Michael Toglia, 1B, OF, COL
Toglia went 2-4 with a HR, a double, and 4 RBI against the Brewers on Wednesday, raising his slash line to .250/.294/.563 through 9 games with Colorado this season. Toglia showed plenty of power in the minors this season, slugging 30 HR's in 114 games between AA and AAA, and so far this has translated to the big leagues, with Toglia having already knocked 2 HR's and 4 doubles across his first 34 PA's. He has posted a strong 44.4% HardHit% and 90.9 EV at the MLB level, which back up his strong start at the plate. The early success isn't just a result of Coors Field either; until Wednesday, all of his hits had come on the road. Toglia strikes out a lot (29.4% K%) which will likely prevent him from hitting for average, but he looks like a solid power option down the stretch.
Bailey Falter, SP, PHI
Falter allowed 2 ER's in 5.1 IP against the Marlins on Wednesday, striking out 3 without a walk in the contest. Over his last 5 starts, Falter has done his job, recording a 2.73 ERA and 26:3 K:BB across 29.2 IP. His 48.2% FB% for the season is reason for concern, but he has done a good job at limiting baserunners with a 1.87 BB/9. Falter is at least a valid streaming option at this point.
Domingo German, SP, NYY
German posted another quality start against the Twins on Wednesday, allowing 3 ER's in 6 IP, while striking out 6 and walking 1. After a rough season debut, German has been very solid for the Yankees, compiling a 2.60 ERA and 1.08 over his last 9 starts, allowing no more than 3 ER's in any of those outings. He has been getting a bit lucky in terms of run prevention though as his xFIP sits at 4.50 and he owns a .267 BABIP and 9.9% HR/FB this season (career 15.4% HR/FB). His K/9 has plummeted to 6.22this year; he has never before finished a season with a K/9 below 8.97. All of this points towards negative regression for German, although on the bright side, he has now completed at least 6 IP in each of his last 4 starts and he's pitching for a team with something to play for, so he could be a good option for those chasing after wins.
Louie Varland, SP, MIN
Varland made his MLB debut for the Twins in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Yankees on Wednesday, and he was a huge success, striking out 7 batters in 5.1 IP, while allowing 2 ER's on 3 hits and 1 BB. Varland has not pitched all that much in AAA this season, but he made an impression, recording a 1.69 ERA and 27:3 K:BB across 21.1 IP (4 starts). It's unclear whether he will stick with the big league club, but he certainly didn't hurt his chances.
Tyler Wells, SP, BAL
Wells was activated from the IL on Wednesday and made the start against the Blue Jays, allowing 1 ER in 2 IP, while striking out 1 and walking 2. Wells was not stretched out for this outing which explains the brief appearance and presumably he'll be able to go a bit longer in his next start. For the season, Wells has a decent 3.91 ERA but that comes with a 4.64 xFIP and a mediocre 6.42 K/9. Given his weak peripheral numbers, Wells is not a strong play even when he is able to go more innings.
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