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Jaxon Wiggins  • SP  •  Cubs

Jaxon Wiggins Throws Four No-Hit Innings For Single-A Myrtle Beach

Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Jaxon Wiggins fired four no-hit innings for Single-A Myrtle Beach on Thursday with a walk and six strikeouts. The Arkansas product has been sensational since being promoted to Single-A with a 2.14 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in 21 innings with 26 strikeouts and five walks. The Cubs' No. 19 prospect is working on a pitch limit this season and has yet to surpass four innings in a game, but he has shown an excellent strikeout rate and has stepped up his game lately after a bit of a slow start in rookie ball. The 22-year-old could advance quickly through Chicago's farm system.
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Moises Ballesteros  • C  •  Cubs

Moises Ballesteros Blasts Homer For Triple-A Iowa

Chicago Cubs catcher/first base prospect Moises Ballesteros launched a home run for Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. The 20-year-old has logged 18 games with Iowa since a promotion from Double-A and has hit .301 with two homers and six RBI. Across Double-A and Triple-A this season, Ballesteros is hitting .300 with 11 homers and 49 RBI. The youngster is pushing the envelope in the Cubs' farm system with his rapid progression to Triple-A. Chicago's No. 5 prospect has performed admirably this year and his massive potential could result in a big-league opportunity soon. The Venezuelan could be a future fantasy star at the catcher position.
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Cole Carrigg  • SS  •  Rockies

Cole Carrigg Stays Hot With Homer For High-A Spokane

Colorado Rockies infield/outfield prospect Cole Carrigg homered for the third time in four games on Thursday for High-A Spokane. The 22-year-old is hitting .368 in July with three homers and seven RBI to go with four stolen bases. The Rockies' No. 8 prospect is hitting .306 across two levels this season with nine homers, 41 RBI, and 32 stolen bases. Carrigg boasts plus speed and base stealing should be a big part of his game. He offers a lot of position versatility and should be a part of Colorado's plans moving forward even if he is a few years away from progressing to the major leagues.
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Allan Castro  • OF  •  Red Sox

Allan Castro Hits Three Homers In Doubleheader

Boston Red Sox outfield prospect Allan Castro broke out with three homers during a doubleheader for High-A Greenville on Thursday. Castro went 4-for-6 on the day and brought his season totals to 10 homers and 32 RBI with a .235 batting average. The Red Sox' No. 12 overall prospect is red-hot in July, hitting .355 with six homers and 10 RBI so far this month. The 21-year-old will likely need some time in the minors before earning a big-league shot a few years out.
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Max Fried  • SP  •  Braves

Max Fried Suffers Tough Loss

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried suffered a tough-luck loss versus the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 1-0 loss on Thursday evening. The lefty went six innings and allowed one run, five hits, three walks and recorded seven strikeouts in the contest. The upcoming free-agent hit some bumps in the road earlier this season, but for the most part and been one of the better arms in all of baseball. On the season, the 30-year-old is 7-5 with a healthy 3.08 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 95 strikeouts in 108 innings. As one of the best arms in the game, managers should feel comfortable starting Fried in all of his starts.
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David Peterson  • SP  •  Mets

David Peterson Stays Undefeated

New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson earned his fourth quality start of the season after tossing six scoreless innings versus the division rival Washington Nationals on Thursday. Peterson allowed four hits with three walks and five strikeouts to improve to 4-0 on the season. Peterson has been a popular sleeper over the past few seasons and it finally looks like he is reaching his potential during his brief time in the big leagues this season. For the season, Peterson sports a healthy 3.09 ERA in eight starts. Peterson has been able to get out of a lot of jams this season as his 1.42 WHIP is not particularly something for managers to be excited about. Regardless, Peterson's recent success has made him a viable streaming option with more potential moving forward in the second half.
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Luis Castillo  • SP  •  Mariners  |  Luis Castillo  • RP

Luis Castillo Finishes First Half On A High Note

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Luis Castillo continued his strong season by picking up his eighth victory of the season in an 11-0 blowout victory against the division rival Los Angeles Angels. Castillo was not needed deep into the contest with such a big lead, but he was productive in his six innings of work. Over that span, he allowed four hits, zero runs, two walks and struck out five on the evening. The veteran entered the season with the expectation of being of the first pitchers selected in 2024 drafts and has backed up his performance this year with a 3.53 ERA and 116 strikeouts over 117 1/3 innings. The only flaw, if there is one with Castillo is that the Mariners offense could hold him back from getting more victories. Outside of that, he can safely be ranked as a top tier pitcher the rest of the way.
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Brandon Pfaadt  • SP  •  Diamondbacks

