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Roto Roundup: Yoan Moncada, Jose Peraza, Carlos Gonzalez, and others

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Ray takes a look at some of the top fantasy performers from Monday's roto action including Carlos Gonzalez, Jose Peraza, Chase Utley and others.

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Dodgers call up Jose Peraza

I was on a bus ride home from New York City when the Dodgers announced that they were calling up infield/outfield prospect Jose Peraza and he was batting second and playing second base in last night's game vs the Nationals. That news was followed by Howie Kendrick being placed on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

Before the game, manager Don Mattingly announced that Enrique Hernandez would get the "first shot" at the second base job with Kendrick on the DL, and he is deserving to play more. But, I don't think the Dodgers called up Peraza to sit on the bench. He could replace Jimmy Rollins at the lead off spot now that Joc Pederson has been relegated to the eighth spot in the lineup. Peraza has played second base, shortstop and outfield for the Dodgers AAA team since the trade from Atlanta a few weeks ago.

In ten games with the Dodgers AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City, Peraza has hit .385-.415-.590 with a home run, 3 doubles, a triple, 6 runs scored, 4 RBI and a stolen base. Prior to the trade, he was hitting .294-.318-.379 with 3 home runs, 52 runs scored, 37 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 33 attempts.

The Dodgers have de-emphasized the stolen base this season, but they might change their strategy now that Peraza has been called up. I think he will see regular at bats eventually, but in the meantime, he could spell Rollins at shortstop, Hernandez at second, and Joc Pederson in center field. If you are in need of stolen base, Peraza could help over the next 7 weeks of the season.

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The Phillies batted Chase Utley in the leadoff spot last night and played him at first base, which is very unusual, as he has played first base just 30 times in his career, and made just 19 plate appearances in the leadoff spot. I have a feeling the Phillies are auditioning him for a trade, as the team has placed him on waivers, and he can be traded to any team once he clears waivers. Batting him in the leadoff spot allows him to get one more plate appearance per game. It was reported that the Giants were scouting Utley over the weekend in San Diego, so a trade could happen in the coming week.

There isn't a hotter hitter in the game than Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and that continued last night. Cargo went 1-4 with a home run and 2 RBI in the Rockies 4-2 loss to the MetsAlex Kantecki wrote about Gonzalez yesterday, discussing what his draft stock will look like in 2016 drafts, and whether the Rockies will deal him in the offseason. I am of the opinion that they will deal him now that they have traded the face of their franchise, Troy Tulowitzki.  Gonzalez is now hitting .281-.337-.548 with 26 home runs, 59 runs scored and 64 RBI. He is no longer the annual 20-20 threat, but it is good to see him healthy again and hitting home runs. He won't keep hitting home runs at this pace, but he should easily exceed the 30 home run level, and has a good chance to hit 35+.

Is it me or does it seem like there are more 30+ home run hitters this season?

Remember when top Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada started his professional career in a huge slump? Well, it appears that's all it was....a slump, as he seems to be getting comfortable playing in the United States. After his rough start, he is now hitting .286-.380-.444 with 6 home runs, 15 doubles, 45 runs scored, 31 RBI and 33 stolen bases in 36 attempts in Low A ball. He isn't hitting for much power, but that should come in due time. He owns a 136 wRC+ at this point, so he is proving that he can handle Low A and is ready for a promotion. With the minor league season finishing in a few weeks, it is doubtful he will be promoted, but he should start the 2016 season in High A, or if the Red Sox want to be real aggressive with him, he could start in AA.

I am curious if they will have him play in the Arizona Fall League or the Dominican Winter Leagues in the offseason, as I assume they want him to get as many at bats as possible after missing time earlier this season.

Rockies pitching prospect Jon Gray has struggled in AAA this season, pitching to a 6-6 record with a 4.33 ERA, 3.90 FIP, and a 110-41 strikeout to walk rate in 114.1 innings. He made his second big league start last night in New York, and pitched much better than he did in his first start. He limited the Mets to one run on one hit, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts in 6 innings of work, but did not fare in the decision. He now owns a 2.70 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 9-4 strikeout to walk rate in 10 innings over his first two starts. I want to see more from him before recommending him, but if you play in a deep NL only league and need a starter, you can roll with him, but keep him on a short leash, and maybe bench him when pitching at home if you can.

The Diamondbacks came into the season with Tuffy Gosewisch as their starting catcher. That didn't last long as they worked out a trade with the Mariners for Welington Castillo, who has made many a fantasy owner smile this season for picking him up off the waiver wire. Last night, Castillo went 2-4 with a home run and 4 RBI in the Diamondbacks 13-3 win over the hot Phillies lineup. The big game improve Castillo's season slash line to .266-.326-.526 with n 15 home runs, 34 runs scored and 36 RBI in just 231 plate appearances. The move from Safeco Park to Chase Field has been a boon to Castillo's fantasy value thus far, and he is on pace to hit 22 home runs this season. Among catchers with 230 or more plate appearances, he is one of seven catchers with 15 or more home runs this season, and he leads all catchers with a .272 ISO and .526 SLG. He is owned in just under 30% of leagues right now and I have to think most of you don't have a catcher with this much power.

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