HG - We are past the All-Star game with the trade deadline less than two weeks out. As with any season there are players who put together a year that when the view their career after being retired look at that one year when everything was right and think what if? For 2017, Marwin Gonzalez has been lights out in Houston, while Trevor Cahill and Mike Clevinger can seem to do little wrong in 2017. Then there are the vets who through injuries, slow starts or even suspensions begin to find a rhythm as some point with Maikel Franco, Gerardo Parra, Sterling Marte and Gregory Polanco playing better now than at any point this year. As always rookies continue to shine or will soon as Yoan Moncada gets his first real chance in the show while Tony Pham continues to turn heads.
Marwin Gonzalez 1B/SS/3B/OF Astros - Gonzalez inherits the starting job at short with Carlos Correa out 6 to 8 weeks and his production to date screams that he should be picked up. The versatile Astro is having a career year hitting 309 with 17 long balls, 55 RBI, 44 runs scored and 4 stolen bases making Marwin well worth owing.
Yoan Moncada 3B White Sox - The top prospect in baseball has finally been called up by the White Sox. The former Cuban star is worth an add in deep leagues and in all dynasty groups going forward.
Maikel Franco 3B Phillies - Franco is beginning to show signs at the dish after an inconsistent first half. He is on a run of 16 hits in 52 at bats that has pushed his average to 235 and his 4 homers and 11 RBI over his last 13 games has Franco sitting at 14 homers and 52 runs driven in for the season.
Gerardo Parra OF Rockies - Parra is smoking hot after returning from the DL with 8 multi-hit games and 20 hits in 36 at bats for the Rockies. The former Brewer has also added 12 scored runs, 12 runs knocked in and has his average up to 364 making him a good addition now.
Tony Pham OF Cardinals - Pham has opened eyes in St. Louis and around baseball as the rookie is batting 311 and is 9 for 19 since break. The young righty has also tallied 12 long balls, two since All-Star game, along with 38 runs sent home, 13 stolen bases, and 46 runs scored making Pham a five-category contributor that warrants higher ownership.
Sterling Marte OF Pirates - Marte is back after his 80-game suspension for the Buccos and should help Pittsburgh and your fantasy team as he stole a career best 47 bags last season while batting 311 with an on base of 362 with 46 runs driven in.
Gregory Polanco OF Pirates - Polanco has picked up his game with a 438 batting average in July and hits in all but three game this month. The young lefty is now up to 271 with 8 homers, 8 stolen bases and 33 runs scored and any player batting north of 430 over 54 plate appearances can be used with confidence.
Trevor Cahill RP/SP Padres - Cahill has returned from the DL with his third start the best as he went 6.2 innings allowing just one earned run. The veteran has been a pleasant surprise this season sporting an ERA of 3.18, WHIP of 1.24 and 71 Ks in 57.1 frames making Cahill worth starting, especially with reliever eligibility.
Michael Wacha RP/SP Cardinals - Wacha was good early, then was hit hard for several starts but lately he is looking as sharp as he was down in Florida this Spring. This was punctuated with his first career shutout with just 3 hits allowed along with 9 strikeouts in his last performance. Wacha has now hurled three quality starts over his last four and should be owned for the rest of the season.
Mike Clevinger RP/SP Indians - Clevinger has been shot in the arm for an otherwise bumbling Indians’ team as the journeyman has tossed four quality outings in a row with just two runs surrendered over 24 frames. The veteran has an ERA of 2.73, WHIP of 1.12 and 71 Ks in 66 innings making him an ideal addition to your rotation.