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2019 Fantasy Player Rankings: Who's No. 1?

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Although the final chapters of the 2018 season are waiting to be written, MLB's top players have had plenty of time to leave a lasting impression already.

Thus, we can begin to form player rankings for next year. Here's an early look at MLB.com's Top 50 for 2019. (Rankings as of Sept. 25.)

Although the final chapters of the 2018 season are waiting to be written, MLB's top players have had plenty of time to leave a lasting impression already.

Thus, we can begin to form player rankings for next year. Here's an early look at MLB.com's Top 50 for 2019. (Rankings as of Sept. 25.)

Note: Position ranks are based on each player's primary position, which is determined by 2018 appearances. Additional positions at which players are likely to have eligibility in most 2019 fantasy leagues are listed in parentheses.

1. Mike Trout | OF | Angels | Position rank: 1
Multidimensional superstar forging path toward Hall of Fame.

2. Mookie Betts | OF | Red Sox | Position rank: 2
All-around stud cemented as one of MLB's best players.

3. Jose Ramirez | 3B (2B) | Indians | Position rank: 1
Power-speed option can contribute stellar stats across the board.

4. Francisco Lindor | SS | Indians | Position rank: 1
Multifaceted shortstop holds firm place among MLB's top players.

5. J.D. Martinez | OF | Red Sox | Position rank: 3
Veteran ranks among baseball's most feared sluggers.

6. Nolan Arenado | 3B | Rockies | Position rank: 2
Slugger is one of baseball's most consistent superstars.

7. Manny Machado | SS (3B) | Dodgers | Position rank: 2
Offers dynamic skill set, multi-position eligibility.

8. Jose Altuve | 2B | Astros | Position rank: 1
Despite production decline, veteran remains elite asset.

9. Paul Goldschmidt | 1B | D-backs | Position rank: 1
Consistency king remains offensive powerhouse.

10. Aaron Judge | OF | Yankees | Position rank: 4
Patient slugger can provide head-turning power.

11. Max Scherzer | SP | Nationals | Position rank: 1
Durable right-hander arguably baseball's most reliable ace.

12. Alex Bregman | 3B (SS) | Astros | Position rank: 3
Youngster has skills to repeat breakout campaign.

13. Trea Turner | SS | Nationals | Position rank: 3
Provides high-end speed, solid power stroke.

14. Christian Yelich | OF | Brewers | Position rank: 5
Even if power regresses, outfielder should be multi-category stud.  

15. Bryce Harper | OF | Nationals | Position rank: 6
Slugger has skills to challenge for another MVP Award.

16. Chris Sale | SP | Red Sox | Position rank: 2
Strikeout artist ranks among MLB's most dominant hurlers.

17. Jacob deGrom | SP | Mets | Position rank: 3
Impressive right-hander keeps getting better.

18. Trevor Story | SS | Rockies | Position rank: 4
Power-speed option has become one of game's top shortstops.

19. Ronald Acuna Jr. | OF | Braves | Position rank: 7
Budding star ready to build on stellar debut season.

20. Corey Kluber | SP | Indians | Position rank: 4
Consistent right-hander positioned for continued success.

21. Justin Verlander | SP | Astros | Position rank: 5
Despite advanced age, righty remains one of MLB's premier hurlers.

22. Javier Baez | 2B (3B, SS) | Cubs | Position rank: 2
Exciting infielder offers power, speed, versatility.

23. Charlie Blackmon | OF | Rockies | Position rank: 8
Veteran leadoff hitter benefits from hitter-friendly park.

24. Kris Bryant | 3B (OF) | Cubs | Position rank: 4
With better health, slugger could regain place among game's elite.

25. Gerrit Cole | SP | Astros | Position rank: 6
Right-hander has skills to repeat 2018 success.

26. Clayton Kershaw | SP | Dodgers | Position rank: 7
Despite injury concerns, accomplished lefty still part of ace tier.

27. Khris Davis | OF | A's | Position rank: 9
Established slugger could rank among home run leaders again.

28. Giancarlo Stanton | OF | Yankees | Position rank: 10
Veteran slugger one of game's premier power hitters.

29. Freddie Freeman | 1B | Braves | Position rank: 2
Polished hitter ranks among best first-base options.

30. Carlos Correa | SS | Astros | Position rank: 5
Bounceback candidate has elite potential at premium position.

31. Juan Soto | OF | Nationals | Position rank: 11
Youngster could make further strides after brilliant rookie campaign.

32. Andrew Benintendi | OF | Red Sox | Position rank: 12
Multidimensional youngster could be capable of further growth.

33. Luis Severino | SP | Yankees | Position rank: 8
Hard-throwing righty has ability to dominate on regular basis.

34. Aaron Nola | SP | Phillies | Position rank: 9
Right-hander poised to build on sensational breakout season.

35. Blake Snell | SP | Rays | Position rank: 10
After remarkable breakout, young lefty ready for encore.

36. Anthony Rizzo | 1B | Cubs | Position rank: 3
Veteran slugger has terrific on-base skills.

37. Gleyber Torres | 2B (SS) | Yankees | Position rank: 3
Youngster has potential to join keystone's top tier.

38. Xander Bogaerts | SS | Red Sox | Position rank: 6
Provides quality average, solid power in terrific lineup.

39. Matt Carpenter | 1B (2B, 3B) | Cardinals | Position rank: 4
Veteran offers strong power, superb on-base skills.

40. George Springer | OF | Astros | Position rank: 13
Leadoff hitter has strong bounceback potential.

41. Cody Bellinger | 1B (OF) | Dodgers | Position rank: 5
Young slugger could regain lost power after 2018 decline.

42. Eugenio Suarez | 3B | Reds | Position rank: 5
Has made strides to become stellar hot-corner option.

43. Carlos Carrasco | SP | Indians | Position rank: 11
Right-hander can be considered borderline ace.

44. Trevor Bauer | SP | Indians| Position rank: 12
After achieving greatness, righty poised for additional success.

45. Scooter Gennett | 2B | Reds | Position rank: 4
Veteran now cemented as outstanding offensive force.

46. Anthony Rendon | 3B | Nationals | Position rank: 6
Well-rounded veteran hits for average, power.

47. Rhys Hoskins | OF (1B) | Phillies | Position rank: 14
Impressive slugger part of up-and-coming club.

48. Ozzie Albies | 2B | Braves | Position rank: 5
Youngster could take another step toward stardom.

49. Zack Greinke | SP | D-backs | Position rank: 13
With expert control, crafty veteran continues to excel.

50. Patrick Corbin | SP | D-backs | Position rank: 14
After breakout campaign, southpaw could turn heads again.

Thomas Harrigan is an editor for MLB.com.

10 players to grab off fantasy waivers now

T. Frazier, Kiermaier, Dahl among those primed for strong finishes
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Need an impact arm or bat that can give your fantasy team a boost? Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or someone to stash on your bench, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check out the following 10 players -- all sitting on waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help your team in Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB. All statistics and ownership percentages are as of Wednesday morning.

Andrew Miller, reliever, Indians (49% owned)
Miller was immediately thrust into action after being activated from the DL on Monday, tossing a scoreless inning against the Rays while striking out two. Although he's been limited to just 25 innings this year, Miller has continued to be effective with a 3.24 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and a 12.6 K/9 rate. Look for the Indians to give their reliever a healthy dose of innings over the next few weeks to get him battle-ready for the playoffs.

Need an impact arm or bat that can give your fantasy team a boost? Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or someone to stash on your bench, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check out the following 10 players -- all sitting on waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help your team in Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB. All statistics and ownership percentages are as of Wednesday morning.

Andrew Miller, reliever, Indians (49% owned)
Miller was immediately thrust into action after being activated from the DL on Monday, tossing a scoreless inning against the Rays while striking out two. Although he's been limited to just 25 innings this year, Miller has continued to be effective with a 3.24 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and a 12.6 K/9 rate. Look for the Indians to give their reliever a healthy dose of innings over the next few weeks to get him battle-ready for the playoffs.

Video: CLE@TB: Miller tosses 1-2-3 inning in return from DL

Blake Parker, reliever, Angels (48% owned)
Parker has solidified himself as the Halos' primary closer by converting 14 of his 17 save opportunities and finishing 39 games this year. Overall, he has produced a 3.16 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP, a 9.5 K/9 rate and a 3.5 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings. While not as dominant as he was last year, Parker remains a reliable late-game option capable of helping fantasy owners down the stretch.

Todd Frazier, third baseman, Mets (36% owned)
While a pair of trips to the disabled list has limited Frazier to just 98 games this year, he's continued to be a steady source of power with 17 home runs, 57 RBIs and a .188 ISO. He's been making more contact and hitting the ball harder than ever before, posting the lowest swinging-strike rate (8.5 percent) and the highest hard-hit rate (41.7 percent) of his career. The 32-year-old has been a factor on the bases as well, tallying nine steals in 11 attempts, and he could reach double-digit stolen bases for the fourth time in five years. Although his .224 average limits his fantasy value, Frazier is worth owning in deeper mixed leagues for his ability to provide some power and speed at the hot corner.

