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    Ian Anderson Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson (elbow) made his first minor-league rehab start since having Tommy John surgery in April of 2023. Anderson made the start for the Florida Complex League Braves and pitched two innings. While brief, the outing was about as good as one could have hoped for, as the righty retired all six batters he faced, four of which came via strikeout. Once a promising young arm who looked like he would be in the Braves rotation for years to come after a strong debut (1.95 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 41 K's in 32 1/3 innings) and a couple of stellar postseasons in 2020 and 2021 (1.26 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 40 K's in 35 2/3 innings), Anderson was optioned to the minors to begin 2023, making one start before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He's a former third overall draft pick, and if he can return to some semblance of his pre-2022 self, he could be a valuable pitcher for the Braves and for fantasy managers at some point later in the season.

    From RotoBaller

    Dylan Crews Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    Washington Nationals outfield prospect Dylan Crews made his Triple-A debut on Tuesday, and on Wednesday in his second game there, the former first-round draft pick recorded his first hit for Rochester. The hit was an opposite-field solo home run, although he's now just 1-for-10 to begin his Triple-A career. The 22-year-old was surging at Double-A before his promotion, hitting .292 since the beginning of May with 10 doubles, three triples, three home runs, and 13 stolen bases over 39 games. If he can continue to hit at Triple-A, it's not unreasonable to foresee him with the big league club before the year is out, despite having just been drafted in 2023.

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    Josh Naylor Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    Cleveland Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor smashed two home runs in Wednesday night's win over the visiting Seattle Mariners, collecting three hits and four RBI in the blowout victory. Naylor got his big day at the dish started by lining a single to right field, driving in Steven Kwan to give the Guardians an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Before homering on a fly ball to center field to give Cleveland an 8-0 lead in the seventh frame, Naylor hit a two-run blast to right field to extend the lead to 6-0 in the fifth. He may have struggled in May and in early June as well, but the 26-year-old lefty-hitting slugger has gone 10-for-26 (.385) with three long balls and five RBI across his past seven games to heat up.

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    Jarren Duran Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    Boston Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran lifted his eighth home run of the season in Wednesday night's win over the division-rival Toronto Blue Jays, adding two stolen bases. Before recording an RBI single in the sixth inning, Duran crushed a solo homer off Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman to deep center field to put the Red Sox ahead 3-2 in the fifth frame. He had a slow month of May for the Red Sox, but the speedy 27-year-old has excelled in June, hitting .356 (26-for-73) with 10 extra-base hits, 18 runs scored, and eight steals as Boston's everyday leadoff batter. Duran should remain a great source of speed, runs, and average in an exciting BoSox lineup the rest of the way for fantasy managers.

    From RotoBaller

    Jackson Jobe Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher prospect Jackson Jobe made his first rehab start for High-A on Tuesday after coming off a hamstring injury that has sidelined him since May 1. The righty pitched just two innings and while he allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk, he struck out one and his fastball touched 99 mph. The 21-year-old threw a total of 29 pitches, 16 of them for strikes. No word on when he'll make his next start but he should rejoin Double-A soon assuming all goes well, and could make a couple of starts in the majors by year-end. The former first-round draft pick should be stashed in all dynasty and keeper formats, but left on the waiver wire in redraft leagues for now.

    From RotoBaller

    Andrew Heaney Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Andrew Heaney threw the ball well in Wednesday night's victory over the visiting New York Mets, registering a quality start with nine strikeouts. Heaney put together a strong start on Wednesday, notably fanning two with runners on second and third to escape a jam in the fourth inning. The 33-year-old veteran left-hander remains an erratic fantasy bet on a start-to-start basis, but he's been fairly consistent dating back to May 1, posting a 3.26 ERA with 49 punchouts and 11 walks across his last 10 appearances (49 2/3 innings). Heaney will look for continued stability in Tuesday's scheduled start on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers.

    From RotoBaller

    Giancarlo Stanton Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton delivered a clutch knock in Wednesday night's loss to the division-rival Baltimore Orioles, also hammering his 18th home run of the season with four RBI in the extra-inning defeat. Before producing a game-tying single with Anthony Volpe trying to steal third base in the ninth inning, Stanton drilled a three-run homer to center field off Orioles right-hander Yennier Cano to bring the Yankees within one run in the seventh frame. The 34-year-old veteran slugger has been something of an unsung hero in New York's star-studded lineup this year, but he's flourished in the month of June by slashing .300/.382/.567 with five round-trippers and 16 RBI in 60 at-bats. Despite a limited fantasy package, Stanton remains a top-notch source of power.

