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Fantasy Notes: Tanking It

June 21, 2007 | By RotoRob | comment on this post

Dennis Tankersley, a one-time hot shot prospect in the Padres organization, missed a glorious opportunity this season. Currently with Triple-A Toledo of the Tigers’ system, if Tankersley had shown any kind of progress this season, he might have got the opportunity that went to Chad Durbin to step into the Tiger rotation. Instead, it looks like the 28-year-old righty’s career is one small step away from playing Indy ball the way things are going. On Sunday, Tankersley was burned for five first-inning runs against Syracuse, and had to be pulled after recording just one out in the second inning with shoulder soreness. The injury — apparently the first of his career — obviously limited his effectiveness. Tankersley doesn’t think it’s serious and suggested that a worst-case scenario is that he’ll miss one start. Okay, doctor…whatever you say. Last season, Tankersley had a piss poor 4-15 mark with Memphis, recording a 4.35 ERA and just 6.6 Ks/9, but with a somewhat decent 1.39 WHIP. This year, although Sunday’s loss only dropped him to 6-5, Tankersley’s numbers have fallen off the map. In 14 starts and 75 1/3 innings, he’s walked 29 already, and is being battered around to the tune of a .319 BAA leading to an ERA north of the five and a half mark. We talked about Tankersley last October, suggesting at the time that he may still have a future as a middle reliever or spot starter type. Now we think he’ll be lucky to ever seen a major league diamond again, without having to buy a ticket, that is.

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