With the All-Star break right around the corner, this week is one of the oddest for fantasy owners. Players are getting sent to the minors (or called up), knowing there won’t be any games for the first four days of next week.
Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for those blockbuster interleague trades …
Suggested bid values based on $100 FAAB (free agent acquisition budget). Feel free to exceed the recommendation if league dynamics or team needs warrant. Stats through Thursday.
SP Andrew Suarez, San Francisco Giants
(NL: $14, Mixed: $8)
Suarez’s 3-5 record and 3.75 ERA don’t jump out, but his consistency over the past month sure does. In his last six starts dating back to June 13, the left-hander hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs — and he’s allowed exactly one run in each of his last four. His 8.3 K/9 rate should certainly good enough for mixed league owners.
RP Lou Trivino, Oakland A’s
(AL: $11, Mixed: $6)
What a first half this 26-year-old rookie is having. Seven wins, four saves and a tidy 1.31 ERA. Closer Blake Treinen is going to the All-Star Game, but Trivino is pitching almost as well. And with Treinen available on Thursday, the A’s turned to Trivino to close out a win over Houston. There’s an outside chance the A’s could trade Treinen to a contender; if they do, Trivino could instantly become one of the game’s top closers.
SP Felix Pena, Los Angeles Angels
(AL: $7, Mixed: $3)
Down a starting pitcher because of Garrett Richards’ season-ending elbow injury? Pena has moved to the rotation from the bullpen and is now the Angels’ No. 3 starter. He’s not going deep into games, but he has been reasonably effective while he’s in there. Over his last two starts, he’s allowed a total of two earned runs with 14 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. If you need immediate help coming out of the break, consider 21-year-old teammate Jaime Barria, who will get a start next week — while Pena won’t.
SP/RP Corbin Burnes, Milwaukee Brewers
(NL: $6, Mixed: $3)
Burnes made his MLB debut on Tuesday, pitching two innings and earning a save against the Marlins. Despite a 5.15 ERA at hitter-friendly Colorado Springs, he pitched well enough to earn a promotion, striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. One of the Brewers’ top pitching prospects (and top trade chips), Burnes, 23, could be in the rotation, the bullpen or on another team in the second half.
OF Steven Duggar, San Francisco Giants
(NL: $5, Mixed: $2)
The speedy center fielder was overmatched this spring, but he was having a solid season at Class AAA Sacramento (.272/.354/.421) when he was promoted last week. Although he hasn’t done much in his three games as a major leaguer, but he does have at least one hit in each of them. If you need speed, he was 11-for-15 in stolen base attempts in the minors.
SP Enyel De Los Santos, Philadelphia Phillies
The rookie right-hander, 22, was promoted for a spot start Tuesday and came away with a win, allowing three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. The Phils’ offseason return from San Diego for shortstop Freddy Galvis has been masterful at Class AAA — pitching to a 1.89 ERA in 16 starts and 95 1/3 innings. His strikeout rate (8.2 K/9) isn’t elite, but it’s not bad either.
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