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Lineup Order Risers and Fallers: AL West 2020 Review

It’s the offseason and there are about to be a bunch of moving parts. This allows for speculation in terms of players gaining or losing playing time, moving up or down a batting order and much more. The idea here is to highlight some lineup situations for each team and some potential winners or losers from said situations. 

We will highlight players who could see a change in their given lineup position entering 2021 and the fantasy outlook. We will also discuss notable trends on batting orders that teams put out to finish the year and into the playoffs to try and gather an early idea of what to expect entering 2021. Lastly, there will be mention of players returning from injury and those that are entering free agency. 

Again, much will change. As players retire, sign, get traded, get injured or news breaks these notes will be updated. This is just a very early look to give drafters an advantage if things hold true. This is solely focusing on the lineups and offensive side of the ball. This is going to be a six-part series; we will start with the teams from the American League West. 

 

Oakland Athletics 

Key Free Agents: Tommy La Stella, Marcus Semien, Robbie Grossman, Jake Lamb

Returning from injury: Matt Chapman 

  • Both Tommy La Stella and Marcus Semien are entering free agency leaving a hole to be filled atop the lineup. These two were often hitting first and second in the lineup. 16 of the final 21 games these two hit first and second in the order. The only players to sneak in during the five games were Laureano for three games at the leadoff spot, Grossman four times in the 2-holes
  • If they don’t re-sign either and look to utilize options within, the obvious options to move up are Matt Chapman and Ramon Laureano
  • Chapman was routinely hitting third or fourth but did get the occasional game batting second. Depending who gets brought in could determine where he lands in the batting order.
  • Worth noting is that Robbie Grossman did bat second in five of the final 11 games of 2020. This was with Chapman out of course. But he too could be on his way out as a free agent. 
  • Ramon Laureano fell out of favor and was batting towards the bottom of the lineup batting 6-8 in 14 of the final 16 games of the 2020 regular season. This trend continued into the playoffs. However, prior to the La Stella trade, he would consistently bat second for the most part. In the first 30 games, he hit second 25 times and in four of the games he didn't, he was out of the lineup. With La Stella and Semien out of the picture, he should find his way back up there. This is assuming they do not re-sign them or make other acquisitions. 

 

Texas Rangers

Key Free Agents: Shin-Soo Choo, Jeff Mathis

Returning from injury: Danny Santana, Elvis Andrus

  • Shin-Soo Choo is a free agent entering his age-38 season. He could call it quits. 
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit top-three (typically third) in each of the final 27 games of the season. I don’t see this changing. Solid contact skills that lead to a 14% strikeout rate and a .280 batting average. The fantasy value takes a hit as he loses catcher eligibility BUT he does offer a plus speed tool, stole eight bases in 2020 and is on a team that ranked 5th on stolen bases overall. He also offers 3B and SS eligibility so you pair that with potentially hitting top 3, it could lead to good value in deeper mixed leagues and AL-Only. 
  • Leody Taveras got the opportunity to get some run in 2020. Upon getting called up, he led off instantly. Even prior to Choo landing on the IL. He then went on to lead off in 26 of the remaining 33 games played in 2021. This included a stretch of leading off 23 straight. Of the 7 games he didn’t lead off, he hit ninth three times and then batted eighth, seventh and second one time each while only sitting once.
  • Taveras could start in the minors in 2021. Why the concern about that? Well, he only hit .227/.308/.395 and struck out 32.1% of the time in his short stint in 2020. Also, prior to 2020, he only played 65 games above High-A. Also, the return of Danny Santana and service time could also play a part. This is a situation to monitor.
  • Danny Santana returning will be in the mix for a spot at the top of the lineup. When he wasn’t injured he often found himself hitting second or third. You will likely see him get a chance to stick around there but at least in the top-five. Nick Solak and Willie Calhoun being the main competition for those spots in the order. All should remain in the top-five with Gallo likely slotting into the middle of it all. 
  • In the final 11 games of the season, Solak did hit second four times and third twice and fifth three times. He should be a sure thing for a top 5 lineup spot. 
  • Calhoun never really came around after getting hit in the face in spring training. He did, however, hit second in seven of the final 13 games of the season. Calhoun and Solak would seemingly swap lineup spots depending if they were facing LHP or a RHP. Calhoun would get the higher spot vs RHP. 
  • Andrus fell out of favor early on and never really got back to the top of the lineup after that. Not sure if he will get a shot or not. He fell to the seventh/eightth spot relatively quickly last year and could return there in 2021. A hot spring training could change that of course. 
  • Why is Jeff Mathis a “key free agent?" That’s because Sam Huff seems to be in line (as of now) to be the starting catcher entering 2021. That still is hard to buy for similar reasons as Taveras though. At just 22 years old, prior to 2020 he never played above High-A. It is hard to believe that he enters 2021 as the starting catcher but a mid-season call-up seems realistic at the very least. There is big time power potential here but could drag the batting average through the mud and the strikeouts are a concern. In terms of player comp on the offensive side, Gary Sanchez comes to mind. 

