NFL Draft: Veteran Winners

NFL Draft: Veteran Winners
Adam Levitan identifies 13 players whose fantasy stock is rising in the wake of the draft. Charles Johnson is now locked for the Vikings.
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INF Steve Tolleson cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Buffalo.

The Blue Jays designated Tolleson for assignment on April 24. He got 16 plate appearances with the team this season and didn't do much with them, but over 170 at-bats in 2014, he hit .253/.308/.371. He offers some versatility and his bat plays OK for a utility role.
May 5 - 3:54 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees.

Bautista is dealing with a sore right shoulder, but this could just be a day off for match-up reasons. Facing Yankee starter Michael Pineda, Baustista is just 2-for-17 in his career. Edwin Encarnacion moves to DH in Bautista's place.
May 5 - 3:47 PM

Jayson Werth is out of the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday.

Just your typical off-day here for Werth. The outfielder underwent shoulder surgery in January and the Nationals make sure to spell him from time to time. Werth is hitting just .176/.247/.203 in 74 at-bats this season. Michael Taylor will get the start in his place.
May 5 - 3:38 PM

Allen Craig is in the starting lineup and playing left field in Tuesday's game against the Rays.

Craig homered on Friday, but he's been largely ineffective in his bench role for the Red Sox. This season, he's hitting just .146/.222/.220 in 41 at-bats. His years of hitting in the .300's for the Cardinals feel like they occurred in another lifetime.
May 5 - 3:31 PM

Twins prospect OF Byron Buxton hit a walk-off home run on Monday for Double-A Chattanooga.

Buxton is batting .455/.513/.848 with seven extra-base hits during his current eight-game hitting streak, and he’s also scored 12 runs and gone 5-for-5 on the base paths in that span. The 21-year-old top prospect got off to a slow start offensively in the Southern League but has quickly turned things around, with a .286/.353/.527 batting line and 11 extra-base hits (3 HR, 5 3B, 3 2B) through 23 games. Provided he stays healthy, Buxton should make his highly anticipated big league debut later this season.
May 5 - 3:29 PM

Yankees prospect SS Jorge Mateo went 2-for-5 at the plate and stole his 21st base of the season on Monday for Low-A Charleston.

Mateo currently leads the minor leagues with 21 steals, and he’s been successful nearly 81% of the time. The 19-year-old shortstop played just 15 games in 2014 due to injury, but he’s off to a promising start this year with a .259/.319/.318 batting line and 18/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 23 games. Mateo, who is widely regarded as one of the fastest players in the minors, swiped 49 bags in 64 games back in 2013 in the Dominican Summer League, and he should contend for the minor league title if he can stay healthy.
May 5 - 3:28 PM

Rockies prospect 3B Ryan McMahon went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI on Monday for High-A Modesto.

It was the third straight 2-for-4 game for McMahon, who’s batting .272/.416/.457 through 23 games for High-A Modesto. The 20-year-old third baseman has just one home run so far, but he’s already accrued 11 extra-base hits and is reaching base at a high clip thanks to a 16.8% walk rate. McMahon clubbed 18 home runs and 46 doubles last year as a teenager in his full-season debut at Low-A Asheville, so there’s no reason to worry about the early-season homer drought in the hitter-friendly California League.
May 5 - 3:26 PM

Mets prospect OF Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with two doubles on Monday for Double-A Binghamton.

The three-hit performance was Nimmo’s second in as many days, and he’s batting .372 with 16 hits in his last 10 games. The 22-year-old is off to a strong start this season in his return to Binghamton, batting .304/.375/.457 with nine extra-base hits and nine walks through 23 games. Nimmo logged 65 games in the Eastern League last summer and showed a bit more power without sacrificing his patient approach. If all goes as planned, Nimmo should split 2015 between the Double- and Triple-A levels, putting him on track to debut the following year.
May 5 - 3:24 PM
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