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Roto Roundup: Maikel Franco, Carlos Correa, Mark Teixeira, and others

Ray offers his thoughts on some of the top fantasy performers from Monday's MLB action, including Maikel Franco, Mark Teixeira, Prince Fielder and others.

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Maikel Franco to be called up this weekend?

It appears the Phillies will call up third base prospect Maikel Franco this weekend, as last night they optioned third baseman Cody Asche to AAA to learn to play left field. By waiting till this weekend, the Phillies can retain his rights through the 2021 season.

wrote about his potential call up last night as the news broke.

It appears the Phillies are making moves to begin their rebuild and the next question for Phillies fans now that Franco is on his way, is when will Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon be traded. With Marlins closer Steve Cishek blowing another save in Los Angeles last night, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has another possible landing spot for Papelbon.

Time for  a closer change in Miami?

As mentioned above, Marlins closer Steve Cishek blew yet another save opportunity last night, giving up a game winning three run home run to Scott Van Slyke in the Dodgers come-from-behind 5-3 win last night. After Dodgers closer Yimi Garcia gave up two runs to blow the save, he couldn't get out of the 9th inning and had to be replaced by Jay Howell who earned the win.

Cishek was handed a one run lead but couldn't close it out for the second straight night, walking Yasmani Grandal and giving up a one out single to Andre Ethier before Van Slyke's game winning blast. The blown save was his fourth of the season in seven opportunities, and he is now 1-3 with a 10.32 ERA, 2.03 WHIP and a 13-8 strikeout to walk rate in 11.1 innings. Cishek has blown three of his last five save opportunities and you have to think manager Mike Redmond will make a change at the closer role this evening after two consecutive brutal losses. A.J. Ramos is probably the leading candidate for saves in Miami, as he has pitched to a 1.06 ERA, a 0.82 WHIP and an excellent 21-6 strikeout to walk rate in 17 innings this season.

Or, they could see what the Phillies want for Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon has pitched well this season and would be a strong veteran presence in the Marlins bullpen. For a team with a manager on the hot seat, a change should come in the coming day or two.

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A few weeks ago the Dodgers promoted their top hitting prospect, Corey Seager, to AAA after he just owned AA in April. Astros shortstop prospect Carlos Correa is joining him in AAA, as the Astros promoted him to AAA yesterday. Like Seager, Correa tore up AA pitching to the tune .385-.459-.726 with 7 home runs, 25 runs scored, 32 RBI and 15 stolen bases in just 133 plate appearances. I think both he and Seager will be called up by their respective big league teams sometime in June, assuming they can hold their own in AAA. It will be a race to see who gets the call up first.

I don't recall where I ranked Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira in our preseason consensus rankings, but have to say it wasn't it my top 20 if I remember correctly. I am here to say I messed that up. Last night, Teixeira had a nice night at the plate, going 4-5 with a home run, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI in the Yankees 11-5 win over the Rays last night. Teixeira still isn't hitting for average, as he is hitting .239-.353-.615 with 11 home runs, 18 runs scored and 27 RBI in 129 plate appearances. Add in the fact that he is walking more than he is striking out, and his .181 batting average of balls in play is about 100 points less than his career BABIP, and we can expect to see his batting average rise from here in the coming weeks. His 26% HR/FB rate will surely regress, but he is hitting more fly balls this season than last, so he should approach or exceed 30 home runs this season, assuming good health.

Orioles fans wanted Kevin Gausman to start the season in the rotation, but instead manager Buck Showalter put him in the bullpen. In his place was Ubaldo Jimenez, much to the chagrin of many Gausman owners, including yours truly. Well, funny thing is, Showalter is a good manager, possibly a great manager, and he knows a lot more about the game than me, you, and most every one else. And after watching Jimenez pitch this season, you sorta think that Showalter really does know the game. Last night,Jimenez held the Blue Jays to just two runs on 6 hits, 2 walks and 9 strikeouts over 7 innings in the Orioles 5-2 win. The win moved his record to 3-2 with a 2.41 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and an excellent 32-12 strikeout to walk rate in 33.2 innings. In his three starts where he has gone 7 innings, he has given up two runs or less in each of those three starts. He is owned in 73% of leagues right now, so he is still available in 27% of leagues, so grab him while he is pitching well.

Back in spring training, I recall some in the industry advising readers to stay away from Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, but I recall being pretty high on Fielder in my first base rankings. Last night, he went 2-5 with a solo home run in the Rangers 8-2 win over the Royals, raising his season slash line to .336-.393-.469 with 3 home runs, 12 runs scored and 15 RBI in 138 plate appearances this season. The power is down, but recall that he missed most of last season due to recovery from neck surgery, so he could still be working on his swing a bit. Once the summer is upon us, I see him hitting for more power for his fantasy owners.

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