Grayson Rodriguez, Christian Encarnacion-Strand ready to help

This week’s fantastic waiver thread received a big hit in the arm on Sunday when two of Triple-A’s most exciting prospects, Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Grayson Rodriguez, both learned they were heading to the majors on Monday. . Sure, Rodriguez has already let fantasy managers down once this year, but he should fare much better this time around. There’s also a pair of less famous youngsters who are ready to help out the fantasy teams (Zack Gelof and Oswald Peraza) and some veterans set to air this week.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand (1B, Cincinnati Reds, 39%)

Every reader should close this article right now and try to add Encarnacion-Strand to all their leagues. Of course, please come back after adding it and read the rest of the article! CES is the most exciting prospect to make his big league debut in the second half, having hit .331 with 20 homers and a 1.042 OPS in 278 at-bats so far this season. The 23-year-old is expected to be added in the shallower leagues as there will always be opportunities in those formats to pivot to a different player if he gets off to a slow start. But here he is expected to enjoy seven games this week at his batting-friendly home park to kick off his career with a memorable start.

Ford faces a handful of skilled pitchers this week, which gave me pause before finally putting it in this article. The left-handed slugger will face right-handed starters in six of his seven games, and against right-handers he’s hit .264 with nine home runs and 87 at-bats this season. Chances are good that he will dive at least once this week.

Gelof had a respectable showing in his first weekend of MLB action (.333 BA, 2 SB) and will find his name on the roster card almost every day going forward. The 23-year-old has the multi-dimensional skills that fantasy managers covet (12 HR, 20 SB, .304 BA in Triple-A this year) and should be added by roto managers in 12-team leagues looking for steals.

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Peraza entered the draft season as an exciting late-round pick after hitting .306 with an .832 OPS in 57 plate appearances with the Yankees last year. But he lost the shortstop job to Anthony Volpe in spring training and has spent most of 2023 in Triple-A. He was promoted on Sunday when Josh Donaldson landed in the IL, and manager Aaron Boone has already said the 23-year-old is expected to play in the majors regularly. Peraza can contribute in many ways, as evidenced by the 31 homers and 44 interceptions he has racked up in 145 games at the Triple-A level in 2022-23.

McCormick has been in the starting lineup in each of the past seven games and has posted a 1.036 OPS since June 1. He and his Houston teammates are in prime position to score plenty of points this week as they play two games at forward-friendly Coors Field before facing an A pitching staff that boasts a 6.07 ERA. McCormick is even more appealing with the left-handers starting all three Wednesday-Friday games, as he recorded a lifetime .931 OPS in those matchups. Although I prefer McCormick, managers who need flights could instead remove Corey Julks (18%) from the waiver thread.

Yahoo managers looking for a spark at receiver added Tyler Soderstrom in recent days, which isn’t a bad idea. But they better add Jansen, who is ninth in home runs and fifth in RBIs despite spending three weeks on the IL earlier in the season. In fact, since the start of 2021, the slugger has emerged as an elite power hitter by compiling 37 home runs and 112 RBIs in 588 at-bats.

Bryan Woo (SP, Seattle Mariners, 47%)

Although persistent rumors that Woo will have his innings limited by the Mariners has kept his lineup rate in check, he remains in the rotation for now and is arguably the best two-starter pitcher this week that remains available in most leagues. . Managers should add Woo for his outings to his pitcher-friendly home park against the Twins and Blue Jays while keeping an ear out for Seattle’s long-term plans for him.

Fantasy managers should look past Rodriguez’s poor Major League showing so far (7.35 ERA, 1.74 WHIP) and give the 23-year-old a fresh start. He was terrific on a demotion to Triple-A, posting a 1.96 ERA and 56:19 K:BB ratio in 41.1 innings. And Rodriguez remains one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. As a member of a playoff-bound team living in a pitching-friendly park, the right-hander has the potential to make a difference over time, which I will be able to say about very few prospects who get promoted from now on.

As the season progresses, finding effective starting pitchers on the waiver wire becomes increasingly difficult. The smart move in the summer months is often to add effective relievers who can put up exceptional ratios while occasionally picking up a win or save. Payamps fits the bill perfectly, having posted an MPM of 1.41, a WHIP of 0.75 and a K:BB ratio of 42:5 since May 1. The right-hander’s efficiency made him a regular in high-leverage roles, which ended in a win. and two stops so far in July.

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