Scott Schebler(OF-CIN): Scott Schebler went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo homer vs. the Giants. Schebler is taking full advantage of a full-time gig and is making gains across the board. He has increased his fly ball rate, hard hit rate, contact rate, and walk rate while improving against same-siders. While his HR/FB rate is likely to regress given his batted ball speed and hard hit rate, the slugger's BABIP is likely to rise. Put it all together and I see Schebler delivering a .270/25/80 season, which makes him a solid number four OF in standard leagues.
Ian Happ(2B-CHC): Ian Happ went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in his MLB debut. The myriad of injuries that the Cubs are facing prompted the surprise call up. Happ was posting a .298/.362/.615 with nine homers and two steals in 26 games in the Pacific Coast League before the call. While the numbers are inflated, make no mistake about it--Happ has one of the best hit-tools in the minor leagues, one that could enable him to make a significant impact in Chicago. With that being said, unless one of the minor injuries facing the Cubs turns major, Happ is likely only up for 1-2 weeks, so be careful with bids in redraft leagues.
Jonathan Villar(2B/SS-MIL): Jonathan Villar went 2-for-5 with two RBI, a walk and a stolen base vs. the Mets. While Villar has witnessed a four percentage point spike in his strikeout rate, he has also been extremely unlucky with his BABIP, as he batted ball profile and speed support a mark 35-40 points higher. The issue has been the 20 percent hard hit rate when he's been batting right-handed. While his history suggests a course correction is on the horizon, those in shallow formats may want to play the matchups until he figures out his woes against left-handers.
Matt Moore(SP-SF): Matt Moore won after allowing one run on eight hits (one homer) and three walks with seven strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings vs. the Reds. Moore has been extremely inconsistent in 2017, allowing five earned runs or more in three of his eight starts. The major issue with Moore has been the 43 percent hard hit rate and his inability to handle same-siders. He has pitched in Arizona and Coors, however, and has been better in more favorable venues. Look for this outing as a sign of things to come, but expect volatility along the way.
Neil Walker(2B-NYM): Left-handers have had their way with Peralta, and have especially given him fits at home, over the past two seasons. Neil Walker has consistently displayed more power from the left side, and over the past two seasons, he's hit 19 of his 27 homers against right-handers. He also happens to be riding a five-game hitting streak into today's contest at the launching pad of Miller Park. Walker is posting a positive value against fastballs, a pitch that has troubled Peralta this season. At $3500, the price is right.
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