Chris Archer, SP, MIN (CBS: 14% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): Chris Archer is currently sporting an excellent 3.14 ERA in his first year in the “Twin Cities.” The problem hasn’t been the quality. It has been the quantity. He has gone five innings in three-of-his-past five starts, winning two of those outings. Let’s hope for more of the same moving forward.
Diego Castillo, 2B/SS, PIT (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): He hasn’t quite worked his way into full-time at-bats, but he’s drawing close. When you hit four homers in your past six games, that time must be drawing very near.
Corbin Carroll, OF, ARZ (CBS:26% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Carroll is enjoying a huge year at Double-A Amarillo. 16 homers, 39 RBI, 20-of-23 in stolen bases, and a 1.073 OPS in 227 at-bats leave the 21-year-old with very little left to prove down on the farm. Is the time growing close when we see Carroll joining Alek Thomas in the DBack outfield?
Michael Chavis, 1B/2B, PIT (CBS: 13% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Very quietly, Michael Chavis is enjoying a solid season. He sits in the Top-10 at Second Base with eight homers (two in the past week) and is tied for 16’th in RBI (25) with Jose Altuve. In deeper leagues, he’s proving to be a solid addition to your middle-infield slot.
Garrett Cooper, 1B/OF, MIA (CBS: 38% rostered, ESPN: 19% rostered): The oft-injured Cooper enjoyed a fine week, going 7-for-24 with a homer and six RBI. On the season, he has posted an excellent .311 BA combined with a .378 OBP. In deeper Leagues, that level of production should have our attention.
Darick Hall, 1B, PHI (CBS: not rostered, ESPN: not rostered): It looks like the Phillies are bringing up Mickey Moniak to help fill the vacancy created by the thumb injury suffered by Bryce Harper on Saturday. Should the Phillies decide that they need a boost in the power numbers, Hall has the potential to deliver. In 269 at-bats at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Hall has hit 19 homers, driven in 65 runs, and is sporting a respectable .268 BA. Don’t be surprised if we see him getting the call sooner rather than later.
Edward Olivares, OF, KCR (CBS: 16% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): The Royals activated Olivares on Friday, and he returned from his right quad strain in fine form mashing two homers. Let’s hope this is a sign that he plans to pick up right where he left off before the early May injury.
Mickey Moniak, OF, PHI (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Mickey Moniak looked to have a job breaking camp, broke his hand in the last spring Training game, and struggled upon his return. After going 15-for-48 with three home runs at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, hehas gotten the call to help fill the void created by the Bryce Harper injury. I am expecting better results this go-round.
Dylan Moore, 2B/SS/OF, SEA (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The diagnosis is in, and Ty France is looking at a Grade Two flexor strain and likely lengthy IL stint. Dylan Moore and his ten thefts in only 91 at-bats are expected to see a boost in playing time.
Isaac Paredes, 2B/3B, TBR (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 8% rostered): Paredes is on a tear, blasting five homers in his past three games, including a three-homer outing against the Yankees on Tuesday. That brings him to ten homers this year in only 95 at-bats. I wonder if the Tigers are regretting the trade for Austin Meadows and a competitive pick at the beginning of April?
Josh H. Smith, SS, TEX (CBS: 6% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The Rangers have determined that Ezequiel Duran requires more seasoning down on the farm and has turned to Smith to try and fill the void at Third Base. He brings a little pop, a little speed, solid strike zone skills, and most importantly, an opportunity to play everyday.
Tyrone Taylor, OF, MIL (CBS:11% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): If there was any doubt about his playing time opportunities, the injury to Hunter Renfroe removes that doubt. He has hit three homers and driven in seven runs this week also helps.
Keegan Thompson, SP, CHC (CBS: 50% rostered, ESPN: 36% rostered): I had my doubts, but thus far, Thompson has proven me wrong. He’s currently sporting an excellent 3.10 ERA with seven wins and heading into a two-start week against Seattle and Minnesota. It’s time to find a home for Keegan Thompson.
Tyler Wells, SP, BAL (CBS: 26% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): In his past six starts, Wells has allowed eight earned runs and has won his last three outings. He’s sporting a 3.34 ERA on the season. He’s rostered in only 26% of the Leagues at CBS. There is an opportunity, including a two-start week against Cincinnati and Boston. It’s time to take advantage of this opportunity.
Felix Bautista, RP, BAL (CBS: 6% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Jorge Lopez has been lights out and is in no danger of losing the closer’s gig in Baltimore. The question is, do the O’s shop him at the trade deadline? I believe there’s a good chance that occurs, and a handcuff with Bautista, who has two saves, nine holds, and a stellar 1.52 ERA, provides a solid insurance policy should Lopez be traded.
Tanner Rainey, RP, WAS (CBS: 33% rostered, ESPN: 12% rostered): I know it hasn’t been a stellar campaign for Rainey, but he has the job in Washington with nary a challenger in sight. It’s worth a look to see if you’re playing in one of the 67% of the Leagues at CBS, where he is currently sitting in the FA pool.
Lou Trivino, RP, OAK (CBS: 17% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): After yesterday’s two-inning save, combined with AJ Puk’s struggles, Trivino has moved back into a role of prominence in the A’s bullpen. Is this a ringing endorsement? Definitely not, but until the return of Dany Jimenez, he’s likely to get more opportunities to close out games in Oakland.
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