Another top prospect call up headlines the week 11 waiver wire hitting waiver wire and the news that he could potentially be joined by another has one team buzzing. Of course I am talking about Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano who are expected to be all world talents in a couple of years’ time. Minnesota would probably have been planning to give them a little longer in the minors but the team is competing and they need to keep going. These call ups are exciting and should be really intriguing for fantasy owners so don’t hesitate to go and grab Buxton whilst stashing Sano who should be arriving soon.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL: There has been no slow start to his season for Matt Wieters as he has been hitting 0.333 with two home runs since returning from a long stint on the DL. Wieters is playing regularly between the DH position and behind the plate meaning even though the Orioles are being careful with him he is still putting up plenty of fantasy stats. The interesting thing that he is in the last year of his contract so the Orioles are going to want to fully test out his body this season so I expect to see Wieters playing plenty while he is healthy. A must own catcher in all leagues with top five upside for the rest of the season.
Wilson Ramos, C, WSH: Ramos has hit four home runs in the last 15 days including two in Tampa Bay off position players on Tuesday! His total for the season is up to seven and he is now back on pace for a potential 20 homer season. He has 31 RBI on the season thanks to batting behind a very good line-up and while he isn’t a must add catcher he is a top 15 option that should be owned in more than 50% of leagues.
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Adam Lind, 1B, MIL: Lind has been really impressive this year especially when you consider how the team around him is performing. The advantage of playing for a bad team is you get to be an everyday player because there is simply no better option. Lind has nine homers, 33 RBI and 24 runs on the season so far with a batting average in the mid 270’s. Lind is looking like a 25 homer guy with potential 75/90 runs and RBI respectively putting him in the shout for a top 15 first baseman.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX: Moreland has been hot since coming off the DL and other than this week (in an NL park) he has been a frequent part of the Rangers line-up. Moreland has plenty of power and he has also been hitting at a 0.300 average so far this season making him a really intriguing option at util in a roto league. Moreland could easily be a 25 plus homer guy and while I expect the batting average will regress he could be looking at 60ish runs and 80-90 RBI this year.
Matt Duffy, 2B/3B, SF: Duffy is an underrated player right now in fantasy especially when you consider his second base eligibility. Since May 23rd Duffy has sat just once and that was just for a rest day so it seems the Giants are fully committed to him right now. Duffy is currently batting 0.294 with six homers, two steals, 18 runs and 29 RBI and should be owned in any league with a middle infield spot.
Brett Lawrie, 2B/3B, OAK: Another man who is intriguing because of his position eligibility. Lawrie much like Duffy plays every day at third but can be used in those pesky middle infield holes given his appearances at second last season. Lawrie also has 6 homers on the season and is batting in the 0.290 range. He is behind Duffy for me because even though their numbers are identical Duffy’s have come in 50 less AB’s than Lawrie’s but he still should be owned in most middle infield using leagues.
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI: Ah the shining beacon in the turd fest of Philadelphia. Franco must be the only thing keeping Phillies fans watching baseball right now because the young man is really impressive. Seven homers on the year have come with 17 runs and 18 RBI whilst hitting in the 270 region. Franco should be owned in all corner outfielder leagues and could easily be a starting third baseman for fantasy come year end.
Miguel Sano, 3B, MIN: Sano is hitting himself up to the majors with seven home runs at a 0.320 average in his last 33 AA games. He will come up with third base eligibility but he is likely to play mist of his time at either left field or in the DH spot as the Twins desperately look to keep their first couple of months going. Sano would likely have already been in the majors had it not been for his injury last year but he looks to have shaken that off now and is primed and ready to join Buxton in the bigs.
Jace Peterson, SS/2B, ATL: I am really impressed with Jace Peterson in a quiet going about his job sort of way. At shortstop you just need to be a solid player to be a fantasy relevant guy and that is exactly what Peterson looks right now. Currently he is batting in the 280 region with 27 runs, 29 RBI, two homers and seven steals and is now owned in nearly 50% of leagues. He has a really good shout to finish the league in top 10 at SS so It hink it should be higher than that.
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Wilmer Flores, SS, NYM: It is no secret that Mets fans think they need a new SS but Flores is doing his part at least with the bat. So far he has an incredible 10 homers making him the 12th best SS right now. Ideally he needs to up his average from 0.245 if he wants to be a top 10 option but even so he has still managed to score 29 runs whilst driving in 32. His ownership should be creeping towards 50% solely for the power in my opinion.
Byron Buxton, OF, MIN: The number one prospect in baseball was called up last weekend to continue a constant stream of top prospects arrivals in the majors this season. Buxton started slowly in the minors but had been tearing it up before he call up and Minnesota are going to give him every chance to learn at develop at this level. Buxton is a speedy outfielder who has a decent amount of pop for a young guy but don’t expect anything extraordinary power wise right now because he will grow into his power.
Kevin Pillar, OF, TOR: A monster so far in June with a 0.385 batting average lifting his season line up to 0.257. So far he has five homers and nine steals putting him on pace for a 15/30 season and he is on pace to score 100 runs and drive in 80-90 which is very impressive for a defensive player. If he can keep hitting for average, can hit semi regular homers and steal a few bases then Pillar will soon be relevant in all leagues but beware the batting average regression that may be coming.
Billy Burns, OF, OAK (Steals): Not only is Burns stealing and scoring but he is hitting for an incredible average over 300. There is no real power here and RBI chances will be limited atop the order but Burns should be able to get on base enough to potentially steal 40 bases this season.
Ben Revere, OF, PHI (Steals): Revere has been up to his usual tricks stealing 16 bases and scoring 31 runs already this season. Batting a top the order with that sort of speed should see him score plenty even in Phlly. RBI are a problem as he only has 16 so far and ideally you want him closer to 0.300 than 0.275 but Revere give you a good steals haul without goose egging you that often.
Rajai Davis, OF, DET (Steals): All the value here is in the speed because Davis doesn’t play enough to score a relevant amount of runs or RBI and there is very little power. Davis is a 5th outfielder in a team where steals are the only issue needed solving.