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Fantasy Baseball Today: Top prospect Gabriel Moreno gets a call, Sandy Alcantara keeps rolling and more

Happy Thursday to everyone! It was an especially happy Wednesday night for Phillies fans. It seems like the whole ship in Philly has flipped and done a 180 degree turn since they made the decision to hire a new manager. On Wednesday, the Phillies won their sixth straight game and are now just two games under .500, just like that. The Phillies scored 10 runs and 14 hits. Featured included bryce harpwho hit his 14th home run of the season, Rhys Hoskin, who hit his ninth home run, kyle schwarber, who went 4 for 5 with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs and a breakout mini game of Bryson Stott, who now has another chance to stay. Stott went 4-for-4 on his third home run and now has all three of his homers in the last five games. Stott is a bit heated and only 21% are on the list; you could do a lot worse than pick it up right now.

We’ll dive into all of Wednesday’s action below, including a top receiver prospect called up to one of the most lucrative lineups in baseball, another dominant start from a pitcher who is cementing his case for being a locked-down SP1 the rest of the way. – and probably for the rest of his career and more. But first, make sure you stay on top of everything that’s happening with the Fantasy Baseball Today team at CBSSports.com/Fantasy/Baseball. Scott White defended Luis Garcia, Graham Ashcraft and several other players in the latest edition of his waiver cable which you can find here.

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Moreno receives the call

The latest big prospect to get the call up to the majors is Blue Jays C gabriel brown, so if you’re one of those teams in need of a catcher, you better open a new tab now and make sure he’s not listed in your league. If not, get it out or file a claim ASAP. Moreno will join the team this weekend in Detroit, according to Blue Jays reporter Keegan Matheson.

Moreno is one of the top 5-10 prospects in all of baseball with a grade 60 hitting tool and grade 55 power, but the latter hasn’t featured much in the minor leagues. So far this year in the minors, Moreno is hitting .324 with one home run, eight doubles and a .784 OPS. He has 25% of the list. The hiccup for Moreno is his role in the offense once Danny Jansen returns, but Jansen has a small hamate bone fracture near his left little finger, so no one knows when that will be.

Sandy sizzles again

alcantara sand he was my most listed pitcher this season and that’s probably because I always believed he was an asset in every auction I did and a good swing for me in Round 2 if I became a hitter in Round 1. The hope was for him to break into Rank SP1 despite the offense he plays behind, and he’s building a stronger case for that with every outing. On Wednesday, Alcantara pitched a complete-game shutout despite receiving no run support.

Alcantara pitched six-hit ball in nine innings and walked no batters. That elite level commando is his calling card. He struck out six and induced 17 strikes on the night. Alcantara relied heavily on his change in this one, and it worked like a charm. He now has allowed just five total walks in his last five starts and this shutout lowers his ERA to 1.61.

Braves finally get going

The Braves’ offense showed some serious signs of life last night when Ronald Acuña Jr. hit two home runs and that turned into a full-strength leak on Wednesday. Atlanta dumped 13 runs on 13 hits, including four home runs: austin rileyit’s his 15, William Contreras hit his eighth, Ozzie Albyes he hit his seventh and Adam Duvall hit his fourth. Also, newbie Michael Harris (still just 46% on the list despite collecting what feels like a hit in each game) he gave up two hits, two RBIs and two runs. matt olson he hit his MLB-leading 24th double. It was a fun display that reminded Braves fans of the kind of advantage this team has on the offensive end of the ball when everything clicks.

Not so nice night for New York starters

chris bassitt He began his career with the Mets looking like the best value addition of the offseason, but he has been anything but in his last five starts. On Wednesday, Bassitt allowed six earned runs on seven hits with two walks. He struck out six but only lasted 3 1/3 innings. In his last five starts, Bassitt has a 7.62 ERA.

Nestor Cortes he was finally hit. The history of the season for both Yankees and MLB fans allowed four wins in 4 1/3 innings on seven hits. He didn’t walk a batter, so that’s the plus side of him, but we knew he would eventually have to give up at least a few runs. Cortes fell victim to the long ball in this one, allowing two home runs. The signs of regression were there — entering this one, Cortes had a 6.6% homer-to-fly ball ratio. That was never going to last.

News and lineup notes

Every night, the Fantasy Baseball Today team dives into everything from MLB happenings, from top players to injuries, trades and more. The podcast is a must listen for any die-hard, if I do say so myself. Tune in to the podcast to hear the FBT team expand on the news and notes below.

  • mike trout he was out Wednesday with a strained left groin but is expected to avoid injury injury.
  • starling mars he hopes to avoid the injured list after leaving Tuesday’s game with a tight left quadriceps. He was out of the lineup on Wednesday.
  • Peter Alonso he was not in the lineup after being hit by a pitch to his right hand Tuesday.
  • Chris Bryant he has yet to resume swinging a bat and remains without a schedule. He is on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
  • Jack Flaherty he will make his second rehab start Friday at Triple-A.
  • shanebaz he will make his season debut Saturday at Minnesota.
  • Both carlos strap Y Willy Adams they returned to their respective teams on Wednesday.
  • joe ryan he will report to Triple-A for a rehab start on Thursday.
  • Nolan Arenado he was out of the lineup Wednesday because of knee soreness after being hit by a pitch Tuesday.
  • seiya suzuki could be ready to return from the IL this weekend. He took batting practice on Tuesday.
  • Dave Roberts said there is a good chance that Wednesday will be the last day of Max Muncy’s rehabilitation task.
  • dylan carlson He is expected to return to the Cardinals’ lineup on Friday.
  • Enrique Hernandez he was placed on the IL with a right hip flexor strain.
  • Brandon Druri he scratched himself on Wednesday with an Achilles problem.
  • Hyun Jin-ryu significant time is expected to be lost with that forearm/elbow injury.
  • joey bart he was sent back to Triple-A. He was hitting .156.
  • Aaron Civale he will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A on Thursday.
  • Kenta Maeda expects to resume mound work in 2-3 weeks.

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