Due to the shortened season in Major League Baseball in 2020 and the minor league season being canceled, there weren’t many big promotions last year. However, in the next couple of months, the better prospects will begin to be promoted and fantasy owners will need to figure out which players to prioritize who can help make a fantasy impact.

There won’t be a better player promoted than Tampa Bay Rays infielder Wander Franco. The No. 1 prospect in baseball made his debut June 22 and has already hit a home run. Franco is the type of player we wait for to add to a roster as he will help in all five categories. He’s the clear No. 1 fantasy add this week if he’s available, which depends on your league setup.

Waiver-Wire Targets:

Houston Astros Infielder/Outfielder Myles Straw — The Astros continue to impress as a team and Straw is a big reason why. In the month of June, Straw is batting .329 with two home runs, nine RBIs, 16 runs scored and four stolen bases. Those are impactful numbers, and given that he’s only 20 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues, he’s widely available for fantasy owners. As an added bonus, Straw has shortstop and outfield eligibility. After sweeping the Baltimore Orioles this past week, they square off against the struggling team again next week.

Milwaukee Brewers Infielder Kolten Wong — Wong was a recommendation earlier in the season after returning from the injured list and then he promptly returned back to the injured list. Since returning June 18, Wong has collected seven hits while hitting two home runs. Wong is a solid player, and if he can remain healthy, he should provide enough production for fantasy owners.

Detroit Tigers Outfielder Akil Baddoo — The 22-year-old had an amazing start to the season, as he hit home runs in the first two games of the year. It was a struggle the rest of April, but there was improvement in May. Fast forward to June and Baddoo is starting to be more consistent. The outfielder is hitting .380 with three stolen bases this month. The power hasn’t been there, but he has scored nine runs. If Baddoo continues to hit and chips in with some stolen bases, he could provide enough fantasy production in deeper leagues.

Cincinnati Reds Reliever Tejay Antone — The reliever has dealt with an arm injury but has been productive when healthy. Antone has a 1.60 ERA and an impressive 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Reds closer Lucas Sims has landed on the injured list, opening the door for someone to take over that role. It most likely will be a committee, but Antone will be in the mix. If you need a boost in saves, Antone should be a player to target.

Phil Backert

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