Consistency is key to building a championship-caliber fantasy baseball team. The players listed below are proving that their hot starts are no fluke and that they’re worthy adds to your 2018 roster.
Jorge Soler – OF – Kansas City Royals
ESPN Ownership Percentage – 65%
The Royals may have unlocked Soler’s true potential. After years of teasing us with his batting skills in the Cubs minor league system, the 26-year old outfielder is finally starting to find his groove at the plate, batting .323 with 18 RBI across 37 games. If the sneaky Royals offense continues to find ways to get on base, then place a bet on Soler to drive them in, as he’s batting .360 with runners in scoring position. However, be mindful of his K rate, as the outfielder has struck out in 28% of his at-bats to start the season.
Ryon Healy – 3B, 1B, DH – Seattle Mariners
ESPN Ownership Percentage – 48%
Seattle’s first baseman is slashing .282/.315/.588 after an ankle injury derailed the start of his 2018 campaign. Healy’s bat has stayed consistent through twelve May games as he’s enjoyed six multi-hit efforts to go along with four home runs and nine RBI. The power is real, evidenced by last year’s 25-homer output. Plug him into your order with confidence knowing he can produce in a lineup that is ranked fourth in batting average in the American League.
Tyson Ross – SP – San Diego Padres
ESPN Ownership Percentage – 35%
If you’re looking to solidify the pitching staff with a reliable arm, then look no further. San Diego’s right-handed dealer has a healthy 3.40 ERA and 1.15 WHIP to go along with 53 strikeouts in 47.2 innings pitched. Ross has also showcased his durability this season, pitching at least six innings in seven of his eight starts. If the veteran can stay healthy, then expect his ownership to increase. Just remember that wins might be hard to come by, as the Padres lineup ranks in the bottom tier for batting average, home runs, and RBIs.
Jack Flaherty – SP – St. Louis Cardinals
ESPN Ownership Percentage – 12%
Flaherty will be recalled on Tuesday from Triple-A Memphis to take the mound against the Minnesota Twins. Injuries to Adam Wainwright (elbow) and Carlos Martinez (lat) opened a rotation spot for the 22-year old pitching prospect who posted a 3.60 ERA with an 11:5 K:BB in two 2018 starts. Flaherty is doing all he can in Triple-A to prove to the organization that he belongs in the Cardinals rotation, indicated by his 2.27 ERA and 41 strikeouts in five games with the Redbirds. St. Louis is taking a cautious approach to Martinez’s injury, so Flaherty could be due for an extra start if he tests well in Minnesota.