h/t @PitchingNinja) and career 14.7 K/9.

Because Rogers throws left and Williams throws right, it could become something of a pack, but the Brewers will want to make sure Rogers is right before going that route. We should all encourage Williams to claim the role. He has closer potential in the top three.

To bridge the talent gap between the two left-handers, the Brewers also got Esteury Ruiz, Dinelson Lamet and perspective Robert Gasser. The most interesting of these names for fantasy purposes is Ruiz, who put up monster underage numbers before his promotion just before the All-Star break, highlighted by 60 stolen bases in 77 games. He hadn’t done much with the big club, and was in fact optioned by the Brewers straight away. He could possibly claim the starting center field job of Tyrone Tayloryet.

Castillo will get a significant improvement from the park with this move, which you think makes less of a difference to a pitcher who consistently ranks in the top five in ground ball rate. But Castillo has faded his lead in recent weeks for more than four seams – a change that has yielded generally positive results, with his K/9 dropping from 7.8 before May 31, when he first rose. the use of all four seams, at 10.1 . Still, that has made him less ball-oriented on the ground and, relatedly, he has a 3.64 ERA at home this year compared to 2.09 on the road. So what does this mean, concretely? Probably we should treat Castillo as one of the top 20 starting pitchers in fantasy again. For a more complete analysis of this agreement, Click here.

Peralta had already lost his grip on an everyday role with the Diamondbacks, and that certainly won’t change with a team like the Rays. After all, he’s batting .268 with a .823 OPS against right-handers versus .114 with a .462 OPS against left-handers, giving him at least some utility in daily five-outfield leagues. His acquisition means Josh Lowe is back in the minors, not that the former top prospect has contributed anything worthwhile. It also helps pave the way for the prospect Diamondbacks Corbin Carrollregardless of how lucky it is to debut this year.

This trade likely means the Yankees give up Joey Gallo as more than a starting point, and things might get even tighter once Giancarlo Stanton returns from his battle with Achilles tendonitis. So far, however, Benintendi looks like a daily part of the roster, having already made his debut against a southpaw since his arrival. He’s been useful in Fantasy this year due to his high batting average, but it’s been even more hollow than in years past. It’s possible he’ll try harder to shoot the ball now, aiming for the little porch in right field, but I wouldn’t hold your breath on that.

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