I know it’s all about the Yordan Alvarez today. The young Cuban slugger, turned all around studly hitter made his debut today and didn’t disappoint. But, he’s owned in 63% of CBS league and likely is only available in the most shallow of leagues. However, if he’s available in your league, you know what to do.
But this week, it doesn’t just begin and end with Alvarez. There are a number of great names to grab, including seven who are not owned in many leagues.
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Yordan Alvarez, It doesn’t matter, he’s a stud, HOU (CBS: 63% owned)
When you’ve already hit 23 homers, driven in 71 runs, and posted a .443 OBP in 213 at-bats down on the farm, a promotion is way overdue.
Jalen Beeks, RP, TAM (CBS: 13% owned)
Beeks is now sporting a 5-0 won/loss following the “opener” in Tampa Bay. In 49 IP he has struck out 45 hitters and is sporting a 2.76 ERA. The fact that he is owned in only 13% of the Leagues using CBS as a stat service indicates that many of us are slow in keeping up with our changing game. Embrace it, it’s here to stay.
Jay Bruce, OF, PHI (CBS: 49% owned)
The Phillies trade for Jay Bruce on a Sunday and lose Andrew McCutchen for the season before Bruce has time to unpack his suitcase. So what does Bruce do in his first week in Philadelphia? He goes 8-for-18 with four homers and 11 RBI. That will keep the Philly faithful happy.
Garrett Cooper, 1B/OF, MIA (CBS: 13% owned)
Since the calendar rolled into June, Cooper has been on a tear going 8-for-20 with a pair of homers. He’s now up to five homers in 92 at-bats and looks to be in-line for steady playing time moving forward.
Franchy Cordero, OF, SD (CBS: 6% owned)
The right elbow sprain that has kept him on the shelf since the beginning of April is now ready to be put to the test. The fact that he’s 6-for-29 on his rehab with a pair of homers is a good indication that a return to the Padre outfield is just around the corner.
Adam Haseley, OF, PHI (CBS: 8% owned)
With Andrew McCutchen lost for the season, one huge opportunity presented itself for the former 2017 First Round pick. Unfortunately, he lasted just two games before hitting the 10-day IL with a groin strain. He will return, and based on that solid hit-tool should find his way to at-bats in the Phillies outfield. It might be a prudent move to roster him now while his stock is low and stash him on your bench.
Teoscar Hernandez, OF, TOR (CBS: 6% owned)
His defense was shaky to the point that he couldn’t play left field, so what do the Jays do to accommodate his bat? They move him to centerfield. Hernandez has shown flashes of potential with the bat in the past, but that being said he better start showing some flashes with the glove or his stint as an outfielder, especially in center field, will be short.
Peter Lambert, SP, COL (CBS: 18% owned)
Who saw this coming? The 22-year-old marched into Chicago and held one of the best teams in the NL at bay, tossing seven innings of four-hit, one walk ball, and getting that first win in the books. Did I mention that he also struck out nine? Yes, he is a Rockie starter, and his numbers at Triple-A Albuquerque were far from stellar (whose are?), but with the Cubs and Padres in a potential two-start week, is very worthy of some of that FAAB heading in his direction tonight.
Freddy Peralta, RP/SP, MIL (CBS: 26% owned)
Pushed into service as a result of the injuries to Gio Gonzalez and Jhoulys Chacin, Peralta responded with a great effort against the Marlins, going six strong allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out nine. In his past five outings, totaling 17 1/3 IP, he is sporting a 22/1 K/BB ratio. Yes, he’s proven to be volatile in the past, but the potential for the high reward shouldn’t be ignored.
Zach Plesac, SP, CLE (CBS: 41% owned)
After the solid outing Friday evening against the Yankees, it’s now or never time. Plesac’s ownership level is set to soar this weekend. He now has three very solid starts under his belt, and with Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco looking at long-term stints on the IL, his place in the Cleveland rotation is secure.
