Four Best Fantasy Baseball Pick-Ups of the Week (6/26-7/2)

Carlos Rodon

Ben Gamel, OF
The Mariners have to be pleased with what they’ve gotten out of Gamel, who’s hit .346/.403/.490 in the 54 games he’s played. He was originally fighting for a starting spot with Guillermo Heredia, who has played well too, but Gamel’s numbers are just too strong for him to not be in the lineup. In his last five games, Gamel is hitting .364 with two homers, five RBI and six runs scored. Even with his great production this season, Gamel is still available in about 75 percent of leagues.

Carlos Rodon, SP
Rodon has yet to pitch in a game this season, as he’s been recovering from a bicep injury, but he’s completed his rehab and is slated to start this Wednesday against the Yankees. While this matchup is pretty tough for someone who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since last September, picking up Rodon is more of a long-term investment. The former first round pick is still just 24 years old, this being his third season. Expectations for Rodon are high, and if he can meet those expectations, you’ll be happy you picked him up early.

Jason Hammel, SP
The Royals have gotten a good stretch of solid starts out of Hammel, who has allowed two runs or less in his last four appearances, and no more than three runs in his last five. Before his most recent start, he had gone into the seventh inning in four straight as well. Not only has he had a strong stretch of starts recently, but they’ve come against elite teams. The Indians, Astros and Red Sox were three of his last five opponents.

Ian Happ, OF/2B
Another highly-touted prospect from the Cubs’ system, Happ had gotten off to a slow start this season after he was called up, but has picked it up as of late. He went from slashing .214/.313/.429 with two home runs and five RBI in his first month in the big leagues to .297/.358/.689 with eight home runs and 17 RBI in June, his second month. He also gained dual eligibility this month which all but helps his stock. Over his last five games, he’s hitting .455 with four RBI, a stolen base and three runs scored.

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