Date of Debut
|Organization||POS||DOB||Place of Birth||Player Blurb||Type of Call Up||Player ID- MLB||Player ID - FG||Player ID - BRef||Player ID - ESPN||Player ID - Yahoo|
|Shohei Ohtani||3/29/2018||LAA||SP/DH||7/5/1994||Oshu, JP|
Shohei Ohtani has been a fixture in the Los Angeles Angels rotation from the onset of the season. Along with his role as a starting pitcher, the 23-year-old Japanese phenom has also been batting regularly, seeing 3-4 appearances as the Angels DH each week. He has impressided on both sides of the ball thus far, batting .339 with 4 home runs in only 64 plate appearances and pitching to the tune of a 4.10 ERA while striking out 30% of the batters he's faced. As a two-way player, Ohtani has a unique value that is difficult to quanitfy. By some measures, he may be the most valuable player in fantasy, especially in a daily league where he can be utilized properly as a batter and pitcher.
Full-time starter (batting and pitching)
|Yairo Munoz||3/29/2018||STL||3B||1/23/1995||Nagua, DO|
After an impressive 2017, in which he slashed .300/.330/.464 across AA and AAA, Yairo Munoz was given an opportunity to fight for a spot on the St. Louis Cardinals major league roster. Taking full advantage, Munoz lit up Spring Training, batting .324 with an .878 OPS. He was awarded a spot on the Cardinals 25 man roster until Jedd Gyorko was activated on April 17th, when he was optioned to AAA. Since then he has continued to hit well, batting .306, but with very little power or speed, just one home run and stolen base. Should he see an opportunity again at the big league level, it is very unlikely that he will be relevant in anything but the deepest NL-Only leagues.
|Cup of Coffee||622168||16313||munozya01||33828||10551|
|Brad Keller||3/29/2018||KC||RP||7/27/1995||Flowery Branch, GA|
Aftter being selected in the Rule 5 draft by Cinncinatti then dealt to Kansas City, Keller has found himself a regular role in the Royals bullpen. From the start of the season, Keller has filled a setup role, bridging the gap to Kelvin Herrera. While he has earned a 2.70 ERA, Keller has only struck out 6 batters in his 13.1 innings pitched. He'll need to find a way to raise his 7.9% whiff rate if he wants to continue to success success in the majors.
|Yoshihisa Hirano||3/29/2018||ARI||RP||3/8/1984||Uji, Kyoto, JP|
There was some speculation in the weeks before the season began that Yoshihisa Hirano would have a shot as the closer in the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen. Those whispers have since been silenced as Brad Boxberger has had success in that role in the first five weeks of the season. Nonetheless, Hirano has been an effective setup man, sporting a 3.00 ERA, 25% k-rate, and earning 8 holds to this point. If you play in a league that rewards holds, Hirano may very well be worth owning if he isn't on a roster already. He may also be worth stashing in an NL-Only league, as he may yet have a chance at earning saves in 2018, should Boxberger falter.
|Tim Hill||3/29/2018||KC||RP||2/10/1990||Sylmar, CA|
Much like Keller, Tim Hill has had a solid hold on a bullpen role in the Kansas City Royals pen. After middling success in the Royals farm system, Hill has seen approximately the same results with the big league squad. So far he's posted a 3.97 ERA, striking out 20.8% of batters faced while earning 3 holds. His 3.18 SIERA indicates that he may yet be a bit unlucky, but he'll have to raise his 8.1% whiff rate before he is even a consideration in fantasy leagues.
|Jordan Hicks||3/29/2018||STL||RP||9/6/1996||Houston, TX|
Jordan Hicks excited many fantasy owners early in the seasons when he flashed an imoressive fastball. His heater, clocked as the fastest in MLB this year at 102 mph, is his bread and butter; he throws it 75% of the time while mixing in a slider for the remaing 25%. Oddly enough, velocity has not led to strikeouts for Hicks, as he's only managed 7 punch outs in his 17.1 innings pitched and a not-so-nice swinging strike rate of just 6.9%. His 1.04 ERA may look nice on the surface, but his 6.41 SIERA tells a very different story. If you own him in a deep league, I would try to sell to a desparate owner or a Cardinals homer. Otherwise, I would stay away from this minefield until he learns how to generate swings and misses.
|Adam Cimber||3/29/2018||SD||RP||8/15/1990||Portland, OR|
After posting a 2.92 ERA across 64.2 innings in AAA in 2017, Adam Cimber was promoted to the San Diego Padres big league roster to begin 2018. He's neem quite successful this season, posting a 3.05 ERA and 31.3% k-rate in 20.2 innings pitched. His 2.20 SIERA suggests that he may even have more success coming his way. Despite his success, he isn't worth a pickup any anything but deep NL-Only leagues since he likely won't see save opportunities even if Brad Hand is traded or gets injured.
|Billy McKinney||3/30/2018||NYY||OF||8/23/1994||Dallas, TX|
After being called upon to replace an injured Aaron Hicks, Billy McKinney was set to see plenty of plate appearances in the New York Yankees outfield. However, during his second big league game he was forced to exit early after sustaining an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder. According to our own Jeff Davis, McKinney will likely be out until the beginning of June. It seems likely that McKinney will be optioned back to AAA when he is healthy.
|Cup of Coffee||641856||15654||mckinbi01||33196||9860|
|Kazuhisa Makita||3/30/2018||SD||RP||11/10/1984||Yaizu, Shizuoka, JP|
The San Diego padres signed Kazuhisa Makita to a two year contract in January. The 33-year-old Japanese pitcher has been a mainstay in the Padres bullpen from the beginning of the season, though not to much success. In 16 innings Makita has performed to a 6.75 ERA, though his 3.81 SIERA suggests that positive regression is in order. A solid 15.4% whiff rate and 24.6% strikeout rate seem to back up the notion that Makita is a better pitcher than his ERA would suggest. However, he is not worth owning until he shows that he can get positive results on the mound.
|Joey Lucchesi||3/30/2018||SD||SP||6/6/1993||Newary, CA|
Joey Lucchesi has come into the Padres' lineup and been significantly better than probably anyone expected, pitching to a 2.98 ERA with a 9.78 K/9 so far. His 3.82 FIP suggets that some regression is in order, but he's still striking hitters out at a high rate and should stick in the rotation all year.
|Braxton Lee||3/30/2018||MIA||OF||8/23/1993||Picayune, MS|
Lee struggled in his first look at the majors, slashing .176/.222/.176 in just eight games. His plus-speed makes him a stolen base threat, and his above-average plate discipline should get him on base at a good clip, but he's struggled in the minors as well. He's currently on the DL with a hamstring injury.
|Scott Kingery||3/30/2018||PHI||2B/3B/SS/OF||04/29/1994||Phoenix, AZ|
Kingery garnered plenty of fanfare in his 20/20, .300+ season between Double- and Triple-A last year, but has struggled in the majors so far, hitting in the .220s. He's guaranteed to stay in the majors because of his contract, and certainly has the talent to be a solid fantasy contributor, but that's not happening right now.