Kevin Kiermaier, outfielder, Rays (25% owned)
After batting just .192/.245/.283 with no home runs and four RBIs in August, Kiermaier has caught fire since the calendar flipped to September. The 28-year-old has hit safely in all seven of his games this month, tallying five multi-hit performances while hitting .520 with three homers and seven RBIs. While his overall numbers are disappointing, Kiermaier is finishing the season on a high note and remains a threat to reach double-digit steals and homers for the fourth consecutive year.

Video: BAL@TB: Kiermaier smacks 3-run dinger off foul pole

Reynaldo Lopez, starter, White Sox (24% owned)
Lopez has put up solid numbers in his first full season as a starter, registering a 4.22 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and 132 strikeouts over 168 2/3 innings, and his arm has shown no signs of wearing down after 29 starts. Over his past four appearances, he has posted a 1.40 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings while limiting opponents to a .165/.240/.242 batting line. If he can sustain his recent surge in strikeouts, the 24-year-old could end the year with a few more dominant outings.

Jay Bruce, outfielder, Mets (22% owned)
Bruce missed more than two months with right hip soreness, lower back tightness and plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and the rest appears to have worked well for the veteran. In his first 15 games back, he's batted .271/.352/.521 with three homers and six RBIs. The 31-year-old slugger appears to be recovered from his multitude of injuries and is capable of providing a lift for fantasy owners in need of power.

Zach Davies, starter, Brewers (18% owned)
Davies missed more than three months with right rotator cuff inflammation but has looked good in two starts since returning to the Majors on Sept. 3. Though he's been limited to five innings each time, he's allowed just three earned runs on 10 hits while posting a 9-to-2 K/BB ratio. Davies hasn't thrown more than 85 pitches in a start since April 29, but it's possible the Brewers will start giving him a longer leash to help him build up his arm strength for the postseason.

Video: CHC@MIL: Davies fans 7 in first start since May

Jeff McNeil, second baseman, Mets (17% owned)
McNeil has been sensational since making his MLB debut on July 24, batting .331/.392/.477 with 14 extra-base hits and four steals in 45 games. The 26-year-old appears to be making a smooth transition to the Majors after hitting .311/.380/.443 across six Minor League seasons, including an impressive .342/.411/.617 performance at Double-A and Triple-A this year. While his .358 BABIP may come down a bit, he's proven himself to be an elite contact hitter with an 8.9 percent strikeout rate, which ranks as the fifth lowest among batters with at least 150 plate appearances. With good speed and solid power to complement his high batting average, McNeil is quickly establishing himself as a fantasy asset at the keystone.

Scott Schebler, outfielder, Reds (13% owned)
It took Schebler a few games to get his timing back after missing six weeks with a shoulder injury, but he's looked like his old self at the plate over the past two weeks. In 12 games since Aug. 30, he's batting .349/.440/.698 with four homers and nine RBIs. He's been bumped up to the leadoff spot as a result, which should give him more run-scoring opportunities while hitting in front of Joey Votto, Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez.

Video: LAD@CIN: Schebler clubs a solo homer to right in 3rd

David Dahl, outfielder, Rockies (11% owned)
After missing all of 2017 with a rib injury, Dahl has posted a solid .273/.322/.514 batting line in 60 games this season. The 24-year-old has shown the ability to be an across-the-board contributor in 123 career games, recording 17 homers, 10 steals, 53 RBIs and 62 runs scored as well as a .296 average. He's also been swinging a hot bat lately, producing three homers, eight RBIs and a .350 batting mark over his past six games. As a result, the Rockies may continue to find regular playing time for Dahl over the next two weeks as they battle for a postseason spot.

Tyler Maher is a fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com.

10 breakout players poised to repeat in 2019

Chapman, Haniger, Snell could build on breakthrough campaigns
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Every year there are players who elevate their game to new heights. Sometimes it's the result of learning a new pitch or swing, while other times it's a byproduct of improved conditioning or more regular playing time. Some players simply improve with better luck, only to regress the following year.

Accordingly, it's not always easy to tell which breakouts are for real and which ones are flukes. By looking at the underlying numbers, however, one can identify which players actually got better. Here are 10 players who exceeded expectations in 2018 and are poised for additional success next year.

Every year there are players who elevate their game to new heights. Sometimes it's the result of learning a new pitch or swing, while other times it's a byproduct of improved conditioning or more regular playing time. Some players simply improve with better luck, only to regress the following year.

Accordingly, it's not always easy to tell which breakouts are for real and which ones are flukes. By looking at the underlying numbers, however, one can identify which players actually got better. Here are 10 players who exceeded expectations in 2018 and are poised for additional success next year.

Jesus Aguilar, Brewers
On the heels of a promising 2017 in which he batted .265/.331/.505 with 16 homers in his first extended big league trial, Aguilar has broken through to become one of the National League's top sluggers in 2018. The 28-year-old has refined his approach at the plate by improving his walk rate from 8 percent to 10.8 percent and slicing his strikeout rate from 30.2 percent to 24.8 percent. Aguilar has also been able to tap into his power stroke by hitting more fly balls and pulling the ball more frequently. After ranking among the league leaders in hard-hit percentage in each of the past two seasons, Aguilar is primed to keep mashing in 2019.

Video: MIL@CIN: Aguilar belts a go-ahead homer in the 10th

Walker Buehler, Dodgers
After a cup of coffee as a September callup in 2017, Buehler began 2018 in the Minors, but was promoted in late April as a starter, tossing five scoreless innings against the Marlins in his first Major League start. On May 4 against the Padres, in just his third career start, Buehler contributed six hitless innings to the team's first combined no-hitter in franchise history. Buehler throws hard and with control -- two skills that should help him succeed going forward. The 24-year-old has dominated hitters with his upper-90s fastball and hard sinker, striking out more than a batter per inning in 2018. He has also displayed great command, yielding just 2.4 BB/9. The Dodgers have preserved his arm by keeping him under 100 pitches in all but four of his starts, so he should be ready to take on an increased workload in 2019.

Matt Chapman, A's
Since debuting in 2017, Chapman has rapidly emerged as one of baseball's best two-way players at the hot corner. In addition to providing Gold Glove-caliber defense, the 25-year-old has blossomed at the plate. After batting .234/.313/.472 as a rookie, Chapman has improved to .280/.363/.521 as a sophomore while helping lead the A's into contention. Chapman has chased fewer pitches outside the zone and swung at more pitches inside the zone this season, resulting in better quality contact and an improved BB/K ratio. Thanks to an increase in line drives, his hard-hit rate has jumped from 36 percent to 44.2 percent. He has also pulled the ball more frequently, enabling him to increase his ISO despite hitting fewer fly balls. With his slick glove and potent bat, Chapman has the potential to be Oakland's next Josh Donaldson.

Video: OAK@HOU: Chapman belts a 2-run homer to left in 3rd

Zach Eflin, Phillies
Eflin opened the year in Triple-A after struggling in his first two seasons, but when he returned to the Majors in May he was a different pitcher. The right-hander is throwing harder, averaging 94.6 mph with his heater -- considerably higher than his average four-seam fastball speed of 93.1 mph in 2017. His confidence in the pitch has skyrocketed, and it has accounted for more than 46 percent of his pitches after comprising less than a third of his offerings last year. His K/9 rate has soared to 8.5 and hitters have had much less success against him, batting just .263 after hitting .309 off him in 2017. Moreover, Eflin has continued to display solid control, issuing fewer than 2.5 free passes per nine innings. While Eflin's ERA is 4.42, his 3.86 FIP is evidence of what he might be capable of in 2019.

Mitch Haniger, Mariners
Haniger was on his way to a breakout in 2017 before injuries derailed his season, limiting him to just 96 games. His final numbers hinted at his promise, however, as he slashed .282/.352/.491 with 16 homers and 47 RBIs in only 369 official at-bats. Haniger stayed healthy this year, resulting in his first All-Star selection and career highs in many categories. He opened the season on fire with 10 homers, 27 RBIs and a 1.085 OPS in March/April and hasn't looked back, proving his strong performance in 2017 was legitimate. The 27-year-old has also displayed better discipline with a career-best 10.6 percent walk rate, as pitchers have come to respect his power. With an OPS above .800 in two straight seasons, Haniger is trending in the right direction heading into 2019.

Video: BAL@SEA: Haniger extends hit streak with solo homer

Miles Mikolas, Cardinals
After three stellar seasons in Japan, Mikolas immediately excelled upon returning to the United States, winning his first six decisions en route to an All-Star nod. While his K/9 rate is just 6.2 -- mirroring his lifetime mark -- he has significantly lowered his home run rate while posting the lowest walk rate in the National League among qualified pitchers. Mikolas has relied less on his fastball and more on his breaking pitches to keep the ball on the ground, as more than half of the balls put in play against him have been grounders. That appears to be a recipe for success for the 30-year-old, whose improved control sets him up for continued success next season.

