Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett (groin) started his minor league rehab assignment on Monday. He's scheduled to play five days with Single-A Daytona and then move to Triple-A Louisville. Manager David Bell said that Gennett will be back in the starting lineup as soon as he's able. Cincinnati may ease him back in right away, but Gennett needs to be owned everywhere after slugging 50 long balls and 189 RBI in his first two seasons with the Reds. He was an All-Star in 2018 and finished second in the batting title race in the National League behind Christian Yelich. The 29-year-old will be making his season debut when he returns. He's still available in 40 percent of Yahoo Leagues.
Cleveland Indians rookie starting pitcher Zach Plesac threw seven good innings on Tuesday, allowing just one run on two hits. He struck out six but walked five. One of the two hits he allowed was a solo home run, but Plesac was otherwise very tough to hit in this one. He was very much fitting into the cliche of "effectively wild" as he threw 60 of his 102 pitches for strikes. Plesac lowered his ERA to 2.56 and has shown that he's worth consideration in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams (side) is scheduled to come off the injured list and start on Wednesday against the Tigers. Williams has been out since May 16 but should be picked up (if he's available) and started against the weak offensive lineup of the Tigers in his first start back. The 27-year-old right-hander is 2-1 on the year with a 3.33 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 42 strikeouts and 10 walks in 54 innings over nine starts. Williams won't light up the scoreboard with strikeouts, but he's been a solid option for those in deep mixed leagues the last several seasons.
New York Mets LHP Hector Santiago was sent outright to Class AAA Syracuse on Tuesday, June 18.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty pitched seven solid innings on Tuesday, earning a quality start. He allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out eight. Flaherty allowed home runs in the fifth and the seventh innings, but was otherwise able to mostly keep the Marlins bats at bay. He'll head into his next start with a 4.24 ERA.
The New York Mets dismantled the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park Tuesday night and their rookie first baseman was at the forefront. Peter Alonso recorded four hits, drew two walks, scored three runs and drove in three in a 10-2 victory. He doubled home the first run of the game and later drilled a two-run home run as his team's lead ballooned. The 24-year-old is hitting .308 across the past seven days and now has 24 home runs, second in all of baseball, to go with 57 RBI. It was the first four-hit game of his career.
Detroit Tigers OF Victor Reyes was optioned to Class AAA Toledo on Tuesday, June 18.
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo (shoulder) will move to Triple-A Las Vegas for his next start on Saturday, according to a major league source. Per MLB Pipeline, Luzardo is the team's top prospect, No. 15 overall and the second best left-handed pitching prospect in the game. In his two rehab outings for High-A Stockton, the southpaw allowed six hits and one earned run while walking none and striking out 11 in seven innings pitched. He's the real deal and should join the team's bullpen for the second half of the season. Luzardo is owned in just 29 percent of Yahoo Leagues right now, so you should seriously consider stashing him now.
New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom brought his best stuff on Tuesday in a win over the Atlanta Braves. DeGrom tossed 8 1/3 innings of two-run ball, allowing just five hits while striking out 10. The win improved the righty's record to 4-6 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.26 in the process. The fact that deGrom limited a red-hot Braves offense was an even more welcoming sign for fantasy owners. The ace will take the mound again this weekend against the Chicago Cubs.
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas(calf) left his start on Sunday against the Cardinals with a left calf cramp that is believed to be minor. "It sounds like it was just cramps. He should be fine," manager Mickey Callaway said. "We got him situated inside, got some fluids in him, and he seemed to be doing fine." The left-hander allowed two earned runs while striking out four and giving up one hit and walking three in his four innings. The 36-year-old doesn't have much strikeout upside for fantasy owners these days, but he's been solid with a 3.74 ERA, which is the second lowest on the team behind Jacob deGrom (3.38).
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jose Alvarado has returned to the United States after spending time in Venezuela with his family and will report to the team's spring training facilities to get some action in before returning from the restricted list. It's unclear exactly when he'll be back with the Rays, but the team could also choose to ease him back into high-leverage situations late in games. Diego Castillo and Emilio Pagan will continue to share the ninth-inning duties until then. Those desperate for saves in deeper leagues should look to add Alvarado now, however, if his previous owner dropped him.
