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Corbin Burnes  • SP  •  Orioles

Corbin Burnes Getting Second Half Underway For O's

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Corbin Burnes will toe the slab for Friday's series opener against the defending-champion Texas Rangers in Arlington. Despite starting the All-Star Game for the American League on Tuesday, Burnes will get the first start following the Midsummer Classic after producing a stellar 2.43 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 110 strikeouts and 25 walks over 118 2/3 innings (19 starts) for the Orioles in his first season in Baltimore. In his lone career appearance against Texas earlier this year, the 29-year-old perennial All-Star gave up one run on nine hits with five strikeouts in seven innings while picking up the win. Burnes is a set-and-forget fantasy play against this disappointing Rangers on Friday night.
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Sonny Gray  • SP  •  Cardinals

Sonny Gray Taking The Hill Against Braves

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Sonny Gray will take the mound for Friday's series opener at Truist Park against the hosting Atlanta Braves as the second half gets underway. The 34-year-old three-time All-Star has been St. Louis' clear-cut ace in his first year with the team, logging a 3.34 ERA (2.56 FIP) and 1.05 WHIP along with a sparkling 121:24 K:BB covering 17 starts (99 2/3 innings). The matchup with Atlanta isn't as imposing as it once was, considering the Braves are scoring just 3.8 runs per game in 46 outings with Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) out of the lineup this season. Despite Gray's dicey 5.09 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over seven appearances on the road this year, he'll be a fine fantasy play in all settings on Friday's slate.
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Tanner Bibee  • SP  •  Guardians

Tanner Bibee Gets The Nod For Friday's Start

Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee will open the second half at Progressive Field to start Friday's series opener against the visiting San Diego Padres. Bibee didn't have a great start to the year for the Guardians, but he's registered a strong 3.06 ERA with 79 strikeouts and 14 walks through his last 11 starts (64 2/3 innings). In four innings against the Padres last year, the 25-year-old right-hander did allow six runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts. This is a different Friars lineup that won't include Fernando Tatis Jr. (quadriceps) or Juan Soto this time around, however, so Bibee should be deployed with some confidence to start the action post-All-Star break on Friday night.
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Jack Flaherty  • SP  •  Tigers

Jack Flaherty Starting Friday Against Toronto

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jack Flaherty will draw the first assignment post-All-Star break in Friday's series opener at the Rogers Centre against the Toronto Blue Jays. The 28-year-old former Cy Young Award candidate in 2019 has returned to form in the Motor City in 2024, posting a 3.13 ERA and 0.97 WHIP with a scintillating 119:14 K:BB across 95 innings (16 starts) thus far. Flaherty looks to keep the good times rolling on Friday in Toronto, and he's set up as a great fantasy bet across all formats to begin the second half. In three appearances against the Blue Jays in his career, Flaherty has a 2.08 ERA despite a shaky 21:10 K:BB over 17 1/3 frames.
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Justin Steele  • SP  •  Cubs

Justin Steele To Kick Off Second Half For Cubs

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Justin Steele will get the nod to start the first game out of the All-Star break in Friday's series opener against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. After being named a first-time All-Star in 2023, Steele has delivered an outstanding 2.71 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with 81 strikeouts and 18 walks over 86 1/3 innings (14 starts) for the Cubs in 2024. Although the 29-year-old left-hander coughed up six runs in his last appearance against the D-backs in September of last season, he still has a strong 3.00 ERA and 30:6 K:BB across 24 frames (four starts) against Arizona in his career. Steele belongs in all season-long fantasy lineups on Friday to kick off the second half in the Windy City.
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Sebastian Walcott  • SS  •  Rangers

