Jeffrey Springs went 5.2 IP and gave up 2 ER on 6 H, 0 BB, and 6 K's against the Rangers. Springs has been excellent this year. He has a 2.45 ERA and 1.09 WHIP through 121.1 IP. The skills underneath his success look great as well. Springs has shown the ability to miss bats (27% K) and control the strike zone (6% BB). He has been fortunate in terms of LOB% (85%) but that is why his SIERA (3.33) is almost a full run higher than his ERA. However, even with natural regression, Springs would still be an above-average pitcher and the Rays know how to continue to get the most out of him. On 9/7 Springs went 3 IP against the Red Sox which caused alarm bells to go off because fantasy managers were afraid the Rays were going to limit his innings the rest of the way but he has bounced back with two full starts (6 IP and 5.2 IP) in the two starts following that shortened outing.
Joe Ryan went 7.2 IP and gave up 0 ER on 3 H, 2 BB, and 5 K's against the Guardians. On the year, he has a 3.61 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. His strikeout is average (25% K) and so is his walk rate (8% BB). He has benefited from a .251 BABIP but that isn't out of line considering his extreme flyball approach (55% FB). The Twins also limit the number of times he goes three times through the order (23.2 IP 5.70 ERA) which has resulted in him averaging 5.1 IP per start. This makes it a very fine line for him to walk each start to come away with a win. He gets an excellent matchup next time at home against the Angels.
Spencer Strider went 6 IP and gave up 1 ER on 1 H, 3 BB, and 10 K's against the Phillies. Strider has a 2.67 ERA and 0.99 WHIP through 131.2 IP. He has been able to maintain an elite strikeout rate (38% K) in his transition from the bullpen to the rotation. Strider has also shown that he can limit walks (8% BB) which is important because it allows him to pitch deeper in games and limit damage. His 2.40 SIERA is elite as his 30% K:BB. He throws primarily fastballs (67%) and sliders (28%) but that doesn't matter all that much because both pitches have elite movement profiles. There is concern over his workload considering he threw 96.1 IP a year ago but Strider is very calculated in preparation for each start and being a starter in general so the risk has been lowered. This does not look like a flash-in-a-pan type season and Strider has long-term staying power.
Harold Ramirez was 0-4 with 2 K's against the Rangers. On the year, he is hitting .306 with 6 HR, 41 R, 54 RBI, and 3 SB in 106 GP. He has an above-average hit tool (16% K) and an aggressive approach (5% BB) which helps him hit for a higher average. From a fantasy perspective, he is hard to roster outside of deeper mixed leagues because of the lack of power and counting stats. The good news is that Ramirez has everything in the profile to have a true breakout. He makes a ton of contact and hits the ball hard (40% Hardhit and 113.9 mph maxEV). Ramirez needs a small change to his launch angle (5% Barrels) and he could tap into more power to go along with the plus batting average. He also will have 1B/OF eligibility next year which is always valuable.
Vinnie Pasquantino was 2-4 with 1 RBI and 1 BB against the Red Sox. He is hitting .266 with 8 HR, 18 R, 20 RBI, and 0 SB in 57 GP. He has shown excellent plate skills (14% K and 11% BB) and quality of contact (10% Barrels and 48% Hardhit). Pasquantino has an elite profile as a hitter and has the potential to be a four-category contributor because speed is not going to be part of his game. He is going to have a lot of helium in 2023 drafts but for good reason, because he has every skill you would want from a power-hitting first baseman.
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