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  • Xavier Isaac Riding Nine-Game Hitting Streak

    Tampa Bay Rays first base prospect Xavier Isaac is riding an impressive nine-game hitting streak. During this stretch, the 20-year-old has posted a .421/.500/.763 slash line with three long balls, 10 RBI, and four stolen bases. Isaac got off to a slow start in April with a .221 AVG but has since put those struggles behind him. Since May 1, the former 29th overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft has posted a stellar .353/.439/.689 line with nine long balls, 32 RBI, and nine swiped bags. Isaac has now logged 63 games at the High-A level since last season and is approaching his promotion to Double-A. Isaac is considered the number three overall first base prospect in baseball on MLB Pipeline and should already be rostered in most dynasty formats.

    Jun 11 · Source via Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Xavier Isaac
  • Zac Veen Doing Baseball Activities

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    Colorado Rockies outfield prospect Zac Veen (back, thumb) is doing baseball activities and hitting against live pitching on the fields at the team's spring complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 22-year-old No. 6 prospect for the team, according to MLB Pipeline, was off to a solid start for Double-A Hartford this year until suffering back soreness on May 18. In addition to his lower-back strain, Veen was been working through a left-thumb injury. It should be a few days before he starts a rehab assignment that will be designed to get him back into the Hartford lineup. Veen should start playing in games in the Arizona Complex League before he eventually rejoins the Yard Goats. Before his injury, he was hitting an impressive .326/.418/.568 with five home runs and nine stolen bases. The No. 90 overall prospect in MLB should be stashed in dynasty/keeper leagues.

    Jun 11 · Source via Prospects Colorado Rockies Zac Veen
  • No Timetable For Kris Bryant's Return

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    Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black said that first baseman/designated hitter Kris Bryant (rib) was "doing better, progressing," but there is no immediate timetable for his return. Bryant has made seven trips to the injured list since signing with the Rockies in spring training of 2022 and wants to return as soon as possible. The Rockies hoped he would return before the current road trip. By keeping him home for treatment and strengthening, the hope is he can return when the team returns home this Friday for a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 32-year-old former MVP was put on the 10-day injured list last Thursday with a left-rib contusion, and it wouldn't be unrealistic to expect that Bryant might not make it back before the All-Star break in mid-July. His injuries continue to mount, and on top of it, he's not producing when he's on the field.

    Jun 11 · Source via Colorado Rockies Kris Bryant
  • Brendan Rodgers Not Expected To Be Out For Long

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    Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black said on Monday that second baseman Brendan Rodgers' (hamstring) injury is a "mild strain," and while he doesn't think Rodgers will spend the minimum time on the 10-day injured list, he doesn't expect his return to be delayed much further. Rodgers and the team believe he avoided extensive damage by slowing down as soon as he felt his left hamstring grab while running to first on a sacrifice bunt attempt on June 7. Barring a setback in his recovery, the 27-year-old should be able to return to Colorado and fantasy managers before the All-Star break in mid-July. Rodgers hasn't impressed with his counting stats in 2024, but he is hitting .275 overall (60-for-218) as Colorado's primary second baseman. Prospect Adael Amador is going to keep the keystone occupied until Rodgers can make it back.

    Jun 11 · Source via Colorado Rockies Brendan Rodgers
  • Elias Diaz To Miss At Least A Few Games

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    Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz (calf) strained his left calf in the first inning on Monday against the Minnesota Twins while running out a ground ball, and manager Bud Black said Diaz will miss at least a few games. "He's been feeling it for a couple weeks. He's been able to manage it and today I think just on that particular ground ball, out of the box, it got him. We'll see in a couple of days. Keith [Duggar, the team's head athletic trainer] wants to treat it for a day or two and see where we are. But it's a blow. He's been obviously one of our better hitters," Black said. The 33-year-old backstop will likely miss the rest of the series in Minnesota, but it remains to be seen if he'll be available for a series against the Pirates that starts on Friday in Colorado. Jacob Stallings, who replaced Diaz on Monday, will be the Rockies' primary catcher for however long Diaz is sidelined.

    Jun 11 · Source via Colorado Rockies Elias Diaz
  • Hayden Birdsong Promoted To Triple-A

    San Francisco Giants starting pitching prospect Hayden Birdsong was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, June 10. The former sixth-round pick has looked sharp through his second extended at Double-A this season as he posted a 2.05 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 20:61 BB:K ratio through 48 innings. This is a significant improvement compared to the high 5.48 ERA and 1.48 WHIP he held through 23 innings at Double-A last summer. The right-hander has been dominant lately with a 1.61 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 9:32 BB:K ratio in his past 28 innings. MLB Pipeline projects Birdsong to reach the majors next season, but if he carries this momentum into Triple-A, he could make his major league debut sometime in the second half of the season. He is worth adding in dynasty leagues and could be an interesting redraft league stash candidate later this summer.

    Jun 11 · Source via Prospects San Francisco Giants Hayden Birdsong
  • Joe Ross Suffers Setback, Won't Be Ready By June 17

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    Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Joe Ross (back) recently had a setback in his recovery from a lower-back strain. Manager Pat Murphy said the team was hoping Ross could return from the 15-day injured list by June 17, but that won't happen now. The Brewers have already used 11 starting pitchers this season, and pitching prospect Robert Gasser (elbow) is likely joining Brandon Woodruff and Wade Miley as pitchers lost for the rest of the year. The 31-year-old Ross is without a timetable to resume a throwing program and most likely won't be back now before the All-Star break in mid-July. He's been out since late May and has gone 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 35:16 K:BB in his nine starts in 2024. Jakob Junis (shoulder) and DL Hall (knee) should be candidates to join Milwaukee's rotation soon, with Junis' return potentially right around the corner.

    Jun 11 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Joe Ross
  • DL Hall Starts Rehab Assignment

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    Milwaukee Brewers left-hander DL Hall (knee) was sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Monday. Hall is recovering from a sprained left knee and had a setback in his second rehab appearance on May 23. The 25-year-old southpaw has been cleared to pitch again in games, but he's ultimately expected to need a platelet-rich plasma injection or surgery on his knee down the road. It's nice to see that Hall is back on a rehab assignment, but he's going to need plenty of time to recover after having been on the injured list since April 20. Hall should have a spot in Milwaukee's injury-riddled starting rotation when he's healthy, but that probably won't come until the second half of the season. He struggled in his first four starts this year, posting a 7.71 ERA and 2.26 WHIP with 10 walks and 13 K's in 16 1/3 innings.

    Jun 11 · Source via Closers Milwaukee Brewers DL Hall
  • Jakob Junis Could Rejoin Rotation Soon

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    Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy said right-hander Jakob Junis (shoulder) will throw four innings in a controlled scrimmage on Wednesday and "should be ready anytime after that" if all goes well. Junis' velocity wasn't good in his minor-league rehab start that went 2 1/3 innings on Saturday for Triple-A Nashville, so the Brewers want to see him throw again in Arizona so that he can make some fixes. If they are pleased with how that session goes, it sounds like he'll be reinserted into an injury-plagued starting rotation. Junis is currently on the 60-day injured list and has been out since early April with a right-shoulder impingement. He was later hit in the head with a ball during batting practice and missed more time. The 31-year-old could be a deep-league streaming option when he's back, but he could be eased back in. Junis gave up an earned run while fanning four in four innings in his only start back on April 2 against the Twins.

    Jun 11 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Jakob Junis
  • Pedro Leon Productive In June At Triple-A Sugar Land

    In eight games in June, Houston Astros outfield prospect Pedro Leon has at least a hit in seven of those games and has multi-hit efforts in two. Leon has two homers and four RBI in the month. The Cuban has shown off plus power all year with 12 homers and 55 RBI in 58 games at Triple-A. The strikeouts are a bit of a concern (he has 12 strikeouts in June and has yet to draw a walk this month). The No. 26 prospect in the Astros system, Leon has put together a nice season at Sugar Land and could be knocking on the door for a chance to help Houston at the big-league level. The power potential alone could make him a helpful waiver wire add if he does get the call, and if he can improve the plate discipline a bit, he could be a big-time fantasy contributor at some point this season.

