There wasn’t a ton of movement today as we had a shortened week due to the All-Star game and festivities, so I’ll keep the notes extra light today and tomorrow. One exciting addition to the list this week though is Abner Uribe who was called up by the Brewers last week. Uribe is perhaps the best relief prospect at the moment, as he features a fastball that sits around 100 mph and a cutter/slider at around 90 mph. He’s similar to a right handed José Alvarado (who we lost to the IL this week unfortunately), although just like with Alvarado, Uribe will need to clean up his command to succeed at the MLB level. I like Elvis Peguero for now as a secondary holds option in Milwaukee, but Uribe certainly is talented enough to work his way into a high leverage role in short order.
- Steven Okert and Tanner Scott finished their first halves strong over the weekend, and the two lefties have consistently been two of the best relievers in baseball since May. With Andrew Nardi on the IL now, the pair should continue to rack up hold chances in the second half.
- I’m looking for Robert Stephenson to have a big second half in setup role for the Rays. Over his 14.1 IP with the Rays he has a 37.5% K rate, 0.98 WHIP, and 27.1% SwStr rate which is far and away the best mark since June started.
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