Trading Tips: June 17

Trading Tips: June 17
Buying low on Gary Sanchez and selling high on Jake Arrieta are among the trading tips offered by Fred Zinkie this week.
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Joe Jimenez struck out the side while not allowing a hit against the White Sox on Sunday to record his second save of the season.

This was the version of Jimenez we saw as one of the best relief prospects in baseball the past couple of years, and the version we've seen -- for the most part -- in 2018. He's now struck out at least one hitter in seven straight appearances, and four of those have had at least two. He's still just 23-years-old, and the future is very bright for Jimenez as long as he continues to command his arsenal the way he has over the past few eeks.
Jun 17 - 5:57 PM

Brett Gardner sat out Sunday's game against the Rays with a sore right knee.

Gardner underwent an MRI on Sunday which revealed only minor inflammation. The veteran outfielder is considered day-to-day and hopes to be in the Yankees' lineup on Monday.
Jun 17 - 5:53 PM

Blaine Hardy allowed one run on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in a win over the White Sox on Sunday.

Hardy didn't walk anyone, and he struck out three. The only real blemish for the right-hander was a solo shot by Matt Davidson. Outside of that the White Sox were able to threaten rarely, and he made the key pitches when necessary. Hardy's ERA drops to 3.32 on the season, and he could make another start on Sunday when Detroit faces the Indians on Sunday.
Jun 17 - 5:53 PM

Nicholas Castellanos went 1-for-3 with a homer in a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Sunday.

Castellanos also walked. The homer was a two-run shot off of James Shields in the first inning, and it gave Blaine Hardy and the Tigers pitching staff all the run support it would need. It's been a strong season for the infielder-turned-outfielder, and he now has nine homers to go along with a .310/.353/.502 line on the 2018 season over 70 games.
Jun 17 - 5:50 PM

Gregory Polanco went 3-for-3 with a double and a homer in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.

The homer gives Polanco nine on the season, with this one being a solo shot off of Anthony DeSclafani. It's been a disappointing 2018 season for the 26-year-old outfielder, but Sunday was a nice reminder that there's big-time talent in Polanco's left-handed bat. That being said, he's hitting just .211/.313/.427 in 2018, and at some point, he needs to produce. Hopefully that time starts in the second-half.
Jun 17 - 5:46 PM

Billy Hamilton went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and stole two bases in a win over the Pirates on Sunday.

Hamilton was able to show off his impressive speed all afternoon both as a runner and as a defender, and the two steals give him 13 on the season. He's struggled with the bat for most of 2018 -- and most of his career, if we're being honest -- but there have been signs of life as of late. If he's available in your league and you need help in the steals category, he's worth picking up despite his .197 average.
Jun 17 - 5:43 PM

Raisel Iglesias allowed a run over his 1 1/3 innings against the Pirates, but picked up his 10th save on Sunday.

Iglesias was not at his best on Sunday, and allowed an RBI single by Austin Meadows that cut the Reds lead to 8-6. He was still able to get the necessary outs, and he punched out two Pittsburgh hitters to help the ole stat line. Iglesias still has a solid 2.45 ERA on the 2018 season, and he's 10-for-12 in save opportunities.
Jun 17 - 5:41 PM

Anthony DeSclafani allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a victory over the Pirates on Sunday.

He allowed just three hits in the contest, and DeSclafani walked just one while striking out four. The only reason this line didn't end up better is that two of those three hits were solo homers. Still, it's easily the best start of the season for DeSclafani, who has made just three starts because of an oblique injury. Start number four comes against the Cubs on Saturday.
Jun 17 - 5:38 PM
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