Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Derek Dietrich went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and a walk in a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Dietrich took Houston ace Justin Verlander deep in the first inning, giving him 18 homers on the season. The veteran infielder has been a pleasant surprise for the Reds, having already reached a career-high in homers in just 66 games played. He may see his at-bats cut into when Scooter Gennett returns but it is likely that the Reds find a way to keep his bat in the lineup on a regular basis. For now, fantasy owners can continue to ride the power hitter.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler turned in a heroic performance in a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. Kepler didn't even start the game but he pinch-hit for Marwin Gonzalez and wound up going 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in the 17-inning game. His solo blast tied the game at 3-3 in the 13th inning and his walk-off single in the 17th gave the Twins the win. Kepler is enjoying a breakout season at the plate, hitting .279 with 18 homers, 49 runs, 49 RBI, and one steal. He has developed into a starting-quality fantasy outfielder in all formats.
Mets' SP Jacob deGrom recorded 10 strikeouts in 8.1 innings collecting the win in a 10-2 win over Atlanta on Tuesday, Jun. 18.
Royals' 2B Whit Merrifield had six RBIs going 3-for-4 with two home runs in a 9-0 win over Seattle on Tuesday, Jun. 18.
Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brandon Morrow (elbow) is now throwing up to 135 feet, according to general manager Jed Hoyer. A little too late. Morrow has been out since the first half of last season and still is without a timetable for a return to Chicago's bullpen. It doesn't really matter now for fantasy purposes, because Craig Kimbrel should be the full-time ninth-inning guy for the Cubbies starting next week. Morrow can be dropped in any league where you were holding him in hopes he'd return to record saves in 2019.
Philadelphia Phillies outfield prospect Adam Haseley (groin) is about seven days away from game activity as he rehabs a left groin strain. He's scheduled to run the bases on Friday, at which point it'll be decided if he needs a short rehab assignment before being activated from the injured list. The team's No. 3 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, had a hit in his first seven major league at-bats before going down with injury. Even with Andrew McCutchen done for the season and Odubel Herrera facing a suspension from the league, Haseley might be best served getting regular playing time in the minors now that Roman Quinn is back. Haseley was hitting .275/.358/.466 with seven homers, 23 RBI and five steals in 47 games with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley before his call-up.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (lat) underwent an MRI exam on Tuesday to check out the soreness in his lat muscle. Hernandez had some fatigue in his rehab start last Friday and has been out since May 12. The 33-year-old is limping to the finish line of what has been a fantastic career, but he no longer has much fantasy appeal and is far from the dominant starter he was in the prime of his career. Hernandez is 1-4 on the season with a 6.52 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings over eight starts. You'll want to avoid him in mixed leagues whenever he makes his return to the M's rotation.
Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria is expecting third baseman Yoan Moncada (back) to return to the lineup on Wednesday. Moncada suffered an upper back injury last Monday and aggravated it returning to the lineup on Sunday. It looks like the 24-year-old will avoid the injured list, but check back on Wednesday before returning him to your lineups. Moncada still has issues with strikeouts but has improved from 2018 and is hitting .294/.349/.504 with 12 home runs, 38 runs, 39 RBI and five stolen bases in 252 at-bats. His upside plays in all fantasy leagues.
The Minnesota Twins placed infielder Ehire Adrianza (abdomen) on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday with abdominal issues and called up infielder Luis Arraez from the minors in a corresponding move. Adrianza was hitting .271 with four home runs in 43 games for the Twins in a utility role. He doesn't have much value behind AL-only leagues as middle infield depth. Arraez made his big league debut on May 18 and hit an impressive .375 in 10 games before being sent back to Triple-A Rochester. The 22-year-old doesn't hit for power but makes a lot of contact and can hit for a high average. That might be useful in the short term in AL leagues.
Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (foot) ran the bases on Tuesday and will do so again on Wednesday. If he comes out of that without setbacks, the Nationals can start thinking about sending him on a rehab assignment. Zimmerman has been out since April 27 with plantar fasciitis and was hitting just .213/.302/.373 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 86 plate appearances before his injury. The 34-year-old has no business being on rosters in mixed leagues and will be in a platoon with Matt Adams at first base when he returns to the Nationals lineup.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (elbow) had a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and left a live batting practice session in Florida after just 15 pitches on Tuesday. Manager Aaron Boone said that Montgomery is hoping he just wasn't feeling good for the day. Montgomery and the Yankees were hoping that he would be an option for them at some point in August, but this setback could push him back even further. The left-hander has some fantasy appeal in mixed leagues when he's healthy, but you shouldn't be expecting much, if anything at all, from him for the rest of this season.
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Matt Duffy (hamstring) was scheduled to take batting practice with the Gulf Coast Rays and was also scheduled for four to five at-bats in a simulated game in Port Charlotte. Duffy has been out all season but could be an option for the Rays lineup sometime next month. The 28-year-old hit .294 in 132 games for Tampa in 2018 with four homers, 44 RBI, 59 runs and 12 stolen bases. He's injury-prone and likely won't have a role that gives him regular playing time considering Yandy Diaz has locked third base down in 2019.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (hip) played catch on Monday for the first time in his rehab and was scheduled to do so again on Tuesday. He's no longer feeling pain in his hip flexor and is doing exercises and stretches he couldn't do when he was first hurt. There still isn't a timetable for his return, but the good news is that he's making progress. The 26-year-old right-hander was 9-2 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 77 strikeouts and 19 walks in 70 innings over 12 starts and one relief outing before his injury. His FIP of 4.06 shows that some regression could be coming in the second half, but German has been a fine source of pitching statistics in 2019. The Yankees could also be cautious with him to finish out the season, as he's never thrown more than 85 2/3 innings in the majors in his three years.
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics C Nick Hundley (knee) will miss at least six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Franklin Perez (shoulder) returned to action with High-A Lakeland on Tuesday and allowed three hits and an earned run while walking two and striking out three in 3 2/3 innings. In his first start off the injured list he threw 39 of his 62 pitches for strikes. The team's No. 3 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, is overshadowed because of his injury issues and by both Casey Mize and Matt Manning, but he's worth watching in dynasty/keeper leagues if he's able to stay healthy for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Milwaukee Brewers INF Mike Moustakas (hand) was removed from the game Tuesday, June 18, after being struck by a pitch on the hand. X-rays came back negative, but Moustakas will not play Wednesday, June 19, according to manager Craig Counsell.
San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (hand) needed four stitches after suffering a laceration on his right pinkie finger on Monday, but the team is confident that he'll be able to avoid the injured list. X-rays showed no structural damage to his hand. Sandoval, who is a switch-hitter, said he thinks the injury will affect him more swinging right-handed. He did not start on Tuesday and is unlikely to start on Wednesday with another lefty on the mound. Believe it or not, the Panda has actually been more productive and more useful in fantasy than Evan Longoria. The 32-year-old veteran is hitting .290/.323/.572 with nine homers, 22 runs and 26 RBI but is still most attractive in NL-only leagues.
Cleveland Indians RHP Mike Clevinger (ankle) has swelling and discoloration in his left ankle after rolling it Monday, June 17; he'll throw a side session later this week, and manager Terry Francona believes Clevinger will be 'OK.'
New York Mets RP Justin Wilson (elbow) was scratched from a scheduled rehab appearance due to tightness in his pitching elbow.
Seattle Mariners closer Hunter Strickland (lat) will resume playing catch in the next day or two after his MRI exam didn't show any new injuries. Strickland felt soreness in his right lat while throwing over a week ago, but it looks like he avoided something much worse. The right-hander has two saves in three appearances at the end of March but hasn't pitched in the big leagues since because of his injury. He should be Seattle's unquestioned closer again when he returns, which makes him worth stashing in the majority of leagues. Roenis Elias has been the best bet for saves in Strickland's absence, but he hasn't had many opportunities.
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