|Ryan Yarbrough||3/31/2018||TB||RP/SP||12/31/1991||Lakeland, FL|
Yarbrough started off as a middle-to-long reliever but has garnered a handfull of starts every since Yonny Chirinos was shut down with a forearm injury. Unfortunately, Yarbrough hasn't been very good though, sporting an ERA above 4.00.
|Bullpen Arm/Spot Starter||642232||16502||yarbrry01||33735||10147|
|Carlos Tocci||3/31/2018||TEX||OF||08/23/1995||Maracay, Aragua, VE|
Tocci's a speed-first type player, with very little power to speak of, and a significant strikeout problem (he's got a 42.9% strikeout rate on the year). He's been on the DL since 4/22 with a bruised left hip.
|Bobby Poyner||3/31/2018||BOS||RP||12/1/1992||West Palm Beach, FL|
Bobby Poyner had a 0.94 ERA with a 12.21 K/9, 2.58 BB/9, and 0.47 HR/9 in 38.1 innings at AA in 2017. He was used as a lefty out of the bullpen when needed, shuttling back and forth between AAA and the majors. Currently, one of the best lefty relievers the Red Sox have, Poyner is struggling to stay ahead of the numbers game on the 25-man roster but he could work his way into higher leverage duty with continued success. Not worth rostering in all but the deepest of leagues with Saves + Holds as a category.
|Nestor Cortes Jr.||3/31/2018||BAL||RP||12/10/1994|
Surgidero de Batabano, Mayabeque, CU
Nestor Cortes Jr. had a 1.49 ERA with a 10.61 K/9, 2.05 BB/9, and 0.00 HR/9 in 48.1 innings at AAA in 2017 in the Yankees organization. A rule 5 draft pick of the Orioles, Cortes Jr. made the Orioles opening day roster but proved ineffective before getting DFA'd by the team and eventually returned to the Yankees. Cortes Jr. is back in the Yankees organization after being DFA'd and returned back to them, and it doesn't look like he will be up anytime soon again in the majors at the moment with the Yankees strong pitching depth so he should likely be left on the wire.
|Luke Bard||3/31/2018||LAA||RP||11/13/1990||Charlotte, NC|
Bard had a 2.58 ERA with a 13.41 K/9, 3.44 BB/9, and 0.69 HR/9 in 52.1 innings at AA in 2017 in the Twins organization. A rule 5 draft pick of the Angels, Bard who is the brother of former Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard, made the Angels opening day roster before getting DFA'd by the team and eventually returned to the Twins. Bard is back in the minors in the Twins organization and throwing well, and could return to the majors with further success in AAA and be up with the big club helping out the inconsistent Twins bullpen by mid-late summer. He likely isn't worth a roster spot in all but the deepest of leagues until he proves capable in the majors and earns a high leverage role in the bullpen.
|Pedro Araujo||3/31/2018||BAL||RP||7/2/1993||San Cristobal, San Cristobal, DO|
Pedro Araujo has a 1.81 ERA with a 11.55 K/9, 2.37 BB/9, and 0.42 HR/9 in 64.2 innings at A+ in 2017 in the Cubs organization. A rule 5 draft pick of the Cubs, Araujo made the Orioles' opening day roster and continues to throw in largely low-leverage situations. Aruajo is jumping up a long way from basically Advanced-A (had 1 appearance at AA last year) all the way to the majors. The Orioles seem committed to him, but he's clearly far away from any high-leverage roles so that makes him a low-value guy in fantasy. He's likely best served sitting on the wire in all but the deepest of leagues.
|Marcus Walden||4/1/2018||BOS||RP||9/13/1988||Fresno, CA|
Walden had a 3.92 ERA with a 7.32 K/9, 3.07 BB/9, and 0.34 HR/9 in 105.2 innings at AAA in 2017 in the Red Sox organization. He's has been back and forth between the majors and AAA Pawtucket throughout the season, being called up 3 separate times. Walden is currently being used in the majors as a multiple-inning low-leverage guy out of the bullpen and seems far away from both the MLB rotation as well as a high-leverage role in the bullpen. He doesn't offer incredibly high grades on his pitching repertoire so he likely isn't of much value until he gets a more valuable role and until then, he's likely best left on the wire in all but the deepest of leagues.
|Victor Reyes||4/1/2018||DET||OF/DH||10/5/1994||Barcelona, Anzoategui, VE|
Victor Reyes hit .292/.332/.399 with 4 HRs and 18 SBs in 516 PAs at AA in 2017 as part of the Diamondbacks organization. A rule-5 draft pick this past offseason from the Diamondbacks, Reyes is currently on the Tigers roster as a 4th OFer. He is being used infrequently so his role dictates that there are better options in most cases. He's got above-average bat to ball skills but hits the ball on the ground too frequently to make use of his average raw power. He is a plus runner though and shown the aptitude to be some bases, but the upside is limited due to his lack of a role on the Tigers at the moment. He should likely be left on the wire in all but the deepest of leagues.
|Yonny Chirinos||4/1/2018||TB||SP||12/26/1993||Bachaquero, Zulia, VE|
Chirinos made his career debut with the Rays this past year after putting up a 2.74 ERA and 3.07 FIP while in the minors in 2017. At first, Chirinos was used as one of the many bullpen arms who would recieve a start for the Rays before finally being named an official 4th starter. Chirinos had success to begin the 2018 campaign, throwing 26.2 IP with an 8.10 K/9 and a 3.71 ERA but he struggled with his command as he sported an 3.04 BB/9. Unfortunately, Chirinos found himself on the 10-day DL starting on May 1st with a right forearm strain and is scheduled to miss at least four weeks.
|Ryan Carpenter||4/1/2018||DET||RP||08/22/1990||Glendale, AZ|
So far the 2018 season has seen a lot of shuttling back and forth for the Tigers southpaw. Carpenter was called up April 1st, optioned April 2nd, called up May 12th and optioned May 13th. His MLB stats explain why: 3.2 IP, 7.36 ERA, 1.91 WHIP. The leftie isn't having much success in AAA this year either as he's sporting a 5.01 ERA which is up almost a full run from the 4.15 ERA he put up while in AAA in 2017.
|Cup of Coffee||543001||12699||carpery01||35098||10987|
|Trevor Richards||4/2/2018||MIA||SP||5/15/1993||Aviston, IL|
Richards had a successful 2018 spring training after being a non-roster invitee for the Marlins. He threw 12.0 with 5BB, 9K and a 0.75 ERA. While he didn't make the opening day roster, he did make the 40 man and was called up to start for the Marlins on April 2nd. In his 7 starts in the 2018 season he went 23.2 IP with a 4.94 ERA, 24 K's and a 1.52 WHIP which wasn't enough to keep him in the majors once Martin Prado returned from the DL. Now back in the minors, Richards is having some success as he's started three games and kept opponents at bay with a 1.77 ERA.