Max Muncy, Dodgers
Perhaps the most surprising contestant at this year's T-Mobile Home Run Derby was Muncy, who was released by the A's prior to the 2017 season and opened '18 in Triple-A. He got off to a hot start and was quickly called up, however, debuting as a pinch-hitter on April 17 and homering in his first start with the Dodgers the following day. It was a sign of things to come for the slugger, who became the fastest player to reach 20 homers in franchise history -- reaching the milestone in just 183 at-bats. He hits the ball as hard as anyone, leading the Majors in AB/HR ratio (min. 110 plate appearances) and ranking 12th in hard-hit percentage (min. 400 PAs). Muncy also has exceptional pitch-recognition skills, ranking behind only a handful of players with his 15.9 percent walk rate. As one of the game's strongest and most patient hitters, the 28-year-old appears poised to be a top power threat again next year.

Video: NYM@LAD: Muncy rips a 443-foot homer against the Mets

Brandon Nimmo, Mets
Significant injuries to Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce opened up consistent playing time for Nimmo, who has built on a solid 2017 by adding more power to his game, posting a .233 ISO (.158 in 2017). Said gains have stemmed from improvements in several areas, including hard-hit rate, fly-ball rate and pull percentage. Nimmo already had a high floor thanks to his stellar batting eye (career .385 OBP and 20.4 percent chase rate), but his added pop makes him more than just an on-base threat.

Nick Pivetta, Phillies
Despite flashing an impressive 9.5 K/9 rate as a rookie, Pivetta ended 2017 with a 6.02 ERA, a 1.51 WHIP and a 4.87 FIP. Using a more diverse pitch mix in 2018 that has featured more of his slider and curveball as well as a sinker, Pivetta has enjoyed increased success in his sophomore campaign (4.66 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 3.66 FIP). In addition to allowing fewer homers and lowering his BB/9 rate from 3.9 to 2.7, he has posted one of the best K/9 rates among qualified hurlers at 10.7. Now that he's learned how to pitch instead of trying to throw it by everyone, the 25-year-old righty is primed for additional success in 2019.

Video: PHI@MIA: Pivetta strikes out Realmuto to end the 3rd

Blake Snell, Rays
Like many young hurlers, Snell struggled to throw strikes consistently during his first two seasons, averaging 4.5 BB/9 and just over five innings per start. The hard-throwing lefty has put it all together in his third season, however, lowering his BB/9 rate (3.1) for the second straight year and posting the highest K/9 rate (10.7) of his career. The results have been staggering, as he was named to the All-Star team and owns one of the lowest ERAs (2.06) among qualified pitchers. With four quality pitches and improved command, the 25-year-old has the talent to be a perennial Cy Young candidate for years to come.

Tyler Maher is a fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com.

Predicting 1st round of 2019 fantasy drafts

Trout likely to be consensus top pick; Betts another strong choice
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As the 2018 season draws to a close, it's never too early to start thinking about next year. For fantasy owners, that means beginning to prepare for next season's drafts.

While a lot can change over the next few months, the first rounds of fantasy drafts are reserved for the game's elite. Only the biggest superstars are worthy of a first-round pick -- players who can be counted on to provide MVP or Cy Young Award-caliber production. They should be durable, in or near their prime years and have a track record of posting strong numbers in multiple fantasy categories.

As the 2018 season draws to a close, it's never too early to start thinking about next year. For fantasy owners, that means beginning to prepare for next season's drafts.

While a lot can change over the next few months, the first rounds of fantasy drafts are reserved for the game's elite. Only the biggest superstars are worthy of a first-round pick -- players who can be counted on to provide MVP or Cy Young Award-caliber production. They should be durable, in or near their prime years and have a track record of posting strong numbers in multiple fantasy categories.

With that in mind, here are 12 players who will likely be targeted in the first round of fantasy drafts next year.

Mike Trout, Angels
Baseball's best all-around player will likely be first off the board in many leagues again next year thanks to his elite production in all categories. Few blend power and speed like Trout, who has averaged close to 30 homers and 30 steals per season since 2012. Trout is also the best hitter in the game, leading all players (min. 500 plate appearances) in slugging percentage and OPS since 2011 while batting over .300 for his career. At 27 years old, Trout already ranks among the greatest players of all time and is possibly still improving at the plate after posting the highest walk rate and on-base percentage of his career in 2018.

Mookie Betts, Red Sox
Besides Trout, Betts is arguably the most well-rounded player in baseball. The multidimensional right fielder has notched at least 24 homers and 26 steals in three straight seasons, displaying an elite combination of power and speed. He's also a superb contact hitter who has carried an average above .330 for much of this season and has never struck out 90 times in a single campaign. Heading into his age-26 season, Betts is in his prime and will likely be a top three pick in most fantasy drafts next year given his superb skills and fantasy-friendly spot as the leadoff hitter in a stellar lineup.

Video: MLB Tonight debates who deserves the AL MVP

Jose Altuve, Astros
Although he will likely fail to lead the American League in hits for the first time since 2013, Altuve is batting well over .300 again while notching double-digit totals in homers and steals for the fourth straight year. The three-time batting champ and 2017 AL MVP consistently rates as one of the top performers in fantasy thanks to his outstanding performance at the plate and on the bases. Since the start of the 2014 season, no one has a higher batting average (min. 200 plate appearances) and only two players -- Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon -- have stolen more bases. Throw in his 20-homer potential and daily presence in Houston's loaded lineup, and the 28-year-old is a clear first-rounder next year.

J.D. Martinez, Red Sox
Martinez has continued to solidify his case as one of the best hitters in baseball during his first season with the Red Sox, making a serious run at the Triple Crown while pacing MLB in several major categories. Since overhauling his swing in 2014, Martinez has posted the highest slugging percentage in the Majors (min. 350 plate appearances). He's also batted over .300 during that span while averaging more than 30 homers per season. With numbers comparable to those of Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols in their primes, Martinez is an ideal centerpiece for a fantasy lineup.

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
Arenado has been one of the most consistent sluggers in baseball over the past few years, leading all players in RBIs and ranking third in home runs since the outset of 2015. He's also recorded an average near .300 during that time, making him the top bat at the hot corner. The slick-fielding third baseman has become increasingly selective at the plate as well, raising his walk rate from 5.1 percent in 2015 to greater than 11 percent in 2018. With help from hitter-friendly Coors Field, Arenado is one of the safest first-round selections in fantasy.

Jose Ramirez, Indians
While he sometimes flies under the radar, Ramirez has rivaled Trout and Betts as one of baseball's most complete players over the past two seasons. After emerging as an AL MVP Award finalist in 2017, Ramirez has arguably been even better in 2018, posting career highs in homers, RBIs and steals. He has also taken a big step forward in the plate-discipline department, registering more walks than strikeouts and hovering around the .400 mark in on-base percentage. As one of the few players capable of leading his league in both home runs and stolen bases, Ramirez is a tremendous first-round selection.

Video: Ramirez makes history, joins the exclusive 30-30 club

Francisco Lindor, Indians
If there were any doubts about Lindor's power surge in 2017, when the shortstop more than doubled his previous career high in homers with 33, the 24-year-old erased them by matching that total with nearly a month left in the 2018 season. He has become arguably the best shortstop in baseball since debuting in 2015, tallying double-digit home runs and steals in all four of his seasons while consistently hitting for high averages. Gaining an additional boost from his spot as the leadoff hitter for one of the best offenses in baseball, Lindor is also pacing the Majors in runs scored this season. Heading into his age-25 campaign, Lindor is a deserving first-round pick in fantasy leagues thanks to his superlative production at a relatively thin position.

Manny Machado, Dodgers (eligible for free agency this offseason)
Machado has turned in the best offensive season of his career in 2018 while playing enough games at shortstop and third base to qualify at both positions in fantasy leagues. Though his performance has dipped a bit following his July 18 trade to the Dodgers, he is still on pace to achieve career highs in all three triple-slash categories and has already topped 30 homers for the fourth straight year. He has also been more aggressive on the bases, posting 13 steals after swiping just nine bags in 2016-2017 combined. With multi-position eligibility, 40-homer/20-steal potential and the ability to bat .300, the 26-year-old is a safe first-round choice for 2019, regardless of where he signs this offseason.

Javier Baez, Cubs
Baez has blossomed into one of the best players in baseball in 2018, posting career highs across the board during an MVP-caliber season. He's steadily improved since becoming a full-time player in '16, developing into one of the game's premier power hitters while notching a double-digit steals total every year. Baez's eligibility at multiple positions is a bonus, enabling owners to shift the slugger around the infield as needed. Coming off his first season with at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs in 2018, Baez is a legitimate superstar worthy of a first-round pick.

