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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S. Ohtani - DH
General manager Billy Eppler said Monday that Ohtani (elbow) will have a follow-up appointment soon, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Ohtani is slowly working his way back from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in October of 2018. The Angels are hoping a timetable for Ohtani to resume hitting will emerge following his upcoming visit with doctors. At this point, the 24-year-old is not expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Added Yesterday 10:07 pm (EST)
K. Marte - 2B
General manager Mike Hazen confirmed Marte will play center field in 2019, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Hazen also said Marte will play elsewhere, though following the acquisition of Wilmer Flores -- who projects as the starting second baseman -- it sounds like he'll spend most of his time as the Diamondbacks' center fielder, pushing Jarrod Dyson to a fourth outfielder role. The added positional flexibility should provide a boost to Marte's fantasy value.
Added Yesterday 9:51 pm (EST)
H. Sánchez - C
Sanchez (concussion) agreed to a minor-league contract with Detroit on Monday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Sanchez was let go by the Giants in June of 2018 after his latest concussion, but he'll be brought aboard by the Tigers and has received an invitation to spring training. Grayson Greiner and John Hicks are the favorites to begin the season as the top two catchers on the big-league team, so Sanchez along with Kade Scivivque and Bobby Wilson appear in line to begin the year at Triple-A Toledo as organizational depth. Sanchez last appeared in the majors during the 2017 season with the Padres, posting a .219/.245/.423 slash line with eight homers and 25 RBI through 75 games.
Added Yesterday 8:02 pm (EST)
C. Bergman - RP
Bergman signed a minor-league contract with Chicago including an invitiation to spring training, Mariners Minors reports.
Bergman was let go by the Mariners at the end of the 2018 campaign, so he'll aim for a better outcome with the Cubs. His time in the major leagues has been limited so far in his career, as he's posted a 5.59 ERA and 1.47 WHIP with 130 punchouts over 215.2 frames across stops in Colorado and Seattle.
Added Yesterday 7:49 pm (EST)
C. Mize - SP
Mize was invited to the Tigers' major-league camp Monday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Mize, who was taken with the first overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft, will get a chance to show off his skills in front of the big-league coaching staff, though he isn't a real candidate to earn a job right out of camp seeing as he hasn't appeared above High-A. The 21-year-old right-hander posted a combined 3.95 ERA and 14:3 K:BB across 13.2 innings between rookie ball and High-A in 2018.
Added Yesterday 6:59 pm (EST)
Y. Molina - C
Molina (knee) said he expects to play his first spring training games in mid-March, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Molina is still working his way back from an offseason knee procedure that he underwent in December. While the veteran backstop noted that his balky knee will likely keep him from catching bullpens early in camp, he's hoping to be cleared to catch at the beginning of March, which would put him on track to be ready for Opening Day. Molina's status will obviously be worth monitoring as the season draws closer. Across 123 games in 2018, the backstop hit .261/.314/.436 with 20 homers and 74 RBI.
Added Yesterday 6:50 pm (EST)
J. Miller - SP
Miller was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Monday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Miller was the roster casualty needed to free up a spot for Wilmer Flores, who officially signed a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks on Monday. The southpaw spent the majority of 2018 with Triple-A Reno, struggling to a 7.71 ERA, 2.60 WHIP and 52:63 K:BB across 42 innings of relief.
Added Yesterday 6:32 pm (EST)
D. Farquhar - RP
Farquhar signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Monday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
Farquhar suffered a major health scare in 2018, so this is an encouraging development for the soon-to-be 32-year-old. The right-hander owns a career 3.92 ERA and 1.26 WHIP across 272.1 major-league innings, so he should have a good shot at claiming an Opening Day bullpen gig, though nothing is guaranteed given the Yankees' impressive bullpen depth coupled with the uncertainty surrounding Farquhar's return.
Added Yesterday 6:05 pm (EST)