Zach’s Postseason Musings (10/1)
Throughout the postseason, I’ll be sharing my fantasy-angled thoughts on a variety of noteworthy players from each game with the goal of helping you get a jump start on your 2015 draft prep! So keep checking back here every weekday for new posts.
AL Wild Card Game – Athletics @ Royals
-Through his first 249 big league games, Brandon Moss hit a combined 15 homers. Over his last 376 games, he’s tallied 76 longballs. I have to admit that I was skeptical about Moss up until this season, but his two homers and five RBI last night only reinforces the belief that he’s simply a late-bloomer and a safe bet to continue producing 20-plus HR seasons as long as he continues to receive everyday at-bats. And everyday at-bats shouldn’t be a problem, as he actually had more success this year against lefties than against righties. Yeah, Moss is a batting average liability, but in this era of declining power, a guy whose floor is 20 home runs carries plenty of mixed league value. I’m not too concerned about the second half fade. He’s a very streaky hitter, so you will need to accept the ugly with the good.
–Brandon Finnegan is the real deal. After excelling following his September call-up, he looked absolutely dominant for much of Tuesday night’s relief outing. He did give up a run in his 2 1/3 innings of work, but it was a cheap run, as a walk to Josh Reddick led to a sac bunt by Jed Lowrie before Jason Frasor came in and allowed the inherited runner to score thanks to a wild pitch followed by a single. Selected by the Royals in the first round of this year’s draft, Finnegan only has one season of professional experience under his belt. But his minor league numbers, pitching as both a starter and reliever, are off the charts. It will be very interesting to see what the Royals decide to do with him next year. At this point, I can’t imagine him not making the opening day roster. He’s obviously an attractive target in long-term keeper/dynasty formats, even if he begins 2015 in the bullpen.