Sebastian Walcott Starting To Heat Up At High-A

Texas Rangers shortstop prospect Sebastian Walcott is beginning to heat up at High-A after struggling through the first two months of the campaign. Across April and May, the 18-year-old posted a poor .196/.326/.315 line with just three home runs, 10 RBI, six stolen bases, and a 28:47 BB:K ratio. However, since June 1, the right-handed bat holds a much-improved .285/.343/.504 line with four home runs, 17 RBI, five stolen bases, and an 11:39 BB:K ratio. The number 72 ranked prospect on is a name to keep a close eye on, as he could earn a promotion to Double-A later in the coming weeks if he can stay hot in the batter's box.
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Blade Tidwell  • SP  •  Mets

Blade Tidwell Struggling At Triple-A

New York Mets starting pitching prospect Blade Tidwell has struggled through his first brief taste of Triple-A ball. The former second-round draft pick was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse on May 21 after logging two strong stints at Double-A over the past two seasons. Through his first 35 frames at the top level of the minors, the Tennessee product has held a disappointing 5.35 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and a 27:25 BB:K ratio. Tidwell logged his best start on May 29 as he tossed six shutout frames but has allowed at least three earned runs in every start since then. The right-hander is considered the 11th-best prospect in the Mets system on and could contented for a late-season major league debut if he can work out these early struggles.
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Jackson Ferris  • SP  •  Dodgers

Jackson Ferris Looking For Consistency In Second Half

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitching prospect Jackson Ferris has struggled to find consistency through his first look at High-A ball this summer. Through 77 innings at High-A Great Lakes, the southpaw holds a modest 4.19 ERA, 1.27 WHIP but a strong 34:101 BB:K ratio. At times, Ferris has looked dominant as he logged five starts without surrendering one run and six more, allowing only two or less. However, he has given up four or more runs on six occasions, which has greatly affected his ratios. Ferris is considered the sixth-best prospect in the Dodger system on and is a name to keep a close eye on, as he has showcased elite strikeout potential at times.
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Hao-Yu Lee  • 2B  •  Tigers

Hao-Yu Lee Strong Through First Half At Double-A

Detroit Tigers second base prospect Hao-Yu Lee has performed exceptionally well in his first look at Double-A ball through the first half of the 2024 campaign. Across 73 games, the 21-year-old has held an excellent .296/.365/.505 line with 12 home runs, 49 RBI, 13 stolen bases, and a 30:61 BB:K ratio. Last summer at High-A, the infielder held a similar .276/.366/.404 line through 72 games. Lee has been able to raise his wRC from 43 to 56 over the past two summers and has maintained a very similar walk and strikeout rate, which is a great sign going forward. Lee is a candidate to reach Triple-A later this summer if he continues this strong play.
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Jacob Wilson  • 3B  |  Jacob Wilson  • SS  •  Athletics

Jacob Wilson Promoted To The Major Leagues

Oakland Athletics shortstop prospect Jacob Wilson is being promoted to the major leagues, according to Martin Gallegos of Wilson has been one of the best hitters in the minor leagues this season, as he has carried an incredible .438/.475/.686 line with seven home runs, 34 RBI, and a 12:14 BB:K ratio across 46 games at Double and Triple-A. The former sixth overall pick in last year's draft opened the campaign with Double-A Midland and needed just 22 games to prove he was ready for the top level of the minor leagues. At Triple-A Las Vegas, the 22-year-old posted a .398/.444/.639 line with four long balls, 12 RBI, and a 7:3 BB:K ratio across 19 games. The infielder is considered the 50th-best prospect in all of baseball on and should be added in all leagues as he could provide an immediate impact in the big leagues.
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Luis Garcia  • SP  •  Astros

Luis Garcia To Get Back On A Mound In A Couple Days

Houston Astros right-hander Luis Garcia (elbow) is throwing out to 75 feet and is going to get back on a mound in a couple of days, according to general manager Dana Brown. It's good news after Garcia was pulled from his minor-league rehab assignment after making his last start on July 4 because he wasn't bouncing back the way he wanted. The 27-year-old is attempting to return from Tommy John surgery that he had last year and should return to Houston's starting rotation later in the second half of the season when he's sufficiently stretched out. The Venezuelan hurler would be a significant addition for a banged-up Astros starting rotation down the stretch, but fantasy managers in mixed leagues may want to temper their expectations because of Garcia's long layoff. In four major-league seasons, he's gone 28-19 with a 3.61 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 364 K's in 352 innings pitched.
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Yandy Díaz  • 1B  •  Rays  |  Randy Arozarena  • LF  •  Rays