Brandon Pfaadt Earns 10th Quality Start

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Pfaadt put together a strong performance in Thursday's 1-0 victory versus the Atlanta Braves. Earning his 10th quality start of the season, the right-hander tossed six frames and allowed three hits, zero runs, zero walks and sent four batters back to the dugout via the strikeout. Pfaadt was hit hard in April to open the season, but it has been smooth sailing for the most part since. In 19 starts, Pfaadt is 4-6 with a 3.97 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 113 1/3 innings. Although he hasn't racked up many victories, he does enough across the board to justify being rostered in mixed leagues moving forward.
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Brandon Marsh  • LF  •  Phillies

Brandon Marsh Continues To Heat Up

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh played a big role in Thursday's victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The veteran went 2-for-4 on the evening with a triple, solo home run and two RBI. Marsh has quietly been having a solid season for the Phillies with a .272 batting average to go along with nine homers, 35 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 228 at-bats. Although he rests against a lot of left-handed pitching, Marsh has been productive when in the lineup. He is not a must-roster, but he has been swinging the bat very well of late and being part of a good offense only helps with his success at the dish. Managers seeking outfield depth should consider Marsh when looking at the waiver wire.
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Wilyer Abreu  • RF  •  Red Sox

Wilyer Abreu Has Huge Game On Thursday

Boston Red Sox outfielder Wilyer Abreu put together a big performance in Thursday's 7-0 victory versus the Oakland Athletics. Abreu went 3-for-4 in the contest with a double, home run and two RBI, falling a triple shy of the cycle. The 25-year-old has been one of the better waiver wire finds of the season thus far with a .265 batting average to go along with eight homers, 28 RBI and seven stolen bases in 215 at-bats. Abreu continues to be a solid contributor across the board and should have plenty of opportunities the rest of the season to help across most deeper leagues.
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Connor Norby  • 2B  •  Orioles

Connor Norby Remains Stellar At Triple-A

Baltimore Orioles second base prospect Connor Norby went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk on Thursday. This extended his current hitting streak to four games. Since July 1, the former second-round pick has posted a dominant .350/.386/.750 line with five home runs and 12 RBI. Norby got a brief four-game taste of the major leagues this season and tallied three hits and one home run across four games. Through 74 games at Triple-A Norfolk this season, Norby has posted a .294/.380/.532 line, which proves he is more than ready for a full-time major league role, but the Baltimore infield is quite crowded, which limits Norby's playing time. However, if a player in the majors were to get into a prolonged slump or get injured, Norby's name could be the first one called upon to fill in.
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Masataka Yoshida  • LF  •  Red Sox

Masataka Yoshida Continues To Swing Hot Bat

Boston Red Sox outfielder Masataka Yoshida had a big game in Thursday's blowout victory versus the Oakland Athletics. Yoshida went 3-for-4 on the evening with a two-run homer and four RBI on the day. Yoshida has really been hitting the ball well of late, with 15 hits over his last 45 at-bats for a pair of homers and 11 RBI. For the season, Yoshida is now hitting .265 with four homers and 24 RBI in 166 at-bats. The 30-year-old missed some time earlier in the season with a left thumb sprain, but returned June 11 and looks to be completely healthy with the way he's swinging the bat of late. After an impressive rookie season in 2023, Yoshida makes for a fine third outfielder or utilityman in deeper mixed leagues.
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Seiya Suzuki  • RF  •  Cubs

Seiya Suzuki Collects Three Hits In Victory

Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki had a big day in Thursday's victory versus the Baltimore Orioles. Suzuki went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, one triple and three RBI on the evening. The outfielder struggled earlier in the season at the dish, but has turned this on over the last month of the season. Over that span, Suzuki has .265 with five homers, 17 RBI and six stolen bases. The Cubs offense as a whole has been a major disappointment and the recent loss of Cody Bellinger (finger) weakens the lineup even more. Despite that, Suzuki should continue be a valuable member in all formats moving forward. Suzuki will look to keep it going on Friday in a tough matchup versus Sonny Gray and the rival St. Louis Cardinals.
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Marco Luciano  • SS  •  Giants

