Shopping at the five-and-dime:
(Players rostered in under 10 percent of Yahoo leagues)
Carson Kelly C, Diamondbacks (Yahoo: 4 percent rostered)
Luke Weaver was enjoying a breakthrough season before going down with a mild sprain of the UCL in his elbow, but the Diamondbacks have more to show for the Paul Goldschmidt trade with the Cardinals. Kelly has thrived when called upon this season, popping eight homers with an .835 OPS through 51 games. The 24-year-old had a .154/.227/.188 batting line in 131 plate appearances with the Cardinals between 2016-2018, but they were only sporadic at-bats and he continued to post interesting numbers in the minors. The power has been nice, but Kelly has also shown a good amount of patience this year and an ability to make contact. With Alex Avila sidelined due to a left calf strain, Kelly is a recommended pickup in two-catcher formats.
Logan Allen SP, Padres (Yahoo: 5 percent rostered)
It was hard to know what to make of Allen given his 5.15 ERA in Triple-A this year, but he looked great in his major league debut Tuesday, tossing seven scoreless frames against a tough Brewers lineup. With his buddy John Cena in attendance, the southpaw struck out five and walked two while inducing 10 swinging strikes in his 90 pitches. In truth, it’s important to look past the ERA in Triple-A. After all, he still fanned 63 batters in 57 2/3 innings. As we saw on Tuesday, Allen featured a mid-90s fastball and netted most of his swinging strikes (five) on his changeup. The Padres have a bunch of options for their rotation moving forward, but Allen is at least worth a short-term look with a possible matchup against the Orioles next week.
Zack Collins C, White Sox (Yahoo: 2 percent rostered)
Collins has received some attention as a call-up this week, but he’s a bit of a tricky case. You have to like the power and patience, but strikeouts are a real concern. He fanned in 32 percent of his plate appearances in Triple-A this year, so it will be interesting to see how much he struggles to make contact in the majors. James McCann has been really good this year, so it’s not like he’s going to be a regular with Welington Castillo out. That’s why he wound up here and why I’d take guys like Carson Kelly and even Brian McCann over him.
Jake Cave OF, Twins (Yahoo: 0 percent rostered)
The Twins waited as long as they could on Byron Buxton’s right wrist contusion, but they decided to place him on the injured list this week and bring up Cave in a corresponding move. Cave made the start in center field on Wednesday and should see some more chances in the coming days. If all goes well, it’s possible that Buxton could return as soon as next Tuesday. So this might be a small window, but the 26-year-old Cave slugged 13 homers in 91 games with the Twins last year and was hitting well in Triple-A this season.
Jesse Chavez SP/RP, Rangers (Yahoo: 3 percent rostered)
After throwing five innings of one-run ball in relief of Joe Palumbo on Wednesday against the Indians, Chavez is slated to move into the Rangers’ starting rotation. He’s worth an immediate add in deeper formats, maybe even on a matchup basis in some mixed leagues. He gets a good one next Tuesday against the Tigers. Chavez, who has plenty of starting experience, has posted a 3.18 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings this year.
Adbert Alzolay SP, Cubs (Yahoo: 21 percent rostered)
Alzolay has been stashed away in a bunch of leagues already, so he doesn’t need much of an introduction. We’re going to get our first look at him Thursday as he’s slated to make his major league debut backing up Tyler Chatwood against the Mets. His role beyond that is unclear, which is why he falls short of a full endorsement over a pickup in mixed leagues. Still, he’s a name to watch. Alzolay, one of the Cubs’ top prospects, has put up a 3.09 ERA with a stingy 46/6 K/BB ratio in 32 innings across his six starts in Triple-A this year.
Brad Miller 1B/2B/SS, Phillies (Yahoo: 0 percent rostered)
It’s been a couple of years since Miller has done anything of fantasy relevance, so it’s understandable if you missed his recent move to the Phillies. Still, with as bad as Maikel Franco has been, it’s worth wondering if Miller can carve out even a semi-regular role. He’s hit as many as 30 homers before and there could be something here with the Phillies’ home ballpark and the super-charged baseball. Just something to keep in mind. Cesar Puello was hitting well with the Angels and could be worth a look after being acquired from the Marlins this week.