|Cup of Coffee||670950||19309||richatr01||39912||10988|
|Clay Holmes||4/6/2018||PIT||RP||3/27/1993||Dothan, AL|
Holmes was unable to make the opening day roster and has been shuttled back and forth twice now. Unfortunately, Holmes was only able to pick up 2 IP at the major league level before being sent back down for good on April 13th. Since then, Clay Holmes and his 60/70 Fastball have been ineffective due to command issues. Holmes is sporting a 5.68 BB/9 and a 5.33 ERA so far in 25.1 IP and until he can correct his command issues it looks like he'll be staying in the minors
|Cup of Coffee||605280||13649||holmecl01||32827||10569|
|Tyler Kinley||4/7/2018||MIA||RP||1/31/1991||Plantation, FL|
Kinley has been all over to start the 2018 season. He was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins from his original organization - the Miami Marlins. He was DFA'd from the Twins on April 26th and returned to the Marlins on May 1st where he was sent back down to AAA due to his lofty 24.30 ERA over 3.1 IP. Since then, he has made one 2IP scorless appearance where he walked one and struck out two. If he can get back on track in AAA he could be back on the major league shuttle soon.
|Released by MIN, back to MIA||641755||18297||kinlety01||34166||10985|
|Tanner Rainey||4/10/2018||CIN||RP||12/25/1992||Hammond, LA|
Rainey has been optioned twice in the 2018 season - the second time was on May 6th - and he remains in the minors as of this writing. Rainey has been having a lot of success in the minors, he just hasn't been given the chance to work things out at the major league level so far. In the minors he's thrown 12.2 IP so far and is yet to give up an earned run. He's also got a 15.63 K/9 with a 2.13 BB/9. In his brief 2 IP debut for the Reds however he walked 5 over 2 IP (in two separate appearances) and struck out 2 giving up a whopping 7 ER. If he keeps pitching the way he does in the minors though, I imagine he'll get another shot in the Reds bullpen soon.
|Cup of Coffee||663432||17610||raineta01||38582||10989|
|Isiah Kiner-Falefa||4/10/2018||TEX||2B/3B||3/23/1995||Honolulu, HI|
There is nothing spectacular about Kiner-Falefa's skillset. That is to say he has one tool that ranks above a 50, his 45/55 Hit tool. All the others are between 30 and 50. However, the young utility infielder has been holding his own in 2018. While there isn't much that's flashy about him, he still has a .255/.298/.388 slash line. His playing time was largely in part due to injuries to Adrian Beltre. However, Beltre is now back and Kiner-Falefa is still on the 25 man. He is not considered a fantasy relevant asset though.
|Alex Blandino||4/10/2018||CIN||3B/2B||11/06/1992||Palo Alto, CA|
Blandino made his debut in 2018 due to the Eugenio Suarez injury and thanks to his .258 AVG and .656 OPS has been able to remain on the 25 man roster. With the return of Suarez, Blandino is being utilized as a utility infielder getting reps at both second base and shortstop. Considering he doesn't have a tool that ranks above a 50 - his hit is a 45/50 and throw is a 50/50 - I don't see Blandino being much more than what he currently is.
|Tyler Beede||4/10/2018||SFG||SP||5/23/1993||Worcester, MA|
The injury bug currently plaguing the 2018 San Francisco Giants has given younger pitchers a lot opportunities, one of them being Tyler Beede. Unfortunately, Beede wasn't able to take advantage of the opportunity as he's made two starts, going a total of 7.2 IP with 9 K's, a 2.22 WHIP and an 8.22 ERA. Beede is known for his fantastic change-up and while that showed up in a big way in his 7.2 IP, the rest of his pitches didn't. Now back in the minors, Beede is struggling as he's put up a 5.63 ERA in 24 starts. The fact that the Giants haven't given him another shot considering how injured they are shows that Beede needs a bit more time.
|Cup of Coffee||595881||16981||beedety01||33798||10212|
|Andrew Suarez||4/11/2018||SFG||SP||09/11/1992||Miami, FL|
Since being called up to the majors, Suarez has shown flashes of potential, including a May 1st start against the Padres that saw him go seven innings with five strikeouts. However, he's had struggles as well, which has led to a 4.57 ERA on the year so far, albeit with a solid 9.55 K/9.
|Jaime Barria||4/11/2018||LAA||SP||07/18/1996||Panama, Panama, PA|
Barria has made four starts so far and has been fairly impressive, not giving up more than two earned runs in a single start, and pitching a 5.1 inning shutout with seven strikeouts in Coors Field. Even so, Barria has just a 6.38 K/9 and a 3.44 BB/9 that limit his upside, and considering his 2.45 ERA comes with a 3.91 FIP and a 4.90 SIERA, as well as a .255 BABIP, it's safe to say Barria is due for regression.
|Zack Weiss||4/12/2018||CIN||RP||6/16/1992||Irvine, CA|
As far as major league debuts go, Zack Weiss' wasn't ideal. He pitched out of the bullpen in one major league game before getting sent down to the minors and ended up giviing up four earned runs and two walks without recording a single out. Weiss has dealt with elbow issues in the past and looks to have the ceiling of being a solid middle reliever.
|Cup of Coffee||592848||15444||weissza01||34195||10983|
|Colten Brewer||4/12/2018||SD||RP||10/29/1992||Dallas, TX|
Brewer pitched out of the bullpen once before being optioned back down to the minors and had a bit of an odd outing, giving up four runs on four hits but none of them earned. Brewer isn't much of a prospect and had been pitching out of the bullpen in the minors without much success, recording a 5.40 ERA over 13.1 innings pitched, though with a 14.18 K/9.
