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Hot Prospects To Watch: Two-Start Pitchers and Category-Specific Hitters

Perhaps there's nothing more tantalizing in fantasy baseball than drafting an up-and-coming prospect or rushing to the waiver wire to bid on a Triple-A call-up. With no minor leagues this year, our favorite prospects are now playing on taxi squads, making it difficult for us to fantasize about since we can't get eyes on their progress. However, that doesn't mean we don't know who's on the cusp of making the big leagues.

As we enter the final week of the shortened regular season, big-league clubs are trying to punch their tickets into the playoffs, while fantasy managers aim to bring their squads over the finish line in first place. MLB teams in contention will ride hot bats and arms down the stretch run no matter what credentials they may have, while teams out of the race may look to give way to some players of the future.

Today we'll look at some two-start rookie pitchers who could help managers catch up in the strikeout column or lower some ratios with the finish line in sight. We'll also point out a few hitters who can help you out in a specific category of need down the final stretch run of the season. Good luck to everyone the rest of the way and congratulations in advance for those of you who are one your way to a championship title.

 

Two-Start Pitchers

Keegan Akin - SP, Baltimore Orioles

Fresh off a nine strikeout, five-inning scoreless performance versus the Braves last week, Keegan Akin is trending into a decent final week two-start streamer. Other than one disastrous outing versus the Yankees, the lefty hasn't allowed a run over his remaining three starts and has struck out 23 over 14 2/3 IP. With the struggling Red Sox and Blue Jays set to oppose Akin this week, the rookie is in a prime spot to finish the season on a high note.

Brady Singer - SP, Kansas City Royals

Although Brady Singer has struggled to find a groove for much of his time in the majors, he's looked like a seasoned veteran over his previous two starts. Combining for 14 IP, the club's top pitching prospect has surrendered just three hits and three walks in this span while striking out 16 with zero runs allowed. He'll square off against a couple of beatable lineups in the Cardinals and Tigers this week, making him a player who can undoubtedly help seal your numbers in the pitching categories down the final stretch.

Tarik Skubal - SP, Detroit Tigers

Tarik Skubal has had an up-and-down debut season for the Tigers, so he's on the riskier end of the two-start rookies this week. He did have an excellent showing in his most recent outing versus the Royals (6 IP, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K), but he has also failed to make it through three innings in half of his starts this year. Skubal is a bit of a desperation dice roll for his matchups against the Twins and Royals this week, but managers chasing first place may have to take the gamble.

Category-Specific Hitters

Ke'Bryan Hayes - 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

Since the Pirates recalled Ke'Bryan Hayes at the beginning of the month, the 23-year-old has provided sturdy fantasy numbers despite being a part of an underwhelming lineup. He's slashed .323/.391/.597 through 18 games while providing some appealing counting stats with three homers, 11 runs, and eight RBI. With a recent promotion from the third spot to the two-hole in the Bucs batting order, Hayes can help boost your RBI and batting average categories with a full slate of games this week.

Bobby Dalbec - 1B, 3B, Boston Red Sox

Managers looking to add a few more dingers to their yearly total should look no further than Red Sox prospect Bobby Dalbec. The right-handed slugger has belted seven bombs in 17 games so far in his major-league career, including a stretch where he hit a homer in five-straight contests earlier this month. Strikeouts are an issue for Dalbec (47.8% K%), but if you can afford the batting average risk, he's worth taking a shot on for the final week.

Leody Taveras - OF, Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers have leaned on their third-ranked prospect Leody Taveras as their everyday leadoff hitter over the final month, and yet he's still available in 98% of leagues. The switch-hitter hasn't hit all that well (.214 BA), but he has made an impact with six thefts and 16 runs since he can thankfully take a walk (11.7% BB%). Coming off a 32-steal campaign in 2019, Taveras seems like a good of choice as any to log a couple more before his season finishes.



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Hot Prospects To Watch: Late-Season Arms and Bats

Perhaps there's nothing more tantalizing in fantasy baseball than drafting an up-and-coming prospect or rushing to the waiver wire to bid on a Triple-A call-up. With no minor leagues this year, our favorite prospects are now playing on taxi squads, making it difficult for us to fantasize about since we can't get eyes on their progress. However, that doesn't mean we don't know who's on the cusp of making the big leagues.

With just under two weeks remaining in the season, big-league clubs are trying to punch their tickets into the playoffs, while fantasy managers aim to bring their squads over the finish line in first place. MLB teams in contention will ride hot bats and arms down the stretch run no matter what credentials they may have, while teams out of the race may look to give way to some players of the future. If you own a rookie already in the bigs, it's important to know where they stand in the lineup with the end of the season in sight.

