Articles by Anthony Tynan

A listing of all the articles written by Anthony Tynan for the RotoWire Blog.

Saturday Fantasy Pickup: Daniel Mengden, P, Athletics

Mengden will not be found high on top prospect lists but he may prove to be a hidden gem based on the season he is having. His ascension this season was rapid — he had not pitched above High-A prior to this spring.

After cruising through four Double-A starts with a 0.78 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 23 innings, Mengden was fast tracked to Triple-A where he was nearly as dominant. He had a 1.39 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in seven turns at Triple-A before being summoned to the A’s. Despite an 0-3 start, Mengden has delivered with a 3.00 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 21 Ks in 18 innings.

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Saturday Fantasy Pickup: Hyun Soo Kim, OF, Orioles

The 28-year-old was an on-base machine throughout his Korean League career and slashed .326/.438/.541 in 2015. But Kim struggled in spring training, going hitless in his first 23 at-bats and finishing 8-for-45 with one walk. The Orioles penciled Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard into the Opening Day lineup while trying (and failing) to talk Kim into beginning the season at Triple-A.

Kim was rarely used over the first couple months, as Baltimore leaned heavily on Rickard, with Nolan Reimold also getting at-bats. In a rare start on May 25, Kim went 3-for-3 with two doubles. The Orioles could not ignore him any longer, as he was hitting .438 at the time and Kim has started all but one game since. The well has dried up on Rickard’s playing time following Kim’s breakout.

Kim has no trouble putting the ball in play, as evidenced by his Korean League track record. Even when struggling in the Grapefruit League, he struck out just six times in 45 at-bats. He is hitting .391/.466/.500 through Friday night’s game, with eight walks and nine strikeouts in 64 at-bats. Kim has just one home run so far, so his power is not translating yet after hitting 28 home runs in the KBO last year. For now, the Orioles seem comfortable to pencil him in the second spot of the order between Adam Jones and Manny Machado.

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Saturday Fantasy Pickup: Peter O’Brien, OF, Diamondbacks

Looking for a less heralded prospect outside of the Top 100? O’Brien could make for an interesting choice after being recalled by the Diamondbacks on Friday. Obtained by Arizona from the Yankees for Martin Prado at the 2014 deadline, O’Brien smacked 34 home runs in 2014 and 26 home runs at Triple-A in 2015. He has carried the momentum forward this season, slashing .306/.330/.601 at Triple-A with 12 home runs, nine doubles and three triples. O’Brien’s raw power could play at the MLB level, although strikeouts could be a problem. He struck out 54 times in 173 at-bats at Triple-A and has a 28.2 percent K% for his minor league career.

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