Carson Smith: It appears to have finally happened, Lloyd McClendon overcame his infatuation with Fernando Rodney and finally let Carson Smith close a game. It was a good idea considering Smith didn’t allow a hit and saved the game. Much better than the usual nail-biting scenarios Rodney usually creates.
It goes without saying, Carson Smith should be added in your fantasy league. This move is most likely a changing of the guard, but McClendon is an odd manager. Most recently, McClendon said Smith didn’t have his ‘man muscles’ yet, so Smith may not have the gig full time just yet. Regardless, it’s time to move quickly because owners in need of saves are probably after Smith this second.
Jesse Hahn: In a few leagues I have added and dropped Hahn about two or three times this year. Hopefully, he is finally going to stick on my roster for the long-term.
For Hahn, May was a rough month for him, he had a 4.30 ERA, but in his last three starts he’s only allowed four runs.
It seems like he’s finally turned the corner, but the strikeouts aren’t there just yet, however, keep in mind that he did strikeout 70 in 73 innings with the Padres in 2014.
Cameron Maybin: We recommended Maybin last week and he’s proved us right. He did miss the Braves first two games in June, but since has eight hits in 14 at-bats, four runs, four RBI, two steals, and a .571 average.
Maybin was supposed to be the next big thing like 10 years ago, and it never happened, but he’s been showing what could have been. Also, let’s keep in mind that Maybin does have a 40 steal season under his belt, so if you need steals Maybin is the guy to go after.
I really like Maybin the rest of the way, and it seems he has finally found a home in Atlanta. If you missed out on Billy Burns, Maybin could be a nice consolation with better power numbers.
Eddie Rosario: A lot of the guys on this list are options in deeper leagues, and that includes Rosario. I didn’t realize how good of a season he’s been having until I was scavaging the waiver wire for steals in one of my leagues.
Rosario has only been in the majors for a month, but he’s done pretty well with a .298 average, two homers, 10 RBI, and four steals while also getting consistent playing time for the most part.
The reason Rosario is starting in left field is mostly due to injuries, but once Oswaldo Arcia returns, Rosario could have a home in center field. Rosario probably isn’t on most peoples radar, but his minor league numbers suggest he can hit for a decent average, get a few steals, and he even has a 21 home run season under his belt. There are better options, like Cameron Maybin, but Rosario could surprise people.
Francisco Cervelli: In fantasy baseball, catcher is one of the most annoying positions because most catchers hurt your average. However, Francisco Cervelli has been a huge surprise with his .331 batting average. He was particularly hot in May with a .377 average and has kept it up following a four-hit game on June 5.
Cervelli will not get you any homers, he has one on the season, but he isn’t going to hurt your average. At least he hasn’t for the past month or so. I don’t know if he can keep it up, but you could do much worse.
Jake Lamb: Lamb was activated from the disable list and was used as a pinch-hitter on June 6. He was scorching hot to start the season with a .414 average, one homer, and nine RBI.
With the Mark Trumbo trade, Lamb should be able to reclaim his starting job at third base with Yasmany Tomas moving to right field.
Considering his hot start, and it should be noted he does have a .321 career minor league average, owners should take a shot on Lamb.
Javier Baez: This is pure speculation, but following the injury to Jorge Soler it is possible that Baez joins the Cubs sooner rather than later.
We all know Baez strikes out at a historic rate, but you can’t deny the power he has for his position. In most leagues, he’s eligible at second base and shortstop, which greatly increases his value.
It should be a couple days until Baez gets the call because the plan is to get him time at third base then call him up. If you’re in a deep league Baez is a must target.
*Baez has been put on the disabled list and will be out roughly 4 to 8 weeks. He was very close to being called up, so if your league has keeper spots or a deep bench he is still worth stashing.*
Erasmo Ramirez: I don’t know how I can recommend Ramirez considering how bad he’s been this year, but I’m going to do it.
Despite a 5.10 ERA, Ramirez’s last two starts have resulted in 12 innings, one earned run, and 12 strikeouts.
Despite having no major league success, except for his 2012 rookie season, Ramirez has always had the talent to be a good pitcher in the majors. In the minors, Ramirez rocked a 3.26 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 546 strikeouts in 679 innings.