Today we'll point out some hot hitters and pitchers who will continue to impact their real-life clubs and their fantasy owners down the regular season's stretch run. 2020 is providing us with a plethora of rookie call-ups, but it's essential to filter through which ones can help win us the fantasy gold.

 

Hot Prospect Arms

Deivi Garcia - SP, New York Yankees

The injury-ravaged Yankees have leaned on their top-three prospect Deivi Garcia over the past two weeks, and he's lived up to expectations. Over three starts, the right-hander has compiled an excellent 18/2 K/BB with a 3.06 ERA and 0.91 WHIP and has now notched his first win in his most recent outing versus the Jays. At 5'9", Garcia doesn't have the intimidation factor on the mound, but he gets his outs effectively with a knee-buckling curve that makes his low-90s four-seamer look much faster. It appears the Yanks are going to keep the Dominican in the rotation for the remainder of the year, and with their offense coming back to life, he can undoubtedly rack up a few more wins before the season ends.

Ian Anderson - SP, Atlanta Braves

Ian Anderson has filled the shoes of the several Braves starters who've hit the shelf this season, helping keep the club in first place in the division. With a perfect 3-0 record through four starts, Anderson has allowed just four earned runs in 22 innings (1.64 ERA) while striking out 27 in his debut season. The bad is that we have seen him struggle at times with command in the bigs with 10 walks to date after having a history of getting a bit wild in the minors. However, Anderson will miss bats and that ability has brought him to where he is now as the team's top pitching prospect. He's still available in 35% of Yahoo leagues, but if you've already rostered Anderson, continue to ride his strikeout arm.

Dane Dunning - SP, Chicago White Sox

The White Sox may have found another promising young arm with Dane Dunning flashing signs of excellence through his first four career starts. He's most recently thrown six shutout frames against the Pirates and is sitting at a 2.70 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through 20 IP while holding a 21/7 K/BB. Dunning finds his success by mixing it up with a five-pitch arsenal that has generated above-average numbers in whiff rate (34.9%) and ground-ball rate (52.8%). The right-hander has historically kept opposing batters in the ballpark throughout his minor league tenure (0.61 HR/9), and with only one long ball allowed so far in the majors, Dunning can continue to find success with the Pale Hose.

 

Hot Prospect Bats

Ryan Mountcastle - 1B, SS, OF, - Baltimore Orioles

The bat of Ryan Mountcastle has helped keep the Orange Birds in contention for a playoff spot this season since his call up in late-August. The 23-year-old is hitting .396 with five homers, nine runs, and 17 RBI over his last 15 games while batting in the meat and potatoes of the lineup. Mountcastle has impressed the most in his plate discipline by holding a respectable 19.2 K% and 10.3% BB%, numbers that have slightly bettered his minor league rates. It remains to be seen if he can keep up these stellar figures over a larger sample, but with consistent results lately, Mountcastle doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.

Joey Bart - C, San Francisco Giants

Joey Bart struggled a bit out of the gate for the Giants when he was called up on August 20, but the backstop has started to find his swing of late. The team's top prospect is 12-for-36 (.333) over his last 11 contests with eight runs and four RBI, although he is still searching for his first big fly in the majors. Bart is spanking the ball to a 47.5% Hard Hit% and a 32.5% line drive rate, but once he inevitably elevates the ball more than his current 10.0% fly-ball rate, some homers will come. The 23-year-old is still experiencing some growing pains with a 34.7% K%, but his bat is still playable in two-catcher formats at a minimum.

Nick Madrigal - 2B, Chicago White Sox

Nick Madrigal has lived up to his hype as a hitter, but we're still waiting for him to show off his speed. After stealing 35 bags in 120 games in 2019, Madrigal has just one theft in 17 games with the White Sox this season despite getting on base at an outstanding .375 clip. The speedster is at a .355 BA for the year with five runs and eight RBI, but his numbers would be much more appealing with a few more steals on his resume. Perhaps he's protecting his injured shoulder, but managers looking for a batting average helper and potential base stealer should look at adding Madrigal for the stretch run.



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Rafael Dolis Closes Door For Third Save

Toronto Blue Jays reliever Rafael Dolis pitched a perfect ninth inning in the team’s 2-1 win over the Yankees, securing his third save of the year. The right-hander struck out two in the 17-pitch frame, upping his total to 24 punchouts over 20 1/3 IP while holding an excellent 1.77 ERA and 1.18. WHIP. Dolis has now got the nod in back-to-back save situations, but with Ken Giles set to return as soon as this weekend, his job as closer seems temporary. The 32-year-old has stayed sharp enough to warrant a spot on fantasy teams with his ratios, but he’s no lock for saves down the stretch run.

