Top Batters, Pitchers, Who to Watch, and Notable Injuries
Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)
- Last year’s NL Rookie of the Year is now officially a budding superstar in the MLB. The 21 year-old is having a fantastic sophomore season for the young Braves as they have firmly entrenched themselves in the lead in the NL East. Over the past two weeks, Acuna Jr. is batting .317 with eight HR and sixteen RBI to go along with four stolen bases. Acuna Jr. is a five-tool star already in his second season and should be a top 5 fantasy player for years to come.
Brain Anderson (MIA)
- Miami is at the bottom of the NL East but one of their position players has been extremely productive for fantasy owners in recent weeks. Third baseman Brain Anderson is also building off a solid rookie season and over the past two weeks, is batting .307 with six HR and thirteen RBI with one stolen base. Anderson has reached the twenty HR mark for the first time in his career and should be a solid player for the Marlins with their rebuild in full swing.
Jorge Soler (KC)
- Who would have thought that Royal’s outfielder/ DH is currently trailing Mike Trout in home runs in the American League. While the Royals are also in rebuild mode, they have a serious slugger. Soler’s past two weeks have been extremely productive as he is batting .377 with seven HR and fourteen RBI to go along with a stolen base. Soler is on pace to mash 40+ HR which would be a shock to all fantasy owners.
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Shane Bieber (CLE)
- The Cleveland Indians have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to starting pitchers and Bieber has been fantastic this season. Over the past two weeks, he has tossed twenty-three innings with a record of 2-1 as well as a complete game thrown in there for good measure. Bieber has racked up twenty-seven strikeouts over those three starts. All three of his starts were quality starts which is encouraging for the soaring Indians who are gunning for the Twins for the lead in the AL Central.
Luis Castillo (CIN)
- While the Reds have failed to take the next step this season, Castillo has established himself as one of the NL Cy Young contenders this season. Over the past two weeks, he has tossed twenty innings with a record of 2-0 while striking out an impressive twenty-eight batters in twenty innings. Castillo had a quality start in all three on his starts. Castillo has been on the rise the past few seasons and will be a quality starter entering next season.
Mike Minor (TEX)
- The dream season for the 31 year-old Mike Minor continues. While Texas is currently middling, Minor still has amazing performances even when the offence is not there for him. Over the past two weeks, the lefty has tossed twenty innings and had a record of 3-0 and racked up twenty-three strikeouts including an elven strikeout masterclass against the Brewers. Two out of three starts were quality starts for Minor who was curiously not moved at the July 31st trade deadline as he could have been a solid addition for a certain New York contender.
Players to Watch This Week
Joe Ross (WSH)
Finally back in the rotation, Ross has been solid in his starts for the Nationals this season. He has a record of 2-3 with thirty-three strikeouts in 36 innings of work.
Fantasy Advice: Ross is a dual SP,RP and with some pitchers on the shelf the past week, he may be an intriguing add with the Nationals looking competitive. Ross is only owned in 12% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Francisco Meija (SD)
While it is not always useful to pick up a catcher, Meija has the tools to be a great fantasy players but has yet to put all the tools together at once. He has six HR and sixteen RBI on the season in limited action
Fantasy Advice: Meija is a catcher that can be swapped at any moment with a current catcher depending on if he starts or not. Meija is owned in 37% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Derek Law (TOR)
With Ken Giles having elbow problems and not pitching much for the Blue Jays, Derek Law has stepped up and nailed down a few saves in his absence including one against the Yankees.
Fantasy Advice: Law may be a stop gap until Giles returns from injury and with Craig Kimbrel out with knee inflammation, those who need another reliever can’t go wrong with Law. Law is owned in 26% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Notable Injuries in Last Week
|Andrelton Simmons (LAA)||Left Ankle Sprain; Bone Bruise||TBD|
|Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR)||Grade 1 Left Quad Strain||Possibly Late August|
|Craig Kimbrel (ChC)||Right Knee Inflammation||Possibly-Mid August|
|Alex Verdugo (LAD)||Right Oblique Strain||Possibly Late August|
|Robinson Cano (NYM)||Torn Left Hamstring||Possibly 2019|
|Jay Bruce (PHI)||Flexor Sprain in Left Elbow||TBD|
|Yonny Chirinos (TB)||Right Middle Finger Inflammation||TBD|
|David Price (BOS)||Left Wrist Cyst||Possibly August|
|Nelson Cruz (MIN)||Ruptured Tendon in Left Wrist||TBD|
|Yoan Moncada (CWS)||Right Hamstring Strain||Possibly August|
|Edwin Encarnacion (NYY)||Right Wrist Fracture||TBD|