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“Seventh Nevin” MiLB SPs to Watch: Two Lefties Command Attention

Last week we focused on reviewing the 11 MiLB SPs that we had mentioned over the last 4 weeks. Some nice hits with one miss. This week, we’re back on track with bringing you some more names that you should be aware of, as these guys are coming to an MLB park near you … soon.

Name: Stephen Gonsalves (Twins)
Height:
6-5   Weight: 213   Throws: Left   Bats: Left
Born:
  July 8, 1994 (Age: 23), San Diego, CA
College: None
Drafted: Amateur Draft 2013 (June);
4th Round, 110th Overall by the Twins
Prospect Rank: Twins (3rd)
Currently Pitching: AAA Rochester Red Wings

We’ve mentioned Gonsalves a couple of times this year, but that was because we had hoped to bring you an exclusive interview with him. That never happened because he never called. (Next week we have do have an interview to deliver!) Continuing, last season, Gonsalves dominated at the AA level and then scuffled mightily  when he was promoted to AAA. This season is a different story. Gonsalves again started at AA Chattanooga, and pitched very well. Upon his promotion back to AAA Rochester, Gonsalves has been lights out, earning Pitcher of the Week honors from tossing 14.1 IP and allowing only 4 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, while striking out 14. A far cry from his dismal performance last year at the AAA level.

With the Twins rotation, and their team as a whole really, in shambles, especially coming off of the very active off-season, Gonsalves will push his way into their immediate plans if he keeps pitching like this. He doesn’t have any truly *wow* pitches, but he mixes his pitches well and his deception allows those pitches to miss enough bats. His changeup has good sink and his curve has continued to improve at the higher MiLB levels. When the Twins finally do call him up, he should have a nice arsenal to allow him to compete at the highest level and be successful early on.

In the few leagues I’m in, teams have already nabbed him because they believe he’s much closer to being called up. With the Twins beginning to misfire, it’s difficult to read those tea leaves any other way. But overall, he is available in over 99% of ESPN leagues, so there is some time.

Name: Austin Gomber (Cardinals)
Height:
6-5   Weight: 230   Throws: Left   Bats: Left
Born:
  November 23, 1993 (Age: 24), Winter Garden, FL
College: Florida Atlantic University
Drafted: Amateur Draft 2014 (June);
4th Round, 135th Overall by the Cardinals
Prospect Rank: Cardinals (12th)
Currently Pitching: AAA Memphis Redbirds

Austin has had a solid, albeit unspectacular last couple of seasons in the minors. But the reason I like him this year is that his numbers are almost the same in AAA as they’ve been in years’ past, but he’s doing it in the infamous Pacific Coast League. And he’s striking out more batters, including fresh off of a 16-strikeout performance on April 23rd against the Iowa Cubs. Gomber possesses an above-average curve ball with decent control, part of what leads to lower walk totals for his MiLB career (2.7 per 9). Gomber is durable, averaging over 135 IP per season over the last three seasons. He often starts batters off with strike one and stays ahead of them through out counts, commanding all his pitches well.

He makes our list because the Cardinals starting pitching is beginning to fall apart. With seven pitchers having already started at least one game and only two of them having a sub-3.00 ERA (Carlos Martinez – 1.62 and Miles Mikolas – 2.70), I would to look to the Cardinals to begin to look for options to keep them in the hunt in a what has become very tight NL Central, with the top 4 teams only separated by 1.5 games. (The Reds are absolutely lost, already 12 GB and it’s only May 8.)

Gomber is also available in 99%+ of ESPN leagues, so I’d wait there, as well. But I’d definitely get both of these lefties on your radar asap.

Stay tuned next week as we get the chance to chat with Trevor Oaks (Royals) and ask about his MLB debut as well as a whole host of other topics. It was a great interview!

Thanks for reading!

7th Nevin

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Our guest this week is Kyle Klinker. Kyle has been an owner in MLFS baseball, and basketball leagues for over 5 years. He also has a couple of championships under his belt over that span in some tough leagues. We loving refer to him as “The Red Rocket.”

 

A business analyst by day, pursuing all things baseball by night. My favorite day of the year is opening day and my favorite sound is the crack of the bat ... the great contact-type, not that flubbed, squishy foul ball-type. In my free time I still collect some baseball cards (though not quite like I did when I was 12), join my colleagues here writing for Major League Fantasy Sports and manage a recently-founded Dynasty League.

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