    Jun 11 · Source via Prospects Houston Astros Pedro Leon
  • Brewers Don't Expect Robert Gasser To Pitch Again This Year

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    Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy isn't expecting left-handed pitching prospect Robert Gasser (elbow) to be able to return this year as he prepares to receive a third opinion on his left flexor strain. It's a tough break for a team that has already lost Brandon Woodruff and Wade Miley to season-ending injuries. Gasser, the team's No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, had gone 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his first five major-league starts after missing the end of spring training with bone spurs in his throwing elbow. The 25-year-old southpaw last pitched on June 1 and reported tightness and soreness the next day. One doctor has already recommended reconstruction surgery, which would keep Gasser out the rest of this year and most likely at least half of the 2025 campaign. Gasser deserves to be stashed in dynasty/keeper leagues, but managers in redraft formats can probably cut bait at this point.

    Jun 11 · Source via Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Robert Gasser
  • Brice Matthews Continues Incredible Power Surge

    Houston Astros shortstop prospect Brice Matthews has recently returned to the diamond after recovering from a back injury that kept him sidelined for a month. Since returning on May 25, the Nebraska product has tallied at least one hit in every game and has been especially dominant as of late. Since June 1, the young shortstop has launched six long balls with nine RBI and five stolen bases and is riding a stellar .483/.559/.1.138 slash line. This is highlighted by a two-home run game on June 5. The number three-ranked prospect in the Houston system has clearly put his injury behind him and is proving that he is more than ready to move up to Double-A. Matthews has played just 17 games at the High-A level this summer, but with his current production, he should be joining Double-A Corpus Christi fairly soon. The former 28th overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft is developing into one of the best shortstop prospects in baseball and should be closely monitored by dynasty managers all summer.

    Jun 11 · Source via Prospects Houston Astros Brice Matthews
  • Matt Shaw Hitless In Last Three Games At Double-A

    Chicago Cubs infield prospect Matt Shaw started off June with a hit in each of the first five games of the month but is hitless over the last three contests. The 22-year-old has a homer and three RBI in June with three stolen bases. The No. 3 prospect in the Cubs system has turned in a solid season so far in his second campaign of professional ball. The first-round pick out of Maryland has six home runs, 24 RBI, and 15 stolen bases at Double-A this season. His .225 average and .711 OPS leaves a bit to be desired, but he has shown plus speed as he adjusts to Double-A pitching. It will be worth monitoring Shaw the rest of the way this season. A promotion to Triple-A by the end of the year could signify that he could reach the majors by 2025. Shaw offers plenty of upside and should factor into the Cubs' big-league plans in the near future.

    Jun 11 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Matt Shaw
  • Kyle Harrison Sharp Against Astros In No-Decision

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    San Francisco Giants left-hander Kyle Harrison notched his seventh quality start after he allowed one earned run over 6 1/3 innings in Monday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the Houston Astros. Harrison scattered four hits and did not allow a walk while striking out three despite recording a no-decision. The promising youngster has been up and down all season with a 4-3 record and a 3.96 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 68 strikeouts and 22 walks over 77 1/3 innings. After managing the Astros, Harrison has a much better matchup against the Angels on Sunday, something fantasy managers (especially DFS gamers) should keep in mind.

    Jun 11 · Source via Prospects San Francisco Giants Kyle Harrison
  • D-backs Could Look To Move Eugenio Suarez

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    The Diamondbacks could be in the market to move on from one of their top offseason acquisitions, as USA Today's Bob Nightengale wrote in his Sunday Notes column that the Snakes are "willing to listen to offers" on third baseman Eugenio Suarez. That's perhaps some charitable terminology, as Nightengale himself goes on to note that...

    Jun 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Arizona Diamondbacks Eugenio Suarez
  • Phillies Release Beau Burrows

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    The Phillies released Beau Burrows from his minor league deal, per the transaction log at MLB.com. The former first-round pick had signed with Philadelphia at the end of Spring Training. Burrows was selected by the Tigers with the 22nd pick of the 2015 draft. The Texas native was a top 100 caliber prospect early in his...

    Jun 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Philadelphia Phillies Beau Burrows
  • Garrett Mitchell Begins Rehab Assignment

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    Brewers outfielder Garrett Mitchell began a rehab assignment with the team's Arizona Complex League affiliate tonight, tweets Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. It's the 25-year-old's first official game action of the 2024 season and opens a 20-day window for his return to the major league roster. Mitchell broke his left hand late in Spring Training...

    Jun 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Milwaukee Brewers Garrett Mitchell
  • Matt Carasiti Elects Free Agency

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    Reliever Matt Carasiti elected free agency after going unclaimed on outright waivers, per the transactions log at MLB.com. The Rockies designated him for assignment over the weekend when they called up Geoff Hartlieb. It's the third career outright for Carasiti, who can choose free agency each time he clears waivers. Carasiti made seven big league appearances,...

    Jun 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Colorado Rockies Matt Carasiti Geoff Hartlieb
  • Pirates Release Wily Peralta

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    The Pirates released veteran right-hander Wily Peralta, per the transaction log at MiLB.com. He'd been working primarily in a long relief role with their Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis but is once again a free agent. Peralta appeared in 17 games down in Indy, 13 of which came out of the bullpen. He made a quartet...

    Jun 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Pittsburgh Pirates Wily Peralta
  • Pirates Claim Niko Goodrum From Angels

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    The Pirates have claimed infielder Niko Goodrum off waivers from the Angels, per announcements from both clubs. The Pirates optioned Goodrum to Triple-A Indianapolis. To open a 40-man spot, right-hander Ben Heller was designated for assignment. There wasn't any previous indication that Goodrum had been removed from the Angels' roster, so their 40-man count will...

    Jun 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Pittsburgh Pirates Los Angeles Angels Niko Goodrum Ben Heller
  • Brewers' Robert Gasser Weighing Elbow Surgery

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    4:25pm: Manager Pat Murphy said he's assuming that Gasser is done for the year, although that's not yet confirmed, per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com on X. "I hope I'm wrong," Murphy said. "I really do." 10:54am: Brewers lefty Robert Gasser has already received a pair of opinions -- one from the team's medical staff, another...

    Jun 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Robert Gasser
  • Salvador Perez's Resurgent Showing

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    The 39-27 Royals remain one of the most surprising stories of the season's first couple months. While Kansas City certainly expected to be better than they were last year, they've played well enough to have a chance to top last season's 56 wins by the All-Star Break. Any turnaround that drastic is going to have...

    Jun 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez
  • Pirates, Jake Woodford Agree To Minor League Deal

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    The Pirates have agreed to a minor league contract with free agent righty Jake Woodford, MLBTR has confirmed. Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com first reported that Woodford was expected to sign with the Bucs. The Excel Sports client is headed to Triple-A Indianapolis for the time being but could work his way into the mix for...

    Jun 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Pittsburgh Pirates Jake Woodford
  • Royals Select Dan Altavilla

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    The Royals announced that they have selected the contract of right-hander Dan Altavilla. The club already had a 40-man vacancy. Right-hander Will Klein was optioned to open an active roster spot. Altavilla, 31, signed a minor league deal with the Royals in the offseason. He has since made 24 appearances for Triple-A Omaha, allowing 2.63...

    Jun 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Kansas City Royals Dan Altavilla Will Klein
  • Max Stassi Undergoes Season-Ending Surgery

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    The White Sox announced that catcher Max Stassi underwent a season-ending left hip surfacing procedure last week. He is already on the 60-day injured list and will stay there for the remainder of the year. It's always a tough blow when a player has to miss an entire season like this, but it's especially unfortunate...

    Jun 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Chicago White Sox Max Stassi
  • Reds Sign Justus Sheffield To Minor League Deal

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    The Reds have signed left-hander Justus Sheffield to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He's been assigned to the Complex League for now but will presumably move up to a higher affiliate after getting into game shape. Sheffield, 28, will be looking to get back on track after some disappointing...

    Jun 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Justus Sheffield
  • Robert Gasser Could Need UCL Surgery

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    Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect Robert Gasser (elbow) is debating whether to have season-ending surgery on his UCL, which he said is not "broken" but also "not as strong as it should be." The 25-year-old southpaw received two other opinions, and it was initially believed the injury was to the flexor tendon in his forearm. One doctor recommended surgery, and the other recommended rest and rehab, which is why Gasser is scheduled for a third opinion from Dr. Keith Meister. As well as missing the rest of 2024 if he has surgery, Gasser would also most likely miss half of the 2025 campaign. The team's No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, is worth stashing in dynasty/keeper leagues, even if he has the surgery. Before getting hurt, he went 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 16 strikeouts in 28 innings over his first five MLB starts for the Brew Crew.

