Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson (elbow) managed only 4 2/3 innings in his Triple-A rehab start on Thursday. He let up four earned runs on five hits striking out six and walking five. The good news is that all of the runs came in his final inning, which included a two-run home run by one of the Astros top prospects, Kyle Tucker. Nelson hasnt pitched in the majors since 2017 in which he threw 175 1/3 innings with a 3.49 ERA and 27.3 percent strikeout rate. Based on that stellar 2017 season, Nelson should be added in all leagues just on upside alone. However, expectations should be low once he is ready to be called back up to the Brewers. This is possibly his last rehab outing and he could join the big league club for his next start.
Boston Red Sox utility man Steve Pearce finished 3-for-5, with a home run and three runs batted in during an 8-2 win over Toronto Thursday. The long ball was his first of the season and his three RBI give him just eight in 24 games played. Pearce now has a hit in four straight games that he has appeared in. If he can continue to trend upward at the plate, he may see more consistent playing time. However, a .180 expected batting average has some serious work ahead of it before Pearce becomes fantasy relevant. A weekend series with the Astros, including a Sunday matchup with Justin Verlander, doesn't bode well for a player like Pearce who is still trying to find himself at the plate.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Weber threw six innings of one-run ball, scattering just three hits, while striking out four and walking none in an 8-2 victory over Toronto Thursday. The 28-year-old made his first start as a Red Sox after making three relief appearances since being called up May 6. The only bout of trouble the righty endured was in the second when he allowed three straight hits to open the inning, including an RBI-double. However, Weber toughened up and got out of the inning without further damage. He was effective, simply by throwing 60 of 93 pitches for a strike, while he also had solid defense behind him. The Red Sox still await the return of Nathan Eovaldi to the rotation, so it's possible Weber's performance Thursday earned him the right to another start. The earliest that could happen would be Tuesday when the Sox host the Indians.
Tampa Bay Rays left-handed pitching prospect Brendan McKay will be pulled up to Triple-A Durham to start on Tuesday. The 2017 MLB first round draft pick has thrown 41 2/3 innings at Double-A with a stellar 1.30 ERA, 39.7 percent strikeout rate, and 5.8% walk rate. He has moved quickly through the Rays system and could be a candidate to be called up to the Majors at some point this year. With Tyler Glasnow (forearm) on the shelf and only two true starters, the Rays could use the help. Pitching prospect Brent Honeywell (elbow) also has not been able to begin throwing yet. MLB.com ranks Honeywell the second and McKay the third top prospects in their system behind shortstop Wander Franco. Keep an eye on this as the Rays are known for developing excellent starting pitching.
Chicago White Sox second baseman Yolmer Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a run scored on Thursday versus the Houston Astros. Sanchez had a double and two singles on the evening and is now hitting .235 for the season and doesnt offer much potential in all formats. Sanchez can remain on waivers.
Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson picked up a pair of hits in four at-bats versus the Astros. Anderson is beginning to heat up again and is now hitting .326 with eight home runs, 25 RBI and 13 stolen bases. Anderson should remain a starter in all formats as a duel threat offering power and speed.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito pitched a complete-game shutout versus a tough Astros lineup on Thursday. Giolito allowed only four hits, one walk and struck out nine batters on the evening. The right-hander is trending up and now owns 2.77 ERA. Giolito is worth rostering in all formats.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen had a big afternoon Thursday going 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. McCutchen now has nine hits and seven RBI in his past five games. The 32-year-old outfielder may not be what he once was in his prime, but he's still a must-start fantasy option. McCutchen is walking at a 16.6 percent rate which is sixth in the Majors. His .383 on-base percentage is higher than it's been since 2015 when he was with Pittsburgh, so give him even more of a boost in leagues that reward walks or use OBP as a category. As long as McCutchen is getting on base at this rate, expect plenty of run-scoring opportunities batting leadoff in a very good Phillies lineup. Expect this hot streak to carry into a weekend series in hitter-friendly Miller Park in what could be a very high-scoring series with the Brewers.
The Colorado Rockies will monitor outfielder Charlie Blackmon's (calf) injury after he was forced to leave the blowout loss early on Thursday after initially fouling a ball off his leg. (The trainers) said this isnt the kind of thing you want to take lightly, Blackmon said afterward. You want to make sure you are good to go. He also said it's too early to tell if he'll miss any games this weekend. If he's forced to miss additional time, Ian Desmond will fill in in the outfield. Blackmon is on a hot streak and has hit safely in 28 of his last 30 games and has reached base safely in 18 straight games, so this injury comes at a bad time. Overall, he's hitting .300 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI.
