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Posts tagged ‘John Ely’

Say Goodbye To: John Ely, Chris Volstad

SP – John Ely
Acquired: May 18th, 2010 ($5 FAAB)
Released: July 20th, 2010
John Ely was a surprise callup from the minors when Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla went on the DL. Ely didn’t have spectacular stuff, but was a smart pitcher who battled his way out of jams. Unfortunately, during his second trip through the NL things started to get rocky, and his low strikeout rate didn’t offer any peripheral gains. Moved to the bullpen just before the All-Star break, Ely was demoted to AAA Albuquerque last week.

AaRr Stats IP W ERA WHIP K S
Active – Weeks 7-10,13 40 2 3.83 1.425 24 0
Reserve – Wks 11,12,14,15 14 0 4.50 1.357 4 0

 

SP – Chris Volstad
Acquired: Second-Round selection, 2010 Minor League Draft
Released: July 20th, 2010
Chris Volstad has become a solid innings-eater for the Florida Marlins. The problem is that with his $10 salary, he’s not really protectable, and of late, his statistics are actually hurting the team, especially in ERA and WHIP, while he does’t strike out enough players. With Edinson Volquez activated and Drew Storen and Madison Bumgarner promoted, there’s not enough roster space for a fungible starter.

AaRr Stats IP W ERA WHIP K S
Active – Wks 1-8,10,11,13 82.1 4 4.70 1.360 54 0
Reserve – Weeks 9,14,15 8.2 0 8.31 2.423 12 0

Roster Moves – Week 16 – July 20th, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • 1B Brandon Belt, AA Giants – ($3 bid) Reserve
  • OF Trayvon Robinson, AA Dodgers – ($2 bid) Reserve

Up:

  • SS Cristian Guzman
  • OF Roger Bernadina (to UT)
  • SP Edinson Volquez

Down:

  • SS Jonathan Herrera
  • 3B Casey Blake (from UT)
  • SP Ian Kennedy

Cut:

  • SP Chris Volstad
  • SP John Ely

Notes:

  • Volquez made his debut on Saturday night in his return from Tommy John surgery, going 6 innings, with 1 earned run, 3 hits, 2 walks, and 9 strikeouts over 96 pitches against the Rockies.  I’d say he’s back, but he may have some wildness.
  • I bid $16 for new Atlanta SS Alex Gonzalez.  The bidding was as follows: $100 Cover Zero, $79 Misogynistic Padres, $53 X-Men, $16 AaRr.  I should have known beforehand, as Steve was making Gonzalez available prior to the FAAB run ($100 max bid + last place= no tie-breakers)
  • Belt and Robinson were signed as today was the deadline for acquiring players protectable in the minor leagues.
  • Backup bids for Belt and Robinson were former Roadrunner SP Christian Friedrich and Reds SS Zach Cozart

Roster Moves – Week 14 – July 6th, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Joel Hanrahan, Pirates ($0 FAAB) – Add to Actives

Up:

  • 3B Chase Headley
  • RP Drew Storen
  • SP Randy Wells

Down:

  • 3B Casey Blake
  • RP Sam Demel
  • SP Chris Volstad
  • SP John Ely

Cut:

  • SS Danny Espinosa

Notes:

  • No other bidders on Hanrahan, who joins the Roadrunners for the first time in his career, though he was tracked from Los Angeles to Washington and now to Pittsburgh. He’s a hedge for saves, with the expectation that Pirates closer Octavio Dotel will be dealt in the coming weeks.
  • Update (7/7): The Marlins demoted Chris Volstad to AAA New Orleans after Tuesday night’s rough start.
  • All-Star Teams were announced this weekend, and the Roadrunners have six on the roster.
    • SP Josh Johnson
    • 2B Brandon Phillips
    • SS Troy Tulowitzki (injured, will not participate)
    • UT Omar Infante (really? This selection universally panned)
    • OF Marlon Byrd
    • OF Matt Holliday

Roster Moves – Week 13 – June 29th, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Sam Demel, Diamondbacks ($2 bid), Add to actives
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers ($1 bid), Add to actives

Up:

  • SS Jonathan Herrera
  • SP Chris Volstad
  • SP John Ely

Down:

  • SS Omar Infante
  • RP Drew Storen
  • RP Tyler Clippard
  • SP Randy Wells
  • SP Ian Kennedy

Cut:

  • SP Christian Friedrich (AA – Minors)
  • SP Jordan Lyles (AA – Minors)

Notes:

  • SP Madison Bumgarner was called up from AAA Fresno Saturday, June 26th, for his 2010 debut against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
  • Hong-Chih Kuo rejoins the Roadrunners for the first time since 2007, when he helped the pitching staff as a starter in the second half.
  • Kuo was originally drafted this season by Get Off Kong! (11th Round, 2010 Minor League Draft), but he was released on May 4th.
  • Kuo was a second contingency FAAB selection by Cover Zero.
  • The Pi Train bid $1 on Sam Demel, but was outbid by yours truly.
  • Cover Zero selected former 2o1o Roadrunner Jose Contreras for $0 FAAB bid.
  • Demel’s contract is for 1 year, as he came over from the Oakland A’s AAA Sacramento affiliate to the Diamondbacks in the Conor Jackson trade two weeks ago.

