2019 Fantasy Baseball: Weekly MLB Stock Watch
Weekly MLB Stock Watch (July 24)
OF Manny Margot, San Diego Padres
It has been a rough season for Margot. The Padres had a crowded outfield and he didn't play much. He had 83 at-bats between March and April, 48 in May and 50 in June. Margot is finally playing consistently, starting 20 of the last 23 games and he still could be available in some leagues. I added him over the weekend in a competitive 15-team league. In July, Margot is 14-for-44 (.318) with 13 runs, three home runs, five RBIs and three stolen bases. Margot has been successful on all 13 stolen base attempts.
OF Oscar Mercado, Cleveland Indians
Mercado was a part of the big FAAB pickup week of young players in May and he was one of the cheaper buys that period. It has take some time, but he has emerged as one of the best waiver wire adds this season. It was clear the Indians needed major help in the outfield and Mercado has helped immensely. He has solidified himself as the No. 2 hitter between Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana. Mercado has a slash line of .297/.350/.488 with 37 runs, eight home runs, 28 RBIs and nine stolen bases. Since the All-Star break over 14 games, Mercado is hitting .368 with eight runs, four home runs, 11 RBIs and three stolen bases.
OF Alex Dickerson, San Francisco Giants
Dickerson has been a big surprise and has helped the Giants get back into the wild card hunt. He missed the last two seasons with a back injury and Tommy John surgery. Dickerson hit well in the minors with the Padres and was traded to the Giants. Since being called to the majors, Dickerson has a line of .351/.406/.691 with 22 runs, six home runs, 24 RBIs and one stolen base in 97 at-bats. He has been aided by a .406 BABIP, but he has a 46.7 percent hard hit rate and 25.3 percent line drive rate.
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3B Austin Riley, Atlanta Braves
Riley tore it up to begin his major league career when he was called up in May. In his first 15 games, Riley batted .356 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs. He wasn't going to keep that pace up, especially since he struck out 21 times in his first 59 at-bats. In June, Riley hit .226 with 22 runs, seven home runs and 17 RBIs in 106 at-bats but a 37:5 K:BB ratio. The poor plate discipline has caught up in July. Riley is batting .170 with four runs, two home runs and seven RBIs in 53 at-bats in July with a 23:4 K:BB ratio. He has a 34.6 percent strikeout rate.
C Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
Sanchez has been struggling badly and could be going on the IL after being pulled from the game Tuesday night with a groin injury. In 15 games this month, Sanchez is 6-for-59 (.102) with five runs, one home run and four RBIs with a 20:3 K:BB ratio. Sanchez has been swinging and missing a lot, especially at pitches out of the strike zone and he's hitting a lot of infield pop-ups. Sanchez has elite power for a catcher with 24 home runs and 58 RBIs, but he's batting .229 and this could be his second stint on the injured list this season.
P Griffin Canning, Los Angeles Angels
The rookie got off to a good start with a 2.57 ERA in May, but has struggled since. In his last 39 innings, he has allowed 38 hits, 26 earned runs, seven home runs, with a 43:15 K:BB ratio. In 14 starts, he is 3-5 with a 4.67 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 25.5 percent strikeout rate and eight percent walk rate. Canning has a lucky .258 BABIP and it's beginning to catch up and he has a 1.64 HR/9. He has a 47 percent fly ball rate and is allowing a lot of hard contact. He has a 13.8 percent swinging strike rate, but he's throwing first-pitch strikes 56.3 percent of the time.