Arodys Vizcaino – Braves – RP – Y! 38% – ESPN 32%
With all the shifting bullpens this season, we do our best to keep things updated here. Arodys Vizcaino is the fairly newest pitcher to make a move into the closer role. Jim Johnson was traded to Los Angeles. Vizcaino has averaged a strikeout per inning so far in his service, and has a 1.03 WHIP.
Jimmy Nelson – Brewers – SP – Y! 32% – ESPN 37%
Jimmy Nelson has been up and down this season, but for the most part has put out a fairly decent fantasy season, especially of late. He posted a 1.64 ERA in July, and has allowed three earned runs in his last four starts. The strikeout rate has been solid, with a 20.4% rate on the season. He has a decent ground-ball rate, and seems to be getting better as we go on.
Matt Shoemaker – Angels – RP – Y! 53% – ESPN 30%
With C.J. Wilson going down, the Angels are going to need their arms to step up even more than before. Matt Shoemaker has 17 strikeouts in the last two starts, and has not allowed more than two earned runs since 6/19. The groundball rate has not fluctuated to the point where he has a healthy groundball rate, so there is some concern still there. Overall still a decent pick up for streamers or in deep leagues.
Aaron Hicks – Twins – OF – Y! 22% – ESPN 34%
Aaron Hicks has been doing plenty of damage this season, especially against left-handed pitchers. In 54 games he is hitting .279 with five homers, and nine stolen bases. He has been up in the lineup, and producing at a decent rate. He is hitting .305 in the second half, and as long as he stays up in the lineup, runs and the occasional SB will be what he brings.
Preston Tucker – Astros – OF – Y! 14% – ESPN 27%
The Houston Astros have a ton of young talent, and Preston Tucker has been one. He has excellent power off right-handed pitching, with a .262 ISO. He is hitting .293 off right-handed pitching, and hits right in the heart of the order. He has ten homers on the season, but should easily push about 15 more going forward towards the end of the season.
Chase Headley – Yankees – 3B – Y! 46% – ESPN 33%
Chase Headley has quietly raised his average to .276 on the season. He hit .370 in July, and .500 here so far in August. Headley is in one of the top offenses in baseball, and you have to like lefties in Yankee Stadium. With a couple of third baseman going down of late, Headley is a nice backup.