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Taijuan Walker Lasts Four Innings In No-Decision

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Taijuan Walker lived up to his last name by walking five batters in four innings during the team’s 2-1 win over the Yankees on Tuesday. He was fortunate enough to not allow a run in the outing after giving up a pair of hits and throwing just 43 of 88 pitches for strikes in the no-decision. Walker has been known to get a little wild, but he’s managed to keep decent control so far in his resurgent 2020 campaign. He’ll have a chance for redemption against this same Yankees club in his next scheduled start a week from now.

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Hot Prospects To Watch: Stretch-Run Rookies

Perhaps there's nothing more tantalizing in fantasy baseball than drafting an up-and-coming prospect or rushing to the waiver wire to bid on a Triple-A call-up. With no minor leagues this year, our favorite prospects are now playing on taxi squads, making it difficult for us to fantasize about since we can't get eyes on their progress. However, that doesn't mean we don't know who's on the cusp of making the big leagues.

With just under three weeks remaining in the season, big-league clubs are trying to punch their tickets into the playoffs, while fantasy managers aim to bring their squads over the finish line in first place. MLB teams in contention will ride hot bats and arms down the stretch run no matter what credentials they may have, while teams out of the race may look to give way to some players of the future. If you own a rookie already in the bigs, it's important to know where they stand in the lineup with the end of the season in sight.

Today we'll point out some hot hitters and pitchers who will continue to impact their real-life clubs and their fantasy owners down the regular season's stretch run. 2020 is providing us with a plethora of rookie call-ups, but it's essential to filter through which ones can help win us the fantasy gold.
 

Tarik Skubal - SP, Detroit Tigers

Tarik Skubal was on a short leash over his first two big-league starts, throwing a combined 4 1/3 innings while allowing five runs. Since then, he's taken on a formidable Twins lineup in back-to-back starts, and he's shut the door on their offense allowing just three runs over 11 IP combined. The lefty still hasn't surpassed 78 pitches in an outing, but his efficiency of surrendering just five hits and two walks in these starts has allowed him to go deeper into games. It appears Skubal is starting to find his groove in the majors and could provide managers with some decent starts down the stretch run.

Sixto Sanchez - SP, Miami Marlins

With every start Sixto Sanchez makes, it's looking more and more likely that the Marlins have found their ace of the future. The team's top prospect has dazzled over three starts and 19 innings so far, holding an incredible 19/1 K/BB with a 2.37 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Although his four-seamer can hit triple-digits, Sanchez's changeup is his most frequently used pitch, and for good reason since opponents are 3-for-29 against it with no extra-base hits. With the Marlins surprisingly in contention for a playoff spot, Sanchez will be an essential cog for his club to reach October and for managers looking to win a fantasy championship.

Tony Gonsolin - SP, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers

With the departure of Ross Stripling, Tony Gonsolin now has a full-time spot in the team's starting rotation after making some spot starts earlier this year. In his most recent outing versus the Rockies, the right-hander struck out eight over six frames while allowing just three hits and one run with no free passes issued. He's down to an outstanding 0.76 ERA and 0.72 WHIP with a 25/5 K/BB over 23 2/3 IP for baseball's most winningest team this season. Gonsolin is still searching four that elusive first win of the season, but with his dominance so far, it's only a matter of time before he officially earns the credit.

Willi Castro - 3B, SS, Detroit Tigers

With more attention drawn on Detroit's higher-end prospects this season, Willi Castro has snuck under the radar despite his excellent play. He's hitting .400 over his last 12 games and is slashing .349/.364/.556 with three homers, 10 runs, and 12 RBI on the season. Castro has hit well on both sides of the plate as a rookie with a .308 BA versus southpaws and a .362 BA against righties, numbers that have helped propel him to the fifth spot in the lineup. The 23-year-old could undoubtedly improve in plate discipline since he sports a dreary 3.0% walk rate and 26.9% K-rate, but as long as he continues to hit, he belongs on fantasy rosters.

Sam Hilliard - OF, Colorado Rockies

Sam Hilliard entered the 2020 campaign with as much hype as any rookie making the Opening Day roster, but has sadly disappointed with his overall numbers to date. The lefty swinger has picked up his play over his last 14 games, however, slashing .295/.340/.682 with five homers, seven runs, seven RBI, and two steals for good measure. Hilliard has struggled against southpaws primarily, but with the addition of Kevin Pillar, the Rockies don't need to put him in the lineup against these hurlers. With Hilliard starting to get more comfortable in the majors and able to hit righties exclusively, he's in the environment to rack up some late root stats the rest of the way.

