Rickie Weeks, Mark Reynolds stay hot


St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller tossed two innings of scoreless relief in his big league debut Wednesday, allowing one hit and striking out four. Miller, 21, is one of the top pitching prospects in the game, and he had thrived at Triple-A Memphis over the past two months. For now he's likely to pitch in relief, but he could provide value in that role in NL-only formats. He's a must-own in dynasty leagues.

Atlanta Braves left-hander Mike Minor stymied the Colorado Rockies for seven shutout innings Wednesday, allowing one hit and striking out seven. Minor's overall numbers don't impress (4.58 ERA), but he has been considerably better since the All-Star break (2.56 ERA). Consider him a worthy spot starter the rest of the way at home (3.61 ERA) and a potential sleeper in 2013.

Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks homered twice and knocked in four runs Wednesday, and over his past eight games he's 15-for-31 with three home runs, four stolen bases and 13 runs scored. Weeks is one of ESPN's most added players and is erasing months of underachievement, reminding us that recent trends matter more than season numbers.

Oakland Athletics right-hander Brandon McCarthy left Wednesday's game early after an Erick Aybar line drive struck him in the head. McCarthy, who spent the night at the hospital, did not lose consciousness, but it's premature to expect him to make his next start on time. McCarthy has followed up his solid 2011 with good numbers -- though Wednesday he was touched for five hits and three runs in 3 2/3 innings -- and should remain owned.

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been solid all year, adding two more hits and his 15th stolen base Wednesday. Goldschmidt becomes the 15th member of the 15-homer, 15-steal club this season, and the only one who is first base-eligible. His .289 batting average is also a surprise, but this is a top-10 first baseman likely to keep improving.

Baltimore Orioles corner infielder Mark Reynolds homered again Wednesday, his sixth in six games, to go along with 13 RBIs in that span. Reynolds has hit .292 since the start of August with 10 home runs, and unless your league counts hitter strikeouts, he can help. Reynolds remains available in more than half of ESPN's standard leagues.