Kaleb Cowart (LAA, 3B, 7 % owned)
Since getting the call at the end of July, Cowart has very quietly been putting up decent numbers. It’s not totally unexpected, as down on the farm he hit 12 homers with 59 RBI, 19 stolen bases and a great .383 OBP. The one-time corner infielder has completed the transition to the middle-infield and could be in line for a long run at second base for the Halos.
Keon Broxton (MIL, OF 40% owned)
Remember last week when I mentioned to ignore my comments from the prior week in regards to Brett Phillips? Well this week the Brewers bring Broxton back into the fold and dispatch Lewis Brinson to Triple-A. The revolving door keeps on revolving in Milwaukee.
Broxton will hit the odd bomb, steal a base or two, and play great defense. If you can handle the hit to your BA, go get him.
Reynaldo Lopez (CWS, SP, 29 % owned)
Any day now we’ll be notified that Lopez has gotten the call, and he’s ready. He’s in the midst of a run of seven consecutive starts where the most he has allowed is two earned runs. Three times during this run he’s managed double-digit strikeouts. Get the jump on your competition and find a home for him now.
Nick Delmonico (CWS, 1B, 1% owned)
Between the injuries and the trading of Melky Cabrera to the Royals, the White Sox are running out of outfielders. The newest promotion is Delmonico, and he’s off to a solid start with a homer and five RBI in his first week on the job. The opportunities for regular playing time makes Delmonico an intriguing option in deeper and AL-Only formats.
Ryder Jones (SF, 3B, 1% owned)
Is Ryder just a rental, or is he in it for the long haul? Please tell me that he isn’t holding down the fort for Pablo Sandoval.
Vince Velasquez (PHI, SP, 44% owned)
Velasquez now has four starts under his belt since coming off the DL, with three of them being very good. In his past two starts he has allowed a total of only two earned runs. There will be good days, and bad days, but playing the matchups down the stretch could prove to be a prudent approach.
Brandon Woodruff (MIL, SP 8 % owned)
Woodruff got the call last week and immediately made an impact, by tossing 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball with six strikeouts, against the Rays. Chase Anderson is looking at three rehab starts before returning to the Brewers rotation, providing ample time for Woodruff to build on that terrific first start.
Arodys Vizcaino (ATL, RP, 29% owned)
Jim Johnson has hit the skids and long-time closer in waiting Vizcaino has quietly slid into the role for the Braves. Three consecutive saves in the past week pretty much guarantees the job is his to lose, and I’m betting he won’t.
Matt Chapman (OAK, 3B, 13% owned)
We mentioned Chapman back in Week 12, when he first got the callup. He’s now up to seven homers in 113 at-bats and is still owned in only 13 per cent of the Leagues at CBS. I think it’s time for a second mention.
Ozzie Albies (ATL, 2B, 33% owned)
Yes, the nine homers, 41 RBI, and 21 thefts at Triple-A Gwinnett are some impressive. Toss in the fact that these numbers were produced by a 20-year-old makes them even more impressive. Albies has incredible skills and a bright future, just don’t count on it arriving all in the last two months of 2017.
Rajai Davis (OAK, OF, 14% owned)
We’re five days into August and Davis has four stolen bases. Since the beginning of July, he’s stolen 13 bases, yet nobody seemingly wants to own him. If one is looking to pad the stolen base numbers, it’s Davis and not Albies that one should be making a FAAB priority this week.