Video: CHC@PHI: Baez belts 30th homer to record 100th RBI

Trevor Story, Rockies
Story showed impressive power over his first two seasons, but his penchant for striking out prevented him from reaching his full potential. That has changed in 2018, as the shortstop has become a more polished hitter by cutting his strikeout rate from 34.4 percent in 2017 to less than 27 percent in '18. The improvement has resulted in a breakthrough for the 25-year-old, who has set career highs in nearly every department and improved his average by more than 50 points -- from .239 to .293 -- since last year. He has also become a major stolen-base threat (25 steals), making him a true five-category contributor worth taking in the first round next year.

Max Scherzer, Nationals
If there's a pitcher worth drafting in the first round, it's Scherzer -- a three-time Cy Young Award winner who may win his fourth (and third in a row) after another marvelous season. The Nationals ace has surpassed Clayton Kershaw as the best pitcher in baseball over the past several years, putting together an unmatched track record of dominance, durability and consistency. Dating back to 2013, Scherzer has posted a sub-3.00 ERA with a sub-1.00 WHIP while leading all pitchers in wins, innings and strikeouts. Wrapping up arguably his finest season, the 34-year-old is still at the top of his game and merits consideration in the first round next year.

Video: CHC@WSH: Scherzer K's 11 in complete game victory

Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
With Joey Votto suffering a down season and Giancarlo Stanton now in the American League, Goldschmidt is arguably the Senior Circuit's premier slugger. He has been incredibly steady, hitting .290 or better and making the All-Star team in six straight seasons while surpassing 30 homers four times during that stretch. The first baseman has been less aggressive on the bases this season (five steals) after producing 113 steals from 2012-17, but his plate skills appear to be as strong as ever.

Tyler Maher is a fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com.

10 prospects primed for MLB success in 2019

Vlad Jr., Jimenez, Tucker set to star in Majors next season
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Now that the Minor League regular season has ended and teams have made their most important September callups, we're shifting the focus of our weekly look at the top fantasy prospects in the Minor Leagues.

It's extremely unlikely that any prospect not currently in the Majors will help fantasy teams in the final three weeks, so we're going to rank them based on expected 2019 fantasy production. That's in contrast to MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects list, which reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

Now that the Minor League regular season has ended and teams have made their most important September callups, we're shifting the focus of our weekly look at the top fantasy prospects in the Minor Leagues.

It's extremely unlikely that any prospect not currently in the Majors will help fantasy teams in the final three weeks, so we're going to rank them based on expected 2019 fantasy production. That's in contrast to MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects list, which reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays
Josh Donaldson has departed and Guerrero is coming off a season in which he led the Minors in hitting (.381), slugging (.636) and OPS (1.120) while advancing to Triple-A at age 19. Service-time considerations may preclude him from making the Opening Day roster, but the Blue Jays won't be able to leave him on the farm for much longer.

Video: Who's a better prospect: Vlad Jr. or Tatis Jr.?

2. Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox
Guerrero's closest competition as the best offensive prospect in the Minors, Jimenez faces the same service-time issues but also is obviously ready for the Majors. He batted .337/.384/.577 with a career-high 22 homers this year despite battling minor injuries, and his .996 OPS in Triple-A at age 21 was his best at any level in his career.

3. Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros
Tucker has more Triple-A and big league experience than Guerrero or Jimenez, though the Astros also have a less obvious opening for him and he'll have to produce to keep his spot on a World Series contender. He's coming off his second straight 20-20 season and topped the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in slugging (.590) and OPS (.989).

4. Brendan Rodgers, INF, Rockies
With their payroll rising to franchise-record levels and former All-Star DJ LeMahieu slumping, it would make sense to let the veteran depart as a free agent and hand second base to Rodgers. He has more offensive upside than most infielders and could replicate or exceed his 2018 line (.268/.330/.460 with 17 homers and 12 steals, mostly in Double-A) as a rookie.

5. Peter Alonso, 1B, Mets
The Mets have many problems, including a lack of power in the lineup, something Alonso could rectify after topping the Minors with 36 homers and 119 RBIs while posting a .975 OPS between Double-A and Triple-A. Wilmer Flores shouldn't be much of an obstacle in front of him.

Video: WLD@USA: Alonso mashes a 2-run homer to left field

6. Nick Senzel, INF, Reds
Senzel's two best positions are third base and second base, where the last-place Reds have received admirable production from Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett. It's unclear where Senzel will fit, but one of the Minors' best pure hitters is ready after batting .310/.378/.509 in Triple-A before his season ended with a torn tendon in his right index finger in late June.

7. Logan Allen, LHP, Padres
A sleeper choice as our top fantasy pitching prospect for 2019, Allen gets that nod because he has built up enough innings (148 2/3 this year) to handle a full big league workload next year and will benefit from a pitcher-friendly park in San Diego. With a three-pitch repertoire, the southpaw recorded a 14-6 record, a 2.54 ERA, 151 strikeouts and a 1.08 WHIP between Double-A and Triple-A in '18.

8. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees
Sheffield should have the opportunity to grab a 2019 starting spot with the Yankees, who have three impending free agents (J.A. Happ, Lance Lynn, CC Sabathia) in their current rotation. As with Tucker on the Astros, Sheffield won't get cut a lot of slack on a contender, but he logged a 2.48 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings this year, mostly in Triple-A, and has the potential to wield three plus pitches.

Video: WLD@USA: Sheffield freezes Urias in the 2nd inning

9. Austin Riley, 3B, Braves
Johan Camargo has had a nice year for the Braves, but Riley is their future at the hot corner. He has been a consistent power threat throughout his pro career and put up 19 homers with an .882 OPS this season, with the bulk of his time coming in Triple-A.

10. Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Athletics
The surprising A's will need some rotation help next year, and Luzardo should be able to provide it after speeding from Class A Advanced to Triple-A at age 20. He could have three plus pitches and the control to match once he's fully developed, and his 2.88 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings give a glimpse at his upside.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

10 late-season fantasy options to add off waivers

Robertson, Sano, Healy, Lucchesi among players to add now
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Need an impact arm or bat that can give your fantasy team a boost? Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or someone to stash on your bench, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check out the following 10 players -- all sitting on waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help your team in Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB. All statistics and ownership percentages are as of Wednesday.

David Robertson, reliever, Yankees (50% owned)
While the Yankees have given save chances to Robertson, Zach Britton and Dellin Betances in Aroldis Chapman's injury-related absence, Robertson has had the most success of the trio. Since Aug. 17, Robertson has converted three saves -- as many as Betances and Britton combined. He also hasn't blown any opportunities, whereas Britton and Betances have each failed to convert one. Robertson has been lights-out since the beginning of August, allowing no earned runs while ringing up 18 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings over his past 12 appearances. With Chapman still potentially a few weeks away from returning, Robertson should remain in the mix for saves and see a short-term boost in value as a result.

Need an impact arm or bat that can give your fantasy team a boost? Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or someone to stash on your bench, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check out the following 10 players -- all sitting on waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help your team in Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB. All statistics and ownership percentages are as of Wednesday.

David Robertson, reliever, Yankees (50% owned)
While the Yankees have given save chances to Robertson, Zach Britton and Dellin Betances in Aroldis Chapman's injury-related absence, Robertson has had the most success of the trio. Since Aug. 17, Robertson has converted three saves -- as many as Betances and Britton combined. He also hasn't blown any opportunities, whereas Britton and Betances have each failed to convert one. Robertson has been lights-out since the beginning of August, allowing no earned runs while ringing up 18 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings over his past 12 appearances. With Chapman still potentially a few weeks away from returning, Robertson should remain in the mix for saves and see a short-term boost in value as a result.

Miguel Sano, third baseman, Twins (47% owned)
After spending much of the summer in the Minor Leagues ironing out his swing, Sano has been a good source of power since returning to the Twins on July 28. In his first 34 games back, he's tallied six home runs and 14 RBIs while showing a solid batting eye (12.9 percent walk rate) as Minnesota's regular cleanup hitter. He's still striking out too much (34.1 percent K rate), but the 25-year-old's raw power and middle-of-the-order presence make him worth adding in deeper leagues.

Video: MIN@CLE: Sano crushes a solo homer to right-center

Corey Knebel, reliever, Brewers (43% owned)
Following a poor August in which he lost the closer's job and was demoted to the Minor Leagues, Knebel has looked like his old self since returning to the Brewers last weekend. He's yet to allow a baserunner in three appearances while recording five strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. If he keeps it up, the 2017 All-Star may be able to reclaim closing duties by season's end.

Ryon Healy, first baseman/third baseman, Mariners (29% owned)
Healy's poor plate discipline (career four percent walk rate) and high whiff rate (22.1 percent) make him a streaky hitter, but he's been blazing hot lately, slashing .354/.391/.523 with three homers and 13 RBIs over his past 18 games. Fantasy owners should look to capitalize and get him in their lineups while he's swinging the bat well.