Roster Moves – Week 11 – June 15th, 2010

Up:

  • OF Jose Tabata
  • RP Drew Storen

Move:

  • OF Roger Bernadina (to UT)

Down:

  • 3B Casey Blake (from UT)
  • SP John Ely

Notes:

  • Pirates OF Jose Tabata was called up Wednesday, June 9th.  He’ll get the bulk of starts in left field, moving Lastings Milledge to right, and Garret Jones to 1B.

Ely Becoming Mortal Again

John Ely gave up four runs over five innings in a second straight start Saturday versus the Angels. It looks like the magic is starting to wear off a bit, as Ely has allowed 15 hits and walked five over 10 innings in his last two starts. He should remain an asset in NL-only leagues, but mixed leaguers might want to move on, particularly since he’ll be facing more AL teams in his next two starts. (Rotoworld)

Meet the New Guys: Bernadina, Contreras, Ely

The National’s right field situation has been in shambles since the team released Elijah Dukes in the spring. The Roadrunners have already had two of the fill-ins, first OF Willy Taveras, released by both parties recently, as well as experimentation with SS Cristian Guzman. Roger Bernadina was called up from AAA Syracuse, and has done decently in limited action thus far. Bernadina has started four of the last five games and has seven hits, two homers and five RBI over that period. He has been on fire lately, but will probably return to the bench once he cools off. He is only viable in the deepest of NL-only formats at this point. (CBS Sports)

With two other Phillies relievers on the shelf, both Ryan Madson (broken toe) and Brad Lidge (ineffective, elbow), the simmering Jose Contreras was tabbed to be the standby closer. Perhaps he’s not worth the $42 FAAB bid (the only other bid was for $13), but hey, we have zero saves. Contreras did well in the Rockies’ pen last season, but was put in competition for a starting job in Spring Training and didn’t fare well. Looks like he can extend his career quite a bit if he stays successful in the pen.

Dodgers starter John Ely has been a surprise success this season, getting the call to spell Vicente Padilla from AAA. Dodgers SP John Ely had his most impressive start yet in a victory against the Astros on Monday, allowing two runs on eight hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings. He threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of his 25 hitters and went to a three-ball count just five times. The rookie right-hander, who turned 24 last Thursday, has faced 84 consecutive batters without allowing a base on balls — the longest current streak in the majors. “I try not to think about that at all. I’m just going out there with the same game plan — trying to throw strikes and keep the ball down,” Ely said. “I’m a competitor and I hate giving in to guys, so I’m going to go at them. If they beat me, that’s fine. But at least I know I went at them with my best stuff. I’m getting a little more confidence each time out and learning how to face different kinds of hitters.” Ely wasn’t known for having exceptional control in the minors, so you have to think he’ll start walking batters eventually. Still, he has been quite a find out of the Dodgers minor-league system and quite an addition of the waiver wire in NL-only leagues. Another start or two like this one, and he’ll deserve a look even in mixed leagues. His next start and second of Fantasy Week 7 (May 17-23) is scheduled for Saturday against the Tigers. (CBS Sports)

Roster Moves – Week 7 – May 18th, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Jose Contreras, Phillies ($42 bid), Add to Actives
  • SP John Ely, Dodgers ($5 bid), Add to Actives
  • OF Roger Bernadina ($2 bid), Add to Actives

Up:

  • UT Cristian Guzman

Move:

  • 3B Chase Headley

Down:

  • 3B Casey Blake
  • RP Tyler Clippard
  • OF Jody Gerut

Cut:

  • OF Matt Diaz
  • RP Juan Gutierrez
  • RP LaTroy Hawkins

Notes:

  • Contreras was a possible draft-day target, but slipped of f the charts with Ryan Madson (protected) and Brad Lidge (drafted). Now with both on the DL (Madson until July, Lidge uncertain), Contreras is the man, and I need saves.  Only other bids: Shoeless Jews ($13)
  • Both X-Men and Misogynistic Padres put in $0 bids on Ely
  • Goodfellas bid $0 on Bernadina
  • My contingency bid for Bernadina was for Mets OF Chris Carter.  Since I got Bernadina, he went to X-Men for a $0 bid.
  • Shoeless Jews picked up former Roadrunner Takashi Saito for a $0 bid, whom I released last week
  • OF Matt Diaz was placed on the 15-Day DL on Saturday (May 15th) with an injured and infected thumb.
  • RP LaTroy Hawkins has been on the 15-Day DL for over a week, with no update on his status.
  • The Washington Nationals promoted RP Drew Storen from AAA to the major-league squad.
  • In the process of calling up Storen, former Roadrunner Brian Bruney was designated for assignment Sunday (May 16th)
  • Former Roadrunner Willy Taveras was designated for assignment on Monday (May 17th).