Run, don’t walk, to add elite prospect Jordan Walker

You have fanciful needs; we offer fantastic solutions. Let’s start with a prospect of returning to the majors after a short (and arguably undeserved) absence…

Walker is recalled by the Cards, which of course means he should be recalled by any manager who let him down. You’ll recall Walker was an absolute terror in spring training, then opened the season with .274 with two homers and two interceptions in his first 20 games before being unceremoniously sent to Memphis. He recently feasted at Triple-A, unsurprisingly. He’s an elite prospect with exceptional power and 20-steal speed after a big year at Double-A (.306/.388/.510).

It’s a fantastic run-and-run event, folks. Go get the Walker added before continuing to scroll.

Pratto hasn’t generally been a high average hitter during his pro career, but he’s slashing .295/.398/.429 for the Royals right now and he’s been elevated to No. 1 overall. He has shown respectable on-base ability and double-digit stolen base potential throughout his minor league career, so his current batting-order situation could remain. Pratto hit 36 ​​bombs in the high minors in 2021, then another 17 in 82 games at Omaha last season.

He hits base at a clip of .379 as KC’s first hitter so far, which is very promising. It’s not ridiculous to think the 24-year-old still has 20 home runs and maybe 6-10 interceptions left in him this year.

If you’re one of the thousands of fantastic managers who ditched McCarthy anytime after he was demoted to Reno… well, that’s understandable. He had slipped into a squad role in April and was batting just .143 when sent off (having had no chance on balls in play). It’s not easy to retain an outfielder indefinitely after such a disastrous opening month.

McCarthy raked the minors, however, hitting .333/.419/.533 with four homers and four interceptions in 22 games. He’s now back in the big leagues and his luck has clearly changed – every day is still two hits and two interceptions. Go get it while it’s still widely available.

It’s starting to look like a legit upgrade from De La Cruz. He currently cuts .295/.348/.456 with seven homers and 10 doubles in his first 53 games. De La Cruz spikes the ball lately, hitting either high or deep in the batting order.

His walk rate is moving in the right direction and he averaged 0.337 and 0.939 OPS in May. Such a production is certainly worth a leaflet.

Schmitt was red hot when he arrived in the major leagues, producing four multi-hit games in his first five, and he barely slowed down. With 85 plate appearances now on the books for the Giants, he’s still hitting .325, he’s stolen two sacks and he’s gone over the fence twice. Schmitt hit 21 homers in the minors across three levels last season, so there’s appropriate pop at his position. Someone in any competitive league should be able to use a player with their talents, eligible for multiple spots on the roster.

I’m just here to co-sign Pianowski’s position on Alzolay. He’s the most interesting (and least harmful) relief pitcher the Cubs have to offer. Fantasy ratios are sparkling (2.33 ERA, 0.89 WHIP) and he strikes out one batter per inning. Alzolay also won the team’s final stoppage, a two-inning 4-K effort against the Rays. He’s clearly in the ninth-inning picture for Chicago, even though he’s not the closest named official yet.

We’re still waiting for Sears’ first win of 2023, but hey, that’s life in the A’s rotation. The southpaw pitched reasonably well, striking out 54 batters for 59.2 innings while maintaining a 1.07 WHIP. He’s allowed just four runs in his last three starts, despite matchups with Atlanta, Seattle and Houston. Sears has a two-start friendly week ahead of him (at Pit, at Mil), so now is a good time to give him a test drive.

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