    Jun 10 · Source via Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Robert Gasser
  • Red Sox Being Patient With Triston Casas

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    Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas (rib cage), who suffered torn cartilage in his left rib cage on April 20, has made significant progress but hasn't been cleared to swing a bat. Casas threw and took ground balls on Saturday, though, according to manager Alex Cora. "We have to be patient. Everything is trending in the right direction. I really don't know when he's going to start swinging, but just keep doing the things in the gym and taking ground balls," Cora said. "Hopefully that step is soon, but that's going to take a while. It's not easy [to know] because it's just about feel. We'll see." The 24-year-old said last week that he hoped to resume swinging last week, but that hasn't happened yet. The lefty-hitting first baseman is hoping to return around July 1, but that could be pushed back a bit. Either way, his power upside makes him a worthy stash in all fantasy leagues.

    Jun 10 · Source via Boston Red Sox Triston Casas
  • Vaughn Grissom Hits Over The Weekend

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    Boston Red Sox second baseman Vaughn Grissom (hamstring) hit indoors on Saturday, according to manager Alex Cora. Grissom missed the first 32 games of the season with a left-hamstring strain and then injured his right hamstring running out a grounder to third base on June 1. An MRI exam on the right-handed hitter showed a mild strain of his right hamstring. "We need to make sure that we're addressing what is pulling on the hamstring or whatever potentially is underlying and contributing to the hamstring injuries. But we'll kind of work to rehab him and get him on the field as soon as we can," chiefs baseball officer Craig Breslow said. It's good news that the 23-year-old's newest hammy injury isn't serious, but fantasy managers are quickly losing patience. With Romy Gonzalez (hamstring) also out, Enmanuel Valdez is seeing most of the playing time at the keystone in Boston.

    Jun 10 · Source via Boston Red Sox Vaughn Grissom
  • Wilyer Abreu "Feeling A Lot Better"

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    Boston Red Sox outfielder Wilyer Abreu (ankle) sprinted outside on Saturday, according to manager Alex Cora, who said on Sunday that Abreu is "feeling a lot better," and his recovery is "moving faster than everybody predicted." Abreu saw a foot specialist, and chief baseball officer Craig Breslow said that nothing was revealed beyond the initial diagnosis of a sprain. The 24-year-old suffered the injury stumbling on the dugout steps on June 2 and sprained his right ankle. Before going on the injured list, Abreu was one of the best all-around hitters on the team, slashing .272/.344/.485 with six home runs, 14 doubles and 22 RBI while playing great defense in right field. Regression is expected for Abreu in the second half of the season, but fantasy managers in all formats should continue to ride him until that happens.

    Jun 10 · Source via Boston Red Sox Wilyer Abreu
  • Romy Gonzalez To Begin Rehab Assignment This Week

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    Boston Red Sox infielder/outfielder Romy Gonzalez (hamstring) hit indoors on Saturday, and manager Alex Cora said on Sunday that the hope is Gonzalez will start a minor-league rehab assignment on June 11 with Triple-A Worcester. Gonzalez returned from his first stint on the injured list due to a left-wrist sprain on May 8, but he's back on the IL with a hammy issue. Cora said he doesn't expect Gonzalez to be out "that long." In just 35 at-bats this year for Boston, the 27-year-old is hitting .257 with six RBI. With Vaughn Grissom (hamstring) also on the shelf for Boston, Gonzalez could see some playing time at the keystone in Beantown if he makes it back before Grissom. Enmanuel Valdez is another option at second base.

    Jun 10 · Source via Boston Red Sox Romy Gonzalez
  • Masataka Yoshida Unlikely To Return Before Wednesday

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    Boston Red Sox outfielder/designated hitter Masataka Yoshida (thumb) started a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Worcester on Saturday and went 1-for-4 as the DH. He was set to DH again on Sunday for another four at-bats, according to manager Alex Cora. The skipper also said that the hope is Yoshida will be able to rejoin the team at some point the week of June 10, but likely not before Wednesday, June 13. He had been taking live batting practice and hit off a Trajekt machine on Thursday. Yoshida has been on the injured list since April 29 with a left-thumb sprain but could rejoin Boston's starting lineup later this week. The 30-year-old went 0-for-3 with a run scored and a walk on Sunday. When Yoshida returns to Beantown, he'll be the team's primary designated hitter against right-handed pitching.

    Jun 10 · Source via Boston Red Sox Masataka Yoshida
  • Rafael Devers Could Return Tuesday

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    Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (knee) was not in the starting lineup for the series finale on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox, but the Red Sox are hoping he can return for Tuesday's series opener against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. Devers was removed from Saturday's game early, and manager Alex Cora said Devers' left knee, which he pushes off of while hitting, was bothering him when he was loading. Boston has an off day on Monday. Devers dealt with a bone bruise in his left knee in April. He didn't go on the injured list but missed five straight games. The lefty slugger the new issue isn't as serious as what he experienced last month, but fantasy managers will need to check Boston's lineup on Tuesday to make sure Devers is back in there. The 27-year-old is a must-start in fantasy when he's active and is currently hitting .284/.375/.557 with a .932 OPS and 13 homers in 201 at-bats this year.

    Jun 10 · Source via Boston Red Sox Rafael Devers
  • Alex Bregman Day-To-Day After X-Rays Come Back Negative

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    Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (wrist) departed Sunday's series finale against the Los Angeles Angels early after being hit by a pitch near the left wrist, according to manager Joe Espada. X-rays came back negative, though, and Bregman is considered day-to-day heading into the series opener on Monday versus the hosting San Francisco Giants. Bregman was also hit on the hand by a pitch last Wednesday and missed a game, but it looks like he dodged another bullet on Sunday. The 30-year-old was hit in a different spot against the Halos, but fantasy managers will want to check Houston's lineup to make sure he's playing against San Francisco. The two-time All-Star has been hot at the plate and is currently riding an 11-game hitting streak in which he's gone 16-for-42 (.381) with five home runs, two doubles, a triple and nine RBI.

    Jun 10 · Source via Houston Astros Alex Bregman
  • Dylan Crews Hitless In Last Two Games, Continues To Impress At Double-A

    Washington Nationals No. 2 overall prospect Dylan Crews is 0-for-6 in his last two games for Double-A Harrisburg but still has two multi-hit games in June as he continues to impress in the Nationals system. The 22-year-old is hitting .293 over the last 15 games with a home run and six RBI with a .790 OPS. The talented outfielder is getting on base with a .342 OBP this season and has shown plus ability on the base paths with 12 stolen bases. As his power continues to develop, Crews will only continue to get better as a fantasy player. If the Nationals choose to be aggressive this season with Crews' minor-league progression, he could be someone to watch for the second half of the season for fantasy managers. He has the pedigree and has yet to do anything to disappoint so far in Double-A.

    Jun 10 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals Dylan Crews
  • Shane Baz Dominant In Latest Start For Durham

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    Tampa Bay Rays right-handed pitching prospect Shane Baz turned in his best outing of the season on Saturday for the Durham Bulls. Baz allowed one earned run on three hits in his five innings, striking out 10 Gwinnett hitters and walking two. The 24-year-old is knocking on the door of a promotion to Tampa Bay after allowing one run in his past two starts. In nine innings of work in his past two outings, he sports a 1.11 WHIP with 14 strikeouts and four walks. Baz is ramping up his innings and rounding into form after returning from elbow/oblique injuries. When he gets the call to the show, he would immediately be an impact fantasy pitcher for the Rays.