|Cup of Coffee||605155||12997||breweco01||36631||10994|
|Engelb Vielma||4/13/2018||BAL||2B/SS||6/22/1994||Maracaibo, Zuila, VE||Coming soon...||Cup of Coffee||622713||15481||vielmen01||34696||10833|
|Ronald Guzman||4/13/2018||TEX||1B||10/20/1994||La Vega, La Vega, DO||Coming soon...||Everyday at-bats||608597||14388||guzmaro01||33241||10609|
|Johnny Field||4/14/2018||TB||OF||2/20/1992||Las Vegas, NV||Coming soon...||Utility OF||608654||15048||fieldjo04||33569||10993|
|Jacob Nottingham||4/16/2018||MIL||C||4/3/1995||Redlands, CA||Coming soon...||Cup of Coffee||641924||16448||nottija01||34931||10521|
|Lou Trivino||4/17/2018||OAK||RP||10/1/1991||Green Lane, PA||Coming soon...||Bullpen arm||642152||15043||trivilo01||35844||10997|
|Gerson Bautista||4/17/2018||NYM||RP||5/31/1994||San Juan, DO||Coming soon...||Cup of Coffee||639373||19256||bautige01||39708||10996|
|Tyler O'Neill||4/19/2018||STL||OF||6/22/1995||Burnaby, BC, CA||Coming soon...||Cup of Coffee||641933||15711||oneilty01||34168||10215|
|Merandy Gonzalez||4/19/2018||MIA||SP/RP||10/9/1995||Cotui, Sanchez Ramirez, DO||Coming soon...||Cup of Coffee||642571||17313||gonzame01||39687||10905|
|Lourdes Gurriel Jr.||4/20/2018||TOR||2B/SS||10/19/1993||Sancti Spiritus, CU|
With Troy Tulowitzki, Aledmys Diaz, and Steve Pierce all on the DL the Toronto Blue Jays turned to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. The younger brother of Astros first basemen, Yuli Gurriel, Lourdes has been touted as one of the Jays top prosepcts since signing with the team prior to the 2017 season. After a lackluster 2017 between High-A and AA, the 24-year-old infielder tore up AA in 2018, posting a .347/.382/.510 slashline in 55 plate appearances. Since getting the call to the bigs, Gurriel has started at both second and shortstop, but has yet to impress. Thus far, he's hitting just .215 with 2 home runs and 1 steal in 19 games, while striking out at a 21% clip. Unless Gurriel turns a corner soon, he'll likely be sent back to the minors when Aledmys Diaz or Troy Tulowitzki return, though that may not be for couple weeks.
|Mike Gerber||4/20/2018||DET||OF/DH||7/8/1992||Nashville, TN|
Mike Gerber debuted with the Detroit Tigers as the 26th man in a doubleheader against the Royals on April 20th. Since then, he has been back and forth between Detroit and AAA Toledo. A successful 2017 between three levels saw Gerber flash in-game power (hitting 14 home runs and slugging .496 for the year) along with an improved approach at the plate. At AA, where he logged 394 of his 432 PAs, Gerber brought his K-rate down to an easily palatable 21.6% while walking in % percent of his at-bats. Now, Gerber finds himself on the minor league DL with a shoudler injury, not liekly to see significant time with the Tigers in the foreseeable future.
|Cup of Coffee||595222||16115||gerbemi01||33966||10471|
|David Bote||4/21/2018||CHC||3B||4/7/1993||Longmont, CO||Coming soon...||Cup of Coffee||623520||14593||boteda01||35246||10999|
|Jesse Biddle||4/21/2018||ATL||RP||10/22/1991||Philadelphia, PA||Coming soon...||Bullpen arm||592145||11437||biddlje01||31762||9608|
|Gleyber Torres||4/22/2018||NYY||2B/SS||12/13/1996||Caracas, VE||Coming soon...||Full-time starter||650402||16997||torregl01||33804||10236|
|Noel Cuevas||4/22/2018||COL||OF||10/2/1991||Camuy, PR||Coming soon...||Bench player||571595||11894||cuevano01||32433||11000|
|Harrison Musgrave||4/23/2018||COL||RP||3/3/1992||Morgantown, WV||Coming soon...||Bullpen arm||643466||16532||musgrha01||34929||11001|
|Justin Anderson||4/23/2018||LAA||RP||9/29/1992||Houston, TX||Coming soon...||Bullpen arm||605121||16201||anderju01||37611||11002|
|Eric Lauer||4/24/2018||SD||SP||6/3/1995||Elyria, OH||Coming soon...||Full-time starter||641778||19316||lauerer01||39915||10576|
|Eric Stout||4/25/2018||KC||RP||3/27/1993||Glen Elyn, IL||Coming soon...||Cup of Coffee||657770||16873||stouter01||36114||11003|
|Daniel Palka||4/25/2018||CHW||OF/DH||10/28/1991||Greenville, SC||Coming soon...||Full-Time Starter||594953||14897||palkada01||34108||10528|
|Corey Oswalt||4/25/2018||NYM||SP/RP||9/3/1993||San Diego, CA||Coming soon...||Spot starter||621261||13677||oswalco01||39809||10990|
|Ronald Acuña Jr.||4/25/2018||ATL||OF||12/18/1997||La Guaira, Vargas, VE||Coming soon...||Full-time starter||660670||18401||acunaro01||36185||10646|
Santo Domingo, Disticto Nacional, DO
|Coming soon...||Bench player||594011||11611||herrero02||33103||9569|
|D.J. Snelten||4/28/2018||SFG||RP||5/29/1992||Ingleside, IL||Coming soon...||Cup of Coffee||592769||15949||sneltdj01||39916||11005|
|Trevor Oaks||4/28/2018||KC||SP||3/26/1993||Riverside, CA||Coming soon...||Spot starter||656805||16468||oakstr01||36164||11004|
|Jesmuel Valentin||4/29/2018||PHI||2B/OF||5/12/1994||Manati, PR||Coming soon...||Bench utility infielder||621044||14548||valenje01||33286||10974|
|Nick Kingham||4/29/2018||PIT||SP||11/8/1991||Houston, TX||Coming soon...||Spot starter||607259||11694||kinghni01||31874||9614|
|Scott Barlow||4/30/2018||KC||SP/RP||12/18/1992||New London, CT||Coming soon...||Cup of Coffee||605130||14993||barlosc01||32156||10998|
|Wander Suero||5/1/2018||WSH||RP||9/15/1991||Sabana Larga, DO||Coming soon...||Bullpen arm||593833||15855||suerowa01||34936||11007|
|Mike Soroka||5/1/2018||ATL||SP||8/4/1997||Calgary, AB, CA||Coming soon...||Full-time starter||647336||18383||sorokmi01||34984||10423|
|Fernando Romero||5/2/2018||MIN||SP||12/14/1994||San Juan de la Maguana, DO||Coming soon...||Full-time starter||622864||15885||romerfe01||36060||10529|
|Javy Guerra||5/4/2018||SD||SS||9/25/1995||David, Chiriqui, PA||Coming soon...||Cup of Coffee||642770||17292||guerrja02||30505||8929|
|Jason Adam||5/5/2018||KC||RP||8/4/1991||Overland Park, KS||Coming soon...||Bullpen arm||592094||11861||adamja01||32145||11009|
|Grayson Greiner||5/6/2018||DET||C||10/11/1992||Columbia, SC||Coming soon...||Injury fill-in||606988||17062||greingr01||33693||11008|
|5/7/2018||PHI||RP||11/25/1994||Esperanza, Valverde, DO||Coming soon...||Bullpen arm||622554||19249||doming000ser||37793||11011|
|P.J. Conlon||5/7/2018||NYM||SP||11/11/1993||Belfast, GB||Coming soon...||Cup of Coffee||664869||18213||conlopj01||36121||11010|
|Justin Hancock||5/9/2018||CHC||RP||11/28/1990||Defiance, OH||Coming soon...||Bullpen arm||606995||12316||hancoju01||33702||11013|
|Elieser Hernandez||5/10/2018||MIA||RP||5/3/1995||Ocumare del Tur, Miranda, Ve|
Hernandez started the year on the DL with a mouth injury, but finally appeared out of the bullpen with the Marlins on 5/10. Hernandez is a Rule 5 pick the Marlins got from the Astros, so he'll definitely stick in the majors, however he'll likely just be a middle reliever. Hernandez has a plus fastball and potentially plus fastball command, however he doesn't have many pitches beyond that, which will limit his potential (unless those offspeed/breaking pitches get better).