Video: SEA@OAK: Healy drives a 2-run homer to left-center

Hector Neris, reliever, Phillies (29% owned)
Neris lost his closing job and was sent down to Triple-A following a poor first half, but he's been a completely different pitcher since returning to the Phillies in mid-August. He hasn't allowed an earned run in his past 11 appearances while posting an eye-popping 21-to-2 K/BB ratio in just 9 2/3 innings. With batters hitting just .147/.194/.176 against the righty since his return, it wouldn't be a surprise if he gets another crack at closing in the near future.

Joey Lucchesi, starter, Padres (28% owned)
Lucchesi hasn't generated much buzz this season, but the 25-year-old has been one of the most consistently effective rookie hurlers, recording a 3.59 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and a 4.00 FIP in 22 starts. And while he's averaging just five innings per start, it's not a result of poor command (3.2 K/BB ratio). The left-hander can help in most leagues down the stretch.

Video: SEA@SD: Lucchesi strikes out 9 across 6 2/3 innings

Franmil Reyes, outfielder, Padres (26% owned)
Reyes has been one of baseball's hottest hitters since the beginning of August, slashing .316/.372/.696 with nine home runs and 15 RBIs over his past 28 games. He's been even better in the past two weeks, crushing six homers and hitting safely in 13 of his past 14 games. The key for him has been cutting down on his whiffs, as he's improved from a 37.8 percent strikeout rate through the end of July to a 23.2 percent strikeout rate since. The 23-year-old rookie's power is immense, and now that he's making more consistent contact, he's becoming a must-own asset in fantasy leagues.

Jose Alvarado, reliever, Rays (25% owned)
Alvarado has quietly been one of the most dominant relievers in baseball over the past three months. Since June 12, he owns a 1.19 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP with 34 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings, limiting opponents to a .165/.260/.202 batting line over that stretch. He's started seeing more action at the end of games as well, picking up six saves along the way. While his save chances have been inconsistent, the 23-year-old sophomore is still worth owning based on his strong rate stats and strikeout totals.

Video: TB@CLE: Alvarado strikes out Kipnis, records save

Welington Castillo, catcher, White Sox (17% owned)
While his season was marred by an 80-game suspension, Castillo is back with the White Sox and will be the team's regular catcher through the end of the year. One of baseball's best power-hitting backstops, Castillo was batting .267/.309/.466 with six home runs through 33 games before being suspended in late May. After slugging 20 homers in just 96 games last year, the 31-year-old could be a useful bat for fantasy owners in two-catcher formats or AL-only leagues.

Brandon Lowe, second baseman, Rays (6% owned)
Lowe initially struggled upon reaching the big leagues on Aug. 5, going 0-for-19 before notching his first career hit. He's been on fire ever since, however, batting a sizzling .364/.462/.636 with three homers and 12 RBIs over his last 15 games. The 24-year-old has shown a good batting eye during his hot streak as well, posting a 7-to-10 BB/K ratio. After slashing .281/.374/.465 across three Minor League seasons, Lowe has posted a similar overall batting line (.254/.365/.444) since being called up and could be poised for additional success.

Tyler Maher is a fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com.

These prospects could make a difference in September

Top 10 potential September callups could provide long-term fantasy value
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All season long, we've been touting which prospects could provide the most fantasy value should they get called up. We've tried to find a combination of potential production and possible opportunity, knowing those two things don't always align neatly.

But here we are, on the cusp of roster expansion on Sept. 1, and that world seems almost limitless. Sure, there are still roadblocks, like a prospect not being on a 40-man roster, or headed to the playoffs in the Minor Leagues. But just look at our look at one potential September callup from each organization to get excited about story. Keep that list at the ready so you can pounce for your fantasy team, even if it's for next year's keeper leagues.

All season long, we've been touting which prospects could provide the most fantasy value should they get called up. We've tried to find a combination of potential production and possible opportunity, knowing those two things don't always align neatly.

But here we are, on the cusp of roster expansion on Sept. 1, and that world seems almost limitless. Sure, there are still roadblocks, like a prospect not being on a 40-man roster, or headed to the playoffs in the Minor Leagues. But just look at our look at one potential September callup from each organization to get excited about story. Keep that list at the ready so you can pounce for your fantasy team, even if it's for next year's keeper leagues.

:: Complete prospect coverage ::

As always, we've whittled it down to a top 10 rankings of fantasy prospects presently in the Minors. And as always, they're based on expected 2018 fantasy production in the big leagues, while our Top 100 reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

1. Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox (Previous rank: 1)
There is literally nothing left for him to prove in Triple-A and he's hitting .452 over his last 10 games there. Already on the 40-man roster and playing on a last-place team, there is literally nothing keeping him from a Sept. 1 callup.

2. Victor Robles, OF, Nationals (Previous rank: 3)
Slowly, Robles is getting his feet back under him and he's swinging the bat better of late. His team is also out of contention and the Nats really should get a nice look-see at what an outfield with both him and Juan Soto at the same time will look like.

3. Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros (Previous rank: 5)
He's been up twice, without much success, and to his credit, he just goes back down and rakes. He's currently as hot as any hitter anywhere on Earth, with nine homers in his last 10 games, hitting .523 in that span. Think he deserves another shot? I do.

Video: HOU@COL: Tucker hits a clutch pinch-hit, 2-run triple

4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays (Previous rank: 2)
With news that he's headed to the Arizona Fall League, it seems less likely he's going to get a chance in Toronto this year. But it's always a good idea to watch the transaction wire, just in case. Even after "slumping," he's still hitting .382/.441/.635 for the year.

Video: Will Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit .400 in the Minors?

5. Willie Calhoun, OF, Rangers (Previous rank: NR)
In a brief stint in Texas when Nomar Mazara was on the disabled list, Calhoun held his own (He's now 19-for-69 in 22 big league games this year). He'll undoubtedly get called up when rosters expand, and the Rangers, playing for next year, should see what they have in their future left fielder.

Video: Calhoun discusses being called up by Rangers

6. Francisco Mejia, C/OF, Padres (Previous rank: 4)
While the Padres did call up Luis Urias from the playoff-bound El Paso Chihuahuas, it looks like they might wait to bring up Mejia until after El Paso's postseason run is done. He's continued to only catch since joining the Padres organization, so there's more limited opportunity (though that does raise his fantasy value).

Video: Callis on which prospect will have quickest impact

7. Touki Toussaint, RHP, Braves (Previous rank: 6)
Since his stirring big league debut on Aug. 13, Toussaint has allowed just one run over 19 innings in three Triple-A starts, striking out 24. It's unclear if he'll get more starts for the contending Braves, but even in a bullpen role, his ability to miss bats should be of interest.

Video: MIA@ATL: Toussaint goes six strong in debut for win

8. Alex Verdugo, OF, Dodgers (Previous rank: 8)
It comes as no surprise that Verdugo continues to hit (he's third in the PCL with his .329 average). And there's no real place right now for him to get regular playing time in the Dodgers' outfield, but a guy can dream, can't he?

Video: LAD@ATL: Verdugo belts 1st homer of the season

9. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees (Previous rank: 10)
Sheffield has had a very, very good year and could definitely bolster the Yankees' pitching staff in some capacity. It should be noted that his last two outings have been in relief, which may be his first way to show what he can do in New York.

10. Bryse Wilson, RHP, Braves (Previous rank: 7)
Like Toussaint, Wilson was outstanding in his big league debut. And like Toussaint, his stuff could play very well in a bullpen role, something he's done in his last two outings back in Triple-A, so keep an eye on that development.

Video: Wilson impresses in first career start for Braves

Dropped out: Peter Alonso, 1B, Mets (Previous rank: 9)

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

Fantasy baseball waiver-wire wisdom

Williams, Bieber, Giolito among players to add now
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Need an impact arm or bat that can give your fantasy team a boost? Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or someone to stash on your bench, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check out the following 10 players -- all sitting on waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help your team in Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB. All statistics and ownership percentages are as of Wednesday.

Trevor Williams, starter, Pirates (44% owned)

Need an impact arm or bat that can give your fantasy team a boost? Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or someone to stash on your bench, the fantasy waiver wire has a plug or long-term fix to pick up today. Check out the following 10 players -- all sitting on waivers in many leagues, and all ready to help your team in Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB. All statistics and ownership percentages are as of Wednesday.

Trevor Williams, starter, Pirates (44% owned)

Coming off a solid rookie season in which he compiled a 4.07 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 150 1/3 innings, Williams has been even better as a sophomore with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 136 frames. The 26-year-old has been lights-out over his last seven starts, posting a 0.86 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP while limiting opponents to a .212/.272/.288 batting line. If he keeps it up, Williams could be primed to finish the season with a flourish.

