Luke Voit was 0-4 with 3 K against the Twins. Voit has taken the Yankees 1B job and run with it after a slow start. On the year he has a .260 with 9 HR, 23 R, 27 RBI, and 0 SB. His triple slash is excellent with .260/.387/.521. He is showing good skills with 23% K and 14% BB. He is swinging less outside of the zone (24%) and crushing it (92mph EV and 21% Barrels) when pitchers come back in the zone. His counting stats are only going to improve when the Yankees lineup finally gets healthy.
Michael Chavis-Red Sox-2B/3B
Michael Chavis was 0-3 with 1 R and 2 BB against the White Sox. Chavis has been good since being called up. He is hitting .333 with 6 HR, 13 R, 13 RBI, and 2 SB through 14 GP. Chavis flashed plus power in the minors and a strong enough hit tool to not be a killer in that category. The one thing that sticks out is the 2 SB because he never stole more than eight bases in a minor league season and that was in 2015. Don't expect the stolen bases to continue but expect for him to do damage when he makes contact 91.5 mph exit velocity and 24% Barrels are above league average. For the near future, he is going to play every day and needs to be owned across all formats.
Frankie Montas went 6 IP and gave up 1 ER on 5 H, 0 BB, and 5 K's against the Pirates. Montas has had a strong start to 2019 with a 2.75 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 39.1 IP. The biggest difference has been the introduction of a split-finger that has led to increased strikeouts. However, his strikeout rate (21%) is still below league average and his 10% SwStr doesn't signal that it is going to significantly improve. The good news is that he does induce a ton of weak contact (57% GB) which makes his 21% K more acceptable and his ratios more believable. He is not going to be a sub 3 ERA pitcher but if he were to pitch to his SIERA (3.97) that would be valuable in today's environment. Montas gets a nice matchup at home against the Indians next time out.
Domingo German went 6.2 IP and gave up 1 ER on 4 H, 3 BB, and 7 K's against the Twins. German is here to stay for the Yankees. He has been excellent this year with a 2.35 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. The underlying skills are also excellent with 26% K, 7% BB, and 14% SwStr. He has done a good job of improving his control/command this year which has resulted in fewer walks and home runs. While his home run rate is going to regress from the 0.47 HR/9 that it is now, he still has the skills to be a mid 3's ERA pitcher with the ability to miss bats on a good team. He gets a park upgrade next time out going to Tampa Bay but the Rays are a tough opponent so this will be a good test for the right-hander.
Joey Gallo was 1-3 with 2 R and 1 BB against the Blue Jays. Gallo is off to a hot start hitting .270 with 11 HR, 25 R, 26 RBI, and 1 SB. The biggest change for Gallo so far has been the improvement in his batting average considering he is a career .208 hitter. He has slightly improved his strikeout rate from 36% to 33% but the improvement in average has come from a ridiculous 62% Hard contact. He has shown great improvement in his plate discipline with 20% BB and reducing his out of zone swings from 32% to 24%. Essentially, he is making pitchers come into the zone and crushing them when they do. If these skills hold up we could be looking at the career year we all have been waiting for from the left-handed slugger. If you have time take a look at his Statcast page on BaseballSavant because it is ridiculous.
DraftKings Value Plays: SP Martin Perez (MIN) $6,600 and OF Avisail Garcia (TBR) $3,900
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