Rays Will Listen On Randy Arozarena, Yandy Diaz, Isaac Paredes

The Tampa Bay Rays will listen to trade offers on outfielder Randy Arozarena, first baseman Yandy Diaz and third baseman Isaac Paredes in the right deal with the July 30 deadline quickly approaching. According to sources, the Rays and Seattle Mariners have yet to engage in serious dialogue about Seattle's interest in adding an impact bat this summer, but the two teams are frequent trading partners and talks could advance in the coming days as the second half of the 2024 season gets underway. It's just speculation right now, but it's something to keep an eye on. Arozarena, a first-time All-Star last year, has tanked in 2024 and is heading into the second half hitting just .202 (66-for-326), although he does have 12 homers, 31 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 93 games. A change of scenery to a contender could get him back on track in the second half.
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Nick Senzel  • 3B  •  White Sox

Nick Senzel Could See Regular Playing Time At Second Base

With Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada (groin) potentially returning from the injured list soon and Lenyn Sosa sent to Triple-A Charlotte, it seems as though the newly signed Nick Senzel could be set to take over the majority of time at second base with his new team. The No. 2 overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds back in 2016 out of Tennessee was released by the Washington Nationals recently after hitting just .209/.303/.359 with a .663 OPS, seven home runs, 18 RBI and 25 runs scored in 64 games played. The 29-year-old will get another shot at regular playing time but may have to battle for starts with rookie Brooks Baldwin at the keystone. With the worst team in baseball, Senzel won't suddenly become attractive to fantasy managers in mixed leagues, but he could be worth a pickup in AL-only formats for infield depth.
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Brooks Baldwin  • 3B  •  White Sox

White Sox Calling Up Brooks Baldwin

Among a flurry of roster moves heading into the second half of the season, the Chicago White Sox are calling up infield prospect Brooks Baldwin from Triple-A Charlotte, according to sources. The White Sox designated infielder Danny Mendick for assignment and optioned infielder Lenyn Sosa to Charlotte on Wednesday, making room for Baldwin and the recently signed Nick Senzel. Baldwin hit .322/.386/.441 with six homers, 16 doubles and 16 steals for Double-A Birmingham before the 23-year-old switch-hitter was promoted to Charlotte. At Charlotte, he hit .345/.441/.655 in eight games and now could see playing time at the hot corner in Chicago, at least until Yoan Moncada (groin) comes off the injured list. The former 12th-round pick in 2022 out of UNC Wilmington is the club's No. 23 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and deserves attention in at least AL-only leagues for his power/speed combo.
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Fernando Tatis Jr.  • RF  •  Padres

MRI Shows Fernando Tatis Jr. Is Healing

San Diego Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. (quadriceps) had an MRI exam this week that showed the progress in healing that the Padres were hoping for. Tatis can now continue to incrementally increase his baseball activity and has already started playing catch and swinging a bat. The 25-year-old All-Star is trying to recover from a femoral stress reaction in his right quad. Currently, there is no timetable for his return to the Padres lineup, and fantasy managers shouldn't be surprised if he doesn't return until August. Running full speed will be the last obstacle that Tatis must clear before he's reinstated from the injured list, and it's unclear if he'll require a minor-league rehab assignment before coming back. Obviously, Tatis is a must-stash player in all fantasy formats. Until he returns, Bryce Johnson and David Peralta will continue to form a platoon in right field for the Friars.
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Esteury Ruiz  • CF  •  Athletics