|Luis Guillorme||5/11/2018||NYM||3B||9/27/1994||Caracas, VE|
An injury to Todd Frazier and some incredibly hot hitting led to a call-up for Luis Guillorme, the Mets 10th best project.. The 3B had been slashing .300/.394/.433 down in AAA so the Mets decided to bring him up. Guillorme is much more known for his defensive prowess - and his ability to snag a broken bat out of thin air - than his offensive abilties as he has a 55/60 grade Fielding and a 55/55 grade Arm. I don't believe we'll see Guillorme up for long as he could be one of the worst to go back to the minors once Jay Bruce returns from paternity leave.
|David Hess||5/12/2018||BAL||SP/RP||7/10/1993||Tullahoma, TN|
While the starters in the Baltimore Orioles rotation have struggled to find success recently, there have been a slew of minor league performers who've been pitching well. One of those was David Hess. Hess has thrown 29.2 IP in his 2018 minor league campaign with a 2.12 ERA, 8.80 K/9 and a 1.01 WHIP. The Orioles has an over-the-top slot that gives him a lot of downhill plane with a velocity that sits around 93 mph. His slider and curve are average and while his change is the weakest of his arsenal, it shows some average control. In his Saturday debut, Hess went 6 IP with 3 ER, 6 H, 0 BB and 3 K in what would go on to be his first major league quality start and win. Hess regained his composure after a rough first and ended up generating 5 whiffs on 26 sliders thrown and 7 whiffs overall. After the game, Hess was sent back down to the minors which was no surprise as the Orioles called on him to be the 26th man allotted to teams for a doubleheader. Moving forward the Orioles will try to continue utilizing Hess as a starter though in the future his stuff may play best out of the bullpen.
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|Freddy Peralta||5/13/2018||MIL||SP/RP||6/4/1996||Moca, Dominican Republic|
Freddy Peralta’s debut Sunday afternoon was nothing short of historic, as he joined Stephen Strasburg and three other pitchers as the fifth pitcher to strike out 13 or more in their major league debut. This impressive strikeout ability is nothing new to Peralta, as he struck out over 32% of the batters he faced across High-A and AA last season. Though only 5’11”, Peralta gets a lot of extension from the mound, akin to Tim Lincecum, with a loose, whip-like arm action. This unusual delivery adds a level of deception to Peralta’s delivery and makes his 93-96 mph fastball sneak up on batters faster than the average velocity would suggest. Now for the odd part. In yesterday’s debut at Coors Field, Peralta was essentially a one-pitch pitcher, throwing 90 fastballs, 5 sliders, and 3 changeups. His fastball maxed out at 96.6 mph and resulted in 19 swinging strikes. The Rockies hitters simply had no idea what to do with the pitch, as he ran it in and away to both right and left-handed batters, continually climbing up above the strike zone to get the punch out. Despite his lacking pitch mix and potentially misleading success, Peralta is worth a flier in nearly all mixed leagues. Craig Counsell has already been quoted stating that Peralta will get at least one more turn in the rotation, adding a sense of security to acquiring him. While he’ll need to mix in his breaking pitches to see continued success, I believe Peralta will likely be a recurring streaming option at worst with the upside of a top 50 or 60 starter. (Austin Bristow II)
|Brandon Mann||5/13/2018||TEX||RP||5/16/1984||Tacoma, WA|
You may have noticed that there are a lot of N/A's when it comes to Brandon Mann's information and that isn't for lack of searching. The reason why I was unable to locate his original scouting reports: they were from the year 2002. That was when the Tampa Bays selected left-hander, Brandon Mann out of Washington high school with their 27th round pick. Since that day in 2002, Mann has spent the past 17 seasons playing for 17 different teams in 5 different organizations including the Dodgers, Pirates, Athletics, Rangers with stops in Japan and independent leagues. In those seasons he had a 4.35 ERA with a 7.5 K/9. Recently however, Mann was having a lot of success in the minors. Over 12 appearances and 17.1 IP, Mann worked a 1.04 ERA with a 6.50 K/9 and a 2.60 BB/9. Thanks to those results, after 17 years Mann finally received his first call to the big leagues which he didn't waste. He made his official debut on the 13th where he went 1.2 IP with 0 ER and 1 H. While he wasn't able to record his first major league strikeout he did not surrender any free passes. Unfortunately, I do not see Mann sticking around the Majors for long. A lot of people felt that Matt Bush should've received the call over Mann but the Rangers wanted to give Bush a little more time to work on things. Going forward, I don't see Mann being selected over Bush much more.
|Franmil Reyes||5/14/2018||SD||OF||7/7/1995||Palenque, Domincan Republic|
One of the bigger breakout stories in the PCL (AAA), Franmil Reyes has mashed to tune of a .346/.442/.738 line with 14 HRs in just 154 PAs in 2018. He was especially dominant in May with a .561 average and 9 HRs in just 12 games which likely prompted the callup. Some may question the legitimacy of the numbers and suggest he's a PCL mirage, but the supporting metrics this year look good, he's hit for power in the past including 25 HRs last year in AA, plus he's added a leg kick this year that has helped with timing so maybe this is a true breakout. The crowded Padres roster, particularly in the OF, muddies the playing time situation a lot though. Wil Myers will likely return to LF once he's healthy, and that leaves just two spots for all of Franchy Cordero, Manny Margot, Travis Jankowski, Hunter Renfroe (currently on the DL), and Franmil Reyes. Regardless, Reyes has an intriguing power skillset and he's likely worth a speculative add in 12 team leagues and above.
|Austin Meadows||5/18/2018||PIT||OF||5/3/1995||Grayson, GA|
Meadows is an interesting prospect, a former ninth-overall pick who has struggled with a number of hamstring injuries in the past. He's a solid contact hitter who limits strikeouts and draws a fair number of walks. He's also got some solid speed, with the ability to be a 15-20 steal guy given a full season. He doesn't have a ton of power, but could develop into a player somewhat similar to Austin Jackson used to in his prime. As it stands, he's only in the majors as a fill-in for the injured Starling Marte, but if he hits well, the Pirates will be hard-pressed to send him down.