Shane Bieber, starter, Indians (40% owned)

Bieber has quietly been one of the best rookie hurlers in baseball this year, going 8-2 with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP in 14 starts since debuting on May 31. He's pitched better than his numbers suggest, as they're still inflated by July 24 loss against the Pirates in which he allowed seven earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. In his other 13 starts, he has a 3.80 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Bieber's also been hurt by a .358 BABIP, which helps explain the difference between his ERA and his 3.34 FIP. Based on his stellar peripherals -- including a 9.4 K/9 rate and a 1.7 BB/9 rate -- the 23-year-old is poised for a strong September.

Lucas Giolito, starter, White Sox (24% owned)

Giolito's first full season has had its ups and downs, as the former first round Draft pick currently leads the Majors in earned runs (94) and the American League in walks (75) while posting a 5.85 ERA. He's turned it around lately, however, going 5-2 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over his last nine starts. The 24-year-old has made great strides with his command during that time, notching a 2.3 K/BB ratio after tallying an even number of walks and strikeouts over his first 17 starts of the season. He's pitching deeper into games as a result, averaging over six innings per start over his last nine outings compared to fewer than 5 1/3 innings previously. So despite his disappointing overall numbers, Giolito is trending in the right direction.

Video: CWS@DET: Giolito fans 6 over 7 innings of 1-run ball

Ryan Madson, reliever, Nationals (23% owned)

Madson was activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday -- the same day that closer Kelvin Herrera landed on the DL with a potentially season-ending left foot injury. With Sean Doolittle still working his way back from the disabled list, the door is open for Madson to pick up some saves in the near future. Although the 38-year-old has struggled this year with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP, Madson is a proven closer with 91 career saves under his belt. For fantasy owners in need of saves, Madson is capable of providing a short-term boost.

Melky Cabrera, outfielder, Indians (21% owned)

Cabrera is making the Indians glad they re-signed him in July after releasing him in June. In his second stint with Cleveland this year, he's batted .314/.385/.533 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 34 games, proving he's still an effective hitter at age 34. After posting four seasons with an OPS of .800 or greater from 2011-2016, Cabrera is flirting with that number again this year at .781.

Jakob Junis, starter, Royals (21% owned)

After an impressive rookie season in which he went 9-3 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 98 1/3 innings, Junis has continued to make strides as a sophomore, raising his strikeout rate from 7.3 K/9 to 8.5 K/9 while ramping up his workload. He also notched his first career complete game on Tuesday, capping off a terrific August in which he flashed a 2.95 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 4.8 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings. If last month's performance is any indication, the 25-year-old could be headed for a big September.

Video: DET@KC: Junis K's 7 in complete-game gem vs. Tigers

Luke Voit, first baseman, Yankees (20% owned)

Since being traded from the Cardinals on July 29, Voit has seen his playing time increase due to Greg Bird's offensive struggles. In 12 games with the Yankees, Voit's batting a scalding .351/.400/.595 with three homers and nine RBIs, providing some lift for an offense that's been without Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez. The 27-year-old has recently been penciled into the heart of the order as a result, which boosts his fantasy value in the near term until the aforementioned trio returns.

Luis Urias, second baseman, Padres (14% owned)

Urias, MLB Pipeline's No. 22 overall prospect, made his MLB debut Tuesday against the Mariners. The 21-year-old is regarded as San Diego's second baseman of the future after batting .306/.397/.405 during a promising Minor League career, which included a .296/.398/.447 showing in 120 games for Triple-A El Paso this season. While his power is still developing, the table-setter's ability to hit for average and get on base make him worth adding in deeper leagues.

Video: SEA@SD: Urias singles to right to collect 1st MLB hit

Billy McKinney, outfielder, Blue Jays (10% owned)

Acquired from the Yankees as part of the July 26 trade for J.A. Happ, McKinney has been on fire since making his Blue Jays debut on Aug. 18. In 10 games since being called up, the 24-year-old has smacked three home runs while slashing .367/.486/.767 with nine RBIs. He's batted leadoff in four of those games, as his strong batting eye (6:8 BB/K ratio) makes him well-suited for hitting at the top of the order. If McKinney remains there, he could prove to be a sparkplug for Toronto's offense, especially with Josh Donaldson expected back soon from a calf injury.

Tyler O'Neill, outfielder, Cardinals (9% owned)

With the Cardinals' outfield depleted by injuries to Dexter Fowler and Marcell Ozuna as well as the trade of Tommy Pham, O'Neill has seen his role increase over the past month. The 23-year-old rookie has helped his case by catching fire at the plate, batting .333/.367/.644 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 17 games dating back to July 31. He's primarily batted third or fourth during that stretch, emerging as a potent middle-of-the-order bat for St. Louis. With four homers in his last five games, O'Neill is peaking just in time for fantasy playoffs.

Tyler Maher is a fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com.

10 prospects poised to make MLB impact soon

Jimenez, Vlad Jr., Robles could help fantasy teams down stretch
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Fantasy owners were rewarded this week with the arrival of White Sox No. 2 prospect Michael Kopech, a player who has been a fixture in MLB Pipeline's fantasy rankings throughout the season.

Making his Major League debut against the Twins on Tuesday, Kopech scattered three hits over two scoreless innings and struck out four batters before a rain delay forced him from the game. The 22-year-old averaged 96.8 mph on the 40 fastballs he threw in the outing as well as a spin rate of 2,615 rpm, putting him in elite company in both departments.

Fantasy owners were rewarded this week with the arrival of White Sox No. 2 prospect Michael Kopech, a player who has been a fixture in MLB Pipeline's fantasy rankings throughout the season.

Making his Major League debut against the Twins on Tuesday, Kopech scattered three hits over two scoreless innings and struck out four batters before a rain delay forced him from the game. The 22-year-old averaged 96.8 mph on the 40 fastballs he threw in the outing as well as a spin rate of 2,615 rpm, putting him in elite company in both departments.

Barring any more rain-shortened outings, Kopech has the potential to serve as a fantasy asset down the stretch with his knack for missing bats and command that had improved considerably in the weeks ahead of his callup.

Video: MIN@CWS: Kopech K's 4 in MLB debut

With Kopech in the Majors, now is a good time for an updated listing of MLB Pipeline's top 10 fantasy prospects currently in the Minors. As always, they're ranked on expected 2018 fantasy production in the big leagues, while our Top 100 Prospects list reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

:: Complete prospect coverage ::

1. Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox (Previous rank: 2)
Jimenez believes he's ready to contribute in the big leagues this season, and his .360/.402/.611 line, 11 home runs and 29 RBIs in 46 games at Triple-A Charlotte suggests the same. He has nothing left to prove in the Minor Leagues, though the White Sox may delay his callup until next season due to service-time concerns.

2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays (previous rank: 3)
There are no signs to suggest that the Blue Jays will promote the 19-year-old phenom when Triple-A Buffalo's regular season concludes. But with a Minor League-best .390 average (and a 1.091 OPS) and a .350-plus clip in Triple-A, Guerrero is ready for the highest level. Similar to Jimenez, Guerrero could offer monster fantasy production should he receive a promotion.

Video: Will Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit .400 in the Minors?

3. Victor Robles, OF, Nationals (Previous rank: 6)
Robles is swinging a hot bat in Triple-A, with four multihit performances in his past five games, and he should return to the Majors in September following the conclusion of Syracuse's regular season. The Nats are in a position to give the 21-year-old outfielder an extended audition down the stretch, and he could reward fantasy owners with a solid average as well as plenty of runs and steals.

4. Francisco Mejia, C/OF, Padres (Previous rank: 1)
Mejia has produced a .318/.365/.511 in 23 games with Triple-A El Paso, all while starting exclusively behind the plate. The Padres are intent on keeping the 22-year-old switch-hitter at the position, which is where he offers the most real-life and fantasy upside. However, with El Paso playoff-bound in the Pacific Coast League, Mejia likely will be among the later callups in September.

5. Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros (Previous rank: NR)
Tucker has somewhat surprisingly struggled in the Majors this season, batting .154 over 59 plate appearances in two stints with the Astros. In two games since returning to the Minors, however, the 21-year-old outfielder has gone 7-for-10 at the plate, with three home runs and seven RBIs.

6. Touki Toussaint, RHP, Braves (Previous rank: NR)
Toussaint dazzled during his big league debut on Aug. 13, tossing six strong innings in which he allowed one run on two hits while striking out four. The 22-year-old righty has been exceptional in Triple-A, too, going 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA in seven starts for Gwinnett. The Braves, with their deep crop of young hurlers, will have plenty of options down the stretch, but Toussaint is the most capable to step in and help fantasy owners.

Video: MIA@ATL: Toussaint goes six strong in debut for win

7. Bryse Wilson, RHP, Braves (Previous rank: NR)
Speaking of impressive big league debuts, Wilson, 20, posted five scoreless innings of three-hit ball in his first outing on Monday, earning the win against the Pirates at PNC Park. He was optioned to Gwinnett after the game. To earn his first promotion, Wilson had compiled a 3.27 ERA with 139 strikeouts in 123 2/3 innings across three Minor League levels this season.

