This article is part of our MLB FAAB Factor series.
This FAAB article is in addition to the AL and NL FAAB articles that run Sunday. Bids are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Throughout the season, this column will have two goals:
1. Identify FAAB targets for fantasy managers in leagues with Thursday FAAB.
2. Offer a preview of FAAB targets ahead of Sunday's columns.
Even as some of the top fantasy free agents have been picked up in the first several weeks of the season, there are still several solid pitchers and position players with pop and run-producing potential. April 16 also marks the cutoff date for service-time purposes, so this week's column highlights a pair of elite prospects who could join the major-league roster in the near future.
Kwang Hyun Kim, Cardinals: Kim had been dealing with back injuries since mid-March, but he is scheduled to make his season debut as a starter against Philadelphia on Saturday. The southpaw made eight appearances (seven starts) in his first major-league season last year and posted a 1.62 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 39 innings. Kim only recorded a 15.6 percent strikeout rate in 2020, but he could provide value for fantasy teams in need of ERA and WHIP support. FAAB: $4
Casey Mize, Tigers: Mize posted a 6.99 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 28.1 innings during his first major-league season in 2020, but he's been successful to begin the 2021 campaign. Through his first two starts of the season, the 23-year-old has a 0.82 ERA