Ke'Bryan Hayes - 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

Since his promotion to the majors on September 1, Pittsburgh Pirates second-ranked prospect Ke' Bryan Hayes has turned heads with his bat over the past week. The former first-round pick went 2-for-5 with a double and a home run in his big-league debut and is currently 7-for-18 (.389) at the dish this season. Although he's sitting at an unattractive 31.6% K-rate, he's stayed in the mid-teens in this category over his minor-league career, so we shouldn't read too much into the small sample. Hayes doesn't hit for the most power or for the highest average among all prospects, but he can do a little bit of everything to help fantasy squads over the final three weeks.

Andres Gimenez - SS, New York Mets

Andres Gimenez has raked in September since he was activated from the injured list in late-August. He's 8-for-20 this month with seven runs and six RBI, and he now has a souvenir for hitting his first career long ball last week. The Venezuelan native was generating fantasy appeal prior to his stint on the COVID IL with seven steals, but he's now forced Amed Rosario out of playing time with his bat as well. With the Mets trying to chase down a playoff spot, they'll continue to keep Gimenez's hot bat in the lineup, and fantasy managers should also follow suit.



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Hyun-Jin Ryu Allows Five Runs In No-Decision

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu surrendered five runs over five innings during the team's 12-7 win over the Yankees on Monday. The veteran lefty gave up six hits, including three homers, while walking two and striking out five in the no-decision. Ryu hadn't allowed more than one earned run in six straight contests coming into this one, but he still owns a solid 3.19 ERA and 1.15 WHIP on the year. He'll get a chance to start a new streak when he faces the Mets in his next start over the weekend.

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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Records Four Hits In Win

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 4-for-6 during the team’s 10-8 win over the Red Sox on Saturday, upping his batting average to .290 on the year. The 26-year-old got off to a sluggish start to the season, but is 11-for-25 (.440) so far in September after finishing August on a high note. None of his hits went for extra-bases in this one, however, but he did drive in a run while crossing the plate twice himself in the high-scoring affair. Gurriel is undoubtedly hitting his stride, and should continue to produce a solid batting average with decent counting stats the rest of the way.

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Rowdy Tellez Cranks Eighth Homer

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez had a nice day at the dish during the team’s 10-8 win over the Red Sox, going 3-for-6 with a pair of runs. The slugger cranked a solo homer in the sixth inning to up his total to eight on the year as he continues to post sterling numbers in his second season. Tellez now has 19 runs and 21 RBI in 33 games, but he’s surprised the most with a .295 BA after hitting a measly .227 a year ago. With regular playing time and a prime spot in the middle of the Jays batting order, Tellez would look good on any fantasy squad over the final three weeks of the season.

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Rafael Dolis Closes It Out For Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays reliever Rafael Dolis worked a scoreless ninth inning to close out the team’s 10-8 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday. The right-hander recorded a pair of strikeouts in the 14-pitch frame, earning his second save of the campaign and lowering his ERA to 1.86. After Anthony Bass blew a save situation in Saturday’s contest, Dolis was given the opportunity in this one and will remain in the mix for saves until Ken Giles returns from the injured list, which is possible by next weekend.

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Slugs Sixth Bomb

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 1-for-3 with a homer and two walks in Saturday’s 9-8 loss to the Red Sox. His long ball was a moon shot over the deepest part of the Green Monster that cashed in three runs for his sixth homer of the year and his 20th RBI. Guerrero hasn’t quite lived up to fantasy expectations with a .259/.338/.438 slash line and 20 runs in 39 games, and he’s yet to slide back up the batting order to a better run-producing spot in the lineup. With only three weeks remaining in the season, the 21-year-old will need to pick it up with the bat to provide a good return on his draft investment.

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Teoscar Hernandez Lifts Jays In Extras

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez propelled his club to victory with a three-run homer in the 10th inning as the Jays defeated the Red Sox 6-2 on Thursday. He finished the contest going 2-for-4 with a walk, upping his batting average to a crisp .311 on the breakout season. Hernandez is also now tied for the major-league lead in homers with 13, to go along with 25 RBI, 24 runs and five steals in 36 games. The 27-year-old has been one of the most surprising players in the shortened season and doesn’t appear to be slowing down with just over three weeks left in the campaign.

