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Oscar Gonzalez

Oscar Gonzalez

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Óscar González, OF, Guardians -- Available in 97 percent of Yahoo leagues

Guardians’ rookie, Gonzalez, has picked up where he left off after missing a month with an abdominal issue. He has hits in each of his five starts, including a two-hit day against the Astros on Sunday. The 24-year-old outfielder has displayed solid bat-to-ball skills with a 21.3 percent strikeout rate while generating a 45 percent hard-hit rate. It’s led to a .294/.320/.448 triple slash line, three homers, and 16 RBI across 150 plate appearances. With Franmil Reyes designated for assignment, Gonzalez should continue to be an everyday fixture in the Cleveland lineup over the final two months. He’s certainly capable of helping fantasy managers in deeper mixed leagues with a boost in batting average.


Seth Beer, Util, Diamondbacks -- Available in 99 percent of Yahoo leagues

Beer is getting another opportunity with the Diamondbacks. He was optioned to Triple-A after a slow start to the season but has hit .249/.381/.479 with 12 homers across 268 plate appearances in the minors. While the hit tool has always been in question, the power has not. The 25-year-old slugger could get a good chance to tap into some of that power with seven right-handed starters on the schedule for the Diamondbacks, including three games in Coors Field. Granted, this recommendation is best reserved for the deepest of mixed and NL-only leagues.


Alek Thomas, OF, Diamondbacks -- Available in 84 percent of Yahoo leagues

With the Diamondbacks getting a three-game series in Colorado to end the week, we’ll get more exposure to Coors Field with Thomas. The 22-year-old outfielder has experienced his ups and downs in his first major league season, hitting .254/.311/.404 with eight homers and four steals across 283 plate appearances. He’s put together a better stretch of late, going 15-for-55 over the last three weeks. Thomas has consistently hit second in the lineup for the Diamondbakcs, and continued production with a trip to Coors Field could put him in line to score some runs this week.


Randal Grichuk, OF, Rockies -- Available in 63 percent of Yahoo leagues

Grichuk has been hot at the plate, going 17-for-53 with a pair of homers and 13 RBI over the last two weeks. Just in time for a week-long homestand in Coors Field. In fact, 11 of the Rockies’ next 14 games will come in Colorado with matchups against the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Giants, and Rangers. With Grichuk hitting in the heart of the order, he’d be a great addition for fantasy managers. And widely available in mixed leagues, it’s an opportunity to get some Rockies exposure as the team is sure to score plenty of runs over the next couple of weeks.


Bubba Thompson, OF, Rangers -- Available in 95 percent of Yahoo leagues

Thompson was recalled by the Rangers after Kole Calhoun landed on the 10-day injured list with right heel irritation. The 24-year-old outfielder has some serious wheels after stealing 49 bases over 80 games in Triple-A. He also hit 13 homers and posted a .303/.355/.474 slash line across 375 plate appearances. While he’s struggled so far, going 2-for-15 with four strikeouts, Thompson has already flashed the difference-making speed we’re looking for with a pair of steals over four games. If he can manage to get on base, he’s a threat to run. Fantasy managers looking for a bump in stolen bases could take a chance on Thompson in deeper mixed leagues.


Ryan Pepiot, SP, Dodgers -- Available in 96 percent of Yahoo leagues

With Clayton Kershaw on the injured list, the Dodgers are set to bring up 24-year-old right-hander Ryan Pepiot to fill his spot in the starting rotation. Pepiot has made four previous starts with the major league club, posting a 2.76 ERA with 19 strikeouts across 16 1/3 innings. He’s been lights out with Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he’s recorded a 2.27 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 93 strikeouts across 75 1/3 innings. It’s that strikeout ability that makes Pepiot so intriguing. He’ll need to improve his walk rate, as he’s walked 12 batters to his 19 strikeouts in the majors and carries a 10.6 percent walk rate in the minors. Of course, pitching for a team like the Dodgers could put Pepiot in line for plenty of wins as long as he can be efficient enough to go five innings.


Keegan Thompson, SP, Cubs -- Available in 58 percent of Yahoo leagues

Thompson saw some regression come his way with five runs allowed over 4 2/3 innings in his last start against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Still, he carries a 3.48 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 83 strikeouts across 93 innings. And the matchups don’t get much better than they do this week. Thompson gets the Nationals in Chicago on Monday before going to Cincinnati for a matchup against the Reds on Sunday. Both teams are going to be matchups to attack going forward, with Washington moving Juan Soto and Cincinnati trading Tommy Pham and Brandon Drury at the trade deadline.


Kyle Gibson, SP, Phillies -- Available in 63 percent of Yahoo leagues

Gibson is coming off back-to-back quality starts and has tossed at least six innings with two runs or less in four of his last five outings. He pitched eight innings of one-run ball against the Nationals on Friday. The 34-year-old right-hander heads into his next start with a 4.36 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 88 strikeouts across 115 2/3 innings. And over the last month, he’s produced the second-best WHIP among qualified pitchers at 0.80. Gibson has been able to limit baserunners with a 6.7 percent walk rate and a .235 batting average allowed. He’ll have a good chance to keep runners off the bases this week with a good matchup against the Marlins in Philadelphia.


Edward Cabrera, SP, Marlins -- Available in 64 percent of Yahoo leagues

Cabrera dominated on the mound Friday after missing nearly two months with right elbow tendinitis. He hurled five no-hit innings against the Cubs, whiffing eight batters while issuing three walks. The team understandably pulled him after 78 pitches, with him fresh on the injured list. After four starts, the 24-year-old right-hander has produced a 2.61 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts over 20 2/3 innings. With an excellent 14.8 percent swinging-strike rate, Cabrera is displaying the bat-missing ability that has made him one of baseball’s most intriguing pitching prospects. He’s capable of helping fantasy managers over the final two months, as long as he can stay on the field and off the injured list.


Wil Crowe, RP, Pirates -- Available in 83 percent of Yahoo leagues

The Pirates placed closer David Bednar on the 15-day injured list, leaving the ninth-inning role open. Crowe picked up the first save in Bednar’s absence, striking out the side against the Brewers. The 27-year-old right-hander has had a successful season as he made the move from the rotation to the bullpen, posting a 3.09 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts across 58 1/3 innings. Crowe looks to be the most likely candidate to pick up most ninth-inning save opportunities as long as Bednar is out.