According to sources, The Athletics Dennis Lin reports the San Diego Padres will call up outfielder Josh Naylor for the weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Naylor, a native Canadian and the Friars No. 9 prospect, will crack the majors for the first time and could see opportunities as the designated hitter. The former first round pick possesses strong hitting acumen but is raw defensively. He had smacked 10 homers with a .916 OPS in 209 Triple-A plate appearances this season. Still just 21 years old, Naylors debut could be short-lived, but an interleague series may be ideal to showcase his offensive potential. Due to his uncertain role, Naylors only fantasy relevance is as a deep DFS option.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 14-6 win over the Rockies. Polanco hit the first of four home runs on the afternoon for Pittsburgh. Polanco has been hitting the ball well after starting the season on the injured list with a shoulder injury, carrying a career-high .278 batting average through 90 at-bats. He is no longer a 20-steal threat but can still play at a 20-10 pace over a full season.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and three runs scored in Thursday's 14-6 win over Colorado. Marte was going through a rough stretch of late, recording just two hits in his last six games prior to Thursday's outburst. He's having a down season by his standards, hitting just .244, but is still providing owners with the power/speed combo that has made him one of the most valuable fantasy players over the last five years.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are on the verge of promoting first baseman/third baseman Kevin Cron from Triple-A. Cron is tearing the cover off the ball in Reno this season, hitting 21 home runs in 44 games, owning a slugging percentage of an even .800. In four years of full-season baseball, Cron has never hit fewer than 22 home runs. Triple-A numbers have been inflated a bit this year, but Crons history of power proves that this year is not a fluke. While first base is his natural position, he has spent some time at third base as well in the minor leagues. Christian Walker started the year hot at first base but has hit just .197 in the month of May. The Diamondbacks are likely looking for an infusion of power, and anyone with Crons type of bat is an interesting player in Arizonas hitter-friendly park.
Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and three runs scored in Pittsburgh's 14-6 trouncing of the Rockies on Thursday. The home run was Bell's 16th of the season and is already four homers ahead of last year's total. His rebound season has been astounding thus far, as his 47 RBI now lead the league. It remains to be seen if Bell can continue this pace, but he isn't showing signs of slowing down at the moment.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes (finger) allowed two hits and an earned run while walking two and striking out six in five innings for High-A Palm Beach in a rehab start on Thursday. Reyes is getting back into the flow after fracturing his pinkie finger and looked good on Thursday. He'll need to prove it in the minors before the Red Birds consider bringing him back up to the majors at some point this year, and even then he wouldn't be guaranteed a rotation spot. Reyes was baseball's top prospect just several years ago and still has intriguing upside if he's starting in the majors.
Cleveland Indians OF Oscar Mercado (hip) exited against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 23, with a right hip contusion.
Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jordan Lyles (5-1) fell apart late in his start on Thursday, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings. The Pirates provided 14 runs of support, helping Lyles escape with his fifth win. Lyles was working on a shutout through 5 2/3 but was unable to get the final out, allowing all six runs before being pulled. Despite the poor start, Lyles' ERA sits at a sterling 2.81.
Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said that outfielder Jon Jay (groin), who has yet to play in 2019 due to a groin strain, has played nine innings in extended spring training. "He'll play some back-to-back games, and if he responds well to that well get him on a rehab assignment in the not-too-distant future," Hahn said. Jay is slowly recovering and might be an option for the Pale Hose next month. However, he won't help fantasy owners much at all even if he's playing regularly. Jay hit .268 last year with three home runs, 40 RBI and four steals in 143 games with the Royals and Diamondbacks.
Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus said the team hasn't considered removing starting pitcher Matt Harvey from the rotation. They probably should start considering it after Harvey was torched for seven hits (four home runs) and eight earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings against the Twins in his latest outing on Thursday to raise his ERA to 7.50 on the year in his 10 starts. Harvey is striking out just 6.56 hitters per nine innings and has surrendered 11 home runs in 48 innings for the Halos. He shouldn't be owned in any mixed leagues the way he's looked so far in 2019.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Oscar Mercado (hip) left the game early on Thursday with a right hip contusion after a collision in the outfield with Leonys Martin. It was a scary collision and Mercado looked to be in some pain, but he may have dodged a bullet. Consider him day-to-day until we find out more. The 24-year-old had a single in two plate appearances before departing and has six hits in his 26 plate appearances (.261) but is still looking for his first career homer. Mercado hasn't done much yet in his first taste of the majors but is still worth holding in deep mixed and AL-only setups.
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