There may not have been a more targeted and useful fantasy baseball podcast all year than the September 13th episode of MLB.com Fantasy 411 podcast. In this episode Cory Schwartz discusses a plethora of minor league September call ups that can either help you win your league this year or that have keeper-league ramifications for next year. Later in the episode he’s joined by Paul Sporer, a favorite analyst of mine.
No matter where you are in the standings, this episode is worth 52 minutes of your time (or 35 minutes if you listen at 1.5 speed like I do).
Here’s a rundown of the episode:
- September call ups that may help your team 0:00 – 9:00
- Injured players and their prospects to return 9:00 – 17:15
- Players being shut down 17:15 – 23:00
- Paul Sporer interview 23:00 – 34:20
- Paul Sporer and Schwartz discuss two start weeks – 34:20 – 42:45
- Sporer and Schwartz handle listener e-mails – 42:45 – 51:53
Here are the minor league call up players Cory Schwartz discussed, with a specific focus on how they can benefit your team these last two weeks of the season. These players are currently getting playing time but are all likely to be available in many leagues.
- Josmil Pinto C (MIN)
- Chris Owings SS (ARI)
- Tommy Medica 1B (SD)
- Anthony Gose OF (TOR)
- Billy Hamilton SS/OF (CIN)
- Tanner Roark P (WAS)
Cory also discussed several injured players and their prospects for the rest of the season. These are guys that may or may not be useful to you in the last two weeks.
- David Wright 3B (NYM)
- Edwin Encarnacion 1B/3B (TOR)
- Joe Mauer C (MIN)
- Jacoby Ellsbury OF (BOS)
- Allen Craig 1B/OF (STL)
- Matt Kemp OF (LAD)
- Howie Kendrick 2B (LAA)
- Colby Rasmus OF (TOR)
Paul Sporer Joins The Podcast
After Schwartz discussed these end game player strategies, Paul Sporer joined the podcast to discuss next week’s two start pitchers. And while I’m not a huge proponent of weekly head-to-head leagues, two start weeks can really help you finish a rotisserie season strong and reach innings limit caps if you’re slightly behind pace. If you’re looking to eat up some innings, the advice of Sporer and Schwartz is definitely worth a listen.