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FAAB Factor - NL: Cingrani and Rendon Debut

Jan Levine

Jan Levine

Levine covers baseball, basketball and hockey for RotoWire. In addition to his column writing, he's the master of the MLB and NHL cheatsheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets.

National League - FAAB - 4/21/13

Starting Pitching:

Hiram Burgos, Brewers - Burgos is a finesse-type righty who shot up the organizational chart for the Brewers in 2012, going 10-4 with a 1.95 ERA in 28 games, including 27 starts, across three levels. He is not a big strikeout pitcher, but he averaged 8.1 K/9 last season and dropped his WHIP to a career-best 1.04. In three starts at Triple-A Nashville this season, Burgos has posted a 2.70 ERA and a 14:2 K:BB over 16.2 innings. His fastball tops out around 91 mph, but he mixes in a change, curve, slider and cutter to keep hitters off-balance. Maybe he does what Mike Fiers, the pitcher he replaces in the rotation, did last year. At a minimum, he should get a few starts to prove himself. Burgos got off on the right foot, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out one in five innings to notch the win in his debut Saturday against the Cubs. Mixed: $1; NL: $4.

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