 

Los Angeles Angels

Key Free Agents: Andrelton Simmons

Returning from injury: Luis Rengifo and Franklin Barreto 

  • This is more interesting in terms of seeing how the lineup will shake out with the youth. You have Jo Adell coming into 2021 after a rough 2020. Do we see him start off in MiLB? Didn’t flash much in Triple-A in 2019 either so he might get a start down there. 
  • This lineup might be set in terms of David Fletcher leading off with Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Shohei Ohtani hitting either in the 2-4 or 3-5 range.
  • This will depend on Jared Walsh who hit second in each of the final 15 games of 2020. This should be his spot to lose.
  • Upton went from a platoon bat to hitting every day. Not sure if he will return to hitting daily. But he would typically bat sixth and if they don’t sign anyone or find him a platoon partner, he could offer sneaky RBI upside late in drafts batting sixth in this lineup. 
  • It seems Franklin Barreto and Luis Rengifo will be fighting it out for the 2B spot. Although Jahmai Jones finished the season there. Having already logged 178 total games at Double-A, he could be in the mix as well. Whoever wins the spot likely bats at the bottom of the lineup. 

 

Seattle Mariners 

Key Free Agents: None

Returning from injury: Jake Fraley, Dylan Moore, Sam Haggerty, Mitch Haniger, Shed Long Jr., Tom Murphy

  • J.P. Crawford should get the chance to hold onto the leadoff spot in 2021. He led off all but 12 games last year and there is no reason to think he cannot continue to lead off. Although he only posted a .336 OBP and .303 wOBA, he might need to continue to show some growth to sustain the top spot. Especially with Dylan Moore returning from injury.
  • Of the 12 games that Crawford did not lead off, Moore led off in five of them. However, he routinely hit in the 2-hole behind Crawford. 
  • Moore had himself a mini-breakout and assuming he is healthy, he should get an early run in the top of the order again. Let’s just hope the strikeouts continue to come down. After never striking out more than 20% at any minor league level, he has now struck out 33% and 27% in his first two MLB seasons and it could continue to improve. He only has 151 games under his belt at the MLB level after all. 
  • When healthy, Haniger would routinely hit second in the order. This could actually take place again. I would guess Crawford would get moved down between the two but it is worth monitoring as someone will be affected by this.
  • Shed Long Jr. had a down year. He started off the season leading off then quickly fell out of favor and into the bottom half of the order where he eventually settled down there. Injuries likely played a part in his struggles and a hot spring could give him a chance to earn his way back up. But until we see the Mariners willing to give him said chance, you cannot assume that is going to be the case. 
  • Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager are solidified in the middle of the order. 
  • Ty France came to the Mariners via trade and over the final 20 games, he never hit below fifth. After being traded to Seattle, France put up a .302/.362/.453 triple slash with a .354 wOBA and a 129 wRC+. The Mariners will likely want to see if they can continue to get that out of France and he will be given a chance early on to prove he belongs in the middle of the order. 
  • My concern: With Tom Murphy and Mitch Haniger back from injury, France might find himself fighting for a spot in the middle of the order with these other two. I would assume Murphy falls of these three if I had to guess. I could also see Crawford being pushed down as well allowing France to stay put in the 5-hole.
  • Evan White did not perform as anticipated this year but I buy into the skillset and believe he will bounce back. Just know, he will need to earn his way up given the players who have had breakouts or outperformed him in 2020. He will play every day at first base due to defense alone but the bat will play. We haven’t seen the best of White, but be mindful that a spot batting in the bottom third of the lineup seems likely at this point.

