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Sandy Alcantara, SP, MIA (CBS: 27% owned)
Alcantara has now posted three consecutive quality starts, with two being against a very good Atlanta Braves squad. Over those three starts, he has tossed 21 2/3 innings, allowing a total of five earned runs, and chipped in with 15 strikeouts. He’s currently on a roll. Take advantage of that fact.
Brock Burke, SP, TEX (CBS: 8% owned)
Burke was traded to the Rangers as part of the Jurickson Profar deal last off-season and made his debut against the Angels last week. It was expected to be a spot start, but after six shutout innings of four-hit, two walk ball in his debut, he earned his second start today against the White Sox. Looking at the dire state of the Rangers pitching, he could call Texas home for the balance of 2019. He’s definitely worthy of our attention in Dynasty/Keeper formats.
Francisco Cervelli, C, ATL (CBS: 13% owned)
After proclaiming he was done behind the dish because of the many concussions endured over the years, Cervelli is giving it one more kick-at-the-can with the injury-depleted Braves. Brian McCann is dealing with a left knee sprain and could be lost for an extended period. As a #2 type catcher, especially in OBP Leagues, he’s worthy of our attention.
Jake Fraley, OF, SEA (CBS: 6% owned)
It’s audition time with the Mariners giving us a preview of the future and a great opportunity for those playing in Dynasty/Keeper formats. They have promoted Jake Fraley and with 19 homers and 22 stolen bases combined between Double and Triple-A this season, it’s a most deserving promotion. A future outfield consisting of Julio Rodriguez, Jarred Kelenic, and Jake Fraley has its charms!
Brian Goodwin, OF, LAA (CBS: 12% owned)
Over the past 14 days, Goodwin has hit two homers, scored eight runs, swiped a base, and has posted a great .381 OBP. As an injury replacement type player, one could do much worse.
Billy Hamilton, OF, ATL (CBS: 17% owned)
We have a Hamilton sighting, and it’s a great place for him to be landing. The Braves are hurting, losing both Nick Markakis and Austin Riley, and as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner, Atlanta will give him plenty of opportunities to flash the commodity that he brings to the table, speed. Those two stolen bases on Friday reinforce that fact.
Will Harris, RP, HOU (CBS: 6% owned)
Harris was enjoying a great year in the ‘Stros pen, posting a 1.64 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with a strikeout per inning. The knee injury and subsequent trip to the IL for Ryan Pressly have resulted in Harris moving into the setup role for the remainder of the regular season. When Roberto Osuna needs a day of rest, he’s looking like the go-to guy and proved it by earning his first save of the season Saturday against the Angels.
Adrian Houser, SP, MIL (CBS: 37% owned)
Houser has now put together a string of three consecutive starts in which he has allowed only one earned run in each. Two of those outings were against the Nationals and Cards, two teams that can score runs. In those three starts, he has struck out 20 in 18 1/3 IP. Those numbers are way too impressive to be left sitting in the free-agent pool.
Pablo Lopez, SP, MIA (CBS: 32% owned)
He’s finally returning this week from the shoulder injury that has kept him sidelined since mid-June. He’s facing off against the Reds and Nationals in a two-start week, a scenario that I’ll be avoiding, but in his third start, he has the Royals at home. That has my attention.
Nick Solak, 2B, TEX (CBS: 9% owned)
Solak clubbed 27 homers in 419 at-bats at Triple-A and already has his first big league shot under his belt. There is definitely serious power in that bat and with the ongoing struggles of Rougned Odor, a full-time job could be right around the corner. The clock is ticking.
Abraham Toro, 3B, HOU (CBS: 6% owned)
Toro is best left for AL-only Leagues, but for the next several weeks until Carlos Correa returns from his back injury, the 22-year-old Canuck should see at least semi-regular at-bats.
Jose Urena, SP, MIA (CBS: 11% owned)
It would appear that Urena is looking at a September return and when he does return it could be in a new role. Don Mattingly announced that they will be looking at using him in the ninth inning. Yeah, I know it’s the Marlins and save opportunities will most likely be few and far between, but if you’re in a close race, that handful of saves could prove advantageous.
Jacob Waguespack, SP, TOR (CBS: 16% owned)
In his past five starts, Waguespack has only had one small stumble, and that was against a very good Yankees ballclub. He has shut down both the Rays and Dodgers, limiting the Dodgers to but a scant single hit over seven innings last week. In those five starts, he’s managed to win three games. It’s time to hop on that train before it leaves the station.
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Willi Castro, SS, DET (CBS: 2% owned)
Niko Goodrum has found his way to the 10-day IL with a left groin strain. Acquired in the 2018 trade deadline deal for Leonys Martin, the Tigers will turn to the 22-year-old Castro. He’s coming off a fine 11 homer, 17 stolen base campaign in the Minors and could be looking at an extended run at shortstop while Goodrum is on the mend.
Mike Freeman, 2B/3B/SS/3B, CLE (CBS: unowned)
Brutal news for the Indians, as Jose Ramirez will be undergoing surgery on Monday and appears to be out for the season with a broken right hamate bone. It would appear that the Indians will be going with a platoon of Mike Freeman and just recalled Yu Chang (1% owned) with Freeman enjoying the better side of that platoon.
Tim Locastro, OF, ARZ (CBS: unowned)
David Peralta is dealing with right AC joint inflammation and an IL stint, so the DBacks have summoned Tim Locastro to take his spot on the active roster. In several stints this year with Arizona, Locastro has managed to steal 11 bases in 159 at-bats. Expect more of the same this time around.
Tim Lopes, OF/SS, SEA (CBS: 2% owned)
Lopes managed to swipe 26 bases this year in 374 at-bats at Triple-A Tacoma. In limited at-bats (52) in Seattle, he has stolen three bases. He should see a steady diet of at-bats down the stretch, some at the top-of-the-order, and for those looking to make up ground in the stolen base category proves to be an asset.
Kevin Ginkel, RP, ARZ (CBS: 1% owned)
Four good reasons to be buying into Kevin Ginkel. Greg Holland is in Washington. Archie Bradley is now closing in Arizona. Yoshi Hirano is on the 10-day IL. Kevin Ginkel produced an amazing 63/14 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings over three levels in the Minors.