Cam Bedrosian, RP, Los Angeles Angels (CBS: 2 per cent owned, ESPN: 1 per cent): Since being recalled at the end of April, Bedrosian has allowed a scant three earned runs. In 11 2/3 IP in June, not a one. Toss in the outstanding strikeout rates and it’s no wonder Bedrosian is quickly moving into a role of prominence in the Halos pen.
Mauricio Cabrera, RP, Atlanta Braves (CBS: 2 per cent owned, ESPN: unowned): Jim Johnson is the likely favourite to close should incumbent Vizcaino be moved, but don’t sleep on Cabrera and that electric fastball. The 22-year-old flamethrower has the potential to move onwards and upwards in that Braves bullpen very quickly. In only his third game since being recalled, he was called on to bail out Vizcaino and successfully converted the save opportunity.
Xavier Cedeno, RP, Tampa Bay Rays (CBS: 7 per cent owned, ESPN: 5 per cent): Alex Colome hits the DL and Cedeno appears to be the early favourite to gain saves in the interim. Cedeno is a decent short-term option, but be wary that the Rays pen is anything but stable. Bid accordingly.
Tony Cingrani, RP, Cincinnati Reds (CBS: 30 per cent owned, ESPN: 19 per cent): He’s likely to be challenged by both Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen, but he’s got the job and is coming off of a very successful June in which he posted a 2.08 ERA with five saves. Cingrani has solidified his hold on the ninth inning gig and should be rostered and owned in all formats.
Danny Espinosa, 2B/3B/SS, Washington Nationals (CBS: 38 per cent owned, ESPN: 29 per cent): Everyone continues to wait on Trea Turner. The wait will eventually be worth it, but in the meantime Espinosa continues to tear the cover off the ball, and is not getting nearly the love that he deserves. After today’s two-homer outburst, he’s up to 18 bombs on the year. If he’s available in your League, grab him quick before someone else wakes up and smells the coffee, and countables.
Didi Gregorius, SS, New York Yankees (CBS: 32 per cent owned, ESPN: 22 per cent): Very quietly, Gregorius is enjoying a solid campaign. In June, he really picked up the pace, with four homers and 18 RBI. If you’re looking for middle-infield help, a cheap FAAB bid could resolve that problem.
Brandon Maurer, RP, San Diego Padres (CBS: 3 per cent owned, ESPN: 6 per cent): The Padres went with the righty, in Brandon Maurer, instead of the pitcher that Padres Manager Andy Green considered his principle setup man, Ryan Buchter. Go figure… Maurer gets the first shot at closing and should be rostered, but I wouldn’t be cutting bait on Buchter, at least not yet.
Brandon McCarthy, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers (CBS: 8 per cent owned, ESPN: 4 per cent): The rehab from the Tommy John surgery is in the books and today he made his 2016 debut and what a debut it was. Five-innings of shutout ball with eight strikeouts is worthy of one’s attention and definitely exactly what the Dodgers needed as they look to try and survive the loss of Clayton Kershaw.
Bud Norris, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers (CBS: 32 per cent owned, ESPN: 21 per cent): Seeing is believing, and over the past six starts, Norris has allowed only seven earned runs. Isn’t seven earned runs a typical evening’s work for Norris? He’s been pitching like a man on a mission, and that mission currently doesn’t seem to be impossible.
Daniel Norris, SP, Detroit Tigers (CBS: 30 per cent owned, ESPN: 6 per cent): Since being recalled at the end of June what really sticks out is the fact that Norris has allowed only one free pass in his two starts. The early results are very positive and the leash should be fairly long as he attempts to carve out his spot in the Tigers rotation.
Nick Tropeano, SP, Los Angeles Angels (CBS: 13 per cent owned, ESPN: 3 per cent): Some sanity has finally prevailed in Anaheim. Jhoulys Chacin is heading to the bullpen and Tropeano will be getting the ball Monday against the Rays. He’s looking at a rather daunting task with his second start in a two-start week being against the O’s in Baltimore, but a bench stash presents some solid opportunities for the second half.
Mike Zunino, C, Seattle Mariners (CBS: 4 per cent owned, ESPN: 1 per cent): Mike Zunino is still very much a work in progress, but has shown significant improvement in pitch recognition at Triple-A Tacoma this season. The injury to Steve Clevenger forced the M’s hand and despite the two-homer night on Saturday in his 2016 debut, Zunino is a backup catcher and won’t be taking the full-time job away from Chris Iannetta any time soon. Remember that when you’re submitting those FAAB bids this evening.