Bryan Reynolds, OF, PIT (CBS: 44% owned)
Since getting the call in mid-April, all this kid has done is hit. To that point, he’s now successfully got at least one hit in 21-of-his-past-23 games. He’s the perfect fit in the two-hole in Pittsburgh, and with Corey Dickerson activated off the 60-day IL on Saturday, let’s hope the Pirates feel the same way and continue giving Reynolds regular playing time.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, WAS (CBS: 36% owned)
Sanchez missed only the minimum ten days with a hamstring strain and returned with a vengeance, shutting down the Braves on six-innings of one-hit ball. He followed that up by going 5 1/3 strong innings against the White Sox lowering his ERA by almost a full run. A mere pittance could provide your Fantasy squad with a solid back of the rotation type starter.
Hunter Strickland, RP, SEA (CBS: 33% owned)
He’s getting close to returning from the strained lat that has had him on the shelf since the end of March. No one has stepped up and run away with the ninth inning gig during his absence, making the odds good that Strickland slides into the closers’ role upon his return. Combined with the fact that he’s on a one-year deal with the Mariners, boosting that potential trade value should be a priority.
Framber Valdez, RP, HOU (CBS: 8% owned)
The Corbin Martin experiment failed, leaving the Astros once again searching for a fifth starter. They’ve turned to Framber Valdez to save the day, or at least provide everyday innings. In his first start, Valdez went seven innings, allowing five hits, no walks, one earned run and chipped in with seven strikeouts. Maybe, just maybe, Houston has solved that fifth starter problem that has been plaguing them all season.
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Chance Adams, SP, NYY (CBS: 4% owned)
Domingo German has hit the 10-day IL with a left hip flexor strain and although the Yankees have yet to announce a replacement, the logical choice has to be Chance Adams. Adams has pitched very well of late, allowing only three earned runs in his past five starts, all of which were six innings or longer. A small speculative bid is in order.
Jose Castillo, RP, SD (CBS: 1% owned)
We had high hopes, as did the Padres, that Jose Castillo would continue to build on his strong 2018 rookie campaign. Alas, it was not to be. He suffered a left flexor strain early in Spring Training and has been on the mend ever since. He’s now at the stage where a rehab stint is right around the corner and quite possibly a return to a prominent role in the Padres bullpen. Track him closely over the next several weeks.
Miguel Castro, RP, BAL (CBS: unowned)
Let’s go back to 2015. Brett Cecil was struggling, and the Jays turned to a 20-year-old reliever as interim closer. By April 23 he had saved his fourth game and was sporting a 1.93 ERA. By May 3 he was in the Minors, having pitched his last game as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Move the clock forward to June 8, 2019, and Miguel Castro, now a 24-year-old reliever for the Orioles has earned his second save of the season. The O’s bullpen is a mess. Instead of asking “why”, maybe “why not” makes more sense?
Tommy Edman, 2B, STL (CBS: unowned)
At Triple-A Memphis, Edman was enjoying a solid campaign with seven homers, nine stolen bases, and a great .356 OBP. Jedd Gyorko has found his way to the 10-day IL with a lower back strain and Matt Carpenter is currently dealing with a sore shin, providing an opportunity for both Edman and those playing in NL-only Leagues.
Darwinzon Hernandez, SP, BOS (CBS: 4% owned)
Here’s a recommendation for those that like to play the streaming game. It appears that Darwinzon Hernandez could be in line for a spot start this coming Tuesday against the Rangers. There are a lot of left-handed bats in that Rangers lineup. Oh, and if he is needed for a second start, it would be against the Orioles.
JaCoby Jones, OF, DET (CBS: 5% owned)
Over the past couple of weeks, Jones has picked up his play. The two-homer five RBI monster performance Saturday against the Twins definitely helped. He will continue to strikeout at an alarming rate, but the power/speed combination is such that when he’s going well you should be going and getting him.
Mark Trumbo, DH, BAL (CBS: 4% owned)
Trumbo has been on the IL all season, recovering from off-season knee surgery, but is at the stage where his rehab is just about completed. He should be activated in the next week and in the deepest of formats provide a boost in the power numbers.