New York Yankees first baseman Edwin Encarnacion will become the team's primary designated hitter after the club acquired him over the weekend, according to manager Aaron Boone. Boone also said that Encarnacion is "capable" of playing first base. Boone still expects outfielder Brett Gardner "to play a lot" when Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are back with the team. The Yanks will likely try to find a way to get Gardner regular at-bats, but the bottom line is there isn't a starting role for him when all of the team's power bats are healthy, especially with Encarnacion now in the fold. Gardner does have a nice 11 homers, 43 runs, 31 RBI and six stolen bases, but he's also hitting .233 (54-for-232).
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Joc Pederson was approached about learning first base when OF A.J. Pollock was injured, and manager Dave Roberts recently said the team is 'ramping it up' in terms of getting Peterson ready to play first. 'He is more excited about playing first base than I've seen him excited about anything, outside of hitting a homer,' Roberts said.
Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle), who has been on the injured list since May 20 with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain, started his rehab assignment with Rookie League Orem on Tuesday. He's way ahead of schedule, as his injury generally requires eight to 12 weeks to heal. If all goes well this week, Simmons could return to the Angels lineup as soon as Friday against the Cardinals. When he returns, the team will have to decide whether to option rookie Luis Rengifo to Triple-A Salt Lake or designate Wilfredo Tovar for assignment. It sounds as though the Angels want Rengifo to develop more in the minors. Simba doesn't give his owners much power (three homers), but he was hitting .298/.323/.415 with 22 runs, 21 RBI and five steals before his injury. That plays in most leagues at shortstop.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb (head) has been feeling fine and slept through the night on Saturday after he was hit in the back of the head with a line drive in his start against the Phillies. The left-hander has a bump on his head and his neck is a little stiff, but it looks like he'll avoid the injured list. Newcomb allowed three hits and two unearned runs while walking two and striking out three in 2 2/3 innings before he left the game. He's rebounded after a slow start to post a 2.38 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 29 K's in 34 innings in 20 outings (four starts) for Atlanta. With Dallas Keuchel set to make his season debut this Friday, Newcomb is expected to return to a relief role, meaning he'll lose most of his fantasy appeal.
New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said that third baseman Jed Lowrie's (hamstring, knee) "left side has caused him problems," but he didn't elaborate further. "The knee to the hamstring, we want to make sure that the kinetic chain is working together and that his posture and his functionality is working," Van Wagenen said. Lowrie has yet to play for the Mets this year and remains in Florida rehabbing. He's been taking ground balls and "continuing his baseball progression." The 35-year-old was expected to see a dip in production after his All-Star season in 2018, but now it's looking like a truly lost season. Leave him to the waiver wire in mixed leagues until he gets back on the field and makes his Mets debut.
Texas Rangers OF Hunter Pence (groin) is expecting to return from the 10-day injured list around the time he's first eligible next week after being diagnosed with a strained right groin muscle. 'It's very minor, not too bad,' Pence said Tuesday, June 18. 'Hopefully I can get back sooner.'
Chicago Cubs starting pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay is in the mix to make starts at the big league level soon, especially with Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) possibly out through the All-Star break. Tyler Chatwood will get the first crack at Hendricks' rotation spot this Thursday. Alzolay is on a real roll at Triple-A, and wed been planning even before this to possibly give him a couple of spot starts at some point over the next month or so, president Theo Epstein said. The team's No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, recently earned Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week honors and has a 1.93 ERA in his last five starts with 40 strikeouts and three walks in 28 innings for Triple-A Iowa. Alzolay might not make more than a handful of starts in 2019, but he's certainly worth considering for a stash in dynasty/keeper leagues if he's available.
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (hand) shouldn't require a stint on the injured list, according to manager Bruce Bochy on Tuesday, June 18. He isn't likely to play either of the next two games projected to be against left-handed starters.
Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Ken Giles (right elbow inflammation) could be activated when first eligible later this week. The 28-year-old has been one of baseball's best closers in 2019, recording a 1.08 ERA over 25 innings to go along with 42 strikeouts and just seven walks. Giles is one of the Blue Jays biggest trade deadline chips and should be owned across all fantasy formats.
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