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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M. Ynoa - RP
Ynoa signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Tuesday.
Ynoa didn't play affiliate ball in 2018 after being cut loose by the White Sox in March. He appeared in the Dominican Winter League, however, posting a 0.87 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB through 10.1 innings. It's unclear if the deal includes an invitation to spring training at this point. Ynoa, who last pitched in the majors for the White Sox in 2017, owns a career 4.42 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 53:39 K:BB across parts of two major-league seasons (59 innings).
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M. Lowe - RP
Lowe is looking to make a comeback in 2019, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
Lowe is currently working out in Portland, Oregon. The 35-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2016, when he posted a 7.11 ERA and 1.58 WHIP across 49.1 innings for the Tigers, so he'll likely be forced to settle for a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.
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S. Wright - SP
Wright underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Monday and is expected to be ready to pitch for the 2019 season, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Wright picked up a knee injury during the first game of the ALDS against New York, and he didn't appear for the rest of the postseason. He'll have nearly the entire offseason to recover from the procedure and should enter spring training as a strong candidate to win a spot in the starting rotation.
Added Yesterday 7:44 pm (EST)
S. Ohtani - DH
Ohtani (elbow) said his recovery from Tommy John surgery is going well, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. "I feel like so far it's going really well, no setbacks," Ohtani said. "I think I'm right on schedule and maybe a little bit ahead."
Ohtani underwent surgery at the beginning of October, which will keep him from pitching until 2020 -- though he's still expected to be able to hit in 2019. The two-way star is making encouraging progress, as he recently regained full range of motion in his elbow, according to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. That said, a concrete timetable for Ohtani isn't expected to come into focus into at least January.
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A. Pollock - CF
Pollock declined the Diamondbacks' one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer and became a free agent Monday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
Pollock will enter free agency for the first time in his career after hitting .257/.316/.484 with 21 homers and 13 stolen bases across 113 games in 2018. The outfielder has five-tool potential when healthy, though injuries have been an issue for him in the past.
Added Yesterday 5:50 pm (EST)
B. Harper - CF
Harper declined the Nationals' one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer and became a free agent Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Nobody expected Harper to accept this offer, as the 26-year-old superstar is looking to sign what is likely to be the largest free-agent contract of the offseason. While he got off to a slow start in 2018, Harper still finished the season with an .889 OPS, 34 homers and 100 RBI while leading the majors with 130 walks.
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C. Kimbrel - RP
Kimbrel declined the Red Sox's one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer and became a free agent Monday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
This comes as no surprise, as Kimbrel is expected to command a healthy contract this offseason after putting together another All-Star campaign as Boston's closer. The 30-year-old finished the season with 42 saves, a 2.74 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 96:31 K:BB across 62.1 innings for the World Series champions.
Added Yesterday 5:32 pm (EST)
P. Corbin - SP
Corbin declined the Diamondbacks' one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer and became a free agent Monday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
This was expected, as Corbin is primed for a big payday this offseason following his breakout campaign in 2018. Across 33 starts for Arizona, the 29-year-old southpaw went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 246:48 K:BB (200.0 innings) en route to his second All-Star selection.
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