Jaime Garcia, SP
The Braves have gotten great production out of the 30-year-old left hander. He’s pitched to a 3.18 ERA thus far, which is good, but he’s been even better than that lately. Over his last three starts, Garcia has allowed just one run. That run came in a masterful performance against the Nationals that saw him go eight innings while striking out eight batters and walking none. This recent string of quality starts is definitely something to take note of, considering Garcia has been a notoriously streaky pitcher in his career. He has a favorable matchup this week, as he’s set for a home start against the Phillies tomorrow. Ride this hot streak while you can.
Matt Adams, 1B
Once considered to be part of the Cardinals next young core, Adams was tossed to the side by St. Louis and shipped to the Braves. Since the trade, Adams has five HR, 12 RBI and a .936 OPS in 13 games. To go even further, in his last two games, Adams has gone 5-11 with three home runs and six RBI. It’s safe to say he’ll get plenty of playing time at first base with Freddie Freeman on the DL for the foreseeable future.
Wilmer Flores, 1B/3B
Flores has good numbers on the season, hitting .313 with five homers, 16 RBI and 15 runs scored, but his issue has been getting playing time. Well, it seems that has worked itself out, as he’s been getting starts over the struggling Jose Reyes and just might be at the point of becoming the bonafide starter at the hot corner for the Mets. His dual eligibility is enticing, and he’s played both middle infield positions in the past, so he could add to his eligibility even further. Flores is only owned in a measly 3.2 percent of leagues.
Whit Merrifield, 2B
Merrifield has shown promise offensively, hitting .307 thus far with six homers and 15 RBI, and has proven to be a good baserunner with six steals and 18 runs scored. He’s currently on a 19-game hitting streak and was just bumped up to the leadoff spot in the Royals batting order. Although he isn’t much of a power hitter, he’ll consistently score in the positives if his hitting trends continue.