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Taijuan Walker Solid In No-Decision

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Taijuan Walker allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings versus the Red Sox Thursday, settling for a no-decision in the team’s 6-2 extra-inning win. In his second start with his new club, the right-hander gave up six hits and a walk while striking out four in the 81-pitch effort. Walker now owns a sharp 3.26 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 33 punchouts through 38 2/3 IP this season after missing the entire 2019 campaign recovering from Tommy John surgery. Although his move to the AL East is less than ideal, he still carries mixed-league value during his resurgent season.

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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Provides Only Offense For Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. clubbed a two-run home run in Wednesday's contest versus the Marlins, which proved to be enough in the team's 2-1 victory. He took pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez deep for his fifth long ball of the season as he finished the night going 2-for-3 with a strikeout. Gurriel got off to a slow start this season but has hit .320 over his past 15 games with all of his homers coming in that span. He's up to a .269/.326/.796 slash line with 10 runs and 19 RBI on the campaign, and should be able to provide fantasy rosters with serviceable roto stats the rest of the way.

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Anthony Bass Picks Up Fourth Save

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Anthony Bass locked down his fourth save of the season in the team’s 2-1 win over the Marlins on Wednesday. After ceding the ninth-inning job to Jordan Romano over the last few weeks, Bass returned to the closing role with the rookie landing on the IL over the weekend. The right-hander worked a perfect frame in this one, although he failed to record a strikeout as his K-rate sits at a lowly 21.2%. He still owns a respectable 2.50 ERA and 0.89 WHIP, which keeps his fantasy value afloat despite not possessing overpowering stuff. Bass will continue to get the ball in the ninth for Toronto until Ken Giles returns to the team later this month.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu Strikes Out Eight In Win

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu earned his third win of the season in the team’s 2-1 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday. He struck out eight over six frames, surrendering one run on five hits with two walks issued. The lefty has now strung together six straight games of allowing one run or fewer, lowering his ERA and WHIP to 2.72 and 1.12. Ryu has rewarded fantasy owners with his play this season despite the move to the AL East, but he’ll have a tougher test versus the Yankees next week.

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Hot Prospects To Watch: Hot Hitters and Hurlers

Perhaps there's nothing more tantalizing in fantasy baseball than drafting an up-and-coming prospect or rushing to the waiver wire to bid on a Triple-A call-up. With no minor leagues this year, our favorite prospects are now playing on taxi squads, making it difficult for us to fantasize about since we can't get eyes on their progress. However, that doesn't mean we don't know who's on the cusp of making the big leagues.

Last week we finally saw number two overall prospect Gavin Lux receive the promotion to the majors after the Dodgers held him at their alternate site for the first half of the season. After costing a mid-round draft pick in the preseason, many impatient owners have dropped the 22-year-old earlier this year despite his allure as a potential superstar. He's not the only top prospect to disappoint managers this season, making it important to remember that even the brightest youngsters aren't locks to impact fantasy rosters in any given season.

Today's focus won't look at high-end prospects, however, as we'll analyze some rookies who are pitching like veterans and others who are hitting like All-Stars. These players still have low ownership despite starting their careers off on the right foot, and we shouldn't sleep on any of them for the remainder of the season. 2020 is providing us with a plethora of rookie call-ups, and many of them are already proving to be difference-makers for fantasy teams.

 

Hot Hitters

Ryan Mountcastle - 1B/SS/OF, Baltimore Orioles

Since the Orioles recalled their fifth-ranked prospect Ryan Mountcastle, all he's done is hit in the big leagues. He bashed his first two homers on Sunday and is now slashing a superb .364/.432/.606 with four runs and five RBI through nine games. The 23-year-old is picking up where he left off after he slashed .312/.344/.527 with 25 bombs in 127 games at Triple-A last season, which helped him take home the International League MVP. With a disciplined approach at the plate so far in the majors, he can undoubtedly flirt with the .300 mark for the remainder of the season and provide appealing counting stats the rest of the way.

Sam Haggerty - OF, Seattle Mariners

Although Kyle Lewis is stealing the spotlight in Seattle with his play as a rookie, Sam Haggerty deserves some attention since receiving the call-up on August 19. The switch-hitter has recorded a hit in 11 of 12 games while stuffing roto categories with six runs, six RBI, and four thefts as the everyday two-hole hitter in the M's lineup. He's spanked one big fly to date, but we can't expect more than a handful of homers from his bat after he hit just 15 over his four-year minor league tenure. However, we can rely on Haggerty's speed after he averaged 44 stolen bases per 162 games played over his final two years in the minors. Haggerty can help close the gap in the SB column for managers looking for steals over the last month of the year.

