Anthony Bass, RP, TOR (CBS: 34% rostered): Jordan Romano has hit the 10-day IL with a finger issue and is likely to be lost for the next 2-to-4 weeks. This thrusts Anthony Bass back into sole ownership of the ninth inning for the Jays until the return of Ken Giles.
Garrett Cooper, OF, MIA (CBS: 10% rostered): Cooper missed a month due to the early season Covid-19 problem in Miami, returned Friday, and was immediately inserted into the Marlins lineup. In 381 at-bats last year, Cooper hit 15 homers and drove in 50 runs. He’ll hit in the heart of the Marlins order and based on his past production should be a decent power source for your Fantasy squad down the stretch.
Bobby Dalbec, 3B, BOS (CBS: 5% rostered): The trade of Mitch Moreland to the Padres has opened up an opportunity for Dalbec. In the offseason, we had this to say about the Red Sox #3 prospect. “In his three previous seasons, he never posted a strikeout rate of lower than 30%. However, in 135 games across Double and Triple-A, he posted a 25% strikeout rate. That’s not great, but assuming a reasonable BABIP, he might be able to hit enough to get to his 30 plus home run power.” The Red Sox will definitely be giving the youngster everyday at-bats down the stretch.
Justin Dunn, SP, SEA (CBS: 9% rostered): We were big fans of Justin Dunn when he was with the Mets and saw him as a potential mid-rotation starter. He has very good stuff but never put it all together to show the potential. That changed in 2019 as he pitched extremely well in 25 starts in Double-A. In 131.2 innings, he pitched to a 3.55 ERA striking out nearly 11 per nine while walking 2.7 per nine. In his last start, Dunn tossed six shutout innings of one-hit ball against the Rangers. He has the struggling Angels and a return engagement with the Rangers this coming week, making him a great two-start option.
Josh Fleming, SP, TBR (CBS: 7% rostered): Coming out of nowhere, we’ve now witnessed two solid outings from the unranked prospect. His two principal weapons are a sinker (53.4%) and slider (31.5%). As long as that sinker keeps sinking, Fleming could prove to be a solid option heading into September.
Jose Garcia, SS, CIN (CBS: 8% rostered): In the off-season, we had this to say about our #8 Red prospect. “If you’re looking for optimism, he was red-hot to end the year, hitting .378 in August with a .571 SLG. While I did not see him play, I was told by someone who did that he looked much better than at anytime prior to that. It could be a small sample size, but perhaps he finally is knocking off the rust. Time will tell.” The Reds obviously liked what they saw both last year and at the “alternate site”, as he has now displaced Freddy Galvis as their everyday shortstop.
Tony Gonsolin, SP, LAD (CBS: 35% rostered): It was only a matter of time before we saw the return of Gonsolin to the Dodgers rotation. How do you keep a player at the alternate site that in 14 innings this year with the Dodgers has yet to allow an earned run?
Sam Haggerty, 2B/OF, SEA (CBS: 7% rostered): Haggerty went from “not rostered” at all last week to 7% this week. When you’ve stolen four bases in your first 39 at-bats, that deserves much more of our attention.
Hunter Harvey, RP, BAL (CBS: 17% rostered): Injuries have made it a long and hard road for Hunter Harvey. We suggested in the offseason that Harvey had a chance to be the closer in Baltimore and that is exactly what the Orioles have in mind for Harvey when he returns from the IL. Cole Sulser owners should be aware that his days of closing for the O’s are numbered.
Chad Kuhl, SP, PIT (CBS: 21% rostered): Kuhl is working his way back from TJS and with his last outing, a six-inning gem against the Cards, he’s currently sporting a 2.52 ERA on the season. Next up he has the Cubs and Reds in a two-start week, which makes for an intriguing streaming option in deeper formats.
Tyler Mahle, SP, CIN (CBS: 23% rostered): Wade Miley hits the 10-day IL with a left shoulder sprain and the Reds will turn to Mahle to hold down the fort. He got off to a rather poor start against the Cubs last week allowing back-to-back solo homers to Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber, and then shut the Cubs down over 6 2/3 innings, tossing in 11 strikeouts for good measure. It’s time to once again be investing in Mahle.
Reyes Moronta, RP, SFG (CBS: 1% rostered): Moronta is working his way back from shoulder surgery and live BP is just around the corner. Prior to the injury, Moronta was looking very much like a closer-of-the-future for the Giants and with no one stepping up this year and laying claim to the job, he could be an interesting stash for those in Keeper/Dynasty Leagues for next season.
Michal Pineda, SP, MIN (19% rostered): The 60-game PED suspension is coming to an end, and by next weekend he’ll be eligible to return to his spot in the Twins rotation, just in time to help the Twins in their September push in a very tight Division.
Trevor Rogers, SP, MIA (CBS: 4% rostered): This season, he showed good swing and miss stuff in both the Florida State and Southern League with much-improved control. The stuff still looks solid with a fastball that can scrape the mid-90s and both a slider and change-up that show promise. Rogers made his MLB debut last week and tossed four innings of one-hit ball, albeit with five walks. The Marlins keep going to the well, and the well is delivering.
Sergio Romo, RP, MIN (CBS: 25% rostered): Taylor Rogers is currently sporting a 4.76 ERA and has allowed earned runs in three of his past six appearances. Twins Manager, Rocco Baldelli has never been shy about turning the ball over to Romo in the ninth, and that trend should continue down the stretch.
Josh Staumont, RP, KCR (CBS: 13% rostered): As we mentioned last week, “The fact that Trevor Rosenthal is rumored to be a hot commodity for teams looking to upgrade their bullpens, should up the ante.” Trevor Rosenthal was definitely as advertised and he’s now a Padre, elevating Staumont and possibly Scott Barlow into the ninth-inning role in Kansas City.
Tarik Skubal, SP, DET (CBS: 26% owned): After two shaky starts in which he failed to get out of the third inning, Skubal bounced back nicely against a tough Twins offense. He tossed five-innings of two-run ball, allowing three hits and no walks, in gaining his first win. For those that walked away after those first two outings, try buying him back this week!
Leody Taveras, OF, TEX (CBS: 5% rostered): On Friday night he stole his first base. On Saturday, he hit his first homer. Over the off-season, we indicated that we saw upside with Taveras as a full-time regular, and because of his speed, a potential impact fantasy performer. There is speed, good contact skills with the chance to hit a handful of home runs. A player with that level of potential has to be chased hard in the Waiver Wire battles this week.
Taijuan Walker, SP, TOR (CBS: 51% rostered): The Blue Jays acquired Walker for a PTBNL or cash and he immediately made his presence felt. He tossed six-innings of four-hit shutout ball in his debut and cruised to his first victory in Buffalo. The Jays will need more like results as they attempt to chase down a playoff berth in the tough AL East.