    Jun 10 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Shane Baz
  • Heston Kjerstad Doubles On Sunday, Worth A Close Watch At Triple-A

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    Baltimore Orioles prospect Heston Kjerstad went 1-for-5 with a double for the Norfolk Tides against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. Kjerstad is hitting .233 with a home run and six RBI in June. After a brief stint with the Orioles in which he was 2-for-14 in limited playing time, Kjerstad is back in Triple-A, refining his game. Despite a slight dip in June, the 25-year-old has been very consistent at Triple-A this season with a .310 batting average and a 1.033 OPS. His 14 homers and 50 RBI show he can hit for power when given the opportunity. The Orioles have shown a willingness to promote young prospects this season, as seen with Jackson Holliday , Connor Norby , and Kjerstad himself. Kjerstad's power potential and a potential spot in the potent Orioles' lineup make him one of the top minor league stashes for fantasy managers.

    Jun 10 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Heston Kjerstad Jackson Holliday Connor Norby
  • Tyler Locklear Doubles In Debut

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    Seattle Mariners first base prospect Tyler Locklear went 1-for-4 with a double and RBI in his big-league debut versus the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Locklear was promoted to the big-leagues on Sunday with first baseman Ty France (heel) landing on the 10-day injured list. Manager Scott Servais alluded to the fact that the club brought Locklear up to play and that is encouraging to fantasy managers that roster the teams No. 8 prospect. Locklear has been consistent throughout his minor league career and between Double-A and Triple-A this season has hit .293 with nine homer and 33 RBI. The opportunity appears to be there for Locklear and he is a worth a flier in deeper mixed leagues and dynasty platforms.

    Jun 10 · Source via Prospects Seattle Mariners Tyler Locklear
  • Edgar Quero Showing Plenty Of Power On The Farm

    Chicago White Sox catcher prospect Edgar Quero went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a solo home run on Sunday for Double-A Birmingham. The home run would be his second in as many games. Quero, the No.4 prospect for the White Sox has been putting big numbers in Birmingham with a .273 batting average to go along with 10 homers and 42 RBI. Quero was acquired from the Angels last trade deadline for Lucas Giolito, in what already looks like a very promising deal on the White Sox end. The Cuban backstop has now appeared in 153 games in Double-A and with his success, a promotion to Triple-A Charlotte before the end of the season seems in play. The 22-year-old is a consensus Top-10 prospect behind the dish and managers in dynasty leagues should start to take notice.

    Jun 10 · Source via Prospects Chicago White Sox Edgar Quero
  • Justin Crawford On Fire In High-A

    Philadelphia Phillies outfield prospect Justin Crawford has been on fire for High-A Jersey Shore. Over his last four games, Crawford has gone 10-for-20 with one home run, seven RBI and a stolen base with Sunday marking his fourth straight game with multiple hits. The Phillies No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline is now hitting .293 with 10 doubles, four homers, 24 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Crawford is the son of Carl Crawford and lately has been putting up numbers like he his dad did for years in the big leagues. He has also changed his approach at the plate this season and has seen more success on flyballs, leading to less groundballs. Crawford seems to be clicking on all cylinders this season and has become a name that dynasty managers should start scouting more as he is projected to be in the big leagues by 2026.

    Jun 10 · Source via Prospects Philadelphia Phillies Justin Crawford
  • George Klassen Earns Promotion To High-A

    After an impressive start to professional career this season at Single-A Clearwater, the Philadelphia Phillies have rewarded pitching prospect George Klassen with a promotion to High-A Jersey Shore. Klassen, 22, is looking like a steal as a sixth-round pick in 2023 early in his career and has pitched to a miniscule 0.71 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 12 walks in 38 innings over his first nine starts. Klassen underwent Tommy John in 2021 and missing so much time could be a reason that the Phillies were able to get him so late in the draft, but so far, the right-hander has looked like an excellent pick. Klassen has a fast delivery and can hit triple-digits on the mound. He also throws a changeup, curveball and slider. Klassen is a couple years away from a potential debut and a name for dynasty league managers to start keeping an eye on.

    Jun 10 · Source via Prospects Philadelphia Phillies George Klassen
  • Pirates Promote Braxton Ashcraft To Triple-A

    The Pittsburgh Pirates will promote pitching prospect Braxton Ashcraft from Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis. The 2018, second-round pick has pitched well for Altoona this season and has been on a roll lately with a 1.89 ERA over his last six starts. On the season, Ashcraft is 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 games (10 starts). The former second-round pick in 2018 has certainly earned his promotion to Indianapolis. Ashcraft is on the Pirates 40-man roster and that gives him an increased chance of making it to the big-leagues at some point in 2024. For now, Ashcraft is only a name for dynasty managers to monitor as he takes the next step in his career.

    Jun 10 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Braxton Ashcraft
  • Hector Neris Grabs Ninth Save

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    Chicago Cubs closer Hector Neris slammed the door on the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, pitching a perfect ninth inning to pick up his ninth save. Neris struck out a pair of Reds and didn't allow a baserunner in this one. Although he's given up his share of baserunners, the 34-year-old has been able to avoid damage for most of the season and has earned saves in 9 of his 11 opportunities. He has also picked up six wins, which may not be sustainable but is nonetheless a huge boon for his fantasy owners. He should maintain his role as the Cubs closer for the foreseeable future.

    Jun 10 · Source via Closers Chicago Cubs Hector Neris
  • Drew Smith Puts Out Fire For Second Save

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    New York Mets reliever Drew Smith came in for the final two outs of Sunday's game in London against the Philadelphia Phillies and earned himself a save in a 6-5 win. Smith came in with two runners on and promptly put himself in a difficult position by allowing a hit and a walk to let a run in and load the bases. The 30-year-old then got Nick Castellanos to hit a weak tapper in front of the plate that catcher Luis Torrens was able to make a terrific play on and turn a double play, ending the game. The Mets bullpen is a mess right now, and with Edwin Diaz coming back next week it isn't worth picking up anyone in it.

    Jun 10 · Source via Closers New York Mets Drew Smith
  • Logan O'Hoppe Hits Walk-Off Homer On Sunday

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    Los Angeles Angels catcher Logan O'Hoppe had a monster game Sunday, leading the Angels to a 9-7 win over the Houston Astros. O'Hoppe went 4-for-5 with three runs, two RBI, a stolen base, and a walk-off two-run homer off Josh Hader in the ninth. The 24-year-old has maintained a solid pace throughout this season, slashing .269/.322/.446 with 27 runs, eight homers, 28 RBI, and a stolen base. It's not a huge stat line, but for a catcher it's certainly better than average. He is a low-end option in one-catcher leagues but has the upside to become more.

    Jun 10 · Source via Los Angeles Angels Logan O'Hoppe
  • Ian Happ Fills Up Stat Sheet On Sunday

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    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ came up big on Sunday, going 1-for-3 with two walks, three RBI, and two steals in a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Happ also threw out the would-be tying run at second base in the seventh inning to kill a Reds rally. The 29-year-old has been mostly disappointing after a strong 2023, but maybe a big game like this can point him in the right direction. He has just a .222 AVG with 31 runs, six homers, 30 RBI, and five steals on the season, and has become a points-league specialist at this point.

    Jun 10 · Source via Chicago Cubs Ian Happ
  • Phillies Showing Trade Interest In Jake McCarthy

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    As the Phillies look to put some final touches on a talented roster, Philadelphia is "keeping an eye on" Jake McCarthy as possible outfield help, USA Today's Bob Nightengale writes.  Such a trade would naturally depend on whether or not the Diamondbacks are still in the playoff race by the deadline, and even if not,...

    Jun 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Arizona Diamondbacks Philadelphia Phillies Jake McCarthy
  • Tigers Sign Miguel Diaz To Minor League Contract

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    Miguel Diaz is heading back to Motown as the Tigers announced that the right-hander has been signed to a minor league contract.  Diaz pitched for the Tigers in 2022-23 before being claimed off waivers from the Astros in early April. That stint in Houston resulted in just a single Major League appearance, as Diaz threw...

    Jun 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Houston Astros Detroit Tigers Miguel Diaz
  • Yankees Designate Dennis Santana For Assignment

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    The Yankees announced this afternoon that they've designated right-hander Dennis Santana for assignment. Right-hander Ron Marinaccio was recalled to the majors in a corresponding move. More to come...

    Jun 9 · MLB Trade Rumors New York Yankees Dennis Santana Ron Marinaccio
  • White Sox To Promote Drew Thorpe For MLB Debut On Tuesday

    The White Sox are planning to promote top pitching prospect Drew Thorpe to the majors on Tuesday, manager Pedro Grifol told reporters (including James Fegan of SoxMachine). He'll make his MLB debut against the Mariners in Seattle. Thorpe, 23, was the headliner of a four player package the White Sox received from the Padres in...