8. Alex Verdugo, OF, Dodgers (Previous rank: 7)
Verdugo has cooled off some in Triple-A lately, but the 22-year-old still boasts a .332/.389/.476 line with nine homers over 83 games in the Pacific Coast League. No stranger to the big leagues, Verdugo seems poised to contribute in September for the Dodgers for a second straight year.

9. Peter Alonso, 1B, Mets (Previous rank: 9)
Currently tied for the Minor League home run lead with 32, Alonso might be the top run producer in the Mets' lineup if he were promoted today. In addition to his still growing home-run total, the 23-year-old slugger also has tallied 109 RBIs in 122 games while slashing .278/.394/.560.

10. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees (Previous rank: 8)
The Yankees recently announced that they were moving Sheffield from the rotation to the bullpen at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ahead of his imminent September callup. The 22-year-old lefty was sharp in his first relief appearance, allowing one earned run on two hits with two strikeouts in two innings, and he could offer sneaky fantasy value if called upon to work multiple innings in close games.

Dropped out: Kopech (Previous rank: 5); Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, Orioles (Previous rank: 10)

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

10 prospects set to make MLB impact soon

Mejia, Jimenez among top options to consider for fantasy stretch run
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The biggest surprise in the first round of the 2015 Draft, catcher Taylor Ward went 26th overall to the Angels and then hit .348/.457/.438 in his pro debut. He didn't approach those numbers in either of his first two full seasons, however, and his shaky receiving undermined his strong arm behind the plate.

After moving full-time to third base in 2018, Ward has taken off. He batted .349/.446/.531 with 14 homers and 18 steals in 102 games between Double-A and Triple-A, earning a promotion to Los Angeles on Tuesday. He has started three straight games for the Angels, going 3-for-9 with a pair of RBI and a pair of walks.

The biggest surprise in the first round of the 2015 Draft, catcher Taylor Ward went 26th overall to the Angels and then hit .348/.457/.438 in his pro debut. He didn't approach those numbers in either of his first two full seasons, however, and his shaky receiving undermined his strong arm behind the plate.

After moving full-time to third base in 2018, Ward has taken off. He batted .349/.446/.531 with 14 homers and 18 steals in 102 games between Double-A and Triple-A, earning a promotion to Los Angeles on Tuesday. He has started three straight games for the Angels, going 3-for-9 with a pair of RBI and a pair of walks.

Video: Callis on potential impact callups for contenders

It's still hard to know if the real Ward is the guy who posted a .977 OPS in the Minors this year or the one who logged a .701 OPS over the previous two. But he's going to get regular playing time and he's catcher-eligible in many fantasy leagues, so he'll make for a nice pickup if he's still available.

Below are MLB Pipeline's updated listing of the top 10 fantasy prospects currently in the Minors. As always, they're ranked on expected 2018 fantasy production in the big leagues, while our Top 100 Prospects list reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

1. Francisco Mejia, C/OF, Padres (Previous rank: 5)
Mejia has started exclusively at catcher since the Padres acquired him from the Indians three weeks ago, so they're not giving up on him behind the plate. He's also done what he does best -- hit -- batting .338/.385/.493, and he is ready for a shot with San Diego.

2. Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox (Previous rank: 1)
Jimenez has nothing left to prove in Triple-A, where he's batting .340/.384/.633 with 11 homers in 38 games at age 21. Unfortunately, the White Sox may wait until next year to call him up because of service-time considerations.

3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays (Previous rank: 2)
Guerrero has all but wrapped up the Minor League batting title at .393 and owns a 1.059 OPS in 15 games in Triple-A at age 19. He's in the same category as Jimenez, immensely talented but with a service clock that may not get to start ticking until next year.

4. Touki Toussaint, RHP, Braves (Previous rank: unranked)
Toussaint gave up just one run in six innings to win his big league debut on Monday, then got sent back down immediately. He's outpitching the other young and talented arms the Braves have in Triple-A, and they'll have more use for him before the season ends.

Video: Will Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit .400 in the Minors?

5. Michael Kopech, RHP, White Sox (Previous rank: 4)
Known for his overpowering stuff but not his control, Kopech hasn't walked a single batter in his last three Triple-A starts and has issued a total of four free passes in his past seven outings, posting a 1.84 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 44 innings. He's ready to pitch at the front of the White Sox rotation with Carlos Rodon, but like Jimenez, he may have to wait until 2019.

6. Victor Robles, OF, Nationals (Previous rank: 7)
Though he's mired in a 2-for-25 slump in Triple-A, at a minimum, Robles could provide speed off the bench for the Nationals. With better all-around tools than almost anyone in the Minors, he could do much more than that if given an opportunity.

7. Alex Verdugo, OF, Dodgers (Previous rank: 6)
The Dodgers don't have an obvious opening for Verdugo, yet his .280/.345/.440 line in two earlier stints with Los Angeles this summer shows that he's ready to produce at the big league level.

8. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees (Previous rank: unranked)
If the Yankees are going to make a deep run in the playoffs, they'll have to find some quality starting pitching. Sheffield gave up a total of five earned runs in his previous seven Triple-A starts before battling his control in a rare off outing on Wednesday, and he might be New York's best hope to bolster its rotation.

Video: Royce Lewis on playing shortstop during 2018 season

9. Peter Alonso, 1B, Mets (Previous rank: 9)
Another prospect stuck in the service-time conundrum, Alonso has homered six times in his past 12 Triple-A games and is one shy of the Minor League lead with 30 long balls.

10. Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, Orioles (Previous rank: unranked)
Mountcastle has a higher offensive ceiling than anyone in the Orioles organization and he's hitting .304/.355/.488, so promoting him at season's end could give fans some hope for the future.

Dropped out: Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros (Previous rank: 3); Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Athletics (Previous rank: 8); Dylan Cease, RHP, White Sox (Previous rank: 10).

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

These 10 prospects will make an impact soon

Eloy, Vlad Jr., Luzardo have the best chance of making fantasy splash
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The Minor League season will be wrapping up at the end of August/beginning of September. We're not quite at the considering-September-callups point of the year, but we aren't far off. And as more teams fall out of contention, perhaps it's a bit easier to get a sense of where some opportunities may arise for prospects to show what they can do.

For this week's Fantasy Top 10, I'm going back to our outstanding Prospects Stats section for help. Looking at the past 30 days isn't a fail-safe, but it does give a snapshot of who's been performing well down the stretch and then might be more likely to carry that over to a final month or so in the big leagues.

The Minor League season will be wrapping up at the end of August/beginning of September. We're not quite at the considering-September-callups point of the year, but we aren't far off. And as more teams fall out of contention, perhaps it's a bit easier to get a sense of where some opportunities may arise for prospects to show what they can do.

For this week's Fantasy Top 10, I'm going back to our outstanding Prospects Stats section for help. Looking at the past 30 days isn't a fail-safe, but it does give a snapshot of who's been performing well down the stretch and then might be more likely to carry that over to a final month or so in the big leagues.

Here are our updated rankings of the top 10 fantasy prospects presently in the Minors. As always, they're based on expected 2018 fantasy production in the big leagues, while our Top 100 reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

1. Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox No. 1/No. 3 overall (Previous rank: 1)
In the past 30 days, all Jimenez has done is hit .413/.438/.800 with seven homers, and he has just 12 strikeouts in 80 plate appearances. White Sox outfielders still aren't lighting the world on fire, and Jimenez is already on the 40-man roster. What else does he need to do?

2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays No. 1/No. 1 overall (Previous rank: 3)
Absolutely no one should be surprised that Guerrero quickly adjusted to life in Triple-A. His first homer on Wednesday might still be travelling and he's hit .462/.571/.769 in nine games with Buffalo. For the year, Guerrero is now at .407/.462/.678. A callup to Toronto would be a terrific reward for a fantastic season.

Video: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. named No.1 Prospect by MLB.com

3. Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros No. 2/No. 8 overall (Previous rank: 4)
It's a shame Tucker's rough big league debut has bothered him back down in Triple-A. He's hit .406/.441/.719 in seven games since being back with Fresno. That includes a homer in each of his past three games and a stolen base in three of his past four. Tucker now has 17 in each of those categories and remains the best power-speed combination who could actually help your fantasy squad out should he get another shot.

4. Michael Kopech, RHP, White Sox No. 2/No. 13 overall (Previous rank: 6)
We've been riding the Kopech roller coaster all year, but he has been very, very good for a fairly extended period of time now. He has given up two runs or less in his last five starts (2.32 ERA) and has continued to miss a ton of bats (41 K's in 31 innings). But what's been most impressive is that Kopech has walked just four in that span for a tidy 1.00 WHIP.

5. Francisco Mejia, C/OF, Padres No. 3/No. 21 overall (Previous rank: 2)
Mejia's certainly hit well enough since he joined the Padres, with a .311/.385/.422 line in 13 games. He has also only caught, which does limit his flexibility and thus, his opportunity. But it sure would be nice for the Padres, who are playing for the future, to give Mejia the chance to show what he can do with San Diego.

