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Today we have a pitcher making only his 2nd career start at the bigs and 1st this year. Potentially 2 guys making their big league debut in the same game but against each other. Another player, whose last name you will recognize, potentially debuting. And last, we will take a look at a player who has been up for the last few days. Lets dive in!
Kyle McGowin- Washington Nationals
Kyle is the Nats 30th ranked prospect. He has 10.2 Innings of big league experience, with 3 innings of relief this year and 1 start last year. For his career, he has a 5.91 ERA, 1.406 WHIP and 9.3 K’s per 9. Lets take a look at what MLB.com has to say about Kyle.
As you can see, he is projected to be a No. 5 starter or long reliever. He isn’t anybody that will ever hold much fantasy value though and is nothing more than a Punt right now.
Josh Naylor- San Diego Padres
Josh is a former 1st round pick of the Marlins. He is only 21 and is the 9th ranked prospect in the Padres system. He is in the midst of a solid year at AAA, no doubt leading to his early promotion. Lets take a look at what MLB.com has to say about Josh.
What I like about Josh is he is a lefty. Padres usually roll 7-8 righties a night as they just don’t have many lefties on the roster. Right now Josh is projected to bat 8th, and that will probably be the case until the team gets a feel for how he handles big league pitching. Keep an eye on this kid for now and at most, he is a punt atm. If he can adjust quickly, he has a chance to stick with the Padres and offer a viable DFS value bat.
Cavan Biggio– Toronto Blue Jays
Son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, Biggio has exploded on to the scene over the past season and a half. The third piece of an insane AA roster featuring Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, Bigio showed that he belonged. Lets take a look at what MLB.com has to say.
As you can see, Biggio has adjusted well to his first stint at AAA. He continues to exceed all expectations of a 5th round pick. While he doesn’t offer a ton of power, he has a great eye, allowing him to draw walks. Once on base, he has the speed to steal some bases. This is a massive chance for Biggio to solidify a roster spot as the other young Blue Jays have not been nearly consistent enough. Currently projected 7th, Biggio is only a punt at the moment. But his on base skills and speed could lead to a bump in the lineup spot. If that is the case, Biggio becomes an immediate value and one to take advantage of before his price rises.
Kevin Cron- Arizona Diamondbacks
Brother of CJ Cron, Kevin is leading all of baseball in home runs this season with 21. He also has a whopping 62 RBI already this season. Yet, Kevin is not even ranked in the Dbacks top 30 prospects! Why? Simple. He isn’t athletic enough to play any position but 1st and maybe 3rd. 1st is blocked by Christian Walker, who isn’t going anywhere and he is probably too big of a liability to play 3rd at the bigs. So, the plan for Kevin now is pinch hit chances and the occasional start to give guys a breather. Lets take a look at his minor league numbers.
As you can see, Cron packs some serious power. He has 21+ homers in 5 straight years and is well on his way to smash his personal high this season. On a team desperate for offense, Cron will get his looks. But the starts will be few and far between. Keep an eye on the Dbacks lineup moving forward. If Cron starts, get him in your lineup as he will carry immense upside at a discount.
Luis Arraez- Minnesota Twins
Luis has played 5 games in the bigs since his call up. He is the Twins 17th ranked prospect, which speaks to the Twins loaded farm system. A career .329 average hitter as a pro before this year, Arraez has only improved on that this season. Lets take a look at what MLB.com has to say.
Arraez has been amazing in his first 5 games with a .467 average, 1 double, 1 homer, 2 RBI, 3 walks and 0 K’s. His path to playing time will be blocked once Nelson Cruz is healthy and he could potentially get sent down to allow him to continue to get at bats. But until Cruz is back, Arraez carries extreme DFS value and is absolutely relevant as part of a loaded Twins offense. Take advantage of this kid while his there.
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