 

Houston Astros 

Key Free Agents: Michael Brantley, Josh Reddick, George Springer 

Returning from injury: Yordan Alvarez 

  • George Springer and Michael Brantley leaving really leave a couple of holes in the lineup. We saw Springer and Brantley consistently hit first and third in the lineup in 2020. Springer has led off as long as I can remember for this team in general. 
  • When Springer was out of the lineup this season, we saw a mix of Altuve, Tucker, and Straw get a chance to lead off. I would bet on Altuve getting the first shot as he usually hits second as it is. We saw Altuve finish the year batting second in each of the final 13 games and again in the playoffs. Altuve did struggle in the regular season but we saw him return to form in the postseason posting five home runs and a .375/.500/.729 triple slash and a .508 wOBA. Obviously, it was a small sample, but so was the 60-game season as a whole and to think Altuve is as bad as he was during it is a mistake. He should find himself at the top of the lineup in 2021. 
  • Yordan Alvarez is recovering from his knee surgery and should be back and slot into the middle of the order so that would help fill the gap Brantley leaves.

  • Carlos Correa often found himself in the sixth or seventh spot in the lineup but in the ALCS he was bumped up to the cleanup spot. That could speak to their confidence in him and he could find himself getting the chance to prove himself in the middle of the order in 2021.
  • Alex Bregman is another player who struggled for the Astros this season. Many of the Astros hitters struggled. We saw him fall from third in the lineup during the regular season to fifth in the lineup during the playoffs. He should remain in this range and if they do not re-sign Springer or Brantley, we could see Correa and Bregman being the players to move up a bit. 
  • Kyle Tucker hit fifth in 25 of the final 31 games in the regular season and we should finally get a full season of Kyle Tucker and he should hit fifth or sixth. He did hit sixth in the postseason and with Alvarez coming back and the other pieces to the puzzle we discussed, fifth or sixth in the batting order is likely. 
  • Dusty Baker seems to like Aledmys Diaz and gives him playing time when he is healthy. We saw him bat eighth and play LF or DH in the playoffs. But it was on the weak side of a platoon with Reddick on the strong side. With Reddick out of the picture, we could see Straw take over the strong side of the platoon. 
  • Myles Straw has a career .281 batting average and .366 OBP vs RHP while struggling mightily vs LHP in his small sample in the majors. Could lead to the platoon early on and more chances vs LHP as he earns them. Straw consistently posted double-digit walk rates with sub 20% strikeout rates and he did so in 2019 as well in his cup of coffee at the big league level.  His skill set lends itself well to leading off as a speed-first player with solid on-base skills. 
  • Yuli Gurriel is what he is at this point. He was batting seventh in the playoffs and was batting sixth in nine of the final 13 games of the regular season and then down to seventh in the playoffs. He struggled this year but not much changed in the profile to suggest he can’t hit for a solid average (as usual) in 2021. The only notable change was the pull rate. It was down 10.4% and he went more to an all-fields approach in the process so the fact that he had a career-worst BABIP of just .235 is surprising. But it is something one would expect to correct itself next year given the track record. However, Gurriel is entering his age-37 season with his best days are surely behind him and other players around him entering their prime or outperforming him, he seems likely to fall into the bottom third of the lineup and will need to hit his way up.



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Targeting Categories Down The Stretch - Bases Loaded Pod

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) rolls solo. With only 10 days left in this fantasy baseball season, he discusses players to target for categories you might be hurting at.

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Targeting Categories Down The Stretch

Mike Kurland (@Mike Kurland) rolls solo. With only 10 days left in this fantasy baseball season, he discusses players to target (who might be available in your league) for categories you might be hurting at. These are the 5x5 rotisserie categories to be specific and he threw in some saves targets as well. Check it out and we hope you enjoy.

