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Garcia Making Gains

by Jorge Montanez
Updated On: June 13, 2022, 11:21 am ET

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Luis Garcia, 2B/SS, Nationals -- Available in 93 percent of Yahoo leagues

Garcia added two more hits on Sunday to bring his slash line to .372/.378/.488 with two doubles and a home run across 45 plate appearances. The talented 22-year-old infielder earned the call to the majors after hitting .314/.368/.531 with eight homers and a 17.6 percent strikeout rate across 193 plate appearances in Triple-A. Garcia's best tool has been his hit tool. With only seven strikeouts and a 45.5 percent hard-hit rate, there's plenty of reason to buy into his skills. And a 48.5 percent groundball rate, while high, is an improvement over the 56.5 percent mark he displayed in a 247 plate appearance sample last season. With a 113.4 mile-per-hour max exit velocity, there's more power potential to tap into here with Garcia. There's no better week to add him than this week, with eight games on the schedule for the Nationals. 


Jake Burger, 3B, White Sox -- Available in 83 percent of Yahoo leagues

Burger has tapped into his big-time power, hitting six homers over 15 games dating back to May 25, including three in the last week. He's been impressive in his limited playing time this season, hitting .277/.326/.515 with eight homers and 23 RBI across 142 plate appearances. His 29.6 percent strikeout rate casts doubt on his ability to sustain the batting average. But a 16.1 percent barrel rate certainly supports the power output. With Yasmani Grandal dealing with a hamstring issue and Gavin Sheets optioned to Triple-A, Burger's playing time should be safe in the short term. He's started each of the last seven games with three starts at third base and four at designated hitter. 


Lane Thomas, OF, Nationals -- Available in 89 percent of Yahoo leagues

We're taking another look at the Nationals and their eight-game week for some runs. Lane Thomas has performed well in June, going 15-for-39 with three homers and 12 runs scored, including six in his last four games. He's hit leadoff for Washington in each of those games, including Sunday against a right-handed starter. Thomas won't fill the stat sheet with five-category production, but he'll chip in with volume, and that's what we're after here. He makes a good streamer as a fourth or fifth outfielder in mixed leagues. 


Luke Voit, 1B, Padres -- Available in 66 percent of Yahoo leagues

Voit went 2-for-4 on Sunday with a home run, his third in June. He's up to six on the year with a .227/.313/.383 triple-slash line and 21 RBI across 176 plate appearances. Nine of those RBI have come in the last week. And the 31-year-old slugger continues to bat cleanup every day for the Padres. We're going to take advantage of that run production this week as San Diego visits Coors Field for a three-game series against the Rockies. 


Jon Berti, 2B/3B/OF, Marlins -- Available in 89 percent of Yahoo leagues

With Brian Anderson and Joey Wendle on the injured list, Jon Berti has filled in as the everyday third baseman in their absence. He's taken advantage of the playing time and run wild, with seven steals in June. Berti is up to 11 on the year while hitting .269/.382/.398 across 110 plate appearances. With a 14.5 percent walk rate, his on-base ability is everything you want to see in a speedster like Berti. Teams needing to supplement some steals should look to Berti while he's been playing, as he could make a difference in the category, even over a short span. 


Zach Eflin, SP, Phillies -- Available in 76 percent of Yahoo leagues

With the Phillies on a roll, Eflin will get two chances at wins this week with good matchups against the Marlins and Nationals. He's coming off a four-inning start in which he allowed one run with a pair of strikeouts but battled control issues that raised his pitch count. In his previous start, Eflin shut out the Angels with six strikeouts over eight innings. The 28-year-old right-hander has a solid if unspectacular 3.76 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 47 strikeouts across 55 innings. Eflin has excelled at limiting hard contact with a 92nd percentile hard-hit rate. And his 3.43 FIP and 3.89 xFIP suggest his ERA is about where it should be.  

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Alex Faedo, SP, Tigers -- Available in 91 percent of Yahoo leagues

Faedo is off to a great start, posting a 2.92 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts across 37 innings. He's given up two runs or fewer in all seven of his starts, with each going at least five innings. The 26-year-old right-hander is coming off his best start yet, striking out seven batters with one run allowed over five innings against the Pirates. While his 18.5 percent strikeout rate leaves something to be desired, his 11.3 percent swinging-strike rate suggests more strikeouts could be coming. Faedo will look to keep things rolling with two starts this week against the White Sox and Rangers. 


Eli Morgan, RP, Guardians -- Available in 83 percent of Yahoo leagues

Sometimes, if you're struggling to fill a pitcher spot with a starter you like, it's better to just roll with a quality middle reliever. Morgan has been that and more with a 1.42 ERA, 0.51 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts across 25 1/3 innings as a reliever. That WHIP is tied for first among all qualifying relievers with Ryan Helsley. Morgan has been able to keep runners off base with an elite 2.2 percent walk rate and a .128 batting average against out of the bullpen. His 32.2 percent K-BB rate ranks fourth among relievers, between Helsley and A.J. Minter. The 26-year-old right-hander has transitioned from the starting rotation to relief with great success after posting a 5.34 ERA across 89 1/3 innings as a starter last season. 
Morgan has been pitching in a primary setup role behind closer Emmanuel Clase in recent weeks and could be next in line to close.


Roansy Contreras, SP, Pirates -- Available in 60 percent of Yahoo leagues

Contreras has been one of the more exciting young pitchers in baseball this season, posting an excellent 2.57 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts across 28 innings. While he has allowed hard contact with a 43.2 percent hard-hit rate, he's been able to limit the damage with a 7.7 percent walk rate and a .224 batting average against. The 22-year-old right-hander has struck out 28.2 percent of batters faced with a supporting 14.5 percent swinging-strike rate. Contreras fanned seven batters across 4 2/3 innings with three runs allowed against a challenging Braves lineup his last time out. This week, he gets the Cardinals in St. Louis before lining up for a two-start week against the Cubs and Rays. 


Tanner Scott, RP, Marlins -- Available in 86 percent of Yahoo leagues

The Marlins haven't been able to find any consistency in the ninth inning all season. Anthony Bender leads the team with 6-of-8 converted save opportunities, but it's come with a 4.50 ERA. With Bender on the injured list, Scott has been given a chance to secure the role with three saves in the last ten days. While he does have a 4.24 ERA, his underlying 2.97 FIP and 2.85 xFIP suggest he's been unlucky. And he has displayed the best strikeout stuff in the Miami bullpen with a 35.6 percent strikeout rate and 17.7 percent swinging-strike rate. There's a chance here that Scott holds the role even after Bender's return. He should be added anywhere saves are needed. 

Jorge Montanez

Jorge is a baseball writer for NBC Sports Edge and FantraxHQ. You can follow him on twitter @Roto_Nino.