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  • STL First Baseman #46
    Paul Goldschmidt clobbered a pair of two-run homers on Sunday night, powering the Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Cubs.
    The 36-year-old slugger opened the scoring in the ballgame with a 424-foot (110.0 mph EV) two-run shot off of Javier Assad in the third inning. He then repeated the process in the fifth inning — that time a 399-foot (104.3 mph) two-run bomb. Goldschmidt finished the evening 2-for-4, raising his season-slash to a still disappointing .222/.298/.345 to go along with six homers, 21 RBI and three stolen bases.
  • HOU Center Fielder #10
    KPRC 2 Houston’s Ari Alexander reports the Astros are recalling top prospect Joey Loperfido for Friday’s series opener against the Orioles.
    No surprise here as the injury-depleted Astros find themselves desperate for some extra offensive firepower. The 25-year-old slugging prospect boasts big-time over-the-fence pop, but still has some strikeout issues to address. There might be a clearer path to regular at-bats at first base moving forward with veteran José Abreu no longer in the picture, but he doesn’t have a ton of experience at the cold corner. There’s some mixed-league fantasy potential here if he becomes a mainstay in Houston’s offensive nucleus, but that probably won’t happen overnight.
  • STL Second Baseman #33
    Brendan Donovan went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI on Thursday, powering the Cardinals to a 6-5 victory over the Giants at historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
    Donovan served as the Cardinals’ primary offensive catalyst in this one as the Alabama native took Giants starter Keaton Winn deep in the opening frame for his seventh big fly of the season. He also plated a key insurance run with a fifth-inning RBI single against Giants lefty reliever Taylor Rogers. The three-hit effort raises his batting average to a solid .258 mark to go along with 33 runs scored, seven homers, 36 RBI and one steal over 69 games.
  • SF Center Fielder #17
    Heliot Ramos blasted a three-run homer on Thursday in the Giants’ loss to the Cardinals at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
    Ramos put San Francisco on the board with a no-doubter to right field in the third inning off Cardinals starter Andre Pallante for his 10th round-tripper of the season. The 24-year-old post-hype prospect has put together a pretty remarkable breakout campaign so far, batting .307 (46-for-150) with 10 homers, 35 RBI and one steal through 39 games. He’s homered eight times in 18 games since June 1. Unreal.
  • STL Relief Pitcher #56
    Ryan Helsley fired a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday against the Giants to record his major league-leading 25th save of the season.
    Helsley was summoned to protect a narrow one-run lead at historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama and made things interesting by issuing a leadoff walk to Trenton Brooks and surrendering a two-out single to Patrick Bailey, which put the potential tying run in scoring position. He managed to wriggle out of the jam by striking out Matt Chapman to extinguish the threat. The hard-throwing 29-year-old righty has converted 25 of 26 save chances this season to go along with a sparkling 2.45 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 38/13 K/BB ratio across 33 innings (33 appearances). Simply put, he’s been one of the best closers in baseball this year.
  • STL Relief Pitcher #53
    Andre Pallante was charged with five runs over 5 1/3 innings on Thursday in a win over the Giants.
    Pallante drew the starting assignment for Thursday’s contest at historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama and gave the Cardinals some much-needed length in this outing, working into the sixth inning. He struck out five and also issued three walks. Of the seven hits he allowed, the costliest was a three-run shot to Heliot Ramos in the third inning, which accounted for most of the damage against him. He’ll take the ball on Wednesday against the Braves his next time out.
  • SF Starting Pitcher #67
    Keaton Winn was blasted for five runs over 2 2/3 innings on Thursday in a loss to the Cardinals.
    Winn took the ball for Thursday’s contest at historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama and was unable to escape the third inning. He gave up five hits, including a two-run homer to Brendan Donovan in the opening frame. He’ll aim for better results his next time out on Wednesday against the Cubs.
  • STL Right Fielder #18
    Jordan Walker went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer on Thursday for Triple-A Memphis.
    The encouraging development here for fantasy managers is that Walker is finally starting to hit for some over-the-fence pop. The 22-year-old former top prospect has gone deep three times since June 1.
  • MIN Shortstop #80
    Twins SS prospect Brooks Lee went 2-for-5 with two homers and five RBI on Thursday for Triple-A St. Paul.
    Lee continues to build a compelling case for a promotion to the majors with his recent power surge. The 23-year-old top prospect, who missed the first couple months of the season recovering from a back injury, has recorded six extra-base hits, including three homers, over his last three contests following the first multi-homer performance of his professional career.
  • TB Starting Pitcher #11
    Rays RHP prospect Shane Baz struck out six over three scorless innings on Thursday for Triple-A Durham.
    Baz averaged 96.5 mph on his four-seam fastball, which generated seven swinging strikes in this one, and needed just 70 pitches to navigate three frames. He gave up four hits and also issued three walks. The 25-year-old top pitching prospect has recorded 24 strikeouts over his last three starts since June 8. It’s time.
  • TB Shortstop #4
    Rays SS prospect Carson Williams went 2-for-3 with a solo homer on Thursday for Double-A Montgomery.
    Williams has rapidly evolved into one of the top prospects in the entire fantasy landscape this season as he’s cut back on the strikeouts and continues to hit for power in the upper minors. The 20-year-old shortstop is batting .294/.380/.554 with 11 homers and 15 steals through 52 games. He projects as a potential five-category impact contributor down the road.