This article is part of our MLB FAAB Factor series.
This FAAB article is in addition to the AL and NL FAAB articles that run Sunday. Bids are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Throughout the season, this column will have two goals:
1. Identify FAAB targets for fantasy managers in leagues with Thursday FAAB.
2. Offer a preview of FAAB targets ahead of Sunday's columns.
While there's been a smaller sample size of games to analyze recently during the All-Star break, several top prospects are being called up for the second half of the season, and the trade deadline is quickly approaching. Several pitchers could earn more high-leverage chances following the trade deadline, and major league playing time could shift for some position players following the call-ups of Cal Raleigh, Jarred Kelenic and Jarren Duran.
Chris Flexen, Mariners: Flexen had an inconsistent start to the season, but he turned things around ahead of the All-Star break and has earned wins in three of his last five outings. He posted quality starts in four of those appearances and recorded a 1.38 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in 32.2 innings during that time. The right-hander has a lackluster 6.1 K/9 but has been effective at limiting runs recently and could be worth picking up ahead of the second half of the season. FAAB: $7
Patrick Sandoval, Angels: Sandoval moved to the starting rotation in mid-May and has been quite effective despite his 2-3 record. Across his nine starts, the southpaw has posted a 3.33 ERA and