    Jun 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Chicago White Sox Drew Thorpe
  • Diamondbacks Designate Logan Allen For Assignment

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    The Diamondbacks announced this morning that they've designated left-hander Logan Allen for assignment. Lefty Tommy Henry was recalled to the majors in a corresponding move to replace Allen on the club's active roster. Allen, 27, is not to be confused with the 25-year-old Guardians left-hander of the same name. More to come...

    Jun 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Arizona Diamondbacks Logan Allen Tommy Henry
  • A's Select Michel Otañez

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    The A's announced a series of roster moves this afternoon led by the club selecting the contract of right-hander Michel Otañez. Making room for Otañez on the 40-man roster is Alex Wood, who the club transferred to the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move, while lefty Jack O'Loughlin was optioned to the minor leagues...

    Jun 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Oakland Athletics Michel Otanez Alex Wood
  • White Sox Designate Shane Drohan For Assignment

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    The White Sox announced a series of roster moves this morning, including that they've activated left-hander Shane Drohan from the 60-day injured list and designated him for assignment. In a separate move, the club selected the contract of left-hander Sammy Peralta. The club optioned right-hander Nick Nastrini to make room on the active roster. Chicago's...

    Jun 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Chicago White Sox Shane Drohan Nick Nastrini Sammy Peralta
  • Cubs Have Reportedly "Privately Discussed" Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Trade

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    If the Blue Jays make star slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. available this summer, it appears that the Cubs would be among the suitors for his services. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported this morning that Chicago's brass have "privately discussed" the possibility of pursuing Guerrero ahead of the trade deadline next month. Of course, such a...

    Jun 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Toronto Blue Jays Chicago Cubs Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • Luis Perales Diagnosed With Elbow Inflammation

    Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Luis Perales (elbow) left Saturday's start with Double-A Portland in the third inning and has been diagnosed with elbow inflammation. He was shaking his throwing arm and looked to be in discomfort while exiting the field. The 21-year-old had been enjoying a fantastic year and is arguably the best pitching prospect in the Red Sox system. Perales has posted a 2.94 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 56:12 K:BB across 33 2/3 innings in the minors this season. He will most likely be headed to the injured list at some point and there is no current timetable for his return.

    Jun 9 · Source via Prospects Boston Red Sox Luis Perales
  • Colt Keith Avoids Structural Damage, Not Playing Sunday

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    Detroit Tigers second baseman Colt Keith (knee) reportedly has no structural damage in his knee and is hoping to avoid a trip to the injured list. He is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, but there is a chance he returns in the coming days. Keith hurt himself on Saturday after a collision with Akil Baddoo in the outfield. It is a positive outcome for fantasy managers as it looked like it could have been a lot worse. Andy Ibanez is getting the start at second base on Sunday and batting eighth against Brewers right-hander Bryse Wilson.

    Jun 9 · Source via Prospects Detroit Tigers Colt Keith
  • Manny Machado Remains Out On Sunday

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    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado (hip) is not in the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Machado has not started for the Padres since injuring himself while trying to beat out a double-play on Wednesday, but he did make a pinch-hit appearance on Thursday. It seems like it is not an overly serious ailment for Machado, but there is still no word on when he will return. The 31-year-old was starting to swing the bat better at the time of the injury and is slashing .248/.311/.374 on the year. Donovan Solano will draw another start at third base and bat fifth in Machado's absence.

    Jun 9 · Source via San Diego Padres Manny Machado
  • Jack Flaherty's Next Start Being Pushed Back

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    Detroit Tigers starter Jack Flaherty (back) will have his next start pushed back to Friday or Saturday, according to manager A.J. Hinch. Flaherty was pulled from his most recent outing after 60 pitches due to back stiffness and the team wants to give him more time to recover. The Tigers are being as careful as possible with the 28-year-old, but it is encouraging that he has not been placed on the injured list. Flaherty has been solid in 2024, logging a 3.22 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 94:10 K:BB across 72 1/3 innings. Kenta Maeda, Reese Olson and Casey Mize will take the mound for the upcoming series against the Washington Nationals with Flaherty hopefully getting back in action against the Houston Astros on the weekend.

    Jun 9 · Source via Detroit Tigers Jack Flaherty
  • Braves Select Hurston Waldrep

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    TODAY: The Braves officially announced the selection of Waldrep's contract this morning. Right-hander Daysbel Hernandez was optioned to the minors and Acuna was placed on the 60-day injured list in corresponding moves. June 8: The Braves are calling up top pitching prospect Hurston Waldrep, according to multiple reporters (including MLB.com's Mark Bowman).  Waldrep will make...

    Jun 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Atlanta Braves Hurston Waldrep Daysbel Hernandez
  • Ketel Marte Back In Lineup On Sunday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte (back) is in the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres. Marte was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to a stiff lower back, but he seems to be feeling better. The 30-year-old is enjoying another fine season in Arizona as he is slashing .282/.340/.508 with 13 home runs, 35 RBI, 41 runs and a stolen base. Marte is a top-five second base option for the remainder of the season, assuming this back stiffness does not linger.

    Jun 9 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Ketel Marte
  • Adael Amador Batting Eighth In Debut

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    Colorado Rockies prospect Adael Amador is starting at second base and batting eighth in his major-league debut on Sunday. The 21-year-old is the team's top prospect and was recalled from Double-A last night to take the roster spot of Brendan Rodgers (lower body). Amador has had a streaky season in the minors as evidenced by his .194/.337/.329 slash line across 46 games, but he has also produced seven home runs, 24 RBI, 22 stolen bases and a 33:39 BB:K. There is some definite risk associated with Amador while he adjusts to major-league pitching, but fantasy managers in deeper leagues can take a shot on his power and speed potential.

    Jun 9 · Source via Prospects Colorado Rockies Adael Amador
  • William Contreras Not In Sunday's Lineup

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    Milwaukee Brewers catcher William Contreras is not in the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers. It will be the first rest day of the season for the 26-year-old. Gary Sanchez will get the start behind the plate and bat fifth against Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal. Sanchez is slashing .213/.287/.426 with seven home runs, 21 RBI and 16 runs scored across 42 games this season. He is always capable of clearing the fences when he is in the lineup, but going up against Skubal is a daunting task.

    Jun 9 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers William Contreras
  • Austin Hays Still Out On Sunday

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    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays (ribs) is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Hays was hit by a pitch in his ribs during Thursday's loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. This will be his third straight absence. It is not an overly serious ailment as X-rays came back negative for the 28-year-old, but clearly the bruising is causing some discomfort. Colton Cowser will get another start in left field while Hays recovers with Cedric Mullins getting another start in center and batting ninth.

    Jun 9 · Source via Baltimore Orioles Austin Hays
  • Isaac Paredes Sitting Out On Sunday

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    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes is getting the day off on Sunday as he is not in the team's starting lineup. It is the first day off Paredes has had since May 13. In his absence, Taylor Walls will bat seventh and start at shortstop while Jose Caballero will slide over to third base and bat ninth. Walls has only appeared in seven games thus far in 2024 and offers little fantasy upside. Caballero can provide fantasy managers with some premium speed as evidenced by his 21 stolen bases on the year, but he is a pretty empty contributor aside from that.

    Jun 9 · Source via Tampa Bay Rays Isaac Paredes
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Absent From Sunday's Lineup

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    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins. It appears to be a regular rest day for the 27-year-old. Jared Triolo will draw into the lineup in his absence and bat seventh. Triolo has had an underwhelming season at the plate thus far as evidenced by his .215/.292/.285 slash line. He can be avoided in fantasy formats.

    Jun 9 · Source via Pittsburgh Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • Seiya Suzuki Back In At DH On Sunday

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    Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki (oblique) is back in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the division-rival Cincinnati Reds, serving as the designated hitter and batting second against Reds right-hander Frankie Montas. Fantasy managers were probably pretty worried when Suzuki was pulled from Friday's game early against Cincinnati with tightness in his left oblique muscle. The 29-year-old outfielder has already been on the injured list this year with an oblique injury, but this one wasn't as serious and only caused him to miss Saturday's contest. You'll want to throw him back in your starting lineups despite the fact he's never faced Montas in his career. Suzuki has been a solid contributor for the Cubs this year when he's been healthy and has gone 16-for-54 (.296) with three homers, two doubles, a triple, nine RBI and two thefts in 14 games since May 23.