6. Alex Verdugo, OF, Dodgers No. 1/No. 28 overall (Previous rank: 5)
It's nothing new that Verdugo is hitting well (.333/.416/.436 over the past 30 days), albeit without much power. He is slugging .490 for the season, and there is extra-base pop for sure. There might not be much room in the Dodgers' outfield, but we all know Verdugo can handle the bat if he gets the chance.

Video: LAD@ATL: Verdugo belts 1st homer of the season

7. Victor Robles, OF, Nationals No. 1/No. 5 overall (Previous rank: 7)
Robles hasn't actually been dominating, but at least he's back and healthy. And he has nine steals in 17 games in Triple-A. The tools are too fantastic to ignore, even if you have to stash him on your reserves (for those of you in keeper leagues).

8. Jesus Luzardo, LHP, A's No. 1/No. 12 overall
In his past five starts, Luzardo has a 0.69 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. Seriously. The lefty tossed five shutout innings and struck out six in his Triple-A debut. That's now three levels Luzardo has dominated this year, to the tune of a 2.01 overall ERA and a .203 BAA. You can't tell me he can't help the A's out down the stretch.

Video: WLD@USA: Luzardo strikes out Hiura, Jansen in the 2nd

9. Peter Alonso, 1B, Mets No. 2/No. 63 overall (Previous rank: NR)
Alonso keeps on doing what he does, with a .316/.368/.705 line and nine homers over his past 106 plate appearances. He leads the Minors with 101 RBIs, and his 28 combined homers are third most. Alonso is a definite upgrade over Wilmer Flores, right?

10. Dylan Cease, RHP, White Sox No. 5/No. 44 overall (Previous rank: NR)
OK, so maybe this is a long shot since Cease's only in Double-A and the White Sox haven't even called up Kopech. But keeper leaguers, get this guy now. His past 30 days looks like this: 24 IP, 1.13 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 35 K's. Cease has been about as dominant of late as any pitching prospect in the game.

Dropped out: Mitch Keller, RHP, Pirates (Previous rank: 8); Keston Hiura, 2B, Brewers (Previous rank: 9); Luis Urias, 2B/SS, Padres (Previous rank: 10)

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

5 buy-low candidates set to bounce back

Gray among potential fantasy stars who can be had at a discount
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The All-Star Break has come and gone, christening the second half of the season -- but for most fantasy owners, the dawn of August signals the start of the stretch run, with around a month left until the playoffs in many formats.

Whether you're jockeying for a top seed, trying to pull together a hot month to edge into the playoff picture at all, or even just trying to play spoiler down the stretch, there's still plenty of time left to make some savvy moves to address your team's areas of need as the season races to its finish.

The All-Star Break has come and gone, christening the second half of the season -- but for most fantasy owners, the dawn of August signals the start of the stretch run, with around a month left until the playoffs in many formats.

Whether you're jockeying for a top seed, trying to pull together a hot month to edge into the playoff picture at all, or even just trying to play spoiler down the stretch, there's still plenty of time left to make some savvy moves to address your team's areas of need as the season races to its finish.

And as we all know, it feels really darn good to earn the bragging rights that come with making a smart trade or waiver-wire acquisition for a player that the other owners in your league had cast aside or undervalued, because, well, he was right there for the taking ... for everyone. Here are some players that may fit that description and could be the missing pieces of the puzzle that push your team over the top.

Jon Gray, SP, Rockies
Yeah, he pitches half of his games at Coors Field. Yeah, he was briefly sent down to Triple-A to regroup. Yeah, he has a career 4.56 ERA. But here's why you should take a chance on the 26-year-old righty whose true breakout the Rockies have been waiting for since his debut in 2015.

At first glance, his traditional stats might make you cringe -- Gray has posted an unsightly 4.99 ERA in 20 starts this year. But if you look deeper, you'll see that Gray is posting the best strikeout rate (10.8 K/9), one of the best walk rates (2.7 BB/9) and the best K/BB ratio (4.00) of his career.

Per Statcast™, Gray has the fifth-most swings-and-misses when using his slider among all starters in 2018, keeping pace with aces such as Luis Severino and Chris Sale. And Gray is using his slider more than ever this season, throwing it a career-high 33 percent of the time.

And as you might have read, Gray is having a supremely strange season in that, at the time of his June demotion to Triple-A, he had the largest discrepancy between his ERA (5.77) and FIP (3.08) in recorded Major League history since 1901. On top of that, consider that his current xFIP is several points lower, at 2.97, and even considering the cavernous expanses of the Colorado outfield, all signs point to Gray's numbers improving down the stretch.

The demotion to Triple-A has, in fact, seemed to flip a switch for Gray. In three starts since he was brought back to the Majors in mid-July, he's 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA, 17 strikeouts and five walks. Two of those starts were at home.

Ian Kinsler, 2B, Red Sox
Back in late May, two months into a one-year contract with the Angels, it looked like the aging curve was finally catching up to Kinsler, who was straddling the Mendoza line after a disappointing 2017 campaign that saw him post a career-worst .236 batting average and 91 OPS+.

But it looks like something clicked in July.

Kinsler slashed .417/.491/.646 from July 12-29, which boosted his profile enough to make him a desirable rental second baseman at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. And in good news for fantasy owners, the Red Sox were the team that acquired Kinsler to fill in for an injured Dustin Pedroia, meaning that he'll have the opportunity to mash baseballs off the Green Monster for the rest of the season.

Keep in mind that Kinsler's BABIP is .244 this season, below his career mark of .284, his hard-hit rate (31.1 percent) is still in line with his career average, and he's now part of the most productive lineup in baseball. He went 4-for-10 with a double and two runs in his first two games for the Sox, and with Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez being Boston's other options at second base, Kinsler should keep getting everyday playing time once he returns from what is expected to be a brief DL stint due to a left hamstring injury.

Video: NYY@BOS: Kinsler lifts an RBI double to left field

Kole Calhoun, OF, Angels
There might not be anyone in baseball whose slash line is less indicative of his recent performance than Calhoun.

Check out his season line: .208/.267/.386. Not great.

Now, check out his line since returning from a DL stint for a right oblique strain on June 18: .292/.358/.662. Ah. Much better. That 1.020 OPS is nice, isn't it?

The underlying numbers are also extremely bullish on the 30-year-old outfielder. Per Statcast™, his .732 xSLG since July 1 leads the Majors and is more than 20 points ahead of Matt Carpenter's in second place. And while it's also exciting that he has smacked 13 of his 14 homers since returning from the DL, it's more exciting to see that he's using the whole field to do it: 71.4 percent of his homers have gone to the middle of the field or to the opposite field, tops among left-handed hitters with at least 10 homers this season.

Even with his slow start, Calhoun is making hard contact a career-best 39.6 percent of the time. His average exit velocity on batted balls since July 1 is 12th in the Majors (92.6 mph), putting him ahead of Paul Goldschmidt, Christian Yelich, Max Muncy and Manny Machado.

Wil Myers, OF, Padres
Myers spent the bulk of the season's first half on the disabled list with back tightness, nerve irritation in his right arm and an oblique strain before returning to action in late June. He sustained another injury Aug. 2, suffering a bone bruise when he fouled a ball off his left foot, but that may turn out to be a positive by lowering the cost on a promising bat.

Before the foot injury, which landed him back on the DL, Myers had returned to form, rewarding patient fantasy owners who stuck through the lengthy absence. He slashed .271/.329/.550 with 10 doubles, a triple, eight homers and 27 RBIs from June 21 through Aug. 2.

In that span, Myers made hard contact at a greater rate than any other National League hitter, ranking first in the NL (min. 50 batted balls) with a 53.5 percent hard-hit rate -- the percentage of batted balls hit with a 95-mph exit velocity or greater, per Statcast™. He also ranked among the top 10 in the league in hard-hit outs (21) during that time. 

Video: ARI@SD: Myers rips a 2-run double to left-center

Ervin Santana, SP, Twins
The Twins right-hander is finally back after missing the first four months of the season while recovering from offseason right middle finger surgery. And while the numbers since his return aren't the prettiest (seven earned runs in 10 1/3 innings), the veteran was a strong fantasy option just last season.

Santana won't wow you with his counting stats and he has struggled to keep the ball in the park at times, but the balls that stay in the park have a tendency to find his defenders, giving him a strong track record of outpitching his peripherals. In fact, he has recorded an ERA well below his FIP in seven of the past eight seasons.

He also works efficiently -- his 20 quality starts last season were tied with Clayton Kershaw, Chris Archer, Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, for example, and his five complete games tied for the Major League lead.

The 35-year-old righty might be the biggest wild card on this list, but it's probably worth taking a chance on a hurler that posted an ERA of 3.38 in 2016 and 3.28 in 2017, especially if you could use someone that will eat innings and keep his run totals down.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark.
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