Fantasy baseball daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Wednesday

Logan Gilbert makes his second big league start in a favorable matchup against the Tigers. Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Wednesday's slate has something for everybody. There are future Hall-of-Famers, emerging aces, veterans aiming to get back on track, rookies and Shohei Ohtani, who leads all pitchers with 13 homers. OK, as of Tuesday's games, Ohtani leads the majors with a baker's dozen blasts.

As always, what we're concerned with is arms and bats to stream. All 30 teams are in action, but injured players could require a replacement. Here are the options to get you over the hump, everyone available in at least half of all ESPN leagues


Logan Gilbert (R), rostered in 31% of ESPN leagues, Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers: Often, rookie jitters manifest in spotty control resulting in too many walks. Gilbert's debut was checkered with the opposite as he had no issue throwing strikes; he just located too many as middle-middle. The 24-year-old righthander exhibited plus command in the minors, so the expectation is he goes back to working the edges and not leaving his four-seamer center cut this time around. A home date with the Tigers is the idea foil for the rookie to gain some confidence.

David Peterson (L), 11%, New York Mets at Atlanta Braves: Peterson's 4.86 ERA is misleading, especially in light of a 3.17 xFIP and a 3.44 SIERA. The chief reason for the discrepancy is a bloated 27.3% HR/FB mark. While it can't be completely attributed to bad luck, history suggests it will regress, which should help lower his ERA. The left-hander is fanning batters at a 29.5% clip, the 18th-highest among pitchers with at least 30 innings. The Braves offense struggles against southpaws, striking out the fifth-most while sporting the ninth-lowest wOBA against them.

Garrett Richards (R), 18%, Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays: The Blue Jays will be a great litmus test for the rejuvenated Red Sox rotation and especially Richards. The righty has combined a quicker pace between pitches with a more deliberate delivery to fuel a four-game stretch where he's 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA and 1.16 WHIP, featuring 26 punchouts to only five walks in 25 frames.

Tarik Skubal (L), 5%, Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners: OK, this is going to be a hard sell as Skubal is 0-6 with a 5.73 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 33 innings, spanning eight appearances, six of which were starts. However, he's fanned 13 with just three free passes over his last two starts, spanning 11 frames. Further, Skubal's four-seam velocity was it's season-high in the last two contests though he used it less in lieu of more changeups. However, the added velocity and less frequent deployment could have kept batters more off balance. Lastly, the Mariners have registered the second worst weighted on base average with a lefty on the hill.


Keeping it in the Motor City, Michael Fulmer has captured a pair of saves this past week. The Tigers have been searching for a closer, perhaps they'll keep the converted starter in the role. Fulmer has been injury prone, so perhaps he can prosper coming out of the bullpen. It's notable Fulmer's four-seam velocity has peaked in his last two outings.

For the latest team-by-team closer situations, please consult our Closer Chart.


Catcher -- Austin Nola (R), 31%, San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies (RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez): It took Nola a couple of weeks to shake off the rust after making his 2021 debut in late April, but it seems he has his timing back with a .462/.588/.769 three-game stretch heading into Tuesday's action. Of course he won't keep it up, but Nola was considered a top-10 backstop before getting hurt in the spring and unlike most available catchers, he hits in the heart of a productive lineup.

First Base -- Yandy Diaz (R), 11%, Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles (LHP John Means): Diaz still isn't lofting the ball enough to take advantage of his hard contact, but at least the hits are starting to pile up as he's slashed .500/.563/.786 in his last hour starts through Monday's games.

Second Base -- Jonathan Schoop (R), 5%, Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners (RHP Logan Gilbert): Consider Schoop another hot hitter as demonstrated by a 345/.367/.586 performance over the past weeks. Streaks unto themselves are not predictive, but the recent production has elevated Schoop to the five-hole with a righty on the hill.

Third Base -- Maikel Franco (R), 9%, Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays (LHP Ryan Yarbrough): To date, Franco has homered only one with a lefty on the bump, but he historically hits southpaws harder than righties and the weather is warning in Camden Yards.

Shortstop -- Mauricio Dubon (R), 4%, San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds (LHP Wade Miley): The Giants are quietly making solid use of platoon matchups, keyed by Dubon's ability to seamlessly move from middle infield to center field. A .450/.476/.650 stretch over the past eight games heading into Tuesday helped San Francisco maximize Dubon's defensive flexibility.

Corner Infield -- Jonathan Villar (S), 19%, New York Mets at Atlanta Braves (RHP Charlie Morton): Injuries have resulted in steady playing time for Villar and while he's not hitting for average, the veteran has a pair of homers and here bags in March. Further, Villar is usually a points league afterthought, but with nine walks this month, he can be deployed in that format as well as rotisserie where his steals always are beneficial.

Middle Infield -- Nicky Lopez (L), 4%, Kansas City Royals vs. Milwaukee Brewers (RHP Corbin Burnes): Getting on base will be a challenge, though Burned did finally walk his first hitter last time out. Lopez's allure is he's running from the nine-hole, swiping a pair of bags over the past week and the Brewers are one of the easiest teams to run on.

Outfield -- Lorenzo Cain (R), 32%, Milwaukee Brewers at Kansas City Royals (RHP Brad Keller): Recently, it was suggested Kolten Wong should benefit from the return of Christian Yelich. Ditto for Cain as the Brewers should be set up for a big game against one of the worst starters over the first quarter of the season.

Outfield -- Harrison Bader (R), 22%, St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (RHP Trevor Cahill): With four homers and a pair of pilfers since making his 2021 debut on April 30, Bader is just one steal shy of matching last season's totals, in fewer than half the plate appearances. The Cardinals check in with a "10" rating under stolen bases for this game, giving Bader a good chance to grab that bag.

Outfield -- David Dahl (L), 6%, Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees (RHP Corey Kluber): Generally, when Dahl is healthy, he's productive. Unfortunately, he spends more time on the IL than the field. He's been healthy lately and playing regularly against righthanders, posting a 281/.324/.563 line with a steal over the past week.