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|Michael Hermosillo||5/18/2018||LAA||OF||1/17/1995||Mesa, AZ|
Since being drafted in 2013, Hermosillo has slowly but surely worked his way through the Angels farm system. Currently the Angels 9th best prospect, it took Hermosillo a little while to get going. In 2016 however he hit over .300, and continued having success in 2017 working his way from A to AAA. The OF is an above-average runner with above-average bat speed although he requires a bit more polish. While it’s unlikely that he will hit for much power he can still make average contact. His debut appears to be for two reasons: the injury of Justin Upton and - more importantly - to protect Hermosillo from the Rule 5 Draft. Moving forward, Hermosillo is projected to have the ceiling of a fourth outfielder.
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|Jake Cave||5/19/2018||MIN||OF||12/4/1992||Hampton, VA|
After being selected by the Reds in the 2016 Rule-5 Draft, Jake Cave was promptly returned to the Yankees before recording a Major League at bat with Cinncinatti. After slashing .324/.367/.554 with AAA Trenton, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins in March 2018. The 25-year-old outfielder has performed acceptably in 35 games with AAA Rochester in 2018, hitting .265 with 1 home run and 4 steals before his call to join the big league club. Although his 11% walk rate and increased stolen base rate are encouraging signs for his development, Cave is still blocked for any significant playing time with Byron Buxton, Eddie Rosario, and Max Kepler solidified in the Twins outfield. Jake Cave may be an interesting stash in deep dynasty leagues, but I would not consider adding him in any redraft.
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|Ariel Jurado||5/19/2018||TEX||SP||1/30/1996||Aguadulce, Panama|
A former top 100 prospect, Jurado became the youngest Rangers pitcher to make a start for his MLB debut in nearly 10 years on Saturday. Jurado was filling in for Cole Hamels who is dealing with a stiff neck, and he was called upon due to being on the 40-man roster and being on normal rest. Jurado is repeating AA this season, and has a 2.57 ERA in six starts for the Roughriders this year, which is a significant improvement over last year’s 4.59 ERA. Note that Jurado has struck out just 4.63 batters per 9 innings this year, and that lack of ability to miss bats at the AA level is of concern. Jurado has been successful in the minors due to managing contact and inducing groundballs, but he is currently posting the worst ground ball rate of his career -- 47.7% in 2018, after having a ground ball rate above 50% in every other season. The result is a lower ceiling fantasy outlook for Jurado, and it's probably best to leave him on the wire in all but the deepest of leagues.
|Juan Soto||5/20/2018||WAS||OF||10/25/1998||Santo Domingo, DR|
So far this year, the 2nd best prospect in the Nationals farm system has been absolutely mashing in the minors. Soto is slashing .362/.462/.757 across A, A+ and AA and the Nats could no longer ignore his 14 HR and 52 RBI over 152 AB. Soto originally signed with the Nationals for $1.5 million – a franchise record for an Latin American teen at the time – at 16 years old. He’s a lefty with a smooth swing and an ability to barrel the ball consistently. While he projects to be an average corner outfield defensively, Soto makes a good amount of hard contact and has above average bat speed. If he can continue to add power in the Majors, he has a very high ceiling. For now, the difficulty for Soto will be adjusting to Major League pitching. He only had one AB in his first game as he was brought in to pinch hit and struck out. With the injuries to Howie Kendrick and Adam Eaton, I don’t see him being sent down any time soon but if yesterday’s debut against Alex Wood is any indication he may very well be platooned against left-handed pitchers. Even still, if you have the room for Soto and K’s aren’t punished too much in your league, he has a high enough upside that he should be added to your squad.
|Willy Adames||5/22/2018||TB||SS||9/2/1995||Santiago, DR|
Acquired by the Rays as part of the David Price trade back in 2014, Adames has steadily been climbing both the organizational ladder as well as top prospect lists since, and made his MLB debut yesterday where he hit a HR against Chris Sale for his first career hit. Adames has consistently been an above-average hitter in the minors, posting no worse than a 119 wRC+ at any stop in his minor league career. In AAA this year, he's posted a .311/.387/.466 line with 4 HRs and 3 SBs in 174 PAs, and he's supported that line with a 11.6% walk rate and a slightly below average 22.5% strikeout rate as well as a 12.6% swinging-strike rate. The contact skills may not be elite, but he has high BAPIP traits including a high line-drive rate and good use of the opposite field that makes him tough to defend against and will likely help him post quality batting averages going forward. Add in average to slightly above-average power potential, and double digit SB upside and Adames has good potential to be a valuable SS in fantasy going forward. Now Adames is likely only up for a few games currently while Joey Wendle is on the paternity list, but he's likely to return at some point this season after the super 2 cutoff (roughly early-mid June) which makes him more of shorter-term stash despite the callup. His upside at the SS position likely makes him worth a flier in 12-team leagues and above if you have the room to hold him on your bench.
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|Brandon Dixon||5/22/2018||CIN||2B||1/29/1992||Murrieta, CA|
Despite a very impressive spring training, Brandon Dixon was sent to AAA Louisville to begin the 2018 season. Since then, Dixon has continued to impress, batting .326 with 4 home runs and 8 stolen bases. In his time at AAA, he has played all over the diamond, logging time at second base, third base, left field, and first base. The Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman indicated that he will be willing to play the 26-year-old “pretty much anywhere.” Dixon’s power-speed combo is enticing, however, it is yet to be seen what kind of playing time he will get, or even how long he’ll remain on the big league roster. The Reds have viable starters at 1B, 2B, 3B, and OF, so a path to everyday at bats isn’t obvious by any means. That being said, this is a situation to keep your eye on. Though I don’t recommend picking him up without ample space on your bench, Dixon may be able to provide some value to NL-only rosters or other deep leagues.
|John Andreoli||5/23/2018||SEA||OF||6/9/1990||Worcester, MA|
The Mariners are hurting and bad. Virtually everyone on that squad is banged up and it seems to be taking a toll. One of the latest injuries was to Mitch Haniger who took a fastball off the arm a few days ago and while it looks as if he won't need a DL stint as of now, he isn't able to start quite yet. Enter John Andreoli. Originally signed to a minor league deal in December of 2017, Andreoli was a well-projected OF in the Cubs organization. However, the Cubs farm system in 2016-2017 was filled with great OF prospects so despite being a fan favorite his minor league successes never translated to a call up. When he became a free agent his Cubs peers encouraged him to sign a deal with the Mariners. So far Andreoli has had some success in Tacoma this year as he's slashed .294 / .353 / .452. Overall, there is definitely a skillset there. He's never really posted a walk rate lower than 11.2% and he's capable of swiping 40+ in a season. He's got good plate discipline too, the question is whether or not this will translate to major league success. If Andreoli had a clearer path to playing time, I think I would be more interested in taking a flier on him. As of now, I think he's just a stop gap until Haniger proves that he's healthy enough to be slotted back into the lineup. When he does, the Mariners may be tempted to send Andreoli back down for more bullpen depth.
