Maurico Cabrera, RP, Atlanta Braves (CBS: 7 per cent owned, ESPN: 2 per cent): If your choice comes down to one of Jim Johnson or Cabrera, I’ll roll the dice on who I believe to has the better arm. Cabrera wins. Even if he doesn’t inherit the gig out of the gate, are the Braves going to attempt to move JJ at the deadline?
Ji-Man Choi, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (CBS: 1 per cent owned, ESPN: per cent): Now that C.J. Cron slated to miss the next 6-to-8 weeks with a broken hand, the Haloes have turned to the 25-year-old Choi to help fill that void. He’s now hit in five consecutive games since being recalled, and is an intriguing option in deeper formats.
David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies (CBS: 18 per cent owned, ESPN: 2 per cent): Will the Rockies move Blackmon or Carlos Gonzalez? If they do, one has to consider Dahl as a potential option. He’s absolutely tearing it up at Triple-A Albuquerque In his past ten games he’s gone 20-for-42 with five homers, 13 RBI, and 11 runs scored.
Ryan Dull, RP, Oakland Athletics (CBS: 10 per cent owned, ESPN: 6 per cent): Dull has moved into the setup gig in Oakland and next-in-line should Ryan Madson either falter or is moved at the deadline.
Yulieski Gurriel, 3B, Houston Astros (CBS: 6 per cent owned, ESPN: n/a): His best power season was a 30 homer effort in 2009 in 344 at-bats. In 2014 he hit with Yokohama in the NPB, 11 homers in 239 at-bats. A strong arm and he was tried out in the outfield by the Astros.
Ryon Healy, 3B, Oakland Athletics (CBS: 8 per cent owned, ESPN: 2 per cent): It’s always nice to get that first hit under your belt and when it’s a three-run homer, even better. 14-64 with a .326 BA between two levels down on the farm, is nothing to sneeze at.
Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Tampa Bay Rays (CBS: 15 per cent owned, ESPN: 7 per cent): I know he was hurt and missed a good chunk of the first half, but where does one go to find both power and speed. Double digit speed in the second half can’t be ignored.
Sandy Leon, C, Boston Red Sox (CBS: 11 per cent owned, ESPN: 7 per cent): Yan Gomes and Chris Herrmann could both hit the DL. It’s time to find some catching help and Leon, surprisingly is getting it done.
Reynaldo Lopez, SP, Washington Nationals (CBS: 7 per cent owned, ESPN: unowned): In a surprise move, the Nationals have announced that Lopez will be recalled and start this Tuesday. Four times in his past eight games he has recorded double-digit strikeouts and on the season he has now struck out 109 in 87 1/3 IP.
Brad Miller, 2B/SS, Tampa Bay Rays (CBS: 29 per cent owned, ESPN: 21 per cent): Miller hit his 15th home run today. Really?
David Peralta, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks (CBS: 55 per cent owned, ESPN: 38 per cent): After a seemingly endless stint on the DL, Peralta appears to be ready to return to action. He’s now got five games under his belt in his rehab staint and could be returning as soon as this week.
Sergio Romo, RP, San Francisco Giants (CBS: 7 per cent owned, ESPN: 5 per cent): If anyone had the opportunity to see the balk-off win by the Padres on Saturday night, they will fully understand the need to give Romo a good look this week. He has now tossed four consecutive scoreless outings since returning from a lengthy DL stint, and looks to be ready to assume the role of primary setup man.
Eddie Rosario, OF, Minnesota Twins (CBS: 9 per cent owned, ESPN: 2 per cent): since being recalled July 3, the 24-year-old Rosario has been 15-for-39 with a homer, four RBI, and seven runs scored. He appears to like flying much more than those long bus drives in the International league.
Ryan Schimpf, 2B, San Diego Padres (CBS: 1 per cent owned, ESPN: 1 per cent): Cory Spangenberg has suffered another tear in his quad and isn’t anywhere close to returning. The Padres turned the job over to Schimpf in June and after struggling mightily in June, has very quietly turned around his fortunes in July. Five homers in 34 July at-bats and it’s time to jump on the schimpf boat before it leave harbour.
Tyler Skaggs, SP, Los Angeles Angels (CBS: 10 per cent owned, ESPN: 2 per cent): Skaggs is currently working his way back from the Tommy John Surgery, and if his last rehab start is any indication he’s not far off from joining the Angels rotation. Seven innings of one-hit ball with 14, yes 14 strikeouts, is fairly convincing. He’s likely looking at one more rehab start, but now is the time to move, saving some of that precious FAAB for the trade deadline.