Midseason Fantasy Baseball News & Advice

Daily Dr. Roto—June 23, 2017

Baseball News and Notes

–Dodgers SP Julio Urias is dealing with some major shoulder issues right now. All those of you who are stashing him in redraft leagues (including me) need to be concerned and should consider dropping him soon. Those owners in dynasty leagues should continue to hold on to him since he is still young and should have a bright future down the road.

–I was a little surprised to see the A’s cut C Stephen Vogt, but as always the A’s will start bringing up their top minor leaguers in the next few weeks. Bruce Maxwell and Josh Phegley will split the catching duties for the A’s for right now; Vogt will be picked up by a contender in the next few days.

–The Atlanta Braves might start throwing in the towel soon. Both Matt Kemp and Brandon Phillips left the game on Thursday with leg injuries and the team needs to bring up some of its young talent to see what they have for the future. Freddie Freeman is talking about a move to third base when he returns to keep Matt Adams in the lineup. This is why Freeman is such a stud—not only is he a great player, he is a player who wants to win and is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team.

–Many of you are saying “I told you so” when it comes to Kyle Schwarber being sent down to the minor leagues by the Cubs, but I am still not going to give up on him. Schwarber is young enough to fix his problems with the bat, and people have to remember that he switched positions in the majors just so he could make the team a couple of seasons ago. Many Fantasy owners are unforgiving with young players—think about Corey Dickerson and Logan Morrison—they improved and now they are two of the top power hitters in the AL. Schwarber can do the same one day.

–If I get one more tweet about someone wanting to trade Yankees OF Aaron Judge I am going to scream. PLEASE DO NOT TRADE HIM IN DYNASTY LEAGUES. There I said it—now back to the news and notes.

–I am officially worried about Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez’s shoulder. Ramirez seems sapped of his prodigious power and the team has resorted to giving him days off to rest his shoulder. I think a DL stint is nearby as well. The Red Sox are playing for the playoffs, which might mean that Ramirez needs to sit for now so he can get healthy for a September and October playoff push.

–Cubs SS Addison Russell has started to find his hitting stroke again. If he was dropped in your league a few weeks ago when he was ice cold, now is the time to pick him up. Don’t forget he was a major source of power for the Cubs last year, and he is still young enough to fix any problems at the plate that he’s been having.



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