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Roto Roundup: Corey Seager, Yoenis Cespedes, Madison Bumgarner and others

Ray offers his thoughts on some of the top fantasy performers from Tuesday's MLB action, including Yoenis Cespedes, Corey Seager, Madison Bumgarner, David Ortiz and others.

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Roto Roundup

I thought Dodgers shortstop prospect Corey Seager would have been called up earlier in the season, but that was not meant to be, but with injuries to several of the Dodgers infielders, namely Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick, Enrique Hernandez, and Jose Peraza, the team called him and up and he is making the most of it. Actually, the way he is playing, he might be the Dodgers starting shortstop come playoff time. Last night, Seager had a huge night at the plate, going 4-4 with a home run, walk, 3 runs scored, 3 RBI and a stolen base in the Dodgers 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks. That performance was after he went 1-1 with 3 walks in Friday night's loss, so he has been on base 9 straight plate appearances. Since his call up, he is hitting .467-.568-.733 with a home run, 8 runs scored, 7 RBI, 2 stolen bases and a very impressive 4-7 strikeout to walk rate in just 37 plate appearances. He has hit in 8 of his 9 big league games, with multiple hits in four of those games. He will most likely be the Dodgers starting shortstop next season, but like I said, I wouldn't be surprised if he is on the Dodgers playoff roster and starting at shortstop.

There has been a lot of chatter about Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes as the National League MVP this season, and based on his performance, I think he will get some votes, but Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper should win the award come November. That said, Cespedes is having a terrific season, and is probably helping many owners win fantasy baseball leagues this season. Last night, Cespedes went 1-5 with a home run and 2 RBI in the Mets 6-4 win over the Braves. Since his trade to the Mets, Cespedes is hitting .310-.355-.684 with 16 home runs, 35 runs scored, 41 RBI and 4 stolen bases in 183 plate appearances, and on the season, he is hitting .298-.333-.559 with 34 home runs, 97 runs scored, 102 RBI and 7 stolen bases. He may not win the NL MVP award, but he could be a first round pick in 2016.

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is having his best year of his career this season, and last night he was four outs away from pitching a perfect game, but had to settle for a complete game one hitter in the Giants 8-0 win over the Padres. Bumgarner gave up just the one hit while striking out 9 in winning his 18th game of the season. He is now 18-7 with a 2.91 ERA, 2,71 FIP, 2.94 xFIP, a 1.01 WHIP and a 212-32 strikeout to walk rate in 197.2 innings. His 5.2 fWAR is the best of his career and he should win 20 games this season. I ranked Bumgarner as my 10th ranked starting pitcher for 2016 earlier this week.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas changed his approach at the plate this season and last night he had the best night of his career at the plate, going 3-5 with 2 home runs, 3 runs scored and 9 RBI in the Royals 14-6 win over the struggling Orioles. Moustakas isn't hitting for the power we all expected after he hit 36 home runs in the minors back in 2010, but like Alex Gordon, he has turned his career around after struggling initially. Mous is now hitting .284-.348-.460 with 18 home runs, 62 runs scored and 71 RBI this season. After pulling the ball nearly 50% of his batted balls in play in his previous two seasons, Moustakas is pulling the ball just 38% of the time now, and is hitting the ball to center field and left field more than ever and the results have been positive. I wonder if more hitters will try to follow the changes Moustakas made this season.

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has cooled off a bit from his hot performance after his call up, but yesterday he hit his 18th home run in the Astros 3-2 loss to the Angels. On the season, Correa is hitting .275-.343-.507 with 18 home runs, 41 runs scored, 52 RBI and 12 stolen bases with a 64-32 strikeout to walk rate in 338 plate appearances. He will probably be my #1 fantasy shortstop heading into the 2016 season, especially with Troy Tulowitzki having the worst season of his career this year. The shortstop position is already thin with Tulo disappointing and Hanley Ramirez losing eligibility next season, we should guys like Correa and Seager, along with Jung-ho Kang and Brandon Crawford atop many shortstop rankings next season.

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is one of the few Red Sox hitters performing well at the plate this season. Yesterday, Ortiz joined one of the 500 home run club after going 3-4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI in the Red Sox 10-4 win over the Rays. On the season, Ortiz is hitting .275-.361-.556 with 34 home runs, 67 runs scored and 95 RBI. He is having another excellent season at the plate and I see no reason for him to disappoint heading into next season, his age 40 season.

One hitter who seems to be a bit under the radar this season is Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. Once know for his speed skills, Gardner has become a more well rounded fantasy hitter. Despite the Yankees losing both games of the crucial double header to the Blue Jays yesterday, Gardner had a big day at the plate, going 4-9 with 3 home runs and 7 RBI in the two games. He is now hitting .273-.356-.433 with 16 home runs, 88 runs scored, 65 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 23 attempts. If he can improve his power numbers just a bit, he could put up a 20-20 season in 2016 and should be ranked accordingly.

I ranked Mets young starter Noah Syndergaard as my 26th ranked starting pitcher for 2016 earlier this week, but I might be a little too low on him. Yesterday, Syndergaard was dominant once again, limiting the Braves to just one run on 2 hits, a walk and 8 strikeouts in 7 innings. In his 21 starts, he is 8-6 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and a 137-30 strikeout to walk rate in 129.1 innings. He has given up two runs or less in six of his last ten starts, and in 13 of his 21 starts overall. He is a big strikeout pitcher who could easily be ranked in the top 20 starters by this time next season.

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