If there are no setbacks, Major League Baseball will once again have all 30 teams in action for the first time since the opening weekend. It’s been a wild start to the year, but maybe the worst is past everyone and there can be some return to normalcy. As we have learned, this can change in a second and we must continue to be flexible.
Colorado Rockies Reliever Jairo Diaz — I’m always hesitant to recommend a Rockies pitcher, but in the current landscape of fantasy baseball where closers are hard to come by, I have to. Diaz has collected three saves on the season and is firmly entrenched in closing out games for Colorado. The other negative for Diaz besides the tough home ballpark is his lack of strikeouts. In each of his three of his saves, the righty failed to record a strikeout. It’s not ideal, but it’s so hard to find a closer who is the No. 1 option these days in fantasy baseball that we have to take advantage of it.
Los Angeles Angels Outfielder Jo Adell — Another twist to this season is the cancellation of Minor League Baseball. We don’t have minor-league stats for this season to go off of this year, and the promotion of many prospects hasn’t occurred. However, the Angels did promote their star prospect and plan to play Adell every day. It should be noted he is already dealing with a quad injury, but it isn’t considered serious. The 21-year-old was a consensus top-10 prospect heading into this season and is considered a five-tool player. We don’t know exactly what we will get out of Adell, but he is the No. 1 add this week. Depending on your league format he may already be gone, but plan to pay a pretty penny if waivers run on Sunday.
Oakland Athletics Reliever Joakim Soria — If you already need help in the WHIP category and want to get a boost in strikeouts as well, Soria could be your guy. The veteran reliever has racked up 11 strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched and has yet to allow a run. Even more attractive is that he’s earned two saves and a win. The A’s are using Soria in a variety of roles, and he’s been dominant. That makes him a nice acquisition to try and steady your pitching staff.