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Week 12

Eddie Rosario (MIN, OF, 7% owned) 

A three homer game on Tuesday, followed up by a solo shot on Friday, and all of a sudden Rosario is showing signs of life. It’s worth a cheap bid to see if he can sustain this hot streak into a second week.

Derek Fisher (HOU, OF, 34% owned)

The long wait for one of the hottest-hitting prospects on the planet is over. Fisher got the call mid-week and so far he’s been pretty much as advertised. In three games he is 3-for-9 with a homer and stolen base, but is this enough to keep him on the big league roster when Josh Reddick returns from the 7-day DL next week? The combination of power and speed makes this a necessary gamble.

Brian Goodwin (WAS, OF, 2% owned)

I thought Goodwin might never get the opportunity, but alas he has and he’s doing his best to convince the Nationals that he belongs. In the past week he’s gone 7-for-17 at the dish with three homers and six RBI. He’s a must-own in NL-only Leagues.

Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA, SP, 31% owned)

A return from the shoulder inflammation that has kept him sidelined since early May, is close-at-hand. He tossed four shutout innings of one-hit ball in his first rehab start, as he continues to ramp it up in anticipation of a return at the end of June.

Matt Chapman (OAK, 3B, 11% owned)

The A’s finally tired of Trevor Plouffe and his dreadful .634 OPS and sent him packing. The future is now for young Matt Chapman, and if the 16 homers in 174 at-bats a Triple-A Nashville is any indication, it will be a very bright future.

Alen Hanson (CHW, 2B, 3% owned)

Finally, a new least on life for the former Pirate prospect. The ChiSox snagged him off of waivers and he promptly smacked a pinch hit homer, followed up by a 4-for-9 with four runs scored and a stolen base weekend against the Jays. Hanson is getting his opportunity to prove the Pirates wrong and here’s hoping that’s exactly the case.

Hector Velazquez (BOS, SP, 1% owned) 

Brian Johnson’s loss is Hector Velazquez gain. For those interested in streaming starting pitchers, Velazquez has a two-start week with the Royals and Angels the scheduled matchups.

Jason Hammel (KC, SP, 27% owned) 

Since the calendar moved into June, Hammel has been surprisingly solid, posting a 2-0 won/loss record and 2.21 ERA. He’s also looking at a two-start week at home against the Red Sox and Jays. In deeper Leagues, he makes for a decent streaming option.

Steve Pearce (TOR, 1B/OF, 5% owned)

Ezequiel Carrera could be lost for several months with a fractured foot, and the timing couldn’t have been better for Pearce, who was activated off the 10-day DL on Friday. A steady diet of at-bats could be in order for the next several months.

Chance Adams (NYY, SP, 24% owned)

If Chad Green can’t get it done, do the Yankees then look to top-prospect Adams? The 22-year-old righty totally dominated at Double-A, posting a minuscule 1.03 ERA. He didn’t skip a beat with his promotion to Triple-A and in seven starts has posted a 2.43 ERA, and 44 strikeouts in 40 2/3 IP. A cheap FAAB bid this week has the potential to be cause for solid rewards in the not-to-distant future.

Homer Bailey (CIN, SP, 6% owned) 

The long wait is coming to an end. Bailey now has two outstanding rehab starts under his belt, in which he’s tossed a total of eleven innings allowing four hits, one walk, no earned runs and has tossed in eleven strikeouts for good measure. One, possibly two more rehab starts, and he’ll be pack in the Reds rotation. It’s time to be getting him rostered.

Phil Maton (SD, RP, 1% owned) 

Maton, who closed the door 13 times at Triple-A El Paso, is now up to four appearances with the Padres and yet to give up a run. He picked up the save yesterday, after Brandon Maurer blew the save. San Diego is rumoured to be shopping most of their bullpen, and it wouldn’t take much to see Maton in a role of prominence in that bullpen.

 

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