Esteury Ruiz Plays Full Rehab Game In Center Field

Oakland Athletics outfielder Esteury Ruiz (wrist) played a full nine innings in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League on Tuesday in center field but went 0-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and three strikeouts. Ruiz could be ready to rejoin the A's big-league roster for the start of the second half of the season in Friday's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels after playing a full game on defense. The 25-year-old speedster has now played in five games and received 21 plate appearances on his minor-league rehab assignment. The bigger question will be how much Ruiz will play once he's back in Oakland. After stealing a league-high 67 bases in 2023, Ruiz has hit just .200 (11-for-55) this year with two homers, eight RBI and only five stolen bases with inconsistent playing time in 29 games in 2024.
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Abraham Toro  • 3B  •  Athletics

Abraham Toro Hits Grand Slam In Rehab Game

Oakland Athletics third baseman Abraham Toro (hamstring) went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, four RBI and a run scored in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League on Wednesday. In addition to hitting a grand slam, Toro played all seven innings at second base in his second rehab game. Before being reinstated from the 10-day injured list, Toro is probably going to need to play at least a few games at a higher minor-league affiliate, but the 27-year-old infielder is nearing a return to the big leagues in the second half of the season. When the A's feel he's ready, the Canadian should return to regular duties at the hot corner in Oakland, giving him fantasy value at least in AL-only leagues. Before his hamstring injury, Toro was hitting .260/.303/.386 with six home runs, 24 RBI and three stolen bases in 277 at-bats near the top of the A's batting order.
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Brady House  • SS  •  Nationals

Brady House Has A Chance To Become Nationals Third Baseman This Year

Washington Nationals infield prospect Trey Lipscomb has taken over third-base duties after the team released Nick Senzel earlier this month. While Lipscomb's defense has been solid at the hot corner, he's hit a disappointing .234/.296/.269 in 160 plate appearances. Meanwhile, infield prospect Brady House was recently promoted to Triple-A Rochester, where he's gone 4-for-12 with two doubles. If he continues to impress with the bat at the highest minor-league level, MASN's Mark Zuckerman suggests there's a real chance that House becomes the Nationals' starting third baseman before the end of the 2024 season. Lipscomb's big-league upside is probably as a utility infielder, while House profiles as the team's third baseman of the future. Although this possibility probably wouldn't play out until late August or September, House is worth stashing in deeper single-year fantasy leagues just in case.
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Dylan Crews  • CF  •  Nationals

Nationals Will Consider Calling Up Dylan Crews In The Second Half

MASN's Mark Zuckerman thinks the Washington Nationals are at least willing to consider calling outfield prospect Dylan Crews up to the big leagues in the second half of the season after they promoted him to Triple-A Rochester in mid-June. It seems unlikely that last year's No. 2 overall pick would come up to the big-league roster before the July 30 trade deadline. However, if the Nationals trade outfielder Lane Thomas, Crews would make for a logical replacement in the outfield in D.C. Even if Thomas stays, the Nationals would love to get a look at him by September as they make plans for next season. The 22-year-old LSU alum has hit only .253/.306/.407 in 20 games with three home runs and five steals at Rochester, but if Washington is out of contention late in the second half, it would be a surprise if Crews doesn't make his major-league debut in 2024.
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Michael Harris II  • CF  •  Braves

Michael Harris II Not Close To A Return

The Athletic's David O'Brien suggests that Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II (hamstring), who has already missed a month with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, could be out at least another two or three weeks. Harris has been out since June 14, and fantasy managers cannot expect him to be back in their lineups until at least August. Along with his injury, Atlanta's starting center fielder has hit a disappointing .250 (65-for-260) with five home runs, 20 RBI, eight stolen bases and 30 runs scored in 2024. The 23-year-old hit a combined .295 with 37 home runs, 121 RBI and 40 stolen bases in his first two years in the big leagues for the Braves. Harris' absence has mostly benefitted Jarred Kelenic, who has taken over the leadoff spot in Atlanta's batting order and is receiving regular playing time in the outfield.
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