    Jun 9 · Source via Chicago Cubs Seiya Suzuki
  • Michael Busch Starting At Second Against Reds

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    Chicago Cubs infielder Michael Busch is making the start at second base on Sunday in the series finale against the Cincinnati Reds and is batting seventh against Reds right-hander Frankie Montas. Busch started one game at second base for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season and 25 games there for Triple-A Oklahoma in 2023. Regular second baseman Nico Hoerner (hand) may be able to avoid a trip to the injured list despite suffering a small fracture in his hand when he was hit by a pitch on Thursday, but Busch could fill in at second for the Cubs until Hoerner is able to return. Busch got off to a sizzling start at the plate this year in his first year in Chicago, but he's slowed down since and is hitting .216 (8-for-37) with a homer, three RBI, 11 walks and 15 K's in 18 games since May 17. He has never faced Montas in his career.

    Jun 9 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • Nico Hoerner Sitting Again On Sunday

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    Chicago Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner (hand) is out of the team's starting lineup on Sunday against the division-rival Cincinnati Reds. It comes as no surprise after the team announced on Saturday that he was dealing with a small fracture in his hand after being hit by a pitch on Thursday. The 27-year-old could avoid a trip to the injured list, though, if the swelling in his hand goes down quickly. The Cubbies have a scheduled off day coming on Monday, but it's far from a guarantee that Hoerner will be able to play in Tuesday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays on the road. In 210 at-bats so far in 2024 for Chicago, Hoerner is slashing .252/.344/.352 with only two home runs, 17 RBI, seven stolen bases and 31 runs scored. Michael Busch is at the keystone on Sunday and is batting seventh against Reds right-hander Frankie Montas.

    Jun 9 · Source via Chicago Cubs Nico Hoerner
  • Royce Lewis Getting A Day Off Sunday

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    Minnesota Twins third baseman Royce Lewis will take a seat for Sunday's series finale against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Jose Miranda will get the nod for the Twins at the hot corner and will bat fifth in the order against Pirates rookie right-hander Jared Jones. The Twins are easing Lewis back into the fold after he missed almost 10 weeks due to a strained right quadriceps muscle that he suffered on Opening Day in late March. The 25-year-old returned from the injured list on Tuesday and homered in his first two games back. In four games since coming off the IL, he's gone 3-for-13 with two RBI, two walks and four strikeouts. Injuries have hampered the former first-rounder early in his MLB career, but he remains a must-start in all fantasy leagues when he's in the starting lineup. Miranda has swung the bat well for Minnesota this year but faces a tough matchup in the impressive young rookie Jones.

    Jun 9 · Source via Minnesota Twins Royce Lewis
  • Matt Chapman Out After Hamstring Cramp

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    San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Chapman (hamstring) felt a hamstring cramp when he made a diving attempt in the ninth inning on Saturday against the Texas Rangers, and manager Bob Melvin thinks he needs a day off. It's why Chapman isn't in Sunday's starting lineup in Texas. With Chapman getting a breather in the series finale, Casey Schmitt will get the nod at the hot corner and will bat eighth in the order against Rangers right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. Chapman is day-to-day, and fantasy managers will want to check on his availability for Monday's series opener against the Houston Astros. Schmitt, who will have little DFS value in the eight-hole in a tough matchup, has hit .235 (8-for-34) with two home runs and five RBI in limited opportunities in a bench role for the Giants.

    Jun 9 · Source via San Francisco Giants Matt Chapman
  • Corey Seager Out Again Sunday

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    Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (hamstring) is not in the team's starting lineup on Sunday as they face the visiting San Francisco Giants. Seager will be missing his third straight game after suffering a left-hamstring strain in Wednesday's game against the Detroit Tigers. With a scheduled day off coming on Monday, hopefully the 30-year-old veteran and two-time World Series MVP will be ready to go again for the start of a new series on Tuesday versus his former club, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The good news for fantasy managers is it doesn't look like it's an injury that will send Seager to the injured list. Josh Smith is getting another start at the 6 for Texas on Sunday and will hit second, while Ezequiel Duran is at third base and batting fifth against Giants right-hander Keaton Winn. After a slow start in 2024, Seager has started heating up offensively.

    Jun 9 · Source via Texas Rangers Corey Seager
  • Ty France Lands On Injured List

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    Seattle Mariners first baseman Ty France (heel) will head to the injured list on Sunday with a right-heel fracture, and pitcher Collin Snider will be optioned to Triple-A Tacoma. Corresponding moves have yet to be announced by the team. The Mariners were concerned about France when he was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Kansas City Royals due to a heel injury. The injury stems from the 29-year-old being hit by a pitch on Friday night. He'll be out for at least the next 10 days. Josh Rojas replaced France at the hot corner for Seattle on Saturday, allowing rookie Ryan Bliss to draw into the lineup at second base. France should be rostered in the majority of mixed fantasy leagues, but his lack of power upside at first base leaves a lot to be desire. He heads to the shelf hitting .251/.329/.403 so far this year with seven home runs, 27 RBI and 21 runs scored for the M's in 61 games played.

    Jun 9 · Source via Prospects Seattle Mariners Ty France Ryan Bliss Josh Rojas Collin Snider
  • Juan Soto Will "Probably" Take Swings Sunday

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    New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that superstar outfielder Juan Soto (forearm) will "probably" take swings on Sunday after feeling better on Saturday. Soto was pulled from Thursday's game early after a rain delay due to forearm discomfort, but imaging showed only inflammation. Still, the 25-year-old has missed both games of the weekend showdown against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers and is unlikely to play again on Sunday. It's not a serious injury, but it's something that Soto has been dealing with for a bit, and the Yankees aren't going to take any chances. Soto also did some pregame work on Saturday, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect him back in the lineup until maybe Monday or Tuesday in Kansas City to take on the Royals. Soto has excelled in the Bronx so far in 2024, slashing .318/.424/.603 with a 1.027 OPS, 17 homers, 53 RBI and four steals in 239 at-bats.

    Jun 9 · Source via New York Yankees Juan Soto
  • Yordan Alvarez Launches 13th Home Run Of The Season

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    Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez went 3-for-4 in the batter's box on Saturday with two doubles and his 13th long ball of the campaign with two RBI. This was just another dominant performance by the 26-year-old superstar. He is currently holding a stellar .296/.369/.514 line with three stolen bases and 33 RBI. His underlying metrics are near perfect, with a 12.7% barrel rate, 93.2 mph average exit velocity, and 47.8% hard-hit rate, which place him significantly above the average hitter. Alvarez is a safe bet to finish in at least the top 10 among outfielders in points league and rotisserie scoring by the end of the summer and is always worth a look in DFS, no matter the matchup.

    Jun 9 · Source via Houston Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Jake Cronenworth Leads The Way With Four RBI On Saturday

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    San Diego Padres infielder Jake Cronenworth went 2-for-5 at the plate on Saturday with a three-run home run and RBI single. Cronenworth launched his ninth home run of the season in the fourth inning, which scored Fernando Tatis Jr. and Jurickson Profar. Later in the fifth, he extended the San Diego lead further by knocking an RBI single to left field, which scored backstop Kyle Higashioka. The Michigan product is currently riding a solid .261/.332/.466 line with 44 RBI this season. Cronenworth should be expected to continue to serve as the primary second base option in San Diego and also see starts at first base. He should be started in all standard leagues and is worth deploying in DFS in favorable matchups.

    Jun 9 · Source via San Diego Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Mariners To Select Tyler Locklear

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    The Mariners are set to select first baseman Tyler Locklear prior to tomorrow's game against the Royals, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. The club will have to make corresponding moves to accommodate Locklear's addition to both the 40-man and active rosters prior to tomorrow's game. Locklear, 23, was Seattle's second-round pick in...