|Alfredo Gonzalez||5/26/2018||CHW||C||7/13/1992||Santa Teresa del Tuy, Venezuela|
Alfredo Gonzalez was recalled from AAA Charlotte following Welington Castillo’s 80-game PED suspension. Gonzalez will slot into the backup catcher role as Omar Narvaez is set to take on the lion’s share of the work behind the backstop. Gonzalez has shown flashes of decency, hitting near .300 as recently as his 2016 AA stint. However, after hitting .169 in AAA this season, it is unlikely that the 25-year-old catcher will have any fantasy relevance without a major change to his role and hitting profile.
|Jose Brineco||5/26/2018||LAA||C||9/19/1992||Caracas, Venesuela|
Jose Briceno has been selected from the Angels AA affiliate Salt Lake City to replace Rene Rivera, who hit the DL after undergoing knee surgery. Briceno impressed in his first MLB start, going 2-4 with a 2-run home run off of Chasen Shreve in the seventh. Briceno has shown some pop in the minors, hitting 9 homers in 92 games at AA last season and 6 homers in 23 games this season with Salt Lake City. Known primarily as a solid defender behind the plate, Briceno will likely be up with the Anaheim squad for the duration of Rivera’s DL stint, which should last 6-8 weeks following his surgerical procedure. While his heroics on Saturday did help the Angels win in a rout over the Yankees, it is unlikely that Briceno will surpass Martin Maldonado for the starting role in LA. Without a starting role or a strong minor league résumé, it is very unlikely that Briceno will be relevant in any fantasy leagues this season.
|Matt Skole||5/28/2018||CHW||1B||7/30/1989||Woodstock, GA|
A 5th round draft pick of the Nationals from 2011, it's been a long journey in the minors for the 28-year-old Skole! He finally made his major league debut yesterday and impressed with a 2 for 3 day with a HR plus a walk against the Cleveland Indians. Skole has shown some interesting skills in the minors, namely patience and power. He has 3 20 HR seasons in the minors, with his career best being 27 HRs back in 2012 which he paired with a .286/.438/.578 line. The reason for the slow progression through the minors has been inconsistent contact skills that are slightly below average. He's got a career K rate 22.9% in the minors, and this year is up 27.9% at AAA. That poor K rate at AAA has fueled a mediocre .259/.360/.442 line this year, and that likely shows the limits of Skole's upside as a viable fantasy option going forward. Skole was called up to replace Matt Davidson who was placed on the DL with back spasms, and Skole will likely return to the minors once Davidson is healthy again making Skole nothing more than an injury replacement. He should be left on the wire in all but the deepest of leagues.
|Dustin Peterson||5/28/2018||ATL||OF||9/10/1994||Phoenix, AZ|
With Ronald Acuna hitting the DL, the Braves called up Dustin Peterson to act more than likely as little more than a bench player, as Preston Tucker is likely to garner the majority of the left field starts. Peterson projects as a potentially solid major league contributor. A second round pick in 2013, Peterson has shown solid power and decent contact ability during his time in the minors. As of now, there's no fantasy relevance here, but one day in the future, he may be a solid, everyday starting outfielder.
|Jaime Schultz||5/29/2018||TB||RP||6/20/1991||Albany, NY|
Schultz is pretty much a two-pitch pitcher, but he's got two really nice pitches—a fastball that floats around 91-97 MPH and a breaking ball that sits in the low-80s. The combo of the two pitches will certainly miss plenty of bats, as evidenced by his 14.60 K/9 in the minors last year and 17.02 K/9 in the minors this year. He struggles with his command, which will be an issue, but his impressive fastball/breaking ball combo should make him a solid setup man in the future. As it stands, it's unclear whether he'll stick around in the Rays' bullpen and if he'll be in a setup or middle relief role, but if he does stick around as a setup guy, he could be a useful fantasy asset for holds and K/9 leagues and is worth a look in dynasty leagues.
|Dereck Rodriguez||5/29/2018||SFG||RP||6/5/1992||Arlington, TX|
The son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez, Dereck Rodriguez has made himself a fine career pitching in the San Francisco Giants system. After coming up a hitter in the Twins system, Rodriguez switched to pitching then signed a minor league deal with the Giants this past offseason. The transition has been smooth, as the 26-year-old right hander has struck out 53 batters in 50.1 innings with AAA Sacramento while posting a 3.40 ERA. His first taste of the MLB came in relief, as he pitched 3.1 innings before being removed after a comebacker hit him in the calf. Rodriguez appears to be fine however, and may make his first career start on Sunday against the Phillies. While he is likely not going to be a star, Rodriguez may be worth a flier in deep leagues with 15 teams or more. His value will truly be determined after his first start in the Bigs.
|Tim Peterson||5/30/2018||NYM||RP||2/22/1991||Puyallup, WA|
There isn't a whole ton to say about Tim Peterson. The former 20th-round pick has been called up to help the ailing New York Mets bullpen after posting solid numbers in the minors. The 27-year-old has recorded seven saves with a 3.45 ERA and a 12.56 K/9 in 28.2 innings pitched. He's never really been a starter in the minors, pitching in over 120 games since joining the team in 2012 but starting in just four. There's not really any fantasy value to be had here unless he gets put into a higher-leverage role, but for now, he seems to just be some bullpen help for a team that needs it.
|Mitch Walding||5/30/2018||PHI||3B||9/10/1992||Lodi, CA|
Walding was a 5th round pick back in 2011, and has had a slow climb to the majors before making his MLB debut last night against the Dodgers. He's had success this year in AAA with a .271/.379/.484 line with 7 HRs, and he's supported that line with a strong 14.3% walk rate and a poor 29.7% strikeout rate and overall has been worth a 148 wRC+. His swinging-strike rate is slightly below average as well with a 12.7% mark and those sort of contact skills make it tough to project a lot of fantasy relevancy for Walding. He's been called up to be an injury fill-in for infielder Pedro Florimon who broke his foot on Tuesday. The bench role and contact concerns leave Walding as a guy with little fantasy relevancy outside of the deepest of leagues..
|Ronny Rodriguez||5/31/2018||DET||3B||4/17/1992||Santiago, DR|
A 26 year old that has played all over the diamond and has some interesting fantasy skills in that he put up a .291 batting average last year with 17 HRs and 15 SBs at AAA. So far this season has continued to put up very impressive numbers and he's getting a shot to prove himself in the majors now as a utility player for the Tigers. It should be noted that Rodriguez is very aggressive at the plate and walks very infrequently. Add in contact skills that aren't the greatest with a 17.2% K rate that's being supported by a slightly below average 11.3% swinging-strike rate (MLB average this year is 10.6%) and the result is he carries a fair bit of risk in his profile as guy who likely struggles to get on base much. He may have some sneaky value though in deeper leagues because of the power/speed combo, but I think he's best left on the wire in most leagues.
