Trea Turner, Washington Nationals - Trea Turner launched two homers on Sunday while also swiping his fourth base of the season. Turner said before the year he (and the Nats) wanted him to steal 75-80 bases this year and right now he's currently on pace to swipe 216 for the season. While 216 seems like a high aspiration, at the pace he's currently running at he could blow by his season high of stolen bases (46) that he set in 2017 in a ridiculous 98 games before swiping 43 last year in a full 162. Turner is hands down one of the top players in fantasy and he's hitting second in one of the better lineups in baseball.
Chris Paddack, San Diego Padres - All eyes were on San Diego Sunday afternoon as the highly touted, and highly eccentric, Chris Paddack. The righty did not disappoint in his major league debut with 5.0 innings allowing just one run on two hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. Paddack showcase elite command in the start and also generated 11 swinging strikes while also getting 11 called strikes in the outing. His changeup alone generated six swings and misses on 24 offerings while getting another three called strikes on the pitch. He didn't use his curveball much, throwing it just six times, but he was able to get one swinging strike on it and he froze Steven Duggar for a strikeout. I'd expect him to likely hover around the 80 pitch mark like he did today (79), so it'll limit a little of his upside based on volume but he has all the makings of a stud on a per inning basis. Pick him up.
Kyle Wright, Atlanta Braves - Kyle Wright saw a mixed bag of results in his first major league start lasting 4.2 innings and allowing just two hits, but five walks are what doomed him and ended up getting him chased from the game. Wright threw his fastball almost 70% of the time in this outing, and I'll be interested to see after the game if that was due to the sub-optimal conditions in Philly Sunday night in terms of both temperature and wind. Wright only had nine swinging strikes in the outing, but still managed to strike out four batters in the outing so there's a positive note there. Let's see how he does in his next start before making any real decisions about moving on from him, as he still has the stuff pedigree and showed enough flashes tonight to make it worth another go around.
Pete Alonso, New York Mets - Pete Alonso is off to an outstanding start to his major league career and turned in another excellent game Sunday with a 2-for-5 game with his third double of the year and his third RBI. Through three games he's slashing .500/.571/.750 while posting a 14.3% walk rate. It's always dicey with the Mets and how they will treat their young players, but considering Alonso has hit in the second in the lineup every day so it seems they are definitely committed to making sure he gets every day at-bats. We haven't seen him leave the yard yet, as he's known for his incredible power potential, but he is posting a 40+% hard contact rate so it should just be a matter of time before he starts launching some pitches out of the park.
Daniel Murphy, Colorado Rockies - Daniel Murphy was one of the trendiest picks in fantasy this year after he signed with the Rockies as he was a lock to perform as one of the best second baseman in fantasy, but bad news came his way on Sunday. He Daniel Murphy was placed on the 10-day IL on Sunday with a fractured index finger and there's no definitive timetable on his return as of yet. Now I know what you are thinking, I myself also believe that this would be excellent news for Garret Hampson as the Rockies could start both he and Ryan McMahon and we could all be less nervous about the Hampson lack of playing time thus far. NOT SO FAST! Sunday we saw McMahon in the lineup at second base and veteran Mark Reynolds played at first base. I still think that by the team that the Murphy injury runs its course that we will see Hampson and McMahon combined the most often of the potential parings, but hopefully we can see some evidence of that soon.
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