 

Hot Hurlers

Devin Williams - RP, Milwaukee Brewers

Devin Williams has carved out a role for himself as a high-leverage reliever for the Brew Crew after beginning the year at the bottom of the pecking order. The right-hander surrendered his only earned run of the year on July 27 as he sports a salivating 0.64 ERA to pair with a 0.71 WHIP with 29 punchouts in 14 IP. Williams has picked up five holds to lead the club, utilizing a fastball/changeup combo that has generated the second-highest Whiff% (51.1%) of all hurlers this season. With Josh Hader around, Williams is blocked from ninth-inning duties, but his ratios and strikeout numbers can undoubtedly help out any fantasy squad.

Matt Foster - RP, Chicago White Sox

White Sox reliever Matt Foster has also worked his way into the back-end of the bullpen after beginning the season as an opener and early-relief option. He finally allowed his first runs of the season after Jorge Soler took him deep on Friday, but the 25-year-old is still impressing with a 1.13 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts in 16 IP (35.1 K%). The right-hander has done a terrific job of neutralizing left-handed bats to a 0.87 BA with no extra-base hits thanks to a devastating changeup that's caused batters to whiff 50.0% of the time. Foster is still looking for his first hold in the majors, but with 31 career saves in the minors, it's only a matter of time before he works more high-leverage situations.

Dane Dunning - SP, Chicago White Sox

In just his second big-league start, Dane Dunning dazzled tossing five no-hit innings with seven strikeouts and one walk versus the Royals on Sunday. His previous start against the Tigers also saw him strike out seven through 4 1/3 before his night ended abruptly after serving up a three-run homer. With two solid starts after missing the entire 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, the team's eighth-ranked prospect should be on fantasy watchlists at a minimum. He'll face the same Royals team later this week where he makes a viable streamer, and with another productive outing, he'll become an even more popular waiver add.



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Teoscar Hernandez Walks It Off For Blue Jays

With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run single to walk off the Orioles 6-5 on Sunday. He finished the game going 2-for-5 as the cleanup hitter, a place in the lineup where he’s thrived this season. Hernandez has put together a sublime year with 12 homers, 22 runs, 22 RBI, five steals, and a .306 BA, proving to be one of the more surprising players of 2020. The 27-year-old still owns a high 28.2% K-rate, but it’s yet to truly impact his statistical performance this season.

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Cavan Biggio Plates Two In Win

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman/outfielder Cavan Biggio went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI during the team’s 5-0 win over the Orioles on Saturday. The 25-year-old cashed in two on a line-drive single in the fourth, upping his RBI total to 18 to go along with six long balls, 25 runs, and a .274 BA. Biggio has taken over control of the leadoff spot in the lineup since he’s posted a stellar .397 OBP this season, and he should remain there for the rest of the 2020 campaign. He’s in a tremendous spot to keep racking up counting stats, giving fantasy owners a lot to cheer about entering September.

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Taijuan Walker Tosses Six Scoreless

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Taijuan Walker threw six scoreless frames in Saturday’s 5-0 win over the Orioles, earning the win in his Jays debut. He allowed four hits and three walks while striking out four, improving his ERA to 3.27 on the year. Walker is having a resurgent season after missing the 2019 campaign and has become fantasy relevant in all formats. He’ll have some rocky outings pitching in the AL East, but will still be able to post sterling results as he did in this one. The right-hander will take on the Red Sox in his next outing next week.

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Extends Hitting Streak To Nine Games

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a pair of doubles in Wednesday's 9-1 victory over the Red Sox Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He collected three RBI and a pair of runs in the rout, upping his batting average to .255 on the season. Despite the week-plus hitting streak, Guerrero had just one homer and one double during this timeframe heading into this contest. It's encouraging to see him reach base, but with four homers, 13 RBI, and 12 runs on the campaign, owners aren't getting a terrific return on their investment.

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Randal Grichuk Slugs Eighth Big Fly

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk slugged his eighth homer of the season during the team's 9-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday. His shot in the first inning was of the solo variety as he finished the evening going 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI. Grichuk is up to a .307/.346/.594 slash line on the year with all eight of his long balls coming within the last two weeks. It's hard to see his home run pace continue at this rate, but after cranking out 31 dingers a year ago, we can expect sturdy power numbers the rest of the way.

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Rowdy Tellez Blasts Two Homers

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez belted a pair of homers during the team's 9-1 win over the Red Sox Wednesday, upping his season total to six. He finished the contest going 3-for-4 with four RBI as he's now slashing a respectable .286/.340/.653 in August. The recent signing of Daniel Vogelbach may pose a threat to Tellez's playing time, but it could also light a fire under the 25-year-old slugger. If he continues on this four-week stretch of solid production, it'll be difficult to keep him on the bench in real life and in fantasy.

