This Saturday San Diego Padres RP Huston Street was added to the disabled list with a strained calf and the former All-Star became just the latest victim of the injury bug this season. The injury has, however, opened the door for RP Luke Gregerson to take over as the team’s closer, so expect the veteran to quickly become a hot commodity on the fantasy baseball wavier wire.
Gregerson recorded his first save of the season this past weekend, and he has already settled into his role as San Diego’s closer. Granted the position has not necessarily been a constant source of saves in the past, but a closer is a closer in fantasy.
The 29-year-old has already pitched 25.1 innings this year and has amassed 10 holds. He has an immaculate 0.66 WHIP this season and his 1.05 ERA is just as dangerous. Street was somewhat struggling in the ninth before his untimely injury, so Gregerson has a legitimate chance to steal the job if he continues to pitch well.
The veteran has been abusing hitters inside with his slider this season. According to FanGraphs, he is throwing the slider 62.3 % of the time, and while it may only be 81 MPH, it is nasty enough to get hitters to ground out 53.7% of the time this season. His fastball/slider combo will be relentless in the ninth inning, so expect quality numbers from Gregerson in Street’s absence.
Gregerson is definitely worth a spot in deeper fantasy leagues. He may not be a permanent solution, but he will still be able to get a couple saves per week for fantasy owners. He will be a hot option on the waiver wire this week, so make your move early if you are desperate for another closer.