Carlos Rodon – White Sox – SP – Y! 45% – ESPN 38%
Carlos Rodon will make you squirm in your seat with his current walk rate, 10 in two starts, but his strikeout rate has potential to be up there as the season moves on. He pumps a mid 90’s fastball, and he has a great slider. He has 12 strikeouts in two games, which one ended due to his high walk count. A risky move that can pay off if he gets it under control
Nate Karns – Rays – SP – Y! 26% – ESPN 28%
In six of Karns’ eight starts this season he has allowed two earned or less. His two starts that he didn’t were pretty bad, which drove his ERA up. He has a 23.3% strikeout rate this season, and has been delivering quality start after quality start. A great add from the Ray’s depleted staff.
James Paxton – Mariners – P – Y! 53% – ESPN 33%
James Paxton has been on fire, allowing five earned runs total in his last five starts. He has only had two blowups, and one was against L.A, who are statistically the best offensive team in baseball. Not a huge strikeout guy, but will sit around five, and can go over that with the right matchups. He pitches in a big ballpark, giving him that advantage, and has settled down from his first few starts.
Josh Hamilton – Rangers – OF – Y! 38% – ESPN 37%
I am on board with the Josh Hamilton hype train, he is hitting over .350, and had a four hit night in his last rehab start. If you are in the bottom of your league and looking for some major upside, I am turning to Hamilton. We know what he is capable of in the fantasy world, and he is back in the place where it all happened.
Avisail Garcia – White Sox – OF – Y! 71% – ESPN 48%
Avisail Garcia has been the White Sox’ best hitter this season, he is hitting .338, with four home runs, and was on early draft sleeper lists, and is showing up. He hits in a great park for power. He is just 23 years old, so he is getting adjusted to big league pitching, but this season he has made the leap. He is hitting .369 in May.
Jimmy Paredes – Orioles – 2B, 3B – Y! 52% – ESPN 78%
The Orioles most consistent hitter, other than Adam Jones, has been Jimmy Parades. He hits in a very favorable ballpark, and really the division in general benefits left-handed hitters for park factor. Parades is hitting .343 with five home runs, and 18 RBI. He is now hitting 2-3 in the lineup, he is a guy who should be playing over a lot of infielders in fantasy right now, and is owned percentages are low.