Marco Luciano Continues Hitting Streak, Goes Deep On Thursday

San Francisco Giants shortstop prospect Marco Luciano went 2-for-5 with a home run on Thursday evening. This was his fourth long ball of the season at Triple-A and second of the month. His two hits also extended his current hitting streak to four games. Luciano struggled at first when he returned to Triple-A on June 11 as he posted a poor .150 AVG in his first 16 games. However, since July 2 he sits with a much-improved .267 AVG. The shortstop is considered one of the top prospects in the San Francisco system and should remain stashed in all keeper and dynasty leagues, as he should return to the major leagues fairly soon.
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J.P. Crawford  • SS  •  Mariners

J.P. Crawford Collects Three Hits In Victory

Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford enjoyed a successful night at the plate in an 11-0 victory versus the division rival Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. Leading off, Crawford went 3-for-4 with three runs, three RBI and a double and two-run home run. Crawford had one of his best professional seasons in 2023, but that hasn't carried over into 2024 thus far. For the season, Crawford is hitting a weak .212 with eight homers, 31 RBI and five stolen bases in 269 at-bats. Even though he hits atop the Mariners lineup, Crawford doesn't offer much value outside the deepest mixed leagues.
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Yoniel Curet  • SP  •  Rays

Yoniel Curet Continues To Dominate High-A

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitching prospect Yoniel Curet tossed another stellar outing on Thursday evening. He pitched five shutout frames with seven punchouts. He allowed just two hits and four walks. Curet has not allowed an earned run in his past three starts and has been remarkable since surrendering seven earned runs on June 5. Since that outing, the 21-year-old has held a 0.30 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and a 13:38 BB:K ratio. Last summer at High-A the right-hander posted a 4.56 ERA and 1.52 WHIP but now holds a much improved 3.69 ERA and 1.31 WHIP this season that continues to drop. Curet is a budding star within the Rays system and is a name to keep a close eye on when he moves up to Double-A.
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Brock WIlken  • 3B  •  Brewers

Brock Wilken Goes Deep Twice On Thursday

Milwaukee Brewers third base prospect Brock WIlken went 2-for-5 with two long balls on Thursday evening. This performance extended his current hitting streak to three games and was his second and third home runs of the week. Since June 29, the former first-round selection has begun to find his footing in the batter's box with a .256/.396/.590 line with 10 RBI, and an 8:7 BB:K ratio. However, through 60 total games at Double-A this summer, he sits with a mediocre .230/.323/.429 line. The infielder should contend for a major league debut next summer and might earn a small taste of Triple-A in August if he continues to carry this momentum through July.
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Tanner Houck  • SP  •  Red Sox

Tanner Houck Bounces Back Against A's

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Tanner Houck got back on track Thursday, tossing six scoreless frames against the Oakland Athletics on the way to a 7-0 win. Houck limited the A's to two hits and three walks while striking out six. He induced seven whiffs on his slider and four on his splitter, giving him a nice balance. After two subpar outings, fantasy managers will be happy to see Houck look like his early-season self. Although he probably isn't the 1.85 ERA pitcher that we saw through May, Houck should be able to maintain an ERA in the mid three's with a good WHIP and solid strikeout numbers, making him a good fantasy option.
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Cal Raleigh  • C  •  Mariners

Cal Raleigh Homers From Both Sides Of The Plate On Thursday

Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh had a monster game on Thursday, going 3-for-5 with two homers in an 11-0 rout of the Los Angeles Angels. Raleigh added four RBI and three runs to round out his line. His first homer came in the third inning, when he hit as a lefty. He then turned around to hit from the right side and smashed another homer in the sixth inning. The switch hitter now has four homers in his past three games. Raleigh has done exactly what was expected of him this season, with 19 homers and 59 RBI helping to cloud a dismal .215 AVG. He has also managed to chip in five stolen bases, which are a nice little gift for his fantasy owners. He should continue to be one of the best sources of power from the catcher position, although the steals are sure to dry up.
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Jackson Jobe  • SP  •  Tigers

Jackson Jobe Keeps Dominating Double-A

Detroit Tigers pitching prospect Jackson Jobe had another terrific start on Thursday, tossing five scoreless innings with eight punchouts for Double-A Erie. Jobe only allowed two hits but did walk three. The 21-year-old is the number one pitching prospect in the majors according to MLB Pipeline, and he has certainly looked the part this year. Jobe has a 1.77 ERA and 0.90 WHIP with 48 strikeouts in 35 IP in the minors this year. The Tigers likely won't compete this year, and Jobe appears to be on an innings limit after throwing just 79 IP last year, but there is a chance that he gets a call-up in September to get a taste of the big leagues before joining full-time in 2025. It's not the worst idea to stash Jobe in deeper leagues or leagues with NA spots.
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