As Yordan Alvarez homered every day at Triple-A, many were wondering when the Astros prospect would get the call to the majors. Even with Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer injured, Alvarez still sat in the minors.
In leagues where he was available, many have stashed him. The waiting has finally paid off. Alvarez was called up to the Astros Sunday, and Alvarez hit a 413-foot two-run homer to left-center. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and should be owned in all leagues. The 21-year-old had a .343/.443/.772 line with 23 home runs and 71 RBIs at Triple-A Round Rock.
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard had one of his best performances of the season, throwing seven scoreless innings with one hit, two walks and struck out seven in a win over the Rockies.… Continue reading ...
Hyun-Jin Ryu has already exceeded expectations. The Dodgers left-hander has been dominate and one of the best pitchers in baseball. The easy thing to do is cash in on him now and sell high. Is this the right thing to do?
For anyone who doesn’t have Ryu on a roster, it’s easy to say sell him and a lot of the reasons make sense. The biggest reason Ryu went in the middle rounds of drafts was his injury history. He missed three months with a groin injury last season and missed time over the last several seasons due to shoulder inflammation, elbow tendonitis and shoulder surgery.
If you don’t believe in Lucas Giolito now, what will it take? The White Sox right-hander was dominant again throwing 7.1 scoreless innings, allowing five hits, no walks and struck out nine in a 2-0 win over the Indians Sunday. He had 18 swinging strikes and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts. Giolito has a 2.54 ERA, 0.95 WHIP with a 78:20 K:BB ratio. Alex Colome closed it out for his 12th save.
It didn’t look good for Nick Pivetta in his first game back from the minors on earlier in the week as he allowed two home runs and three runs in the first inning.… Continue reading ...
Many prospects were called up over the last two weeks and tons of FAAB money was spent. Many teams are low on FAAB and have to be smart with their money over the final four months. Even if you have money, stashing a player for cheap weeks before they return or get called up is a wise strategy if it can be done. Here are a few stashes to consider.
Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees
At the beginning of the season, it appeared Gregorius might not return until after the All-Star break following Tommy John surgery in October. He’s made great progress and is rehabbing at Triple-A. Gregorius went 2-for-7 with a walk, home run and two strikeouts at High-A Tampa and played some shortstop.… Continue reading ...
There hasn’t been much talk about Byron Buxton, and it’s actually a good thing. There are no complaints that he isn’t healthy or isn’t performing. While he’s not lighting it up, he’s having a good season for a Twins team that is 32-16 and leading the American League Central.
The Twins outfielder had a torrid spring that saw him shoot up draft boards, but many people have been burned by him and shied away. While Buxton has hit last in the order most of the season, he has produced solid numbers.
The 25-year-old Buxton is batting .262 with .325 on-base percentage and .490 slugging percentage. He has scored 25 runs, with four home runs, 24 RBIs and eight stolen bases in 11 attempts in 149 at-bats.… Continue reading ...
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Shane Bieber tends to throw a lot of strikes, and he pounded the strike zone Sunday. The Indians pitcher struck out a career-high 15 and threw 75-of-107 pitches for strikes in a win over the Orioles. He went the distance and allowed five hits, no runs, and no walks.
Bieber allowed four home runs in his previous outing against the White Sox. He has a 3.22 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 69:13 K:BB ratio in 58.2 innings.
Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara took advantage of the Mets offensive ineptitude by throwing a two-hit shutout with one walk and eight strikeouts, needing just 89 pitches. The Mets had three hits in the final two games of the series.… Continue reading ...
Get ready to spend some FAAB money this weekend. A wave must-have call-up prospects got the call up the last few days, and they will be highly pursued on the waiver wire.
Keston Hiura, Oscar Mercado and Nicky Lopez got the call to the majors in the last two days. Hiura is the top one to target, and he should be added in all leagues.
Huira, the Brewers second baseman, didn’t have a clear path to playing time with the Brewers, especially after the team brought back Mike Moustakas. Early reports indicate Travis Shaw could be placed on the injured list with an injured wrist or be demoted to Triple-A.… Continue reading ...
George Springer was a second-round pick in most drafts last year. He didn’t live up to those lofty expectations and fell to the third and fourth round of most drafts in 2019. The Astros outfielder is showing why he was going high last season.
Springer went 5-for-5 with five runs, two home runs and five RBIs in a 15-5 win over the Rangers. He led off with a homer, the fifth time he has done it this season. He has a line of .321/.400/.660 with 35 runs, 15 home runs, 37 RBIs and four stolen bases.
Collin McHugh was moved to the bullpen and Corbin Martin was called up to make his debut Sunday against the Rangers.… Continue reading ...