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Down on the Farm: Jameson Taillon gets the call and more!
Got the call
Jameson Taillon | P | Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates called up Jameson Taillon to get the start on Wednesday. After being rained out on Monday Pittsburgh was in need of an additional starter after Tuesday’s double header. It was indeed Taillon who got the call before fellow pitcher Tyler Glasnow as I assumed in my waiver wire article two weeks ago. Manager Clint Hurdle made no promises of a start beyond Wednesday. I still like Glasnow more than Taillon if I am stashing one pitcher for the long term but both are definitely interesting. Glasnow has more strikeout upside and profiles more as a front of the rotation type pitcher.
On the Way
Albert Almora | OF | Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs are looking for help with Jorge Soler dealing with a hamstring issue. He pulled up lame before rounding first base on Monday and looks like a DL stint will be in his future. Almora is an interesting prospect that has the ability to impact this season. He has displayed his best tool, speed, this season at AAA swiping 10 bases. He also has a little pop but playing in the PCL a traditionally hitters league I wouldn’t expect more than a handful of home runs. The problem for Almora like with many of the prospects is how much actual playing time he will see. Joey Gallo and Trea Turner for example are the latest prospects to get the call and see very little action. He is worth a pick up if you have roster flexibility but far from a must own. Maybe he gets a start or two and comes in as a pinch runner during his two weeks filling in for Soler.
Blake Snell | P | Tampa Bay Rays
Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays already made his debut this season against the New York Yankees. Though he only went 5 innings he looked good allowing only two hits and one earned. He had six strikeouts and only one walk in that outing. The Rays are showing patience with Snell who they sent down right after his outing. However with the Super 2 deadline passed the Rays will have more motivation to bring him up. Matt Andriese has been solid since joining the rotation give the Rays some leeway before bringing up Snell. Lefty Matt Moore has struggled after a solid start to 2016. A few more bad outings may force the Rays hand.
Alex Reyes | P | St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinal rotation has been a mess most of the season. The often injured Jaime Garcia has been the lone bright spot. This have got better for both Adam Wainwright and Mike Leake after bumpy starts to 2016. As for Michael Wacha, this season has not been his best and is seemingly getting worse. Alex Reyes has been very impressive in AAA for the Cardinals. He has an elite strikeout rate that would make him very interesting for fantasy baseball. He does walk a few too many batters for my liking and has a BABIP that is almost a full run higher than his ERA which is a little worrisome. His strand rate at almost 90% would cause some concern as well. Assuming he can cut down on the walks he should have a legitimate shot at joining the rotation between Garcia’s injury history and the general ineffectiveness of the rotation.
Jose De Leon | P | Los Angeles Dodgers
Jose De Leon was activated off of the DL and will start for the Oklahoma City Dodgers tonight. He will be limited to 3 innings or 45 pitches per Alex Freedman who is the media relations director for the team. I wouldn’t expect to see De Leon for a few weeks as he builds up his arm. However if he gets the call which could be at or around the all star break his potential for the rest of the season. His strikeout rate is very impressive and has been in double digits at multiple levels since 2014.
Others to Monitor
Alex Bregman | SS | Houston Astros
Alex Bregman is a name to monitor especially if the Astros make room in their infield as the trade deadline approaches. He has the power and a decent average to be fantasy relevant down the stretch of the season. He is still in AA at the moment so don’t expect a call in the immediate future.
Orlando Arcia | SS | Brewers
Jonathan Villar has been really good for the Brewers this season and is likely a big part of successful teams to this point. That said the Brewers have plenty they can do with Villar if they want to bring Aricia up. He can provide a little pop, decent speed, and a solid average.