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Post All-Star Game Potential in the NL

We previously covered a couple of AL players that are more than worth a look in your fantasy league. The National League also presents some opportunities to acquire largely overlooked potential for the stretch run.

Nathan Eovaldi (Miami Marlins, SP)
After starting off the season on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, Eovaldi did not make his season debut until June 18th at Arizona. The 23 year old would go six strong against the Diamondbacks allowing only two earned runs on three hits. Three more consecutive quality starts have followed, including one against the NL's top offense in St. Louis on July 6th. A mid-season acquisition by the Marlins last year, he seems to have secured a stable rotation spot with Miami now that Ricky Nolasco has departed. Eovaldi has yet to show his AA form of 8.3 K/9 at the big league level, but that could soon come when you consider that he is armed with a mid-high 90s heater. What he has shown in the majors through nearly 180 career innings is an ability to limit home runs by keeping the ball on the ground at a solid rate. On display so far this season is the propensity to record outs with those grounders. The 2008 11th round draft pick is currently limiting opposing hitters to a .186 AVG. When you consider a very solid career 2.34 ERA at Marlins Park, Eovaldi is at minimum a viable streaming option for the remainder of the season when taking the mound at home.

Nick Hundley (San Diego Padres, C)
With Yasmani Grandal now on the shelf for the rest of the season, Hundley will take over everyday duties behind the plate for the Padres. I certainly am not holding my breath that the veteran backstop will not soon suffer the same fate. Injuries have plagued his entire career to this point. Just in case he does make it the duration of the season however; fantasy managers, especially those in leagues of the two catcher variety, may want to do a little research. Hundley has posted 162 game averages of 15 homers and 29 doubles over his career. Those numbers are not too shabby when produced by your #2/backup catcher. It is easily understandable if you are scared off by a .240/.297/.390 career line, but keep in mind that we are scraping the bottom of the barrel here.