Well, friends of the fantasy corner, the day has finally come: Trevor Bauer is back in the majors!
A few weeks ago, I targeted Bauer as someone to add — a guy destroying his competition in the minors (2.15 ERA and 44K in 46 innings). What made no sense, however, was Cleveland’s unwillingness to put him in their rotation, despite a successful start there earlier this year (6 IP, 1 ER, 8K on 4/9 against the Padres).
But alas, Tuesday is the day that all is made right in the world, so No. 1 on our list is none other than Bauer.
Trevor Bauer (available in 67% of leagues)
Hopefully you didn’t miss the boat on Bauer, but he’s still available in 2/3 of leagues, so chances are high you’re one of the lucky few.
Rafael Montero (available in 87% of leagues)
Like Bauer, Rafael Montero is a recent call-up from the minors, having made his debut last week for the Mets against the Yankees. In six innings, Montero allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three — not all bad for a 23-year-old making his debut.
In Triple-A, Montero averaged more than a strikeout-per-inning, so I’m hopeful the three strikeouts last week were just an off-night. Either way, a guy like Montero will get a chance to stick with the Mets and he has a fairly high ceiling.
Phil Hughes (available in 77% of leagues)
In his last four starts, Phil Hughes has allowed just four earned runs and 23 hits over 26 innings while walking none. It’s a nice stretch for Hughes, whose ERA has come down to 3.61 on the season after a bit of a rough start.
As I’ve noted before, I love quality starts, and Hughes has five straight. If he can increase his strikeout potential (just 23 in the last 32 IP), Hughes could be a great add for the remainder of the season.
Bonus: Bronson Arroyo (available in 82% of leagues)
I’ll add Bronson Arroyo in here only because I liked him a lot at the beginning of the season before he got off to a rough start. Fortunately, he’s turned it around in the last month with just one earned run in his last 23.1 innings.
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