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Monday 18th Dec 2017

With the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) assembling in New York City this week (stay tuned for the results of the industry draft where Todd and I draft), things are running a little late, but that doesn't mean we are ignoring the baseball season. But, after a long day of travel, a short look at some of the players who gave me the "hmmms" this week.

And, with another week, a pair of great prospects again moved forward, starting with my favorite player from the 2014 draft, Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs (who else?). A catcher, at least for now, Schwarber needed just 130 games (.333-31-92) to hit the bigs where he arrived with a bang (.389-1-6 over his first five games) and personally, I think he is the best stick among all the new wonderful young Cubs. I did see Schwarber's first at-bat over the spring and he hit a grand slam. Need I say more?

Then I have had Matt Wisler buried on my teams for a few years, at least since he was drafted in 2011 by the Padres. going 28-19, 3.53 over 461.3 innings with 429 strikeouts and a 1.185 WHIP as a minor league, of which his 3-4, 4.29 totals this year with Gwinnett. The team shift came with Wisler being swapped to Atlanta as part of the Melvin Upton/Craig Kimbrel mega trade, and his debut was solid enough as he limited the Mets to one run over eight frames, allowing just six hits while striking out a pair. Again, especially in an NL-only format, grab him.

The Phils Phillippe Aumont is back for his third go-around at the Show after being drafted by the Mariners in 2007 (first round), and though he has 526 minor league strikeouts over 482.3 innings, he also has a 1.4999 WHIP (299 walks) to go with his Major League numbers of 1-6, 6.80 over 43.3 innings with the Phillies (he was swapped by the M's for Cliff Lee). Aumont might make it as a reliever at some point, but otherwise, steer clear.

Xavier Scruggs was selected by the Cards in the 19th round of the 2008 draft out of UNLV. Since then, the 27-year-old has had a solid enough career (.255-145-533) over 831 games with a decent .351 OBP that belies 350 walks to 922 strikeouts. The Cards are playing pretty well despite injuries, and Scruggs is there to help, but only in the toughest of NL-only formats should he be considered.

Looking to a few resurrection projects, the Phils also brought up Domonic Brown, who just does not seem to be able to hit much of anything at the big league level any longer after his .272-27-83 run in 2013. Brown hit .257-2-26 over 52 games at Lehigh Valley after being demoted, but he could only wrangle a .307 OBP. Out of gas and hope he is, I fear.

However, both the Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin and the Rangers' Martin Perez are working rehab stints. Corbin has gone 11 minor league innings (1-1, 6.55) but has not pitched since 2013, meaning he is just getting into a groove. Corbin could be forgotten in a lot of leagues, and could indeed be a great second half addition this year.

Much the same can be said about Perez, though he never enjoyed the success of Corbin (in 2012). Perez just has a couple of rehab innings completed at Frisco this year, but again, he could be sitting in the free agent pool and makes for a good second half boost to your AL pitching staff. In fact, both Perez and Corbin could help in mixed formats as well.

Keep an eye on the progress of both as they return to the Majors.

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