    From RotoBaller

    Pete Alonso Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso slugged his 16th home run of the year in Wednesday night's loss to the defending-champion Texas Rangers, continuing his recent hot streak. Alonso launched a two-run homer to straightaway center field to give the Mets a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning, taking Rangers left-hander Andrew Heaney deep in Wednesday's defeat. The 29-year-old star slugger is riding a modest five-game hitting streak, slashing a strong .273/.360/.530 with four bombs and 15 RBI over 66 at-bats in the month of June overall. Alonso looks to stay hot in an upcoming weekend set against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, a venue he has eight long balls at over 14 career games.

    From RotoBaller

    Kirby Yates Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    Texas Rangers closer Kirby Yates picked up his 11th save of the year in Wednesday night's win over the visiting New York Mets, pitching a clean ninth inning to snap the team's five-game losing streak. After being saddled with the loss in Tuesday's game against the Mets, Yates bounced back in this one to close the series. The 37-year-old right-hander is a perfect 11-for-11 on save opportunities this season, and it doesn't look like he's ready to relinquish his role atop Texas' bullpen anytime soon with his 1.03 ERA and 0.91 WHIP with 34 strikeouts and 13 walks over 26 1/3 innings. Yates is shaping up as a difference-making pickup for fantasy managers who were able to grab him earlier this season when Jose Leclerc was unseated from the Rangers' closing role.

    From RotoBaller

    Gerrit Cole Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole made his 2024 season debut in the Bronx during Wednesday night's extra-inning loss to the division-rival Baltimore Orioles, striking out five hitters over four innings of two-run ball. It was a tough matchup in his first start back for Cole, but he was able to throw 62 pitches in a solid showing overall during Wednesday's no-decision. Look for the 33-year-old reigning American League Cy Young Award winner to be further stretched out in his next projected start for a showdown in the Subway Series opener on Tuesday against the red-hot New York Mets at Citi Field. In two starts against the Mets as a member of the Yankees, Cole has given up five runs with a 14:3 K:BB over 9 1/3 innings. Moreover, Cole's 5.89 ERA for his career against the Mets is by far his worst mark versus any specific team.

    From RotoBaller

    Craig Kimbrel Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    Baltimore Orioles closer Craig Kimbrel blew the save but come away with the win in Wednesday night's extra-inning victory over the division-rival New York Yankees, allowing one run on two hits with a strikeout in the ninth inning. Kimbrel had been pitching very well lately, having not surrendered an earned run since May 8 before Wednesday's blown save, but Anthony Volpe came around to score the tying run on Giancarlo Stanton's RBI single. Although the 36-year-old veteran right-hander has endured his fair share of struggles with the Os this year, this outing probably wasn't enough for manager Brandon Hyde to have second thoughts about who his preferred ninth-inning man is; Yennier Cano also allowed a run in this one. In his last 15 appearances, Kimbrel still owns a pristine 0.64 ERA with eight saves and an 18:2 K:BB as Baltimore's primary stopper.

    From RotoBaller

    Jesse Winker Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    Washington Nationals outfielder Jesse Winker was a major contributor in his team's 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Winker went 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk, and two RBI, helping to power the Nationals to victory in the contest. The veteran's two-run homer in the sixth inning put the Nationals on top 2-1 and wound up being the deciding hit in the win. Winker is now hitting .266 with seven homers, 34 runs, 33 RBI, and 11 steals across 229 at-bats. The 11 steals have been an unexpected development as Winker came into the 2024 season with just three career steals in 610 games. Partially thanks to his newfound penchant for stealing bases, Winker has emerged as a solid bench piece in deeper fantasy leagues this year.

    From RotoBaller

    Brayan Bello Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    Boston Red Sox right-hander Brayan Bello turned in a quality start in his team's 7-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Bello allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings while striking out six and walking two. He earned the win in the contest, upping his record to 7-4 in 2024, to go along with a 4.83 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 62 strikeouts across 69 innings of work. Bello got off to a hot start in 2024, posting a 2.91 ERA in April, but he has struggled since with a 5.66 ERA in May and a 6.23 ERA thus far in June. Hopefully Wednesday's performance against Toronto will get him back on track. Fantasy gamers should still be rostering Bello but he has emerged as more of a matchup play moving forward.

