2018 Fantasy Baseball Stock Watch: July 10
Jon Impemba gives us his breakdown on who's stock is rising and who's is falling during the fantasy baseball season.
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Jonathan Schoop 2B, BAL- It was just a few weeks ago that Schoop found himself in the falling stock portion of this article as his ownership levels were still well over 60-percent despite the fact that he was barely hitting over .200. However, baseball is a funny sport and players can snap out of cold streaks and all of a sudden become the leagues hottest hitter and that is what we have seen from Schoop of late. Over the last seven days Schoop is hitting .438 with two home runs and an OPS of 1.188. His batting average was .197 on July 1st and here we are on July 10th and his average is up to .227. If this is a sign of things to come then Schoop is a must add for the second half of the fantasy baseball season.
Wil Myers OF, SD- Myers had gotten off to a slow start to his season and the power had been lacking but all of that has changed over the past few games which we have seen Myers launch six home runs over his last four games. The six home runs during this stretch bumps his season total to eight on the year to go with a .301 batting average. Myers is owned in about 80-percent of leagues so you will likely need to try and trade for him if you want him on your team.
Stephen Piscotty OF, OAK- Piscotty has homered in three straight games to give him 10 home runs now on the season. Over the last week he is hitting .320 with an OPS of 1.146 which has helped bump his average up to .258 on the season. We saw some solid years from Piscotty in St. Louis and it looks like he may now be settling in with his new team which bodes well for his fantasy owners.
Blake Swihart C, BOS- Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez is going to miss the next six-to-eight weeks after undergoing surgery on a broken finger. While this means more playing time for Sandy León it also now creates more playing time for Swihart. For those who do not know, Swihart was once the top catching prospect in baseball and it wasn't for his defensive abilties rather for his offensive upside. After a solid debut in 2015 which he hit .274 with five home runs over 84 games the Red Sox decided to try him out in the outfield during the 2016 season in an effort to get his bat in the lineup and fill a gaping hole the team had in left field. Unfortunately Swihart suffered a season ending ankle injury just a few games into the outfield experiment and he hasn't been the same player since. Out of minor league options the Red Sox have stuck Swihart on the bench for most of this season but now is a chance for him to rebuild some value and potentially find himself as part of a trade come the deadline. Swihart went 2-for-4 with a double on Tuesday night and should find himself in the lineup upwards of three times a week.
Sonny Gray SP, NYY- Gray finds himself owned in 45-percent of standard leagues which seems just too high for a guy with a 5.85 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. Over Gray's last three starts alone he has allowed 15 earned runs on 19 hits over 11 innings. I realize Gray has solid road splits this season but at best that makes him a streaming option and not somebody that is owned in almost half of all standard fantasy leagues.
Brandon Nimmo OF, NYM- At one point Nimmo was the best thing going for the Mets but even now he has fallen back to earth. Over the last two weeks Nimmo is hitting a dismal .143 with an OPS of .470. Nimmo's ownership has dipped below 50-percent in standard leagues and that decline figures to continue as his slump extends.
Marwin González UTL, HOU- Gonzalez had a breakout season in 2017, hitting .303 with 67 runs, 23 home runs, 90 RBI, nine stolen bases and an OPS of .907. That production and the fact that he qualified at nearly every position made him a top target towards the second half of fantasy drafts this season. Unfortunately he is in the midsts of one of the worst seasons of his career as he is hitting just .227 with a .661 OPS. Over the last two weeks Gonzalez is hitting just .130 with an OPS of .417. Despite his struggles this season his ownership is still at nearly 60-percent in standard leagues which is really surprising to me.
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F. Valdez - SP
Valdez will make the Astros' Opening Day bullpen, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Valdez beat out Reymin Guduan as the Astros' only left-handed reliever. The 25-year-old started five games for Houston last season and relieved in three more, finishing with an impressive 2.19 ERA. His 4.65 FIP casts some doubt on that number, however, as he walked 15.6 percent of opposing batters, though he keeps the ball on the ground very well, generating a 70.3 percent groundball rate.
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J. Gómez - RP
General manager Jon Daniels said Saturday that Gomez would be included on the Rangers' Opening Day roster, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
The Rangers will select Gomez's contract after the veteran right-hander yielded only two runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out nine over 10.1 innings in Cactus League play. The 31-year-old is expected to fill a middle-relief role out of the Texas bullpen.
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R. Guduan - RP
Guduan was optioned to minor-league camp Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Guduan seemed to have a decent shot to open in the big leagues as one of just two lefties in the Astros' pen, but the team will elect to go with Framber Valdez as the only southpaw. Guduan had a strong spring, allowing just two runs while posting a 13:2 K:BB in 9.2 innings, and he could still factor into the picture at some point this season.
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L. Farrell - RP
Farrell will have wires removed from his fractured jaw Monday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Since undergoing surgery on his jaw earlier this month, Farrell has been limited to a liquid diet while the wires have been in place. Once the wires are out, he'll work to regain the weight and strength he lost over the past three weeks before resuming a throwing program. Farrell will be placed on the injured list ahead of the regular season, but it's unclear if he'll be stashed on the 10-day or 60-day IL.
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J. Jones - CF
Jones left Saturday's game against the Rays with an apparent injury after attempting to make a diving catch, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports
The nature and severity of the injury are not yet clear. If Jones winds up missing an extended period, Mikie Mahtook could be the next map up in center field.
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J. López - SP
Manager Ned Yost said Saturday that Lopez will likely stay at extended spring training after the Royals wrap up their Cactus League slate this weekend, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Lopez showed some flashes of promise late in 2018 with the Royals but hasn't taken a major step forward through his first five spring outings, posting a 4.41 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 11:9 K:BB across 16.1 innings. Despite the underwhelming results, Lopez looks likely to fill a rotation spot for the rebuilding Royals, though Yost hasn't indicated when the right-hander might be ready to make his first turn. At this point, only Brad Keller and Jake Junis are locked in as starters for the first two games of the season, but Lopez could be summoned when a third starter is required March 31 versus the White Sox. If the Royals look go with another pitcher as their No. 3 starter, Lopez may not be summoned to the majors until April 9 or 10, when the team would first require a fourth and fifth man in the rotation.
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K. Hernández - 2B
Hernandez is expected to be the Dodgers' starting second baseman, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Hernandez is tremendously versatile, having started everywhere except pitcher and catcher last season. That utility role got him 462 plate appearances last season, but it sounds as though he could be in line for even more this year after hitting .256/.336/.470 with 21 homers in 2018. Chris Taylor will start less frequently at second base but will still get starts around the diamond, particularly in left field.
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H. Fillmyer - SP
The Royals optioned Fillmyer to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.
The Royals intend to break camp with a three-man rotation since their schedule allows them to get by without a fourth and fifth starter until April 9 and 10, respectively. With that in mind, Fillmyer's demotion doesn't necessarily take him out of the mix for a rotation gig, though his odds of rejoining the big club may hinge on the health of Danny Duffy (shoulder), who isn't certain to be ready to pitch when a fourth starter is needed. Along with Fillmyer, Homer Bailey and Jorge Lopez are other candidates to fill out the rotation. Kansas City could also bring Fillmyer back in a long-relief role.
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