The Rangers are still in the wild-card mix in the American League, so there’s no reason to tank the season. With that in mind, say hello to rated prospect Willie Calhoun.
Calhoun, a 22-year-old outfielder and second baseman, was the key return piece in the Yu Darvish trade. He posted a .300/.355/.527 slash in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League this summer, with 31 homers. The Rangers are dealing with a host of injuries — Adrian Beltre out, Carlos Gomez hurt, Joey Gallo dinged up — so you’d expect Calhoun to play right away.
For the moment, Calhoun carries just second-base eligibility in Yahoo. He’s free to add in 95 percent of leagues.
— Jamey Newberg (@NewbergReport) September 12, 2017
He never plays another minor-league game. https://t.co/3kvLlXIC49
— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) September 12, 2017
The most popular pitching add of the day is Boston righty Doug Fister, who hasn’t climbed past 50 percent yet. He has a Wednesday start at home against Oakland. Something has clicked with the journeyman Fister in his last seven starts — five wins, 2.79 ERA, over three strikeouts for every walk, and almost a strikeout per inning. That’s too big a sample to discount. I’m not just streaming him these days, I’m holding onto him for the long haul.
The Cardinals bullpen has gone in a number of directions, but right now Juan Nicasio is holding the baton, off a couple of weekend saves. Heady work from Nicasio, who’s bounced from the Pirates to the Phillies to the Cardinals over the course of two weeks. His overall profile looks good enough for the ninth — 2.69 ERA, 2.93 FIP, 8.9 K/9, a scant 2.5 BB/9. His fastball is back in the mid-90s this year.
Nicasio is still free to add in 70 percent of Yahoo leagues.
If you need a longer shot to consider, maybe Yolmer Sanchez could be helpful. He’s getting run near the top of the White Sox lineup, more often than not, and giving us a jolt of power and speed (six homers and three steals over the last month, along with a .327 average). Sanchez’s stolen-base success rate is merely 50 percent — thus, he really shouldn’t be running at all — but so long as the Sox don’t give him the red light, we won’t hassle it.
Sanchez qualifies at second and third, and is unclaimed freight in 87 percent of Yahoo.