PHILS CUTCH IS GONE, SO BRUCE, HASELEY STEP UP: OR THESE GUYS…!

By Annie Ross

So how do the Phillies replace the out-for-the-season Andrew McCutchen in center field?

Prospect Adam Haseley (above) joined the team yesterday.

Here’s who else is available:

The Rays’ Avisail Garcia would be a recommendation if he weren’t dinged himself. Garcia is dealing with a tight hamstring and missed the final three games of the Minnesota series on the weekend. Otherwise, Garcia is having a lovely season — hitting .301 with some category juice (10 homers, six steals). He’s just two years removed from a .330 breakthrough.

Sometimes Garcia bats leadoff for the Rays, sometimes he slots in the 4-5 pocket. If his hamstring checks out fine, that 37-percent ownership tag needs some fixing.

You have to accept batting-average risk with the Tigers’ Jacoby Jones. Sure, he’s on a .302 binge for the last month, but he’s only batting .236 for the year, and he’s a career .206 hitter. With a 31-percent strikeout rate, he could torch your average at any time.

Jones also has five homers and four bags over the past month. Perhaps being a regular player agrees with him; he’s started 45 of Detroit’s last 47 games. If your team average is in a good place, this could be a speciality rental. Jones is scarcely owned (just three percent) in Yahoo.

Niko Goodrum is the rich man’s Jones — some category juice tied to a wonky average. You’ll find Goodrum at the top of the Detroit lineup, while Jones slots eighth or ninth. Goodrum’s .234/.320/.411 slash isn’t overwhelming (it’s also right around his career norm), but he is on pace to score 87 runs, conk 17 homers, steal 12 bases. And he’s as flexible as they come, qualifying at every offensive position except catcher. Pour some Goodrum in the medium leagues; he’s at 27-percent owned.

The key when analyzing the Angels’ Kole Calhoun is to throw out the awful 2018 results (.208/.283/.369). That’s not who he is. His current .243/.335/.495 slash is sneaky-useful — his .830 OPS is actually a career best. He’s on pace for 35 home runs, and the statcast profile backs it up (line drives are up, barrel percentage never better, expected slugging is .505). Jaded fantasy owners are still holding last year against Calhoun; he’s free to add in 77 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Haseley was the eighth overall pick in the 2017 draft, but he hasn’t progressed at a rapid rate — he didn’t make anyone’s Top 100 list before the year. Haseley spent six weeks at Double-A and one week at Triple-A this spring, posting a respectable .275/.358/.466 line (seven homers, five steals).

Jay Bruce was recently acquired for corner-outfield depth, and Scott Kingery can take outfield reps. Journeyman Sean Rodriguez finished up in center field Monday night. At least put Haseley on the watch list for now.

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