    Jun 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Seattle Mariners Tyler Locklear
  • Matthew Boyd Throws For Clubs

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    Free agent lefty Matthew Boyd threw for representatives of 17 of MLB's 30 clubs yesterday, as reported by Jon Heyman of the New York Post. Boyd remains unsigned just under one year after he underwent Tommy John surgery last June, prematurely ending his 2023 campaign with the Tigers. Boyd, now 33, has long intrigued teams...

    Jun 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Matthew Boyd
  • Rockies To Promote Adael Amador

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    6:20pm: As relayed by Harding, club manager Bud Black confirmed to reporters this evening that Rodgers is being placed on the injured list, with Amador to be recalled in a corresponding move. 2:18pm: The Rockies are set to call up infield prospect Adael Amador for his Major League debut, according to reporter Francys Romero (X...

    Jun 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Colorado Rockies Adael Amador
  • Marlins Place Ryan Weathers On 15-Day Injured List

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    The Marlins have placed Ryan Weathers on the 15-day injured list due to a strain in his left index finger.  Right-hander Roddery Munoz has been called up from Triple-A and will start today's game against the Guardians. An IL trip seemed imminent after Weather made an early exit from his start in last night's game,...

    Jun 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Miami Marlins Ryan Weathers Roddery Munoz
  • Rockies Designate Matt Carasiti, Select Geoff Hartlieb

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    The Rockies have designated right-hander Matt Carasiti for assignment, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding (X link).  The move creates a roster spot for Geoff Hartlieb, whose contract was selected from Triple-A. Carasiti has pitched for Colorado in each of the last two seasons, rejoining the organization on a minors contract last winter.  The contract was...

    Jun 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Colorado Rockies Matt Carasiti Geoff Hartlieb
  • Brewers Sign Elieser Hernandez

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    The Brewers announced the signing of right-hander Elieser Hernandez to a one-year big league deal with the team.  To create roster space, righty James Meeker was optioned to Triple-A, and left-hander DL Hall was moved from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. The Dodgers designated Hernandez for assignment last week and then...

    Jun 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Milwaukee Brewers Elieser Hernandez DL Hall
  • Rays Reinstate Colin Poche, Place Richard Lovelady On 15-Day IL

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    The Rays announced that left-hander Colin Poche has been activated from the 15-day injured list.  Poche will return to take the roster spot of fellow southpaw Richard Lovelady, who is headed to the 15-day IL due to a flexor strain in his left forearm. Poche last pitched on April 23, as he has been recovering...

    Jun 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Tampa Bay Rays Richard Lovelady Colin Poche
  • Rays Reinstate Colin Poche From Injured List

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    The Tampa Bay Rays reinstated left-hander Colin Poche (back) from the 15-day injured list on Saturday and placed left-hander Richard Lovelady (forearm) on the 15-day injured list with a left forearm flexor strain in a corresponding move. Mid-back tightness put Poche on the injured list way back on April 26, but the 30-year-old veteran southpaw is now ready to return to Tampa's bullpen. In three minor-league rehab appearances for Triple-A Durham in the last week, Poche allowed two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out one in 2 2/3 frames. The former 14th-round selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016 out of Dallas Baptist had a career-best 2.23 ERA and a save last year but allowed seven earned runs with three walks and six K's in 9 1/3 innings for the Rays this year before going on the shelf.

    Jun 8 · Source via Closers Tampa Bay Rays Colin Poche
  • Luis Robert Jr. Getting A Day Off

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    Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert Jr. will take the day off on Saturday against the visiting Boston Red Sox. With Robert on the bench for this game, Oscar Colas will cover center field and bat sixth, while Zach DeLoach draws into the lineup in right field and will man the two-hole against Red Sox right-hander Brayan Bello. After a lengthy stay on the injured list due to a hip injury, Robert returned to the White Sox's lineup on Tuesday and has gone 3-for-16 with two home runs, two RBI and eight strikeouts in four games. The 26-year-old Cuban slugger showed his upside last year by making his first All-Star team and setting career-highs in home runs (38), RBI (80) and stolen bases (20) in 145 games. Robert has some of the best raw power in the game, but he has had a tough time staying healthy, as 2023 was the first time in four seasons he played over 100 games.

    Jun 8 · Source via Chicago White Sox Luis Robert
  • Cody Bradford Could Start Long-Tossing Soon

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    Texas Rangers left-hander Cody Bradford (back, rib) said on Wednesday that he has started throwing from around 120 feet and emphasized that he feels like he's recovering much better than he was before his most recent shutdown. He should begin long-tossing soon. Bradford initially landed on the injured list with a lower-back strain after he couldn't throw a bullpen session between starts. The initial plan was for him to miss the minimum 15 days on the IL, but doctors found a "very small" stress fracture on the 12th rib on his right side, according to manager Bruce Bochy. There's still no firm timeline for his return, but Bradford thinks he's on his way to getting back on the mound. The 26-year-old southpaw had gone 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA over his first three starts and had been the team's best starter.

    Jun 8 · Source via Texas Rangers Cody Bradford
  • Tyler Mahle Feeling Good

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    Texas Rangers right-hander Tyler Mahle (elbow) faced hitters for the first time on Wednesday since having Tommy John surgery last May and said he's feeling good. "I felt good out there," he said. "It was a little wild. It's just like I'm trying to throw harder to get everything sped back up," Mahle said. It was the first of four live batting practice sessions as he continues to recover from UCL repair surgery. He started throwing on flat ground in mid-January and began throwing off the mound in mid-May. The Rangers signed Mahle to a two-year, $22 million deal in the offseason. His injury last year ruined what had been a promising 2023 campaign with the Minnesota Twins, as he posted a 3.16 ERA with 28 strikeouts over five starts. Mahle should be a rotation option for Texas in the second half of this year.

    Jun 8 · Source via Texas Rangers Tyler Mahle
  • Corey Seager Not Expected To Go On Injured List

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    Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn't expect an injured-list stint for shortstop Corey Seager (hamstring), but he might need a couple of days to get back on the field. Seager pulled up short of first base after an RBI single in the second inning of the Rangers' series finale against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday with left-hamstring tightness and wasn't in the lineup for the series opener on Friday against the visiting San Francisco Giants. Fantasy managers should consider the two-time World Series MVP to be day-to-day and check back on Saturday to see if he's available to play against the Giants. After a slow start to the year, Seager is beginning to heat up and is now slashing .271/.360/.472 with an .832 OPS, 13 home runs, 30 RBI and 29 runs scored in 218 at-bats. He's a must-start when he's active.

    Jun 8 · Source via Texas Rangers Corey Seager
  • Kodai Senga Won't Return Before All-Star Break

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    New York Mets right-hander Kodai Senga (shoulder, triceps) will not return in the first half of the season, manager Carlos Mendoza said on Saturday. It had seemed like a foregone conclusion for a while, and now it's official. The Mets are hopeful that Senga can return to throwing bullpen sessions next week. It's been a frustrating season for Senga and his fantasy managers, as the 31-year-old Japanese pitcher has yet to debut in 2024 after having a setback in his recovery from a right-shoulder injury when he experienced tightness in his triceps recently. After receiving a cortisone injection, Senga is close to throwing off a mound again, but fantasy baseball managers will not have him available at least until after the All-Star break in mid-July. Keep Senga stashed everywhere.

    Jun 8 · Source via New York Mets Kodai Senga
  • Starling Marte Returns Against Phillies

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    New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte (knee) is starting in right field and is batting fifth for the Mets on Saturday in London against the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies and left-hander Ranger Suarez. Marte was scratched from the team's lineup on Wednesday, but the 35-year-old appears ready to go now and will return to a tough matchup against Suarez. However, Marte has been swinging a hot bat lately and has gone 10-for-22 with six RBI and five runs scored in his last six games to boost his season slash line up to .276/.326/.414 to go along with six home runs, 25 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 32 runs scored in 210 at-bats this year. Also, in 13 career at-bats against Suarez, Marte is hitting .308. Fantasy managers in most leagues will want to get Marte back in there on Saturday.

