MLB Pickups of the Day for May 15th

  • Another week of baseball has come and gone. That means we need to look at some potential add options in fantasy baseball. Last week I was on fire and recommended a few guys who are paying dividends if you scooped them up off free agency. I highlighted names such as Bryce Miller, Nick Pratto, and Bailey Ober. This week we have a new batch of players that we are going to get into! It features some names that I have mentioned on my Twitter over the past week (@Andrew_FBB).

    Alex Kirilloff

    This is one of the more appealing pickups for me in recent weeks. Kirilloff has some prospect pedigree and can absolutely crush the ball pole to pole. He has great power potential and since being activated from the injured list has been on a tear. In May, he’s batting .409 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI through 28 plate appearances. He has even shown some improvement through a short span with his plate discipline, he has a 27.3 BB% and a 13.6 K% this year which are both career bests. Great upside in a young player who is still widely available in leagues. 

    Eury Perez

    Miami’s number 1 overall prospect was promoted from Double-A all the way to the bigs to start his first career game on May 12th. He had some bright spots throughout that deemed him a must-add this week for me. Eury went 4.2 innings allowing 4 hits, 2  runs, 2 walks, and sat down 7 batters in his debut. I would’ve liked to see some more innings out of him in this start but it was expected that we might see some issues with command with the fact that he’s still just 19. Perez still induced 16 whiffs and had a 31 CSW% throughout his 88-pitch start, which is encouraging. Perez has a lottery ticket upside on free agency and I’d cash in for the opportunity.

    Jake Fraley

    Jake Fraley has caught fire so far in May, slashing .357, hitting 3 home runs, and collecting 12 RBIs in 32 plate appearances this month. Those numbers are extremely encouraging paired with Fraley’s elite ability to draw walks (12.4 BB%). He also offers speed upside, sitting in the 80th percentile in sprint speed and netting 4 stolen bases this season as well. With Fraley’s contributions across all categories and the fact that his bat is on fire, I would look to add him in all formats.

    Cal Quantrill

    The fact that Cal Quantrill is not more universally rostered is mind-boggling to me! His metrics are not at all that pretty to look at but in his last 6 games, he has registered 5 quality starts and has a 3.32 ERA. So even though the metrics might not support his pitching being sustainable in the long run, all fantasy owners should be riding the hot hand here with Quantrill and add him for the volume upside.

    Dominic Fletcher 

    The Diamondbacks’ number 15th prospect was promoted on April 30th and has hit the ground running. So far in his first Major League stint, he is 17 for 40 (.425) with 2 home runs and 13 RBIs through 13 games. Fletcher also has very good bat-to-ball skills with a 92.2 Z-Contact% while hitting the ball hard 45.7% of the time.  Now of course having a north of .400 batting average isn’t sustainable for the rookie but again it’s very important throughout the fantasy baseball season to be able to find the hot hands in the waiver wire and be able to benefit from those stretches. 

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