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Hot Prospects To Watch: Promising Debuts and Red-Hot Rookies

Perhaps there's nothing more tantalizing in fantasy baseball than drafting an up-and-coming prospect or rushing to the waiver wire to bid on a Triple-A call-up. With no minor leagues this year, our favorite prospects are now playing on taxi squads, making it difficult for us to fantasize about since we can't get eyes on their progress. However, that doesn't mean we don't know who's on the cusp of making the big leagues.

Last week we saw several big-name prospects get the call to the bigs with the Giants, Braves, and Rockies all promoting their top prospects to help them out as we approach the midway point to this shortened season. Our attention this week won't revolve around Joey Bart, Cristian Pache, and Brendan Rodgers, however, as we saw two pitchers turn some heads during their major-league debuts over the weekend.

We'll also analyze some hot-hitting rookies who still have low ownership despite starting their careers off on the right foot. We shouldn't sleep on any caliber of prospect this season since 2020 is providing us with a plethora of rookie call-ups, and many of them are already proving to be difference-makers for fantasy teams.

 

Promising Debuts

Sixto Sanchez - SP, Miami Marlins

Acquired as the central piece in the J.T. Realmuto trade, Sixto Sanchez made his debut over the weekend and flashed his potential of becoming the ace of the Marlins staff for many years to come. The 22-year-old opened his career off with a bang by throwing a 98.4 MPH heater on his first delivery while hitting triple-digits on the gun five times during his 66-pitch effort. Sanchez ended up striking out four over five frames, earning himself his first win in the majors after allowing three runs on six hits.

Although the right-hander features a fastball in the upper-90s, he's stayed just under a strikeout per inning over his last two minor-league campaigns, but there's still a lot to love about his arm. Sanchez pounds the strike zone, which has kept his career walk rate in the minors at a sparkling 4.8%. He also keeps the ball in the park and on the ground with a lifetime HR/9 of 0.24 and a groundball rate just north of 50%. While he did serve up a pair of dingers in his major-league debut, his lengthy track history will prevail, especially in his pitcher-friendly home park. The Marlins would be wise to keep Sanchez in the rotation where he has a chance to take over ace status immediately.

Triston McKenzie - SP, Cleveland Indians

Triston McKenzie dazzled in his big-league debut, whiffing 10 batters and allowing one run over his six-inning gem. Utilizing a fastball/curveball combo primarily, the 6'5" righty got his opponents to whiff 13 times on 30 swings against these pitches (43.3% Whiff%), with nine of his punchouts coming on his four-seamer. McKenzie's only blemish on the night came against fellow rookie and ex-teammate Willi Castro, who took him deep on a changeup in the fourth inning.

With Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac still in the team's bad books, McKenzie will make another start for the Tribe this week. If he impresses again, it'll be difficult to send him back to the team's alternate site if the club needs to make room for either of these hurler's return. However, they will take caution with their top-10 prospect since he missed the entire 2019 campaign due to a back injury. McKenzie posted a terrific 29.4% K-rate, 3.16 ERA, and 1.03 WHIP over his previous two seasons combined in the minors, but he seems to be picking up where he left off despite the lengthy absence. As long as McKenzie is on the Indians roster, he should be owned in all formats.

 

Red-Hot Rookies

Alec Bohm - 3B, Philadelphia Phillies

It took 10 games for Alec Bohm to crush his first bomb in a big-league uniform this past Sunday, but the 24-year-old has otherwise taken the league by storm. The Phillies top prospect is slashing .344/.462/.531 with six runs and four RBI, all while maintaining a keen eye at the plate with more walks (seven) than strikeouts (six). His 18.1% chase rate is over 10% lower than the league average, and when with his innate selectiveness, he's crushing the ball to an even more impressive 57.7% Hard Hit% and 15.4% Barrel%. Bohm looks like the real deal so far into his young career and would look good on any fantasy squad.

Jake Cronenworth - 1B/2B/SS, San Diego Padres

Since filling in for an injured Eric Hosmer in late-July, all Jake Cronenworth has done is hit in his versatile infielder role. The left-handed swinger has played every position on the dirt for the Friars while slashing a cool .347/.410/.627 with three long balls and a sharp 3.7% K%-BB%. Cronenworth has been an extra-base hit machine with eight doubles and a pair of triples, providing sturdy results with 13 runs and 12 RBI through 24 contests. Although he wasn't a highly-touted prospect, he's certainly playing like one and is (Cronen)worth investing in all fantasy setups.

