Another great pitching prospect finally reaches "The Show" this week as Zack Wheeler joins Matt Harvey in the New York Mets rotation. We have Wheeler and Atlanta's Brandon Beachy on the list again this week for those of you in leagues that require a player to be on the 25-man roster to be eligible for pickup. Both Wheeler and Beachy are listed as probable starters in the Braves-Mets doubleheader on Tuesday. Ian Kennedy appears to be the big loser in the Los Angeles-Arizona brawl suspensions, getting docked ten games. The biggest fantasy news from that series was the changing of the guard in the ninth inning for the Dodgers with Kenley Jansen finally taking over closer duties from Brandon League.
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Zack Wheeler New York Mets SP- We have seen plenty of elite pitching prospects debut of late, Wacha, Cole, Skaggs, Gausman and more, but Wheeler is thought to be the best of the group. As mentioned at the top, we are listing Wheeler again just as a friendly reminder. If he must be active for you to pick him up, starting monitoring the transactions Monday night.
Brandon Beachy Atlanta SP- Struggled in his final rehab start at Gwinnett, but the Braves are going to make room for him in their rotation. Much like Wheeler, we just want to make sure Beachy is on your radar for this week. Also like Wheeler, start following the transactions on Monday night for news of his pending promotion. Lots of K's will be your prize.
Carter Capps Seattle RP- He isn't the Mariners closer yet, but if Tom Wilhelmsen blows up again, Capps is closer material.Capps has really settled down over the last month, posting an ERA of 1.04 and a 1.38 WHIP. 34 strikeouts and only seven walks in 28 innings of work on the season should also draw your interest. Closer in waiting.
Kenley Jansen LA Dodgers RP- Most saw this move coming eventually, Brandon League made it happen. Hopefully you are either in a shallow "league" or Jansen's owner grew weary of waiting for him to assume the role. Jansen has 20 strikeouts and only one walk over the past month, A 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP has me asking... what took so long?
Chad Gaudin San Francisco SP- The Giants pitching staff is struggling and Gaudin has been a very surprising answer to the problem. A journeyman reliever for most of his career, perhaps Gaudin has found his calling. Over the past month, Gaudin has two wins over 21 innings of work with an ERA of 3.38 and 1.22 WHIP.
Michael Pineda NY Yankees SP- Seems like he has not pitched in years, because he hasn't, but looks ready to go soon! Pineda burst upon the scene in 2011, with a 9-10 record and 3.74 ERA. Pineda had a great start, but wore out as the season dragged on. Was acquired from Seattle for Jesus Montero in a deal that so far has failed to help either team.
Stephen Fife LA Dodgers SP- If he does well in his start at Pittsburgh on Friday night, he may be worthy of a spot on your roster. Fife has looked solid in two starts this month, allowing only a single earned run against San Diego on the third and two on the eighth against Atlanta. Tonight's start will be telling, grab him if he performs well again.
Josh Rutledge Colorado SS- Filled in well for Troy Tulowitzki last season, he will soon get another shot with the job his until August. Rutledge as struggling defensively when he was sent down, much to the dismay of his fantasy owners. Rutledge had five home runs, 13 RBI and five steals in just 157 at bats before his demotion.
Jose Iglesias Boston SS- We hear he will be kept in Boston as a utilityman, but with the injury prone Red Sox, he may get enough at bats to warrant a pickup. Is there a hotter hitter in the majors right now? 19-for-40 over the past two weeks says no! Iglesias has added a home run, five RBI and a stolen base.
Mike Carp Boston 1B/OF- Versatile hitter will find a spot in the lineup if he continues to rake. Should get opportunities at corner outfield spots and first against tough right handers at a minimum. Carp has been absolutely raking the past couple of weeks, going 16-for-37 with four home runs and 11 RBI. At bats will dwindle when all hands are healthy.
Jeff BakerTexas 1B/3B/OF- Multiple position eligibility makes him more useful, but with Mitch Moreland due back in a week, his playing time may take a hit. There has never been any doubt about Baker's ability to hit and he went deep in back to back starts this week. Probably more useful as a utilityman on your fantasy roster to fill in where necessary.
Logan Morrison Miami 1B- Finally returning to the Marlins lineup after sitting out two months recovering from knee surgery in September. Morrison is four for nine since his return with a couple of runs scored and an RBI. Miami is expected to give him occasional days off as he recovers, so regular at bats may not come initially.
Mike Zunino Seattle C- The top hitter drafted a year ago, Zunino gets a chance to prove himself where Jesus Montero failed. Zunino hit 11 home runs and drove in 43, but struggled with a low batting average while at Triple-A Tacoma. Zunino went 1-for-4 in his debut and figures to get regular playing time as he is strong defensively as well.
Logan Forsythe San Diego 2B- With Jedd Gyorko on the disabled list, Forsythe gets a chance to earn a spot in the Padres lineup. Forsythe is just returning from the DL himself, but got off to a nice start going two-for-two with a home run. Forsythe hit six home runs and stole eight bases in roughly half a seasons work last season.
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