    Jun 8 · Source via New York Mets Starling Marte
  • Ranger Suarez Officially Starting In London Against Mets

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    Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Ranger Suarez (thumb) is officially starting Saturday's contest in London against the division-rival New York Mets. Suarez had to be moved from his last start last Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals after he was hit by a line drive on his left thumb. However, the 28-year-old southpaw avoided a serious injury, was able to throw on back-to-back days during the week and had a light bullpen session on Friday. Suarez shouldn't have any restrictions on Saturday and should remain in all starting fantasy lineups in a good matchup against the Mets. The Venezuelan hurler has been excellent this year, going 9-1 with a 1.70 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 79 strikeouts in 74 innings over his 12 starts in 2024. In his first start against the Mets on May 15, Suarez got the win, giving up two unearned runs while walking two and striking out three in five innings.

    Jun 8 · Source via Philadelphia Phillies Ranger Suarez
  • Ha-Seong Kim Homers, Scores Three Times Friday

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    San Diego Padres shortstop Ha-Seong Kim stuffed the stat sheet in Friday's 10-3 victory over the Diamondbacks, going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, three runs scored, and a walk. Kim's season has been a bit of a mixed bag with June a good example of how it has gone. In June, the 28-year-old has three multi-hit games out of seven games, but is also hitless in three games this month. For the season, he's tallied a .223-8-29-34-13 line with a .320 wOBA and 113 wRC+. The wOBA and wRC+ are more or less in line with last season's numbers in which he ended with a .260-17-60-84-38 line, so managers are hoping he can pick up the pace in the batting average department, but otherwise he's on track for similar stats.

    Jun 8 · Source via San Diego Padres Ha-Seong Kim
  • Ketel Marte Hits 13th Home Run On Friday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte went 2-for-5 with a home run in Friday's 10-3 loss to the Padres. Marte's home run was a two-run shot and 13th of the year, second-most among second basemen. Marte had a 21-game hit streak come to an end in May and subsequently went 2-for-31 (.065) over the next eight games, but has caught fire again, going 11-for-22 (.500) over the last six games with four multi-hit performances which includes three home runs.

    Jun 8 · Source via Arizona Diamondbacks Ketel Marte
  • Yainer Diaz Homers In Fourth Straight On Friday

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    Houston Astros catcher Yainer Diaz went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored in Friday's 7-1 victory over the Angels. One of the hits was a home run, Diaz's seventh of the season, and it was the backstop's fourth consecutive game with a home run. Diaz had a breakout campaign in 2023, belting 23 long balls with a .282 average in just 104 games played, so expectations were high coming into 2024. Managers who drafted the catcher were likely disappointed with his production prior to this recent outburst, as the 25-year-old's last home run came on April 11, a stretch of 39 games and 142 at-bats without one. His recent four-game stretch has put him solidly in the Top-12 for fantasy now. He'll have a challenge continuing the HR streak Saturday against the Angels' LHP Tyler Anderson, who Diaz is 0-for-3 off of in his career with three strikeouts.

    Jun 8 · Source via Houston Astros Yainer Diaz
  • Chris Bassitt Strikes Out Seven In No-Decision

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    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Chris Bassitt threw eight innings of one-run ball in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Athletics but did not factor into the decision. The veteran allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out seven, but the Jays' offense did not provide enough run support to allow him to pick up the victory despite the stellar showing. Aside from a seven-run hiccup against the Dodgers back on April 26, Bassitt has been rather good this season, allowing three earned runs or less in 10 of 13 starts and two or less in seven of them. The righty now has a 3.80 ERA on the season with a 1.38 WHIP and a 70:28 K:BB in 73 1/3 IP.

    Jun 8 · Source via Toronto Blue Jays Chris Bassitt
  • Garrett Crochet Fans 10 In Another Dominant Outing

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    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Garrett Crochet picked up his sixth win of the season in Friday's 7-2 victory over the Red Sox. The lefty went six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on just three hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters. After a rough three-game stretch in mid-to-late April, Crochet has gone 5-1 since April 29, a span of seven starts and 40 IP. The former first-round draft pick allowed two earned runs or less in each of those starts, and one or less in five of them, posting a 1.35 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and an elite 30.5% K-BB%. His 93 K on the season ranks fourth-best, and he'll get to face Seattle his next time out, the team with the most strikeouts in the majors this season.

    Jun 8 · Source via Chicago White Sox Garrett Crochet
  • Joey Loperfido Recalled From Triple-A

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    Houston Astros outfield prospect Joey Loperfido was recalled Saturday to take the place of star outfielder Kyle Tucker who landed on the 10-Day IL with a shin contusion. Loperfido had a solid 14-game debut with the Astros last month where the left-handed hitter hit .333 (13-for-39) with a double, a home run, five RBI, four runs scored, and a stolen base. We'll see if he sticks with the big league club once Tucker returns, but he'll have to work on making more contact. The last time around the 25-year-old posted a 39.5% strikeout rate with a 3:17 BB:K over 43 plate appearances. Abreu has done nothing of note since his return so a good showing from Loperfido could spell trouble for Abreu. For now, even with the high strikeout rate, Loperfido is a solid waiver add that should be able to get on base and hopefully will show more of the power that allowed him to hit 13 home runs at Triple-A this season.

    Jun 8 · Source via Prospects Houston Astros Joey Loperfido
  • Nelson Rada Breaks Out Of Slump With Three-Hit Night

    Los Angeles Angels outfield prospect Nelson Rada broke out of a prolonged slump with a three-hit night and a home run on Friday evening. Entering Friday, Rada tallied just one hit in his past ten games and was riding a 4:18 BB:K ratio. Rada began this season by making his Double-A debut which was quite surprising as he never logged one game at the High-A level. Through 50 games this summer with Double-A Rocket City, he has posted a .231/.292/.267 line with 21 swiped bags. Last summer with Single-A, he held a strong .276/.395/.346 line with an eye-catching 55 stolen bases. While his hitting has yet to make the jump over to Double-A, his speed has, which is a great sign. Rada is considered the best prospect in the Angels system and is worth stashing in all dynasty leagues as he is developing into one of the game's best threats on the basepaths.

    Jun 8 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Angels Nelson Rada
  • Matt Wilkinson Looks Strong In Second High-A Start

    Cleveland Guardians starting pitching prospect Matt Wilkinson tossed five shutout frames with nine punchouts in his second High-A start on Friday. He allowed three hits and three free passes. This is an improvement compared to his High-A debut on May 31, where he allowed three runs, four hits, and one walk across five innings with eight strikeouts. The 21-year-old began the season with Single-A but was quickly promoted to High-A after logging just 40 innings with a 1.12 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and a 9:71 BB:K ratio. Even though the southpaw is currently not ranked within Cleveland's top 30 prospects on MLB Pipeline, this will sure to change over the summer as he has been one of the best arms in the minor leagues through the first three months of the season. Wilkinson should remain closely monitored in dynasty leagues, as he may even earn a promotion to Double-A in the second half of the season.

    Jun 8 · Source via Prospects Cleveland Guardians Matt Wilkinson
  • Agustin Ramirez Launches Three Home Runs

    New York Yankees catching prospect Agustin Ramirez launched three home runs and extended his hitting streak to three games. Over his past 13 games, Ramirez has been exceptional with a .321/.339/.607 line and 12 RBI. Through the early part of the season in his first extended look at Double-A, the 22-year-old has looked quite comfortable with a .282/.377/.585 line with 15 total long balls, 41 RBI, and a 28:38 BB:K ratio in 49 games. This is a significant improvement compared to his .211 AVG he held through 31 games with Double-A Somerset last summer. MLB Pipeline projects Ramirez to reach the majors in 2026, but with how well he is performing, a 2025 debut is not out of reach.

    Jun 8 · Source via Prospects New York Yankees Agustin Ramirez
  • Ricardo Cabrera Tallies Four Hits, Swipes Two Bags

    Cincinnati Reds shortstop prospect Ricardo Cabrera posted his first four-hit game of the season on Friday and swiped his sixth and seventh bag of the season. The 19-year-old has performed very well in his first extended look at Single-A with a .286/.362/.473 line and with six long balls and 23 RBI in 48 games. The infielder logged five games at this level last summer after spending the majority of the time in the Rookie League. The number nine ranked prospect in the Cincinnati system has been especially impressive over his past 17 games, where he holds an excellent .319/.372/.551 line. He should remain closely monitored in dynasty leagues as he should be moved up to High-A in the coming months.

    Jun 8 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Ricardo Cabrera
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