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1B and 3B Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 9

This is the second-to-last waiver wire article of the 2020 fantasy baseball season. As fast as it has come, it has quickly gone and although it has been a wild and crazy ride, there is still about two weeks left and you can still make an impact in your standings. Let's dive in and see what players are left on the waiver wire that can help you make the run.

Before we dive in, we need to keep a few things in mind:

  • We focus on players rostered in 5x5 Roto formats in Yahoo! leagues.
  • Player eligibility will also be determined by the Yahoo! player pool.
  • We aim at players rostered in 40% of leagues or less. This allows us to provide names to help leagues of all sizes.
  • They will be in order of rostered percentage from highest to lowest.

There has been and will continue to be a ton of turnover. Be quick on the trigger and get your adds in before the next person. Staying a step ahead is key and the goal here is to keep you a step ahead. Now, let's get to those players to add for Week 9.

 

First Base Waiver Wire Options

Tommy La Stella (1B/2B/3B, OAK) - 37% Rostered

La Stella is doing La Stella things. Batting atop of the Athletics lineup, he has found his groove of late. He is hitting for good batting average and the counting stats are starting to come with them. With leading off will also come more plate appearances, which are gold right now. The upside is limited with La Stella, but you know what you are getting and he is someone I call a roster stabilizer. These have value depending on the team you have so you can plug him into your lineup and move on. No second guessing it here. There is a little bit of an extra boost to value with the multi-positional flexibility.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, MIA) - 16% Rostered

Aguilar has had his ups and downs this season a bit (who hasn't?) but it appears he is back on track of late. Over the last two weeks, he is batting .326 with two home runs and 12 runs and seven RBI. There is a little power, batting average and counting stats on a team that is fighting to make the playoffs. Aguilar has really bounced back in this short season and it shows in the underlying numbers as well. He also sported a mechanical change coming into the season as well as a change in approach. It has really benefited him and this could be a sign of things to come entering 2021. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let's focus on 2020 and Aguilar can really help you down this final stretch run.

Jared Walsh (1B, LAA) - 10% Rostered

A top 15 player in rotisserie formats over the last two weeks, Walsh demands your attention. He is playing every day and recently moved up to the top of the Angels lineup. He has come alive in terms of power with four home runs over the last week. The power breakout came in a big way in 2019 when he posted a total of 37 home runs between Triple-A and the short MLB stint. He brings a pull heavy approach (46.5%) and it comes with a good barrel rate (14%) and hard hit rate (41.9%). Put that all together and the power can remain. The data is limited on Walsh due to the amount of at-bats but take a shot on him if you need power upside

Third Base Waiver Wire Options

Alec Bohm (3B, PHI) - 29% Rostered

I don't know what to do anymore. I have put him on here every single week of late and yet he remains under 40% rostered. Heck, I don't think he has broken the 30% mark and that should be rectified. The power is real and supported by the underlying metrics. His bat has always been what was thought would carry over to the MLB level and it has. Bohm has been broken down deeper in previous articles so if you want a more in-depth breakdown, feel free to check those out but this is just a reminder to add him in places he is available. In rotisserie formats, he has ranked 88th over the last month, 25th over the last two weeks and 18th the last week. There is a trend here. There is a solid, high four-category floor as he is managing to rank this high without stealing a single base.

Maikel Franco (3B, KC) - 19% Rostered

Franco is far from flashy or exciting but he is hitting well and could be a sneaky boost to RBI down the stretch.He has been batting 3rd or 4th of late and has been flourishing in the new lineup spot. Over the last two weeks, he has put up 13 RBI and has batted .368 in the process. The power is not much but it is not a complete zero either. He decreased his launch angle to a career-low 8.2 degrees but in the process, the barrel% (7.1%) and sweet spot% (35.7%) are both career-highs. He has sacrificed fly balls and some power potential for line drives and batting average and it is paying off for him. The batting average on the season is .284 and that comes with an expected batting average of .290. The new approach could be lending itself to this change and it might be who he is moving forward.

