Fantasy Baseball Player Notes

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Notes
Charlie Morton photo 46. Charlie Morton SP
Morton was about as safe of a late-round starting pitcher steal as you'll ever find.Even so, no one anticipated the year he is having with a 250 K pace to go with incredible ratios and perhaps 16 or 17 wins if he keeps it up in the second half.
4 weeks ago
Tommy Pham photo 57. Tommy Pham LF,CF
Pham has not only managed to stay healthy so far this season, but his efficiency has actually improved as well. If he keeps it up, fantasy owners could be looking at a 30/20 season to go with another strong performance in the batting average department.
4 weeks ago
Blake Snell photo 81. Blake Snell SP
Every underlying metric last year was screaming regression and this year it is the very opposite, which should leave fantasy owners to expect somewhere in between during the second half. It it worth putting in an offer in case you can still buy-low.
4 weeks ago
Austin Meadows photo 101. Austin Meadows LF,CF,RF
This time last month, Meadows was all the rave and was considered a can't miss superstar. While he is still a nice asset, 25 homers, 15 steals and 70/80 runs and RBIs don't quite fit the description of a top 20 outfielder, let alone a top 5 guy.
4 weeks ago
Jesus Aguilar photo 211. Jesus Aguilar 1B
This time last year we were talking about Aguilar in the same light as we are with Ketel Marte today. It now appears clear, however, that he isn't worth owning in fantasy leagues.
5 weeks ago
Avisail Garcia photo 218. Avisail Garcia RF
One of the most underrated fantasy assets this year has been Garcia who entered the break with 12 homers, 9 steals, a 75/80 runs/RBIs pace and a solid .280 batting average. There is no reason he should still be available in 75% of leagues.
5 weeks ago
Brandon Lowe photo 219. Brandon Lowe 2B
Lowe has slowed down considerably and hit the IL after fouling a ball off his shin, but he will be back any day and when he does, fantasy owners have a reliable player who will contribute in all five primary categories, but without carrying you in any.
5 weeks ago
Kevin Kiermaier photo 229. Kevin Kiermaier CF
Kiermaier is quietly having an excellent season and may reach 20 homers to go with 30 steals by the time the season comes to a close. Health is always a concern with the way he plays in the field, but so long as he keeps playing every day, you've got to find a way to get Kiermaier in your fantasy lineup.
4 weeks ago
Tyler Glasnow photo 242. Tyler Glasnow SP,RP
The Rays were already taking their time with Glasnow then he had a setback so his return is still up in the air. It could happen in August, or perhaps he will be shut down for the season. You can't drop him yet just in case, however, as he would deliver top 15 SP numbers the moment he returns.
4 weeks ago
Yandy Diaz photo 243. Yandy Diaz 3B
Diaz has been hitting the ball hard all season with underlying metrics actually suggesting his batting average should be higher than the current .277 and his homers may spike too. He makes for a terrific pickup if you need a third baseman.
5 weeks ago
Jose Alvarado photo 254. Jose Alvarado RP
With a full season as the Rays' closer, Alvarado could end up one of the top 10 closers in baseball. There is some more risk with him than the guys who have done it for years, but we could be looking at 90 Ks with excellent ratios and 35 saves which makes him a total steal late in drafts.
20 weeks ago
Yonny Chirinos photo 255. Yonny Chirinos SP,RP
Chirinos may not have the most impressive underlying metrics, but he just keeps getting it done from a ratio standpoint and as expected, the wins have followed. Don't expect 200 Ks or anywhere close, but he is a plenty useful piece for your rotation.
4 weeks ago
Nate Lowe photo 275. Nate Lowe 1B
Lowe didn't do much in his brief MLB debut and was thus sent back down to the minors. Since then, he has been batting .340 with bonkers power. He should be a hot pickup the moment Tampa calls him back up and may actually be worthy of a stash now.
5 weeks ago
Emilio Pagan photo 276. Emilio Pagan RP
With Alvarado and Castillo both ahead of Pagan to begin the season, it seemed unlikely he would become a dominant closer, but here we are with him entering the second half with a sub 0.90 WHIP and 54 Ks in just 39 innings. He is the real deal.
4 weeks ago
Brendan McKay photo 297. Brendan McKay 1B,SP
McKay has started out by pitching great in his first few appearances. While he might not exactly be an ace the rest of the season, he is certainly one rookie you can rely on over the second half, perhaps as a SP3.
4 weeks ago
Willy Adames photo 357. Willy Adames 2B,SS
There is no denying the potential in the Rays' young middle-infielder, but like Dansby Swanson over the past few seasons, he just isn't quite ready at the plate yet. You can still get a handful of steals and homers, but not enough to make up for his batting average.
5 weeks ago
Ryan Yarbrough photo 381. Ryan Yarbrough SP,RP
Diego Castillo photo 391. Diego Castillo RP
If you play in a deeper league, Castillo can be a ratio master that racks up plenty of saves, or better yet, if you employ the Marmol Strategy, Castillo qualifies as a starting pitcher so you can plug him on days where you don't have enough starters going.
20 weeks ago
Trevor Richards photo 394. Trevor Richards SP
Richards carried a 4.42 ERA with 4 wins last year and formerly played independent baseball after going undrafted. It helps, however, that he has the best changeup in baseball. Richards' changeup is Trevor Hoffman-esque. It carried a 41.2% whiff rate with a .214 xWOBA. It certainly helped his performance when he adjusted by throwing it 38% of the time instead of 23% of the time at the start of the season. In those closing months, hitters were so focused on his filthy change-up that his slider suddenly became even more deadly than the changeup. With two of the most useful pitches in baseball, Richards could breakout this year in Miami much like Jake Peavy did in in 2004 after a rough start to his career.
20 weeks ago
Jalen Beeks photo 432. Jalen Beeks RP
Beeks isn't technically a starting pitcher, but he is racking up the innings and has plenty of Ks to go along with it. More importantly, his ratios are stellar and he'll pick up some wins to go with it all.
4 weeks ago
Nick Anderson photo 434. Nick Anderson P
Joey Wendle photo 451. Joey Wendle 2B,LF
Eric Sogard photo 463. Eric Sogard 2B,SS
Sogard has been a pleasant surprise this year with a batting average near 300 and both some power and speed. It's a risk to rely on that continuing, but there is more hope than many other options on your waiver wire in the middle infield.
5 weeks ago
Travis d'Arnaud photo 469. Travis d'Arnaud C
d'Arnaud is extraordinarily hot over the past month and while it may not keep up, he has always possessed this type of potential so it wouldn't be surprising if this was a start of a major breakout.
4 weeks ago
Colin Poche photo 497. Colin Poche RP
Ji-Man Choi photo 507. Ji-Man Choi DH
Mike Zunino photo 566. Mike Zunino C
Mike Zunino has been a bust this season and can safely be dropped in all formats. Don't hesitate to scoop him up if he starts to catch fire in the second-half, however.
5 weeks ago