Jose Trevino - C, Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers are enjoying the hot bat of Jose Trevino since Robinson Chirinos landed on the injured list earlier this month. The 27-year-old has four multi-hit games over his last five games, upping his batting average to .324 on the year with five of his 11 hits going for extra bases. Trevino hasn't typically hit for much power over his minor-league tenure, but he rarely strikes out thanks to a high-contact approach. If he can keep finding holes in the defense, he can undoubtedly help out fantasy teams in two-catcher formats.

Jonathan Hernandez - RP, Texas Rangers

Jonathan Hernandez has established himself as a high-leverage reliever as a member of the Rangers bullpen so far this season. The 24-year-old has been lights-out with five holds, a 1.56 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and 22 strikeouts in 17 1/3 IP, numbers resemblant of a future closer. With a 97.4 MPH sinker to keep the ball on the ground and a wipeout slide piece that has generated a tantalizing 55.6% whiff rate, Hernandez has the stuff that any manager would want in their ninth-inning arm. Although Rafael Montero still stands in his way from getting the job this season, Hernandez can still impact fantasy rosters with his ratios and strikeout numbers.


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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Slugs Fourth Homer

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. launched his fourth homer of the season during the team’s 6-4 win over the Rays on Monday. His solo shot of Blake Snell in the fifth went for his only knock of the game as he finished the contest going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Gurriel has heated up at the plate with hits in eight of his last nine games and three long balls over his last five contests. The 26-year-old is up to a .263 BA with seven runs and 14 RBI, but he should start producing better counting stats batting in the middle of the Jays lineup.

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Jordan Romano Secures Second Save

Toronto Blue Jays reliever Jordan Romano locked down his second save of the season during the team’s 6-4 win over the Rays on Monday. The right-hander allowed a walk and a hit while striking out one in the scoreless effort, lowering his ERA to 0.64 through 14.2 IP. Romano has now received the call in the ninth for the second time in a row as it appears manager Charlie Montoyo has found his new go-to guy for saves with Ken Giles out. Romano holds significant fantasy value with his sterling ratios, and now that he’s closing games, he needs ownership in all formats.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu Solid Over Five In No-Decision

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed one run over five frames during the team’s 2-1 loss to the Rays on Saturday. The lefty surrendered three hits and struck out six with no free passes issued, lowering his ERA and WHIP to 3.19 and 1.03, respectively. Ryu has now allowed one run or fewer in four-straight contests as he’s starting to live up to the contract that labelled him as the ace of the staff. He’ll look to continue his streak of dominance against the Red Sox in his next scheduled outing on Thursday.

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Jordan Romano Gets The Save For Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays reliever Jordan Romano nailed down his first save of the season in the team’s 6-5 extra-inning win over the Rays on Friday. He worked out of a bit of trouble by allowing a pair of hits and the inherited runner at second base to score, but he recorded a strikeout and got Hunter Renfroe to ground out to end the game. It’s been a carousel for the closing job in Toronto recently with Rafael Dolis picking up a save on Wednesday, but Romano is the best bet to keep getting save opportunities as long as Ken Giles is sidelined. Romano now owns a superb 0.69 ERA and 0.77 WHIP with 19 punchouts in 13 IP, numbers that play well in any fantasy format regardless of his defined role.

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Nate Pearson Bit By The Long Ball Tuesday

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Nate Pearson was touched up for five earned runs over four innings in the team’s 8-7 win over the Orioles. The right-hander served up a trio of homers while striking out three and walking three in the no-decision. After a dominant major-league debut, Pearson has now put together three consecutive underwhelming outings, which has seen his ERA reach an ugly 6.61. There will undoubtedly be better days ahead for the team’s top prospect, so owners should remain patient with the youngster. Pearson will look to right the ship in his next start versus the Rays.

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Randal Grichuk Homers In Third Straight

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk launched his fourth homer of the season during the team’s 8-7 extra-inning win over the Orioles on Tuesday. He now has homered in three-straight games as he finished the night going 2-for-5 with four RBI. Grichuk has planted himself in the two-hole since Bo Bichette hit the IL, and he’s made his manager proud with his production of late. He’s up to a cool .333 BA on the campaign, making him fantasy viable in all formats.

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Travis Shaw Connects For Three-Run Bomb

Toronto Blue Jays corner infielder Travis Shaw cranked a three-run tater during the team’s 8-7 extra-inning win over the Orioles on Tuesday. It was his third long ball of the season as he finished the night going 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Shaw has held down the third spot in the batting order this season, where it’s prime real estate for his counting stats to climb. He hasn’t quite taken advantage of the opportunity yet with a .250 BA and worrisome 34.0% K-rate for the year, but his bat is starting to pick up steam after missing some time earlier this month.