Ty France (2B/ 3B, SEA) - 16% Rostered

He has been mentioned in the dart throws section a time or two, but as he becomes rostered on more teams, he makes his way up to the focal point of the article. This is still a deeper league play, but with needing to make up a few games down the stretch, this should lead to extra at-bats and these at-bats come with big power upside. Just last year between Triple-A and his MLB stint, he put up 34 home runs. That power is not a fluke and will play. France ranks as the 92nd player over the last week in rotisserie leagues and has two home runs while batting .375 in the process. He does so while playing every day so when the doubleheaders come, he should play most, if not all, the games.

 

Deeper-League Dart Throws

These are a few players to go after in your deeper leagues or if you're in a pinch in general. These players will be rostered in less than 10% of leagues.

Ke'Bryan Hayes (3B, PIT) - 8% Rostered

This is all about the high floor. He offers some power and speed without dragging your batting average down. This goes back to roster stabilization. He will bring a little of everything without flashing a lot of anything.

Garrett Cooper (1B/OF, MIA) - 6% Rostered

Another Miami Marlin on the list. Cooper has quietly got rolling over the last week. With a home run, eight runs and batting .290, you could do way worse. Multi-position eligibility helps his value down this stretch run with injuries piling up and pair that with playing every day and you have yourself a deep league asset.

Nate Lowe (1B, TB) - 3% Rostered

Very few names on the waiver wire offer the upside Nate Lowe offers so if you need a lotto ticket, this is your guy. He is finally playing every day and we know the power can play. He does have two home runs over the last week (albeit in the same game). Regardless, this is an upside play and if you're in a position to win, he could be worth the stash to see what we have here.

Jose Marmolejos (1B/OF, SEA) - 2% Rostered

This is a true dart throw. The Mariners have been finding diamonds in the rough and this could be another. Or it could be just a hot streak. Regardless, he has recently found himself in the 4-spot and 5-spot and that could lead to solid RBI potential as well.

 



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1B and 3B Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 8

We are entering the final stretch of the fantasy baseball season. That feels crazy to say but that is where we are at. Let's continue the final push and get you some names to target for your corner infield spots (1B and 3B ) for week 8.

Before we dive in, we need to keep a few things in mind:

  • We focus on players rostered in 5x5 Roto formats in Yahoo! leagues.
  • Player eligibility will also be determined by the Yahoo! player pool.
  • We aim at players rostered in 40% of leagues or less. This allows us to provide names to help leagues of all sizes.
  • They will be in order of rostered percentage from highest to lowest.

There has been and will continue to be a ton of turnover. Be quick on the trigger and get your adds in before the next person. Staying a step ahead is key and the goal here is to keep you a step ahead. Now, let's get to those players to add for Week 8.

 

First Base Waiver Wire Options

Brandon Belt (1B/OF, SF) - 36% Rostered

Alright, this is now three straight weeks Belt has been on this list and that is because he still remains under 40% rostered and that should be rectified. He has been the 96th best player in 5x5 roto league sover the last month and the 20th best over the last two weeks. He doesn't appear to be slowing down by any means. He has been a four-category producer and slots into the middle of the lineup just about every game. If he is available, there is little reason to leave him available on your waiver wire.

Austin Slater (1B/OF, SF) - 29% Rostered

Slater was coming into his own prior to sustaining an injury. He was just activated and has led off each of the first two games back. However, this was against two straight LHP and he always was in lineups vs LHP. We need to see the usage against RHP return to what it was prior to the injury before I can fully buy back into Slater. The skill set alone is what is intriguing. He has four home runs and six steals. The power and speed will play and it is only really a matter of playing time but if you need upside and a chance for steals with some added pop, Slater could offer that. His plate discipline has been very good this year as well and pair that with an above average contact rate (77.1% and an above average swinging strike rate (9.7%) and you can see why the strikeouts are good and why he is succeeding a bit. He also has hit the least amount of ground balls than ever before (33.3%) and that has helped the power play. The line drive rate of 38.5% could definitively help explain the gains in batting average as well. Again, it is simply a matter of playing time against RHP but there is a lot to like under the hood and he is worth taking a shot on.

