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  • TEX Shortstop #5
    Corey Seager (hamstring) remains out of the lineup for Saturday’s showdown against the Giants.
    The encouraging news here for fantasy managers is that Seager hasn’t landed on the injured list yet after suffering a mild left hamstring injury earlier this week. The 30-year-old fantasy stalwart will miss his second straight contest on Saturday afternoon and remains day-to-day for now. There should be some clarity on his status at some point later this weekend if he’s unable to get back in the lineup.
  • TEX Shortstop #5
    Corey Seager (hamstring) went 0-for-3 on Friday in his return to the lineup.
    Seager went 0-for-3 before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the late stages of Friday’s series opener against the Mariners. The Rangers have tried to be cautious with their 30-year-old superstar over the last few days as he attempts to play through a minor left hamstring issue. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him get a few extra maintenance days off moving forward in an effort to prevent the lingering issue from getting worse.
  • SEA Right Fielder
    Mariners OF prospect Lazaro Montes went 2-for-4 with three RBI on Friday for Low-A Modesto.
    Montes simply hasn’t stopped hitting all season and appears poised for a promotion at this juncture. The 19-year-old top prospect has the look of a true middle-of-the-order masher thanks to his size and strength and boasts a sublime .326/.428/.564 triple-slash line with 13 homers and a minor league-leading 69 RBI through 58 games this season. He’s rapidly evolving into one of the top fantasy prospects in baseball.
  • HOU Center Fielder #10
    Joey Loperfido went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI on Friday for Triple-A Sugar Land.
    Loperfido doesn’t have a ton of professional experience at first base, but there’s an opportunity for him to carve out a role there after Houston’s front office abruptly cut ties with veteran José Abreu on Friday afternoon. The 25-year-old slugger has some contact issues that could limit his upside for fantasy managers, but he’s definitely going to hit for power with an everyday opportunity. It feels like it’s time for the Astros to see what they have since he has almost nothing left to prove at Triple-A.
  • MIN Second Baseman #47
    Edouard Julien went 2-for-4 with a walk on Friday for Triple-A St. Paul.
    Julien has struggled to a .171 (7-for-41) average with one homer in 10 games since being demoted to the minors earlier this month. The 25-year-old second baseman is going to get some extended time to iron things out in the minors and doesn’t appear close to returning to Minnesota at the moment.
  • MIN Starting Pitcher
    Twins RHP prospect David Festa struck out 10 and allowed two runs over six innings on Friday for Triple-A St. Paul.
    Festa hasn’t grabbed a ton of headlines nationally over the last few years, but he’s quietly developed into one of the better dynasty pitching prospects in the fantasy landscape, and is now up to three double-digit strikeout performances on the year. The 24-year-old righty holds a solid 3.50 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 81/24 K/BB ratio across 54 innings (13 starts) this season for Triple-A St. Paul. There isn’t a clear path to starts in Minnesota at the moment, but he figures to ascend to the majors at some point in the second half, if an opportunity arises.
  • MIA Starting Pitcher #23
    Max Meyer struck out four and allowed two runs over four innings on Friday for Triple-A Jacksonville.
    So much for the whole notion from Marlins manager Skip Schumaker that Meyer would be returning to the majors “soon.” While Miami’s starting rotation continues to struggle, Meyer hasn’t exactly delivered dominant performances his last few times out. Still, he’s a vastly superior option than the cromulent journeymen the Marlins keep throwing out there. It’s only a matter of time before the 25-year-old top pitching prospect gets another shot after having his workload closely monitored in the minors over the last few months. His fastball/slider combo remains outstanding and gives him a shot at immediate fantasy relevance once the Marlins finally decide to let him pitch in the majors again.
  • NYM Third Baseman #22
    Brett Baty went 3-for-3 with an RBI on Friday for Triple-A Syracuse.
    Baty has torn the cover off the ball since a late-May demotion to the minors, batting an absurd .519 (14-for-27) with three homers and 10 RBI in six games for Triple-A Syracuse. The 24-year-old former top prospect seems to be re-gaining some much-needed confidence at the dish and appears to be also adding some defensive versatility to his toolkit by spending some time at second base recently. It’s unclear when Baty will get another shot in New York, but he’s showed some encouraging signs over the last few weeks away from the spotlight in the upper minors.
  • TB Starting Pitcher #11
    Shane Baz struck out eight and allowed one run over six innings on Friday for Triple-A Durham.
    It’s time. Baz followed up last weekend’s 10-strikeout gem with another dazzling performance, allowing just four hits and one walk over six masterful frames. The 24-year-old top pitching prospect has completed his rehabilitation process from Tommy John surgery and appears poised to return to the majors at some point this month. He averaged 96.5 mph on his four-seam fastball in this one, while generating 14 swinging strikes and finishing with an astronomical 45 percent CSW. His ability to consistently generate whiffs on his fastball/slider combo will drive his fantasy appeal moving forward. Simply put, he should be rostered in all fantasy formats at this juncture.
  • KC Starting Pitcher #50
    Kris Bubic (elbow) allowed two runs over four innings on Friday in a minor league rehab start for Triple-A Omaha.
    Bubic struck out three and also issued three walks, needing 84 pitches (52 strikes) to complete four frames. The 26-year-old lefty’s minor league rehab assignment is up after this latest outing and it appears he’ll rejoin Kansas City’s starting rotation mix at some point next week. The big question for fantasy managers is whether he can come close to re-discovering the form that was starting to make him an intriguing option prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery.
  • KC Catcher #13
    Salvador Perez was removed from Friday’s game against the Dodgers with right knee discomfort.
    Perez exited Friday’s contest in the eighth inning and told reporters afterwards that he felt a tweak in his right knee earlier in the game when he stood up quickly to catch a high fastball from Royals ace Cole Ragans. The 34-year-old ironman will presumably head for some additional testing and imaging to determine the severity of the issue if he’s not feeling better this weekend. Fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day for the moment.