|Shane Bieber||5/31/2018||CLE||SP||5/31/1995||Orange, CA|
Bieber has quickly risen up the Indians organization to the majors on the back of elite command and a solid 4 pitch mix that all play up because of said elite command. Bieber was a 4th round pick in 2016 but has performed like an elite prospect as he has posted a career 2.19 ERA in the minors with an incredible 244/15 strikeout to walk ratio in 262.2 innings. That incredibly low walk rate really highlights Bieber's skillset as a command specialist in the mold of a Kyle Hendricks, except Bieber has shown slightly better swinging-strike rate in the minors at the same levels while being a year younger. That makes Bieber an interesting fantasy option that could contribute with good ratios and the ability to go deep into games and rack up QS as well as potential wins on what should be a good Indians team. His start last night is only supposed to be a spot-start, but the only guy in front of Bieber in the pecking order for a rotation spot is Adam Plutko who has shown to be the inferior talent numbers wise so it seems likely that Bieber will get a more permanent chance to prove himself in the majors again soon. If you can afford to carry him on your bench, he may be a worthwhile stash in deeper leagues but he doesn't have much fantasy relevance until he gets a more permanent role.
|Dylan Cozens||6/1/2018||PHI||OF||5/31/1994||Scottsdale, AZ|
Dylan Cozens was added to the Phillies roster replacing Rhys Hoskins after he suffered a broken jaw from fouling a pitch into his face (yikes). Cozens, the Phillies #15 prospect, is a mountain of a man, listed at 6’6” and 235 lbs. As would be expected, he has plenty of raw power, having hit 40 home runs in 2016 at AA Reading, a hitting park said to be on par with Coors Field. The 24-year-old outfielder has regressed a bit since that breakout season, hitting just .226 this season at AAA Lehigh Valley, but he has hit 10 homers and stolen 7 bags in 10 attempts. His 12.7% walk-rate is a positive development this season, though his K-rate is also at a career high 38.1%. Cozens will serve as the fourth outfielder in Philadelphia, and will likely need to cut down on strikeouts to become fantasy relevant. However with a high power upside and a bit of speed to go along, a breakout like Cody Bellinger is not out of the question. Still, I’d only roster Cozens in deep leagues (14+ teams) for now.
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|Walker Lockett||6/1/2018||SD||SP||5/3/1994||Jacksonville, FL|
Walter Lockett was called up to start as Joey Luchessi is still on the DL. Lockett struggled, which to be honest, shouldn't be much of a shock given he's been rough in the minors this year, posting a 5.31 ERA over 10 starts. He's a sinker/changeup guy who also tosses a slider on occasion. The sinker and changeup are solid pitches, but he still needs some refinement. There's not really any fantasy value here, as he'll likely be back in the minors soon.
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|Dennis Santana||6/1/2018||LAD||SP||4/12/1996||San Pedro de Macrois, DR|
Santana has rapidly ascended up the Dodgers organizational ladder after converting from SS to pitching, and he is now considered one of their best pitching prospects. Santana made his debut last night against the Colorado Rockies and unfortunately, it did not go as planned but his success in the minors that includes a 2.54 ERA with 65 strikeouts against just 16 walks in 49.2 innings pitched between AA and AAA gives hope that Santana will be able to find success in the majors too. Santana offers nice strikeout upside, with above-average K rates throughout his minor league career, and is currently posting a well above-average 13.95% swinging-strike rate between both AA and AAA. That ability to miss bats plus average command give Santana a nice combination of high ceiling and reasonable floor and makes him a guy that is interesting in most leagues with a full-time role. I think he's worth a pickup in all 14 team leagues and above and may be worth a flier in 12 team leagues as well.
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|Austin Gomber||6/2/2018||STL||SP||11/23/1993||Winter Garden, FL|
After being called up for about a week earlier in the season and then sent back down, Austin Gomber returned and finally made his Major League debut. He worked three scoreless innings against the Pirates, striking out two, walking one and earning his first career Hold. Gomber has the unfortunate role of being a good starting pitcher in a farm filled with great pitchers. In AAA Memphis this year, he's started 9 games with a respectable 3.60 ERA and 63 K's. He sports an above average three-pitch mix that gives him the ceiling of a backend starter in the rotation. The Cardinals organization however seems to want to treat him the way they do all their pitching prospects: by coming out of the pen. However, if the shuttle Gomber's already been on is any indication, his stint in the Majors be a short one with Carlos Martinez due to return from the DL this upcoming week. There is a chance the Cardinals could send John Brebbia back down as they've done a bit this year but barring an injury to another one of their SP's, I don't see Gomber getting any starts any time soon.
|Jose Castillo||6/2/2018||SD||RP||1/10/1996||Velencia, Venezuela|
If Jose Castillo's name for some reason registers deep in the depths of your brain where you keep old locker combinations and strange pieces of advice your great grandfather gave you it's likely because he was involved the mega three-way deal between San Diego, Washington and Tampa Bay in 2014. This was the deal that sent Trea Turner and Joe Ross to the Nats, Steven Souza (among others) to the Rays and Wil Myers, Ryan Hanigan, Gerardo Reyes, and Jose Castillo to the Padres. Now it's important to note that when the deal happened, Castillo was just 18 so it isn't like he's been terrible since the trade. With that said, he doesn't crack the Padres top 30 mostly because he's yet to crack 80 IP in a year due to various injuries. With that said, this year Castillo has had an impressive minor league campaign. He has a 2.31 ERA over 23.1 IP in AA and AAA with 8 saves on 9 opportunities with a whopping 13.50 K/9. His debut was very impressive as he struck out the side including Joey Votto and moving forward he could have a middle relief job if he continues to get the K production he's getting. Any slip up however and he could be the first to be sent back down considering the depth the Padres already have in the 'pen.
|Jefry Rodriguez||6/3/2018||WAS||RP||7/26/1993||Bajos de Haina, DR|
Rodriguez got the call yesterday and due to an injury to Jeremy Hellickson was utilized immediately. Hellickson left Sunday's game after one out due to an injured hamstring and despite pitching 6 1/3 three days prior, Rodriguez got the call and performed very well. He went 4 2/3 IP with 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB and 3 K in what was the longest debut in relief in Nationals history. You may remember Jefry Rodriguez for the 80-game suspension he received last year in the midst of a stellar Class A Advanced campaign. This year, Rodriguez has made 11 starts in AA this year with a 3.88 ERA, 60 K and 23 BB. He has a great fastball that can hit 97 but usually sits around 95 and has a good amount of sink to it. He backs that up with an above average curve that as a lot of late action to it but is still lacking a bit in terms of control. Rodriguez is an interesting case: he made his debut because Tim Collins was added to the Paternity List and the Nationals bullpen was sorely depleted due to a 14 inning game on Saturday, however this strong performance could keep him around a bit. I think for now, he's worth monitoring to see what the Nationals due with him. If he continues to be utilized as long-relief he isn't particularly a fantasy asset as he won't net you holds or saves but if he has continued success he could be moved into a different role.