FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets (Hitters): 6/26/2014
Last week on FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets we focused on players to stash for later this year or 2015. One of those players, Adam Duvall was promoted to the majors yesterday and will see time at the corners. Hopefully, readers stashed him last week while available for $1. This week we’ll look at a few other recent call ups. As always, bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across all major fantasy platforms.
Catcher: Travis d’Arnaud, New York Mets
$6 - Yahoo 4%, ESPN <1%, CBS 30%
Some of the shine has come off of d’Arnaud’s star (hitting 39% worse than league average in 596 PA), but the tools which made him a centerpiece in the R.A. Dickey deal are still there. d’Arnaud continued to rake in a brief assignment to Triple-A, hitting an amazing 156% higher than league average after cruising at 76% and 47% higher the previous two seasons at that level. It is not uncommon for prospects to take some time to adjust to the majors. Pick up d’Arnaud now and reap the benefits later.
First Base: Carlos Pena, Texas Rangers
$1 – Yahoo 0%, ESPN <0%, CBS %
How desperate for power are you? Hopefully not as much as Texas, who has turned to the last resort after losing Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland to injury. Pena is a known quantity by this point. Steady playing time the rest of the season could mean 8-10 Home runs. Of course power comes with a Mendoza line batting average, so caveat emptor.
Second Base: Greg Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals
$1 – Yahoo 1%, ESPN <1%, CBS 2%
Deep sleeper alert! Kolton Wong is injured and Mark Ellis has a .510 OPS. The Cardinals will need to find some sort of answer at second base and their best internal option is Garcia. The 2010 draft pick has been league average during his time at Triple-A, but was 37% above average at Double-A in 2012. Don’t expect much power, but look for him to reach base and net a few steals.
Third Base: Grant Green, Los Angeles Angels
$2 – Yahoo 1%, ESPN <1%, CBS %
Already eligible at second base and outfield, Green is receiving playing time at third base in place of the banged up and slumping (.587 OPS) David Freese. Green has hit 21% better than league average at Triple-A this year and was able to carry that same 21% to the majors over a 25 game call up earlier this season. Spend your FAAB Fantasy Baseball bucks here and look for him to stay in the bigs for good this time, filling in for whichever Angel is banged up.
Shortstop: Jordy Mercer, Pittsburgh Pirates
$4 – Yahoo 7%, ESPN 10%, CBS %
The Pirates’ shortstop endured a horrendous start to the season, hitting 95% worse than the rest of the league in April and 37% worse in May. Those poor numbers have masked a productive June. Mercer has been 22% above average this month, hitting five home runs with an .803 OPS. He should settle in around .750 which is solid for a hard to fill shortstop or middle infield position.
Outfield: Craig Gentry, Oakland Athletics
$1 – Yahoo 2%, ESPN <1%, CBS %
In a deep league, speed is hard to come by. Finding the right bench players to fill out a roster goes a long way to moving up in the rankings. Gentry is not an everyday player, but he plays strong defense, won’t kill a team’s batting average and can run, averaging 30 stolen bases per 162 games played in his career – impressive for a fifth outfield spot. Picking him up now will net 10-15 steals the rest of the year.
Second Look Prospects Make Great FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets
Not everyone hits the ground running in major league baseball. No matter what a player’s pedigree, many struggle the first time through MLB. Too often in fantasy baseball, players are quickly labeled as busts and forgotten about, but their organizations haven’t given up on them and neither should fantasy baseball owners. Scan the waiver wire and look for a familiar name — the shiny new toy last year. Check for improvement since being demoted. If so, a player with new found confidence can still be a $1 keeper for years to come. It’s an excellent way to spend FAAB Fantasy Baseball funds.
26 Jun 2014 / David Kaleida / 1