Some great options this week for those looking to tweak their roster. A pair of huge prospects, Matt Harvey and Starling Marte, got the call and are giving every indication that they may be here to stay. The closer of the week is John Axford in the the Milwaukee revolving door bullpen. A catcher is worthy of a look due to injury and is one of a trio of Blue Jays on our radar. Finally we have a very young target (Luis Cruz) and a very old (Eric Chavez) that are already helping fantasy teams nationwide.
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Matt Harvey NY Mets- Unlike many prospects of late, Harvey matched the hype in his debut on Thursday night. Harvey worked into the sixth inning with a franchise rookie record of eleven strikeouts. Harvey scattered three hits and didn't allow a run at Arizona. Harvey is a big time prospect and needs to be atop your priority list.
Chris Tillman Baltimore- The Orioles have a handful of excellent young pitching prospects and Tillman has joined Zach Britton in the rotation. Tillman was spectacular on the 4th of July in advance of a quick trip to the minors during the break. Tillman returned to the rotation with a pair of impressive wins and seems very worthy of a long look.
John Axford Milwaukee- The Brewers experiment of moving Francisco Rodriguez back to the closer role failed miserably. Temporarily in a setup role, Axfford had five scoreless appearances over the last week before blowing up Sunday against Washington. For now, he is the man in a very shaky situation.
Starling Marte Pittsburgh- If there is any chance Marte is still avaialble in your league, you need to grab him.... now. Marte stormed onto the scene with a pair of hits and a solo home run in his debut on Thursday night. Marte added a pair of hits on Sunday and is the everyday left fielder for the surprising Pirates.
Eric Chavez NY Yankees- With A-Rod disabled, we figure Chavez will get the bulk of the at bats, especially against right handed pitching. Chavez was hit by pitch (right shin) on Friday night, but isn't expected to miss any time. Injuries have plagued the 34 year old, but he is clearly capable of delivering on a short term basis.
Travis Snider Toronto- Snider, one of a trio of Toronto players on this week's edition of Waiver Flavor is getting regular at bats in left field. We need to add a disclamour that when Jose Bautista returns, Colby Rasmus is the only outfielder that remains safe. Snider had an excellent week with three home runs, eight RBI and six hits.
Jeff Mathis Toronto- J.P.Arencibia is expected to miss six weeks with a broken hand, opening things up for Mathis. Mathis has five hits and five RBI over the past five games. If your pitching needs help, Mathis can also help out there, making his second appearance of the season on Wednesday night.
David Cooper Toronto- The Blue Jays have turned again to the former first round pick with Adam Lind landing on the disabled list. Cooper had been productive at AAA Las Vegas with ten home runs, 52 RBI and a .314 average over 261 at bats. Cooper was up for 24 games earlier this season with a pair of home runs, six RBI and a .292 average.
Luis Cruz LA Dodgers- Things promise to get crowded when Dee Gordon returns, but for now Cruz is the man at shortstop at Chavez Ravine. Cruz has a twelve game hitting streak, with two homers, a dozen RBI and a .300 average. Hanley Ramirez figures at third base long term and with the play of Cruz, short term as well.
Brett Wallace Houston- We have been puzzled why Wallace keeps getting sent back to Oklahoma City, but he is back in The Show. Wallace was raking in AAA with 16 home runs and 56 RBI. The Astros have a minor league lineup and Wallace should get plenty of at bats at both first and third, especially with Chris Johnson shipped off to Arizona.
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