 

Third Base Waiver Wire Options

Jon Berti (2B/3B/SS/OF, MIA) - 38% Rostered

If you need speed, Berti is your guy. He is leading off regulalrly of late and has three stolen bases over the last two weeks. With sprint speed in the 96th percentile, you can count on the speed to play up. Although he is striking out more than we would like to see (27.5%), he is walking at an above average clip (11.9%) and that plays well to the OBP. The OBP is .349 and that is also above league average and will help him get into more positions to steal some bags for you down the stretch.

Tommy La Stella (1B/2B/3B, OAK) - 25% Rostered

After being traded from the Los Angeles Angels, La Stella has found himself hitting atop of the Oakland Athletics Lineup of late and essentially continuing where he left off prior to the trade. This is the high-floor type of player to target for roster stabilization. He ended up on a team that has had frequent postponements of late so he will be playing in a couple more games than the rest of the free agents available so if you are looking for someone who can give you a leg up on the plate appearances and likely add to your batting average in the process, La Stella is just the guy for you. He will chip in a few home runs along the way as well.

Alec Bohm (3B, PHI) - 20% Rostered

Alec Bohm continues to be overlooked on the waiver wire. He is an above average hitter in a solid lineup and home ball park and should be rostered on more teams. He is not flashy, but the skill set will play and he will offer above average power potential. He has a great strikeout rate of just 18.8% (top 10% of the league) and a slightly better than league average walk rate of 8.8%. The batting average has room for growth as does the power. The batting average is .280 and SLG is .427 with an expected batting average of .303 and an expected slugging of .536. This alone suggests there are better things to come for Bohm down the streth run. Further supporting the power and production is the rest of the statcast data:

  • Average Exit Velocity: 76th Percentile
  • Hard Hit%: 89th Percentile
  • xwOBA: 88th Percentile
  • xBA 95th Percentile
  • xSLG 88th Percentile
  • Barrel%: 88th Percentile
  • Even the sprint speed is above average in the 64th percentile so there could be some chip in steals if we are lucky.

Overall, he is just a solid fantasy asset and should be rostered and started with confidence.

 

Deeper-League Dart Throws

These are a few players to go after in your deeper leagues or if you're in a pinch in general. These players will be rostered in less than 10% of leagues.

Ke'Bryan Hayes (3B, PIT) - 8% Rostered

Although the speed has yet to come, the rest of the four categories have made an appearance. I would not expect much in terms of power though, but the solid batting average will likely remain and he is a very solid and safe option for corner infield in deeper formats.

Rowdy Tellez (1B, TOR) - 5% Rostered

The power is real and he is as hot of a hitter as any. It does not hurt that he is hitting in arguably the best hitters park in the AL at the moment as well.

Ty France (2B/3B, SEA) - 4% Rostered

He is starting so far for the Mariners. He has yet to hit a home run with the new club but the power will come and as long as the playing time is there, there is a chance for the power and home runs to come in bunches with France.



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Rest of Season Outlooks: Part 1 - Bases Loaded Podcast

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) rolls solo and discusses 11 players who have been great or... not so great... and gives his thoughts on rest of season outlook for said players.

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Rest of Season Outlooks - Part 1

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) rolls solo and discusses 11 players who have been great or ... not so great... and gives his thoughts on rest of season outlook for said players. With so many more names to discuss, there will be a couple more episodes like this one before the week ends, so stay tuned!

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1B and 3B Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 7

We enter the second half. It is crazy how fast the season is going, but when you are used to grinding for 6 months, this change of pace requires some adjusting. regardless, let's get you ready for the second half the right way with week 7 corner infield (1B and 3B) waiver wire options.

Before we dive in, we need to keep a few things in mind:

  • We focus on players rostered in 5x5 Roto formats in Yahoo! leagues.
  • Player eligibility will also be determined by the Yahoo! player pool.
  • We aim at players rostered in 40% of leagues or less. This allows us to provide names to help leagues of all sizes.
  • They will be in order of rostered percentage from highest to lowest.

There has been and will continue to be a ton of turnover. Be quick on the trigger and get your adds in before the next person. Staying a step ahead is key and the goal here is to keep you a step ahead. Now, let's get to those players to add for Week 7.

