Nico Hoerner (SS - CHC) - Hoerner started his MLB career with two singles and a triple in his first 4 ABs, scoring twice and picking up 4 ribbies against the Padres. Despite the debut, the 22 year old shouldn't be projected to be a major offensive threat right away, if ever...he's more of a well-rounded guy that's average to average-plus across the board, with the possibility that the hit tool is a tick above everything else. Still, he deserves to be added in most formats, and for DFS purposes he was at $2100 on Monday and is priced there again on Tuesday, so.....yeah. Free square.
Madison Bumgarner (SP - SF) - It's sad that this is where we are with MadBum, but when you throw out the start where he had to leave after taking a line drive to his pitching elbow, Monday's 7 IP, 2 ER against Pittsburgh was his 13th straight quality start at home. His last quality start on the road: June 4th, in NY against the Mets. He's 14/16 in QS at home, 4/13 on the road, and in one of those 4 he allowed 5 unearned runs. His ERA on the road is 5.06, and the hard contact rate jumps from just over 40% at home (still high, obviously) to around 46% away. The more I look at what he's doing, the more I'm afraid for him if he goes anywhere other than Miami or San Diego, and neither of those are quite as friendly as SF. Simply put, he's held onto what value he has mostly because of where he is, and if he goes elsewhere I wouldn't touch him in 2020. For now, he's clearly a home start only in my eyes, regardless of format.
Trent Grisham (OF - MIL) - Trent Grisham went 5-6 with a 2B and a 3B on Monday, bringing his MLB line up to respectability in one fell swoop. The scouting reports don't look great regarding Grisham, painting a picture of a guy with average power and speed plus below average contact ability. What I've seen so far in his 108 PA sample size is a bit better than that honestly: there's a pretty good idea of the strike zone here, his contact ability seems to be at least average, maybe average-plus while the power seems a tick above average as well. Add in that he's just 22 and that he's hitting at the top of the order many days, and there's quite a bit to be optimistic about. He already has 30 homers for the year between 3 levels, and although he hasn't attempted a steal in Milwaukee yet there's clearly some speed here as well....I like him, and I think there's much more potential here than was previously advertised. He should be owned right now in most formats.
Max Fried (SP - ATL) - Fried has been a top-20 pitcher in the second half, leveraging his excellent curveball and his newfound slider much more often to tally an xFIP of 2.91. The biggest improvement that he's made is in his control, cutting his 5+ BB rate from 2018 by more than half thus far. I love the improvement he's made, and I feel like he's worked his way into my top-40 SP heading into next year.
Mauricio Dubon (2B - SF) - Dubon is up and starting for the offensively challenged Giants, and after another single and SB on Monday he's hitting 286/306/514 with 2 HR and 2 SB in just 36 PAs. Dubon doesn't have a ton of power despite the two homers, but he has very good contact ability and better than average speed. He could be a legitimate Giant offensive prospect, a very rare bird indeed. Something like 15 HR and 20 SB with a solid average is probably a rosy projection for the 25 year old that came over from Milwaukee....he will be on my radar for 2020, and I can see some merit in adding him in many formats for the last three weeks as well.
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