Roto Riteup: June 9, 2015

After a long day of World Cup action, MLB draft coverage and apparently shootie puck playoff games, we’re back in action. It was a short session of games yesterday, but still had plenty of action.

On today’s agenda:
1. Welcome back, Yonder Alonso
2. Gerardo Parra continues to hit
3. Taylor Jungmann to the bigs
4. Streaming Pitching Options

Welcome back, Yonder Alonso
Hear that over Yonder? Okay, I’m sorry. But really, Alonso is still raking after coming back from a stint on the disabled list. I’ve touched on Alonso in the past and continue to roster him in several leagues. Yesterday he went 2-for-3 with a walk and now owns a .358/.445/.477 line, however his .394 BABIP is bound to come back down to earth. Since coming back from the DL Alonso has exclusively hit from the five-hole, thus maximizing his RBI potential. He’s still available in more than 70 percent of CBS leagues as well as over 90 percent of Yahoo! and ESPN formats.

Gerardo Parra continues to hit
After Khris Davis hit the 15-day disabled list, Parra has seen the majority of the action in left field. He’s likely to continue to do so and makes for a solid pick up for those looking for rate stats. Parra lacks the normal corner outfield power — a career .123 ISO is below the 2010-15 .154 average for outfielders — but he is a career .274 hitter. A .342 BABIP isn’t going to last forever, yet playing in a favorable home park will play up his less than ideal power. Parra is best played in traditional or DFS when the Brewers face a right-hander as he’s shown a large platoon split throughout his career. Despite not hitting many home runs and best being sat against southpaws, Parra can be a useful pieces in most formats. One can find him free to pick up in over 90 percent of the three major fantasy sites.

Taylor Jungmann to the bigs
Speaking of the Brewers, the team turns to 25-year-old Jungmann for today’s start. He’ll be making his major league debut while squaring off against the Pirates. Jungmann owns a 6.37 ERA in Triple-A, though his 3.87 FIP is more encouraging. Our own Kiley McDaniel had Jungmann rated as the Brewers eighth best prospect heading into this season and figures to at least contend at sticking in the rotation if he performs well. A modest 1.86 strikeout to walk ratio in Triple-A this season has hampered Jungmann’s numbers and the control has been an issue for him in the past. Other than in High-A back in 2012, the only time Jungmann has posted a sub-4.50 BB/9 in any stop was a 52 inning stint in Double-A last season. His .349 BABIP hasn’t done him any favors, though Colorado Springs isn’t particularly kind to pitchers in general. He’s basically available in any of the three main fantasy baseball websites, other than Yahoo! where he isn’t available to be picked up.

Streaming Pitching Options
If you enjoy streaming pitchers, tune into the Roto Riteup for recommendations each and every day.

A pitcher for today: Taylor Jungmann at PIT (Francisco Liriano)
The Pirates offense ranks in the bottom-10 against right-handers in terms in K/BB ratio and are a tick below average in terms of wRC+. He’s still a risky start, but he’s widely available and I like his slider. 

A pitcher for tomorrow: Jesse Hahn vs TEX (Yovani Gallardo)
Hahn is coming off five consecutive quality starts, and the Rangers have been a bit below league average against righties. He flashes a strong ground ball rate and has shown solid control with a 1.89 BB/9. Hahn is available in 45 percent of CBS formats and over 65 percent of Yahoo! and ESPN leagues.

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Hahn is at home against Texas tomorrow…even better!