Ryan Buchter, RP, San Diego Padres (CBS: 6 per cent owned, ESPN: 4 per cent): Buchter has now moved into the setup role for the Friars, and realistically, what are the odds that Fernando Rodney is on the roster after the trade deadline comes and goes?
Rusney Castillo, OF, Boston Red Sox (CBS: 7 per cent owned, ESPN: 1 per cent): Blake Swihart has found his way to the DL with a severe ankle sprain and the BoSox have called up Castillo. He wasn’t exactly tearing it up at Triple-A, but in deeper and AL-only Leagues is worth a cheap bid this week.
Robinson Chirinos, C, Texas Rangers (CBS: 17 per cent owned, ESPN: 1 per cent): It looks like Chirinos is running ahead of schedule and could be returning as early as this week. For those looking for homerun potential out of a position that has been a black hole this year, the double-digit homerun production we’ve seen in the past two seasons should get your attention.
Edwin Diaz, RP, Seattle Mariners (CBS: 3 per cent owned, ESPN: unowned): Straight from Double-A to the show. Since being moved from the rotation into the bullpen at the beginning of May, the 24-year-old righty appeared in eleven games without giving up a run. A role of prominence in the Seattle pen could be not all that far off.
Mychal Givens, RP, Baltimore Orioles (CBS: 4 per cent owned, ESPN: 2 per cent): The hamstring strain suffered by setup man Darren O’Day, moves Givens up a peg in the O’s bullpen for at least the next two-to-three weeks. He’s now up to five wins on the season, with six holds and a stellar 36 strikeouts in 26 1/3 IP. There might even be a save opportunity in his future?
Will Harris, RP, Houston Astros (CBS: 12 per cent owned, ESPN: 11 per cent): What an amazing run. Harris has now gone 25 consecutive appearances without allowing a run. The last run he allowed was in his season debut on April 7. Luke Gregerson blew his fifth save Saturday and Harris filled in Sunday and earned his first save of the season. Gregerson hasn’t officially been removed from the role of closer, but the committee stage is now upon us with Ken Giles also quite possibly in the mix.
Tommy Joseph, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies (CBS: 27 per cent owned, ESPN: 3 per cent): Is Ryan Howard going to be riding the pine? If this past week is any indication, the answer is a resounding yes. The 24-year-old Joseph has now started five consecutive games, going 7-for-20 with a homer.
Dae-Ho Lee, 1B, Seattle Mariners (CBS: 7 per cent owned, ESPN: 5 per cent): He still isn’t playing full-time, but does it really matter? “Big Boy” is now up to eight homers in only 94 at-bats and has moved from a decent player in single-league formats to a very intriguing corner-infield option in 15-team Mixed Leagues.
Tyler Naquin, OF, Cleveland Indians (CBS: 5 per cent owned, ESPN: 1 per cent): The Tribe called up Naquin last week to fill the roster slot vacated by the recently suspended Marlon Byrd. He’s now homered in three consecutive games demonstrating that he really doesn’t want to return to riding the buses at Columbus. Maybe, just maybe, the Tribe’s answer to resolving their outfield challenges has been in the system all along?
Anthony DeSclafini, SP, Cincinnati Reds (CBS: 45 per cent owned, ESPN: 12 per cent): Finally, DeSclafini is penciled in to make his 2016 debut and it will be a much needed respite to the short-staffed Reds rotation. We saw glimpses of his potential down the stretch last year, and he’s definitely worth a look in both single and 15-team formats.
Seung-Hwan Oh, RP, St. Louis Cardinals (CBS: 12 per cent owned, ESPN: 8 per cent): Trevor Rosenthal has been a model of inconsistency this season. Friday night he managed to walk three consecutive batters before being yanked and on the year is up 16 walks in 18 IP. Oh is getting it done in a setup role and a little insurance could go a long way over the dog days of summer.
Hyun-Soo Kim, OF, Baltimore Orioles (CBS: 14 per cent owned, ESPN: 7 per cent): You mean he wasn’t owned to 100 per cent in all Leagues?
Jurickson Profar, 2B, Texas Rangers (CBS: 32 per cent owned, ESPN: 16 per cent): We mentioned Profar a couple of weeks back as a short-term option while Rougned Odor was paying his penance for slugging Jose Bautista. Profar has torn the cover off the ball, and now has forced the slumping Price Fielder to the bench. For how long, who knows, but for now Profar looks very much like the player many envisioned prior to his shoulder woes and has to be rostered and active in all formats.