Fantasy Baseball Prospect Report: May 2
David Kerr

George Springer went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk against the Twins on Monday.

Springer hit his fifth home run of the year and drove in his 11th run. He still has just one stolen base this season, which is much fewer than many expected by this point of the season. He is on a bit of a cold streak, but his time is coming. Springer is streaky and he’s due for a classic power binge.
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Dallas Keuchel allowed five earned runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out three in 4.1 innings of work on Monday against the Twins.

Keuchel had a good matchup and many DFS owners paid for Keuchel. Well, it was a major disappointment for the Houston southpaw. He walked five more batters in this one, while adding only three strikeouts, Keuchel hasn’t been the same pitcher he was last year, and fantasy owners aren’t exactly happy about it. His BB/9 is almost one whole walk over his career mark, while his strike percentage is over two points below his career mark. He should turn it around at some point, but through six starts this season, it hasn’t looked good. His next start will come on Saturday against the Seattle Mariners.
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Preston Tucker went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Monday against the Twins.

Tucker had just two hits in his prior eight games, so tonight’s home run was encouraging. He now has three long balls on the season, but playing time isn’t a guarantee in the Houston lineup. He is better suited for DFS use, because his usage in season long leagues requires a lot of daily maintenance.
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Brian Dozier went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored against the Astros on Monday.

It was a great effort by Dozier tonight, especially since he was hitless in his last four games. His batting average still sits at just .204 on the season and the counting stats aren’t all that impressive here in the early going of 2016. He will bounce back sooner or later, but it doesn’t seem like tomorrow will be the day. He is 0-for-8 in his career off tomorrow’s starter Colin McHugh.
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Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two RBI and one run scored on Monday against the Astros.

When Nunez does play, he typically produces, but his fantasy value is much higher when hitting closer to the top of the order. He hit first long ball of the season tonight, but his biggest fantasy asset is his speed. He makes for a quality DFS play when hitting near the top of the order and allowing bigger bats like Miguel Sano and Joe Mauer to drive him home. He is 1-for-2 in his career off Colin McHugh with a home run.
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Jose Berrios allowed two earned runs on three this and five walks while striking out eight in 5.1 innings against the Astros on Monday.

Berrios was much better in this one compared to his first start, but the five walks are alarming. He now has seven walks through his first 9.1 major league innings, but in his defense, he does also have 13 strikeouts. His stuff is electric and he’s going to be a big strikeout guy moving forward. He should be owned in virtually all formats, because that right arm of his has so much potential. If he is available in your league, go get him now. His next start will come on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox.
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Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI, one walk, and a stolen base on Monday against the Angels.

Orlando Arcia is chilling in the minors, but they will let him get some more seasoning as long as Villar is playing like this. He is hitting .263 with seven stolen bases. The speed factor fuels his fantasy value, and his a nice asset to have hitting ahead of the likes of Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy. If you need speed, here’s your guy.
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Ryan Braun went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, one RBI and one run scored on Monday against the Angels.

Braun has a three game hitting streak and has recorded back-to-back three-hit performances. He is enjoying a great start to the season, hitting .372 with five bombs, 21 RBI and two stolen bases. The Milwaukee lineup is far from spectacular but as long as Jonathan Lucroy is hitting, Braun will get his opportunities.
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Jimmy Nelson allowed two earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six in seven innings against the Angels on Monday.

Nelson may have left owners wanting more in terms of strikeouts, but hey, seven innings of two run ball is nothing to scoff at. Also, six strikeouts in seven innings isn’t bad either, especially for a guy like Nelson. When his above-average curveball is on, he can be lethal out there, easily the ace of the Milwaukee staff. His ERA currently sits at 3.05 and given the right matchup, he is a quality play in DFS. His next start comes on Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds.
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