Andrew Heaney – Angels – SP – Y! 19% – ESPN 27%
While the Angels are dealing with the Jered Weaver injury, Andrew Heaney has made a name for himself through a few starts. He has allowed two earned over two starts, and is almost averaging a strikeout per inning. Heaney is a talented lefty, that the Angels landed in a trade this offseason. He is still only 24 years old, and has the looks of a solid big leaguer. He makes his start in Coors tonight, but faces the Mariners later on in the week. The Angels are starting to click, and Heaney has thrown two quality starts.
Wei-Yin Chen – Orioles – SP – Y! 56% – ESPN 42%
The trend continues with another lefty, this time heavier owned. Wei-Yin Chen has yet to allow more than four earned in a start this season, and has only hit that four earned run mark once. Other than that he has been consistent as ever, with a 2.82 ERA. That will likely head up a little bit, but not to a point of sending him back into the free agent pool. He is a fly ball pitcher, which hurts him from having elite starts, but he manages to keep earned runs to a minimum. He has a decent 20.2% strikeout rate, and is at least worthy of a rotating bench pitcher. He pitches in a tough division, which can keep him on the bench for a start or two.
Patrick Corbin – Diamondbacks – SP – Y! 15% – ESPN 25%
Patrick Corbin won 14 games, and threw 23 quality starts in 2013, before heading into Tommy John surgery in 2014-2015. He is back, and looked healthy against the Rockies, picking up the win at home. Corbin had a 3.41 ERA in 2013, with a 3.43 FIP. This lefty is definitely a guy who can help you out down the stretch. I stashed him on my DL in June, and he is going to be worth the wait. He has a nasty slider, and a low 90’s fastball.
Scooter Gennett – Brewers – 2B – Y! 5% – ESPN 6%
If you need some infield help, Scooter Gennett has produced a lot better since coming back from his minor league stint. He had a .372 wOBA in the minors, and this is a guy who killed right-handed pitching in 2014. He is hitting .385 here in July so far, and coming off of a .273 June. He has a 25% line drive rate against right-handed pitching, and is clicking along with the rest of the Brewers.
Gerardo Parra – Brewers – OF – Y! 44% – ESPN 43%
Gerardo Parra has been red hot, hitting .308 in June, and .500 so far in July, with three homers. Milwaukee will likely be fielding offers for the outfielder, as he can produce a spark for an offense in need of one. He has a .368 wOBA off right-handed pitching, and is a guy to take while he is hot. He has earned his leadoff role, which was not the case early on in the season.