Let’s not let our fancy teams limp along in the breach with unmet needs, people. It’s a great day to fix your faulty lineups. As usual, the O’s are here to help you with another fresh face…
Yup, the Orioles have called yet another outstanding hitting prospect from the organization’s seemingly limitless supply. Cowser made a favorable first impression, going 1 for 3 with a walk in his MLB debut against the Yankees on Wednesday:
He had just about beaten Triple-A pitching before his recall, having hit .330/459/.537 at Norfolk this year with 10 homers, seven interceptions and 48 walks in 56 games. Cowser is worth a look in any fantasy league, especially ones that use OBP in place of average.
Díaz is hot right now, coming off a two-homer performance on Wednesday, giving him 10 on the year in his first 165 at-bats. He went deep 25 times at Double-A and Triple-A last year while hitting .306, so the pop isn’t smooth.
He’s definitely not a walker, but his power potential is clear. It’s hard to believe the 24-year-old won’t end the season looking over 20, assuming good health.
Tovar’s hitting streak finally ended, but not before his batting average hit .270 and he hit the eighth homer of his rookie season. For the month of June, he delivered an OPS of .885 and hit safely in 22 of 24 games. Tovar cut .319/.387/.540 in two saves at the minors high last season as a 20-year-old, hitting 14 homers and stealing 17 sacks in 71 games.
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He’s a rising talent with a skill set across all categories at a high spot on the roster. Additionally, when the Rockies return from All-Star Break, the team will play 11 of 17 home games in the friendliest hitting environment in the game.
Outman went about six weeks without a home run, which of course resulted in tens of thousands of falls in our game. But he hit a pair of bombs on Tuesday and then stole a sack on Wednesday, so he’s still on a 20 pace. /20. It looks like he’s rebounded from his May slump and playing time looks secure. Outman hit 31 home runs, drove 106 and delivered a .978 OPS in the high minors last year, plus he was a monster in his MLB cameo (6 for 13, 3 XBH). It is too good to be so lightly listed.
Jo Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels (7%)
Mike TroutThe weeks-long wrist injury should see Adell see consistent game time for the Angels, which if tradition holds, will result in plenty of strikeouts and the occasional Majestic Bomb. Adell’s pure power is legendary:
He hit 23 home runs at Triple-A Salt Lake this year, and stole nine bases on 10 attempts. It may feel like Adell has been around forever, but that’s because he made his league debut at such a young age. He only turned 24 in April. Let’s not write it off just yet. It’s a reasonable flyer if you need a helping hand.
As mentioned earlier, we’re not prepared to make any win promises when adding A’s pitchers. But let the record show that Sears was helpful in every other category as well, producing a WHIP of 1.05 and 89 Ks in his 94.2 innings. He’ll be shooting an early weekend against Boston, so here’s a chance to pick up some strikeouts before the break. Sears threw 7.1 shutout innings against Detroit in his last start.