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Pickups of the Day: Royce Ready To Roll

Royce Lewis

Royce Lewis

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Rotoworld’s brand-new Pickups of the Day column is designed to help fantasy managers uncover a handful of widely-available targets over the course of the season. It could be a breakout candidate, a prospect stash, an injury replacement, a pitcher with a favorable matchup or week, a player who is due some better luck, or any other number of scenarios. If there’s value to be found on the waiver wire, we will find it and bring it your way. Today’s edition features the impending return of a former top prospect in Minnesota, and a pair of relievers emerging as viable saves sources for fantasy managers in Arizona and Miami.

Royce Lewis, SS, Twins

Available in 71 percent of Yahoo leagues

Time is quickly running out for fantasy managers to stash Lewis, who is in the final stages of his lengthy rehabilitation process from last June’s surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, and is eligible to be activated on May 29 from the 60-day injured list when the Twins face the Astros in Houston. The 23-year-old former top prospect, who has missed the majority of the last four years due to a pair of serious knee injuries, has been tearing the cover off the ball during his minor league rehab assignment, posting a stratospheric .364/.417/.818 triple-slash line with three homers and three stolen bases across six games between Double-A Wichita and Triple-A St. Paul. He’s expected to return as Minnesota’s starting third baseman, but offers the defensive flexibility to fill-in at shortstop and possibly even second base as well. He offers an intriguing blend of over-the-fence power and stolen base ability, which gives him a realistic shot at making an immediate five-category impact for fantasy managers, especially in deeper mixed leagues.

Miguel Castro, RP, Diamondbacks

Available in 84 percent of Yahoo leagues

Castro struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday afternoon against the Pirates to record his fourth save of the season and has gotten the call in back-to-back save chances for Arizona over the last week. The 28-year-old right-hander has reeled off six consecutive scoreless appearances dating back to May 10 and appears to be in the mix for saves moving forward. The Diamondbacks made it clear heading into the regular season that they weren’t going to name a traditional closer, but it’s been largely Castro and reliable southpaw Andrew Chafin handling nearly all of their save opportunities since Scott McGough fell out of the picture last month. At a bare minimum, Castro should continue to pick up the occasional save and is worthy of a roster spot in deeper mixed leagues.

Dylan Floro, RP, Marlins

Available in 61 percent of Yahoo leagues

With primary stopper A.J. Puk (elbow) sidelined indefinitely due to injury, Floro has taken over as Miami’s primary closer over the last week. The 32-year-old right-hander recorded a four-out save on Saturday against the Giants and has notched four saves since May 14. He also hasn’t given up a run during that span. Things certainly get a lot more complicated once Puk is back in the picture, but for the moment, there simply aren’t any viable alternatives for rookie manager Skip Schumaker to turn to instead. Without a definitive timetable for Puk to return from the injured list yet, Floro should continue to pile up saves for the Marlins, and is worthy of a roster spot in all fantasy formats.

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