June 1, 2023, 4:56 am
Welcome to June baseball, and below, we’ve got three pickups for those looking to add some spark to their fantasy teams.
Michael Kopech, SP, Chicago White Sox
Michael Kopech may never be the pitcher that some hoped he might be when he was called up in 2018, but a change in arm slot has helped his fastball particularly, and his recent results. While the velocity isn’t Kopech’s old standard of pumping triple digits, his overall pitch arsenal grades out as a 114 stuff+, and his fastball with an even more impressive 123 stuff+. With a bit more precision, we could certainly see Kopech go on a dominant run, and as a result, he’s definitely worth a pickup for those wanting a starter to hold for a while.
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Spencer Steer, 3B/1B, Cincinnati Reds
Spencer Steer has been on a tear as of late, with 4 multi-hit games in the past week, and while his playing time may come in to question once Elly De La Cruz and Christian Encarnacion-Strand get the call, he is certainly doing his best to give the Reds a headache upon their arrival. It’s worth remembering, many evaluators believe Steer has a legitimate future as an every day major-league player, so it’s not as if he’s purely a placeholder, and if his performances continue, they’ll find a place for him to play long-term.
Miguel Castro, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Entering June, premium relievers with monopolies over save opportunities are few and far between on the waiver wire, but Miguel Castro checks the second best box, which is a part time closer, who’s been exceptionally effective this year. Castro shares the closing duties in Arizona with Andrew Chafin, and when he’s gotten his opportunities, he’s been lights out. Castro has tightened his slider up, decreasing its horizontal break by 2 1/2 inches, and the effect it’s had on tunneling his sinker has been enormous. The hard throwing righty ranks in the 99th percentile of hard-hit rate and barrel rate, and has kept his usually problematic walks to a middle of the pack figure. Look no further if you are desperate for a reliever