Roto Riteup: July 3, 2019

The U.S.A. Women’s Soccer team has nothing on this….

On the Agenda:
1. International Signing Day
2. Quick Hits
3. Streaming Pitchers


International Signing Day
Yesterday was July 2, meaning we had a new batch of International signees to look at. Here are the top-30 according to MLB Pipeline.

Wander Franco, George Valera, and Ronny Mauricio are just a few of the names that were signed from the international ranks in 2017, and Marco Luciano – who was signed by the Giants last year – is raking right now in the Arizona League. There is a tremendous amount of talent coming out of this every year – and with fantasy leagues/owners implementing prospects into their platforms, it’s best to get to know these players.





Quick Hits
Patrick Corbin allowed one earned run over seven innings with at least seven strikeouts for the third-straight start against the Marlins yesterday, but for him, the day was about more than just pitching a good game.


Back in Texas, the Rangers and Angels took a moment of silence for Tyler Skaggs. There was also a very emotional and crushing press conference afterwards that I had difficulty watching.



Rafael Devers went 4-for-6 with a pair of two-run home runs, six RBI, and two runs scored in the Red Sox win against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.


Devers is currently third at his position on the ESPN Player rater and is hitting .329/.378/.548 with 14 HR, 64 runs, and 56 RBI while going 8-for-13 on the base paths. He’s absolutely creaming the baseball and it looks like this will be the breakout campaign that many have wanted for a while now.

Danny Jansen went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs, and two RBI. I tweeted this out during the game:

Speaking of Blue Jays, Cavan Biggio notched another two hits and is the 11th ranked hitter over the last two weeks on the ESPN Player Rater. We also saw Vladito put on a little display for us during batting practice….

Zac Gallen surrendered a two-run home run to Juan Soto over two innings pitched (two strikeouts), but was unable to resume the outing after a rain delay.

Kyle Hendricks yielded two earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk over three innings pitched in his return from the IL.

Joe Musgrove was lifted after three innings pitched (no runs allowed, four strikeouts, no walks) due to a rain delay. He’s only allowed in his last 16 IP (three starts).

Adam Frazier went 4-for-4 with a three-run home run and three runs scored. In two games against the Cubs he’s gone 9-for-10 with five extra-base hits, six runs scored, and five RBI.

Scooter Gennett continued his sluggish start since returning from the IL, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout.

Yasiel Puig blasted his 18th home run of the season and has hits in 9 of-his-last 11 starts. He also helped win the game against the Brewers yesterday by being his aggressive self.

Eugenio Suarez delivered three-straight multi-hit games heading into yesterday, and then proceeded to blast his fourth home run in three games.

Lorenzo Cain is scoring runs and has 10 stolen bases this season, but his xBA, xWOBA, xSLG, and Exit Velo are all career lows. He homered on Monday, but had a horrid June (.233 BA, 0 HR), and only had one month last season where he hit less than .274. He’s accomplished that in April, May, and June this year.

Greg Holland blew his third save chance of the season after walking four-straight hitters against the Dodgers yesterday. T.J. McFarland followed and walked in the winning run.


Ross Stripling went 81 pitches – 4.2 IP – allowing four earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks against the Diamondbacks.

Matt Olson hit his fifth home run in his last seven games, and now has 17 on the season.

Jake Odorizzi allowed five earned runs over three innings pitched with two strikeouts and three walks.

He’s now allowed four earned runs or more in three of his last four starts.

On the day the Yankees sent Luke Voit to the IL, their 31-game home run streak came to an end.

Adalberto Mondesi went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBI in his return from the IL.

James Wagner of the New York Times reported that Domingo German will return from the IL to start today against the Mets.

Yulieski Gurriel went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI against the Rockies.

Jose Urquidy went 3.2 IP (81 pitches), allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts and one walk.

He has some decent stuff – sat 94 mph with the fastball – and has some usable secondary offerings that resulted in a 9% SwStr and a 19% called strike%.

Trevor Story went 2-for-5 with a run in his return to the Rockies lineup. Garrett Hampson was relegated to the bench despite a nice recent stretch.

Jose Altuve swiped his first base since April 2, and only his seventh since June of last year.

Ian Desmond and David Dahl both had strong June’s, and began July going 3-for-5.

Brandon Lowe went 3-for-3 and hit his 16th home run against the Orioles yesterday; unfortunately, he was forced to leave the game with what’s being called a “lower leg contusion” after fouling a ball off his right shin area. X-Rays were negative and he’s currently day-to-day.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star reported that Hunter Pence has been removed from his rehab assignment due to aggravating his groin injury, but that an MRI showed no new injury.

Edwin Rios started at third base for the injured Justin Turner, but he should be back any day. As for the rest of the Dodger injuries, we received an update there too.

All three should be back after the All-Star break.

The thriving All-Star Tommy La Stella was in serious pain after fouling a ball off his shin against the Rangers.

Matt Carpenter has been placed on the 10-day IL.

Yairo Munoz started in his place and hit a two-run home run out of the lead-off spot.

Aaron Nola was masterful against the Braves and has now allowed only one run over his last 23 IP – three starts.

James Paxton rebounded against the Mets, and Zack Wheeler is really starting to turn things on after another strong start against a strong offense for the third time in a row (at CHC, at PHI, vs NYY).

Elvis Andrus pushed himself into the top-3 in stolen bases (19) after swiping three against the Angels.

Joey Wendle grabbed his third steal in the last two games.

Jose Martinez, Evan Longoria, and Jason Castro all joined Rafael Devers and Yulieski Gurriel with two home run games.

Christian Yelich and Franmil Reyes both hit their 31st and 25th home runs respectively.



Streaming Pitchers (Less than 50% Owned)
Pitcher for Today: Dylan Cease vs DET
One of the top prospects in baseball making his MLB debut versus a bad Tigers team.

High Risk Options: Felix Pena at TEX

Pitcher for Tomorrow: Anibal Sanchez vs MIA
Sanchez has allowed 2 ER or less in six-of-seven, and he was serviceable against MIA on April 19th.

High-Risk Options: Brendan McKay vs NYY, Ivan Nova vs DET, Jordan Lyles vs CHC
All three carry a considerable amount of risk and limited upside, but could be worth deploying if you’re in need. Mostly deeper-league worthy.

Fantasy Baseball and Tampa Bay Rays enthusiast. Restaurant manager by day, fantasy analyst by night. Contributor to Rotographs, Baseball HQ, Fantasy Pros, and co-owner of Friends with Fantasy Benefits. Follow me @MikeWernerFWFB.

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Jackie T.
Jackie T.

He’s only allowed WHAT in his last 16 IP???

The suspense is killing me!


1 ER in last 16 IP for Big Joe 🙂