Albert Almora, OF, Chicago Cubs (CBS: 13 per cent owned, ESPN: 5 per cent): He’s got 2-to-3 weeks to prove he belongs. It’s a tough lineup to crack, but if he can display the skills he brought to the table at Triple-A Iowa, the future could be now for the 22-year-old outfielder.
Tim Anderson, SS, Chicago White Sox (CBS: 35 per cent owned, ESPN: 14 per cent): If you have the “need for speed”, Anderson is your guy. Just don’t expect a stellar on-base percentage.
Todd Cunningham, OF, Los Angeles Angels (CBS/ESPN: unowned): Regular at-bats in left field are his for the taking. Those 13 thefts at Sal Lake City are intriguing.
Zach Davies, SP, Milwaukee Brewers (CBS: 40 per cent owned, ESPN: 26 per cent): With today’s effort, Davies has now reeled of four consecutive wins in which he’s allowed a total of four earned runs. I think it’s time to start believing.
Ike Davis, 1B, New York Yankees (CBS/ESPN: unowned): The Rob Refsnyder experiment at first base draws to a close.
Zach Eflin, SP, Philadelphia Phillies (CBS: 5 per cent owned, ESPN: 1 per cent): The stellar numbers produced by Eflin at Lehigh Valley will be seriously put to the test, when he makes his debut against the Jays on Tuesday. Do I want to own the young righty? You betcha. Do I want to start him in his debut. Not a chance.
Carlos Estevez, RP, Colorado Rockies (CBS: 12 per cent owned, ESPN: 5 per cent): Jason Motte was bypassed in favour of the young gun, Estevez. Since the beginning of June the kid has been lights out and already has that first successful save under his belt.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, Chicago White Sox (CBS: 4 per cent owned, ESPN: 1 per cent): A solid spot-start this week against the Nationals, combined with Mat Latos being DFA’d last week, has created a window of opportunity for the veteran Gonzalez. In deeper and Al-only Leagues he should generate some interest in this weekend’s FAAB battles.
Brandon Kintzler, RP, Minnesota Twins (CBS: 11 per cent owned, ESPN: 6 per cent): Kevin Jepsen is finally removed as the closer in Minnesota, and the Twins have turned to Kintzler…….at least for now.
Jefry Marte, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (CBS: 1 per cent owned, ESPN: unowned): Three homers in his past five games has my attention. In AL-only Leagues it’s time to find a home for the kid.
Daniel Mengden, SP, Oakland Athletics (CBS: 7 per cent owned, ESPN: n/a): A decent debut for the 23-year-old righty, especially pitching in the bandbox in Cincinnati. Rich Hill is still at least two weeks away giving Mengden at least a couple more starts to prove he belongs.
Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals (CBS: 33 per cent owned, ESPN: 23 per cent): Since June 1, he’s mashed five homers. A rolling Moss, should be gathering a much higher ownership level.
Peter O’Brien, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (CBS: 14 per cent owned, ESPN: 4 per cent): Showcase and trade him to the AL, Mr. Stewart. Do you really need seven outfielders fighting for playing time? I know us Fantasy folk sure don’t.
James Paxton, SP, Seattle Mariners (CBS: 45 per cent owned, ESPN: 15 per cent): James Paxton is hitting 100 mph on the gun. What’s up with that? Who cares. Get him rostered and enjoy the ride.
Blake Snell, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (CBS: 47 per cent owned, ESPN: 6 per cent): He’s getting the call and will pitch Thursday against the Mariners. The tasty morsel he displayed back in April should have people spending like a drunken sailor this weekend. This time he’s up for good.
Dan Straily, SP, Cincinnati Reds (CBS: 41 per cent owned, ESPN: 19 per cent): Is Straily now the “ace” of the Reds rotation? He’s got the ERA hovering just over three, and more impressively is starting to work deep into games, having completed seven innings in his last two starts.
Hunter Strickland, RP, San Francisco Giants (CBS: 13 per cent owned, ESPN: 4 per cent): He’s next-in-line and Santiago Casilla has been far from stellar this season. An early buy-in could be cause for some solid rewards.
Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Miami Marlins (CBS: 2 per cent owned, ESPN: 3 per cent): The ageless wonder is very quietly still playing some solid ball. Since the beginning of June, batting out of the leadoff spot, he’s scored five runs, swiped four bases, and is sporting a .379 BA.
Jameson Taillon, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates (CBS: 67 per cent owned, ESPN: 28 per cent): It’s about time. Now let’s see Tyler Glasnow get the call and the Pirates can have some semblance of a rotation.