Seiya Suzuki, OF, CHC
Suzuki had a huge day at the plate against the Astros on Wednesday, going 3-3 with 2 HR's, 3 RBI, and 2 BB's. That's 4 HR's in 4 games now for Suzuki, who is finally displaying some power after not homering in 26 consecutive games. Suzuki has a strong 48.1% HardHit% and 91.4 EV so he was due to see improvement upon the 11.1% HR/FB he possessed entering Wednesday. He should be able to provide positive contributions in both the average and power departments going forward.
Graham Ashcraft, SP, CIN
Ashcraft had another rocky outing against the Rockies on Wednesday allowing 7 ER's on 10 hits in 5 IP, while striking out 3 and walking 1. Over his last 3 starts, he has now allowed 18 ER's in 12.1 IP (13.14 ERA) with a weak 9:5 K:BB. He posted a shiny 2.00 ERA over his first 6 starts but that came with a 4.37 xFIP and 27:16 K:BB, so the regression should not have been a huge surprise. Overall this season, his xFIP is at 4.59 and he has struck out 4 or fewer batters in 7 straight starts, making him a droppable asset at this point.
Chris Bassitt, SP, TOR
Bassitt had another tremendous outing against the Yankees on Wednesday, pitching 7 shutout innings and allowing just 3 hits and 1 BB while striking out 7. That makes 3 straight scoreless outings for Bassitt who has allowed just 9 hits and 7 BB's in 23 innings during that stretch. He's probably pitching way above his head right now, as his 3.05 ERA is dwarfed by his 4.71 xFIP, and his strikeout and walk rates both remain very mediocre, but ride him while he's hot or perhaps try to sell high.
James Outman, OF, LAD
Outman went 2-4 with a grand slam and a stolen base against the Twins on Wednesday as the breakout season continues for the Dodgers rookie. He's now up to 9 HR's, 27 RBI and a .903 OPS through 44 games. There are plenty of warning signs regarding Outman's production - he owns a whopping 33.5% K% and has been carried by a .363 BABIP despite a surprisingly low 16.3% LD%. His 89.4 EV is fine but not spectacular, and his .227 xBA and .420 xSLG predict significant regression. That regression has come to fruition to an extent, as he entered Wednesday with a .182 BA and just 1 HR in 14 May games. He's in a good situation with the Dodgers, but he would still appear to be a sell high candidate if there are any takers.
Mark Vientos, 3B, NYM
Vientos made his season debut for the Mets against the Rays on Wednesday and he made it count, blasting the second HR of his MLB career. Vientos hit 13 HR's in 38 AAA games this season after hitting 24 HR's in 101 AAA games in 2022, so he obviously has power. He has a history of striking out a lot in the minors, and although he did improve in that area this season, he should be viewed primarily as a power option as opposed to someone who will help your BA.
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