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  • NYM Starting Pitcher #37
    Tuesday’s game between the Tigers and Mets has been postponed due to inclement weather.
    Both teams sat around for a couple hours in a lengthy rain delay on Tuesday evening with the hope of eventually getting this contest in, but it didn’t end up happening. It’ll be made up on Thursday afternoon instead. Tuesday’s original starting pitchers -- Casey Mize and Adrian Houser -- will presumably be pushed back to take the ball on Wednesday afternoon instead, weather permitting.
  • TB Third Baseman
    Rays INF prospect Brayden Taylor went 4-for-5 for High-A Bowling Green on Thursday.
    Taylor doubled twice while also driving in a run and scoring one himself. The 2023 first-round pick has impressed over the first five games of the year with a slash of .421/.560/.579 slash with three extra-base hits and five steals. Taylor doesn’t have a standout tool, but everything projects above-average for the 21-year-old. There are some questions about where he’ll play defensively, but even if he plays third base instead of shortstop, there’s fantasy upside in Taylor’s left-handed bat.
  • SF Starting Pitcher
    Giants LHP prospect Cason Whisenhunt was charged for seven runs in 1 1/3 innings for Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday.
    Another rough outing for Whisenhunt, as this one comes after he gave up six runs (five earned) over 3 2/3 last Friday. The southpaw has struck out 11 in eight innings, but the 13.50 ERA over those frames is a little more indicative of how he’s pitched. There’s no reason for long-term panic, however, as Whisenhunt is a southaw with one of the best change-ups you’ll see from a prospect — or just pitchers regardless of levels — and a fastball that can get up to 97 mph. He’ll obviously need to pitch better to do so, but this is absolutely a pitcher that could help fantasy rosters by the end of 2024.
  • OAK Shortstop
    Athletics INF prospect Jacob Wilson homered, stole two bases and went 4-for-5 for Double-A Midland on Thursday.
    Wilson also hit a double and drove in six RBI. It’s the first homer and first two steals for the shortstop, but he’s slashed .409/.435/.591 in the first five games of the season, so obviously this isn’t the first big game of the year. Wilson has one of the best hit tools in the minors thanks to his ability to make hard contact all over, but he’s not bereft of power, and he should be able to stay up the middle for good measure. Wilson could be one of the first members of the 2023 draft class to reach the majors, and there’s certainly fantasy upside in his right-handed bat.
  • PHI Third Baseman
    Phillies INF prospect Aidan Miller went 2-for-5 with a homer and a stolen base for Low-A Clearwater on Thursday.
    Miller’s homer is the first of the 2024 campaign, and the steal is already the fifth. The 2023 first-round pick has shown off his impressive tools in the early portion of the season, and while there’s a long way to go, he has a chance to be above-average or better across the board. Miller is someone who must be rostered in dynasty formats, even if you’re unlikely to see him in the majors until 2026 at the earliest.
  • NYM Shortstop #70
    Mets INF/OF prospect Jett Williams doubled and tripled for Double-A Binghamton on Thursday.
    Williams also drove in a run and came around to score. The 20-year-old is hitting just .238 over the first five games of the year, but he’s had multi-hit games in two of the last three contests. Williams is an excellent athlete who doesn’t project to have elite power, but his speed gives him a chance to turn singles into doubles, so on and so forth. It wouldn’t be a huge upset if he finished the year with the Mets, but the more likely ETA is the summer of 2025.
  • MIL Starting Pitcher #93
    Brewers RHP prospect Jacob Misiorowski hurled three innings while allowing just an unearned run for Double-A Biloxi on Thursday.
    Misiorowski allowed three hits, and he walked three to go along with four strikeouts. The right-hander struggled in his first start of the year, and while he wasn’t able to go deep Thursday, it’s a nice improvement for one of the most talented right-handers in the minors. Misiorowski has two plus-plus pitches in his fastball and slider along with a well above-average curve, and the only thing that could keep him from becoming a starter at the highest level is inconsistent strike-throwing. He could be lights out in the bullpen, but the Brewers will give the 22-year-old every chance to start. The ceiling competes with anyone.
  • TB Shortstop #4
    Rays INF prospect Carson Williams went 4-for-4 with a homer for Double-A Montgomery on Thursday.
    Williams also doubled. The 20-year-old is off to a very nice start to the 2024 campaign with a slash of .471/.500/.824 over the first four games. The 28th pick of the 2021 MLB Draft, Williams has plus power in his right-handed bat with well above-average speed as well, and on top of that pop/speed combo he is an outstanding defender at short. The question mark is the hit tool because he strikes out so much,but Williams has the tools to be a multi-category helper — one that could be in the majors by the end of 2024.
  • ATL Starting Pitcher #61
    Braves selected the contract of RHP Darius Vines from Triple-A Gwinnett.
    Vines will join the Braves’ 40-man roster after the team elected to option Allan Winans back to Triple-A following his start against the Mets on Thursday. It appears the Braves are seeking for a potential fifth starter to fill the massive gap left due to Spencer Strider being placed on the injured list. Vines could be used over the next few days and allow the rotation to stay on schedule for the rest of the Braves’ starters.
  • BOS Third Baseman #11
    Rafael Devers is day-to-day with left shoulder soreness.
    Red Sox manager Alex Cora indicated late Thursday that Devers is likely to wind up requiring a few additional days off to address a lingering shoulder issue. It doesn’t sound like the fantasy stalwart will require a trip to the injured list, but Boston doesn’t want to take any chances with their franchise cornerstone. Fantasy managers should prepare for the possibility that he remains sidelined for at least a portion of the club’s upcoming three-game series against the Angels.
  • TOR Starting Pitcher #29
    Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports the Blue Jays plan to call up Yariel Rodriguez this weekend.
    Rodriguez, who was signed to a five-year, $32 million contract over the winter, will be summoned after two strong appearances at Triple-A Buffalo in which he struck out 10 over 6 1/3 scoreless innings. It’s unclear if he’ll immediately replace Bowden Francis in the rotation or perhaps piggyback off him initially, but he’s certainly a more interesting option in fantasy leagues than Francis is. The 27-year-old Cuban hurler is worthy of a speculative roster spot, especially in deeper mixed leagues.