    From RotoBaller

    Hunter Brown Thu Jun 20 6:40am ET

    Houston Astros right-hander Hunter Brown was excellent in a 4-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. Brown allowed just one run on seven hits over six innings while striking out six and walking none. The only damage off Brown came via a Andrew Benintendi solo homer in the fourth inning. Brown improved his record to 4-5 with the win, to go along with a 4.72 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 82 strikeouts over 74 1/3 innings of work. The 25-year-old is best used as a matchup play against weaker offenses moving forward.

    From RotoBaller

    Tobias Myers Wed Jun 19 1:10pm ET

    Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Tobias Myers (4-2) turned in a quality start in a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Myers tossed 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball while allowing four hits, walking two, and picking up six strikeouts. The rookie picked up his fourth win of the season. He owns a 3.26 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 42 strikeouts over 47 innings of work across 10 appearances (nine starts). Myers has emerged as a critical piece of the Milwaukee pitching rotation and should be in starting lineups for fantasy managers moving forward. His next outing is scheduled for Sunday against the San Diego Padres.

    From RotoBaller

    Andy Pages Wed Jun 19 1:10pm ET

    Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Andy Pages went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks, two runs and a solo home run in Tuesday's victory versus the Colorado Rockies. Pages homer came off Austin Gomber in the top of the second inning and flew 382 feet. The rookie has been having a very solid campaign since making his debut on April 16. On the year, Pages is hitting .262 with eight homers, 21 RBI and a .744 OPS in 202 at-bats. Pages has become a Rookie of the Year candidate with his strong campaign thus far and his numbers should only improve as he has moved up to the No. 5 spot in the batting order with Mookie Betts (hand) sidelined for the next six-to-eight weeks. Pages makes for a good play in both dynasty and redraft formats.

    From RotoBaller

    Jason Heyward Wed Jun 19 1:10pm ET

    Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Jason Heyward came up big off the bench in Tuesday's victory versus the Colorado Rockies. The veteran began the game on the bench, but pinch-hit for Chris Taylor in the top of the ninth inning and it would prove to be a huge at-bat as he took Rockies reliever Tyler Kinley yard for a grand slam that would cut the Rockies lead to one at the time. His grand slam turned all the momentum in the Dodgers favor as they would walk away winners of the contest. Heyward has revived his career in Los Angeles over the past one and a half years, but he remains a better real-life player than fantasy player. As a platoon player, Heyward does not offer much value outside of DFS for now. On the season, he is now hitting .250 with four homers and 15 RBI over 80 at-bats.

    From RotoBaller

    Josh Smith Wed Jun 19 1:10pm ET

    Texas Rangers infielder Josh Smith (hamstring) made his first start since June 13 due to a hamstring injury and returned in a big way on Tuesday versus the New York Mets. Smith suited up as the designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run out of the No. 3 spot in the batting order. Smith has quietly put together a nice season with a .298 batting average to go along five homers, 28 RBI and four stolen bases in 69 games. Third baseman Josh Jung (wrist) has begun his rehab assignment, but Smith's versatility across the diamond should keep him in the lineup. Smith has overachieved this season, but his versatility and spot in the middle of the Rangers lineup should continue to make him a valuable option in deeper leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Jonatan Clase Wed Jun 19 1:10pm ET

    Seattle Mariners outfield prospect Jonatan Clase was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma on June 3 and has been productive upon his return to the Rainiers. Clase is hitting .300 with Tacoma in June with a home run, five RBI, and six stolen bases. The No. 10 prospect for the Mariners started the season at Triple-A and got a taste of the big leagues, hitting .176 in 34 at-bats with three RBI and two stolen bases. The 22-year-old boasts top-end speed (70-grade) and translated that to 79 steals across two levels of the minors in 2023. Those wheels will play at any level, but Clase's next step is proving he can consistently get on base. If he improves in that regard, he could be an impact player in fantasy leagues of all sizes upon his return to Seattle.

    From RotoBaller

    TJ Friedl Wed Jun 19 1:10pm ET

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder TJ Friedl (hamstring) remains out of the starting lineup for the series finale on Wednesday against the hosting Pittsburgh Pirates. Friedl was forced from the series opener on Monday due to a tight hamstring and will now miss his second straight game. The 28-year-old doesn't think it's a serious injury and should be considered day-to-day for now. But if Friedl isn't ready to go on Friday for the start of a series against the visiting Boston Red Sox after an off day on Thursday, he could quickly become a candidate to land on the injured list yet again. Stuart Fairchild is making another start in center field and will bat seventh against Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller on Wednesday. Friedl hits right-handers really well, but injuries have been the story of his season so far in 2024, and he's gone just 18-for-84 (.214) with four homers and six stolen bases.

    From RotoBaller

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