Three months of the 2018 fantasy baseball season have passed. Like any other fantasy season, participants must stay alert for emerging prospects and dwindling areas in their rosters. Some have taken over their leagues, while others struggle to keep pace. In this latest fantasy baseball lookout, we will be spotlighting potential players to add for the month of July.
At this point, the biggest fish in the pond have already been caught, like Max Scherzer, Mike Trout and Jose Altuve. But plenty of other names have put themselves on the radar this season, like Luis Severino and J.D. Martinez. These names can also help rejuvenate positions in need of help on fantasy rosters.
Fantasy Baseball Lookout: Batter Up!
1. Scooter Gennett, Second Baseman, Cincinnati Reds
The 28-year old infielder has been creating big noise this season from the batter’s box. When you need runs on the board, very few can do it as well as Scooter Gennett. In the month of June, Gennett has cashed in 14 RBI’s on a .313 batting average. This brings his current season totals to 52 RBI’s, and .334 batting average. His 13 home runs this season are not too shabby either.
2. Eddie Rosario, Left Fielder, Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota Twins are significantly behind the lead in the AL Central, but Eddie Rosario is on the path to a career-making season. So far, Rosario has belted 17 home runs and 50 RBI’s in 2018, along with a .315 batting average. These include the eight home runs and 17 RBIs that number 20 recorded this month. Given his pace, ESPN projects Eddie to cash in 37 home runs and 108 RBI’s by season’s end. For those fantasy participants looking for a big bat to boost their offense, Rosario is the man to call.
3. Jean Segura, Short-Stop, Seattle Mariners
Jean Segura may not be known as a big home run hitter. But he has become dangerous with a bat in 2018. As of now, #2 has tallied 44 RBI’s and currently boasts a .337 batting average for the season. In addition, his numbers from June include a .329 batting average, two home runs, seven RBI’s and a .456 slugging percentage. Jean Segura is also a name that should appear on everyone’s radar for the AL roster at this year’s All-Star Game. As for Seattle, they will need him and the rest of the gang to keep firing if they wish to take the AL West away from the Houston Astros.
Fantasy Baseball Lookout: Here’s the Pitch!
1. Aaron Nola, Right-Handed Pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies
The fantasy baseball savvy should keep an eye out for Philly ace, Aaron Nola. Nola is currently rocking a 9-2 record from the mound, along with a 2.58 ERA. During June, he went 2-0 in his four starts, while recording below a 2.60 ERA each time. If anyone is looking for a pitcher to improve their fantasy rotation, #27 can do that plus more. One shouldn’t be surprised to hear his name in the “NL Cy Young Award” conversation.
2. Sean Newcomb, Left-Handed pitcher, Atlanta Braves
Several things are going well for the Atlanta Braves this season. Along with a crew full of young players hungry to play, one of which being pitcher, Sean Newcomb, Atlanta now reigns over the NL East. As for Newcomb, he boasts an 8-2 record, plus a 2.59 ERA. Not to mention he yields a meager .205 batting average from opposing teams. No doubt Sean Newcomb we’ll see Newcomb in the Midsummer Classic this July. But fantasy baseball players should bring him on board the minute they see he’s available.
3. Blake Snell, Left-Handed Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays
Despite catching fire in their past few games, the Tampa Bay Rays still have long ways to go to catch New York and Boston for the AL East. Here in Tampa Bay is Blake Snell. This season, Snell holds a 10-4 record from the mound, along with a 2.31 ERA. This includes his 3-1 record from five starts in the month of June. Plus, he has allowed a .182 batting average from the opposition. Fantasy participants should keep an eye out for Snell, not to mention a possible All-Star selection. Snell, however, will have stiff competition for a CY Young Award, especially from Yankee ace, Luis Severino.
As We Move Forward
There is still plenty of baseball left to go, along with prominent names emerging this season. The previously mentioned are just a hand full of players that can help fantasy baseball participants with their rosters. One should always stay alert for anyone starting a hot streak, as it can happen anytime. When it does, we’ll make sure to tell you all about him/them in our next fantasy baseball lookout.
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