In this piece, we'll help you with some advice with Orioles players for your fantasy baseball down the stretch. We'll write about redraft and dynasty formats, using Yahoo and ESPN platforms. Without further ado, let's start.
Cionel Perez (ESPN: 0.2% rostered; Yahoo: 1% rostered)
The Cuban reliever will be helpful in the stats category. Since August, he hasn't allowed an earned run in the last 12 innings of work with 14 strikeouts and only 2 walks. If you need 'hold' stats or lower your team ERA in some point, Cionel is the guy for the job.
Adam Frazier (ESPN: 16.5% rostered; Yahoo: 13% rostered)
We knew that Brandon Hyde loves putting a lefty hitter against a righty starter and vice-versa. In that sense, Adam Frazier could work. He doesn't strikeout often and he made his own dough with some hits (three straight games with a hit). If your team needs to cut strikeouts, he'll be helpful.
John Means (ESPN: 4% rostered; Yahoo: 18% rostered)
The lefty is coming to return for MLB action for the first time since April 2022. He completed his rehab assignment and should be activated in the coming days. Hyde didn't confirm if Baltimore will continue the six-man rotation or they'll back to five-man rotation. Add Means to your team, especially on Yahoo, because IL players could be put directly on IL spots.
James McCann (ESPN: 0.1% rostered; Yahoo: 0%)
He found his groove with the Orioles, especially in August (.359/.409/.538 slash line). He's played more behind the plate, splitting his catching duties with Adley. For insurance if your catcher goes down or in a day off (Baltimore will have only one in the final week), McCann is unoticed for fantasy managers.
Heston Kjerstad (ESPN: 0.7%; Yahoo: 3%)
Chayce McDermott (0% on both platforms)
Colton Cowser (ESPN: 1.2%; Yahoo: 4%)
For dynasty managers, keep an eye on these guys. Kjerstad played so well in 2023 that Birdland doesn't believe why he's still stuck in Norfolk. Add/claim him in your league because next year will have Kjerstad in the majors, for sure.
The second one was a surprise this year and delivers solid outings in AA and AAA levels. An acquisition from Trey Mancini trade, the lefty could be on the Opening Day roster next year if he performs well in Spring Training.
The last one could be underwhelming, but he's a talent player. Remember Grayson? Remember Mullins in 2019? A stint in the minors could be beneficial. Don't be sour with Cowser's performances in the majors. He'll be back.
Bonus: if in your league the phenom Jackson Holliday is avaliable (ESPN: 3.7%; Yahoo: 13%), go ahead and add him in your team. The #1 prospect in all baseball won't be easy to add next year.