Rocket Fantasy Baseball 9-3-15

By on September 4, 2015

Rocket Sports’ Fantasy 500

Marcus Stroman EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO

Marcus Stroman EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO

  • Our weekly look at some movers, shakers and difference-makers in the world of fantasy baseball.

Note: all stats current as of close of play on September 3, 2015. Position designations are determined by Yahoo eligibility rules; check your league settings for eligibility requirements.

The season has entered its final month, and fantasy baseball teams are gearing up for their league’s drive to the finish. Several players have emerged who can help your team be all it can be over the season’s final stretch, and many of them are flying beneath the radar. Let’s have a look at these players, and talk about how they might be able to help you out.

Hitters:

Didi Gregorius, 2B/SS, New York Yankees: Gregorius is known more for his glove than his bat, but he has been one of baseball’s best hitters since the All-Star break, batting .331-4-25 in 44 games. Gregorius won’t steal many bases, and he doesn’t have much in the way of pop, but while he’s on this kind of a roll, he can definitely be an asset to your fantasy baseball cause.

Franklin Gutierrez, OF, Seattle Mariners: Gutierrez has shown that he can be a good source of power and speed when he’s healthy, but that “when” has been far too infrequently over the past few seasons. He has yet to steal a base this season, but his .323-10-28 line in 32 games since the break is bringing a smile to the faces of fantasy owners who have added him to their rosters. He is owned in approximately 15 percent of Yahoo leagues, but that number is bound to climb if his hot streak continues.

Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers’ top prospect batted .292-18-74 in 124 games across two minor league levels before he was called up to the big leagues September 3. He shined in his debut, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and scoring twice, and his bat could pay some serious fantasy dividends in the season’s final month.

Stephen Piscotty, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: Piscotty was batting .272-11-41 with a .366 OBP in 87 games at Triple-A prior to being called up in late July, and he has been on fire since arriving in St. Louis. The Cards’ top prospect owns a .338-4-24 line through 38 games, and while he’s unlikely to sustain that pace, he’s absolutely worth adding to your fantasy roster while he’s on a roll. Piscotty has a career slash line of .288/.360/.444/.805 in four minor league seasons; he should be a decent source of batting average and modest power stats the rest of the season.

Pitchers:

Kevin Jepsen, RP, Minnesota Twins: Minnesota closer Glen Perkins will reportedly not accompany the team on its nine-game road trip as he recovers from a back injury, which leaves Kevin Jepsen as the top option in the ninth inning. Jepsen has allowed just two earned runs and seven hits in 15.2 innings since being traded to Minnesota, and he has already racked up five saves in Perkins’ stead. Jepsen is owned in less than 30 percent of Yahoo leagues, and he makes a great addition to your roster if you’re chasing saves.

Marcus Stroman, SP, Toronto Blue Jays: Stroman fired 4.2 hitless innings and struck out seven in his first rehab start September 2 as he works his way back from March knee surgery. The promising young hurler is scheduled to make his final rehab start this Monday, and he could be back in the Toronto rotation by this time next week. Stroman went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA and 1.17 as a rookie last year, and he could be a fine fantasy asset down the stretch.

That’ll do it for this week; good luck in your fantasy leagues and we’ll talk again soon.

 

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