As you’ve seen so far this season, my articles have been published every Thursday. But with big news splashing today, I felt the need to make sure everyone ran to their computers to make these pick-ups. If these guys haven’t been grabbed in your league, make sure you did.
Bryce Harper, OF – WSH
I was shocked when I heard the Nationals were calling up Harper today, but us fantasy owners should be going wild. This 19 year old phenom hasn’t been too outstanding so far this season in AAA, but everyone knows what kind of player he can be. He should be owned immediately in every league and could potentially be a keeper if he lives up to his hype. He should receive regular playing time in either left or center in the near future. I think the Nationals are going to make the playoffs this season and Harper will play a major role.
Mike Trout, OF – LAA:
Not one, but two top prospects got the call tonight. Crazy! The Angels announced they were bringing Trout up right after they decided to cut ties with Bobby Abreu. After shaking off an initial injury, Trout has been fantastic for their AAA club. He was hitting .400 with 11 RBI’s. Mike Scioscia said that he will play so I definitely would definitely insert him into your lineups immediately.
Trevor Bauer, SP – ARZ
I have been all over the Bauer Hour bandwagon this season and now just may be his time. Kirk Gibson said today that Josh Collmenter will likely move to the bullpen and be replaced in the rotation. The only issue here is Bauer threw 7 innings on Thursday so it would be tough for him to start on Monday in Collmenter’s place. The Diamondbacks could shuffle their rotation around him because he has been dominant so far in AA. He is now 5-0 and simply carving up hitters. I really hope he gets the call, but he has two fellow teammates who have been pitching really well too: Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin. Both of these prospects have been great, and I would pick them up too if they are called up instead. I would rank them Bauer, Skaggs, then Corbin, but the announcement will be made on Monday so we will have to decide what Arizona does.
Brad Eldred, DET: Now there is no need to rush to your computer for this guy, but he is definitely worth a look. He is 31 years young, but made his first appearance in the big leagues since 2010. Eldred is typically a 1B, but since the Tigers have the guy named Prince there, he should start at DH regularly now. Eldred started off the season on an absolute tear in AAA. He hit 13 home runs in 20 games. That’s insane! He is a mountain of a man at 6’7″ and had 2 hits tonight in his debut. The Tigers have been struggling lately so maybe he could spark their comeback.
By now, you should have already went to your league page and grabbed as many as these guys you could. Now don’t go too crazy and drop a stud for one of these 4 prospects, but if you have room, definitely grab them!