 

First Base Waiver Wire Options

Brandon Belt (1B/OF, SF) - 26% Rostered

Making the cut for the second straight week, Belt moves from dart throw territory to a higher priority add. He is among many possible movers with the trade deadline approaching, but it is hard to envision him going somewhere else as anything but a starting first basemen. He would also likely end up with a better lineup around him. The only issue would be he would likely fall from the middle of the order to the bottom if the team has a contending lineup already. The power has been great and the peripherals are backing it up. Hard hit rate of 51.8% and xSLG of .656 are 97th and 96th percentile respectively. This comes with an increase of barrel rate (19.6%) and also a decrease in launch angle to 18.8 degrees. This is the lowest it has been since 2015. It has helped in the increase of line drives and that could help explain why the barrels have gone up and it will play well to sustaining the batting average.

Jeimer Candelario (1B/3B, DET) - 6% Rostered

Candelairo has been a dart throw two or three times already this season, but with his continued success and lack of rostering, it is time to bring him up out of the dart throws and into the spotlight a bit. He is back to playing well after a down 2019. He has showed flashes in the past but now he is back to performing and everything under the hood suggests it could be who he is. He is batting .299/.342/.523 with a xBA OF .292 and xSLG of.482. Sure, some regression could happen but very little. He has career-high marks in barrel rate (9.3%) and average exit velocity (90.4 MPH). He is not going to be a league winner down the stretch but I buy into there being more of a floor than most might have noticed. He is free and worth giving a look. Especially in your deeper leagues.

 

Third Base Waiver Wire Options

Jon Berti (2B/3B/SS/OF, MIA) - 39% Rostered

Here is a guy who will likely be dealt at some point Monday and if he is, be mindful where he lands and if he lands in a situation where he starts or becomes an utility type without regular playing time. The speed alone warrants a look regardless. He has three steals over the last week (all in one game) and eight on the season. The speed is very real. His sprint speed is in the 97th percentile. Berti has been leading off lately for the Marlins but, again, the value could take a hit in the next day or two so be mindful.

Alec Bohm (3B, PHI) - 22% Rostered

Another player making a return to this list is Alec Bohm. Power first, solid bat in the minors and he should continue to show that skill at the MLB level. He is not flashy but is playing every day and he does have some upside. Great eye for the ball with a walk rate of 12.5% and strike out rate of 14.2%. Add the hit tool and we should see good things entering the second half.

Austin Riley (3B/OF, ATL) - 15% Rostered

Another repeat name but at only 15% rostered, Riley requires more attention. He is batting over .400 and has three home runs in the last seven games. Now batting over .350 over the last two weeks and four home runs, he seems to be in the middle of the hot streak and he is someone we know can get hot and carry you in power at any given moment. Although the batting average could drop, the power cannot be ignored and can he can be in for a solid second half. If you need power, look no further.

 

Deeper-League Dart Throws

These are a few players to go after in your deeper leagues or if you're in a pinch in general. These players will be rostered in less than 10% of leagues.

Joey Wendle (2B/3B/SS, TB) - 5% Rostered

It is hard to trust the Rays, but Wendle has played mostly regularly. Consistently bats within the top six in the lineup. Not flashy but more of a high-floor play who offers chip-in steals and good batting average.

Bobby Dalbec (3B, BOS) - 3% Rostered

Dalbec is a power-first prospect. A player I was on in the deepest of leagues coming into the season, he is now up to stay with Mitch Moreland out of the picture. He should play every day and the power should play immediately. It is all about how he adapts to MLB pitching.

Garrett Cooper (1B/OF, MIA) - 2% Rostered

Since returning from COVID-IL, Cooper has started each of the last three games and hit a home run, and hit 3rd or 4th each game. He could be traded so he's more of a player to watch but there is another solid floor here with some power potential.

Ty France (2B/3B, SEA) - 1% Rostered

This is 100% on speculation. He could now be an every day bat for the Seattle Mariners and with legit power, having every day playing time can unleash it and he should be considered for any AL-Only league or 15-teamer.



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Deep Dive: What's Wrong With Shohei Ohtani (The Hitter)

Shohei Ohtani is over a year removed from Tommy John surgery and on a short year, he may have pushed a bit hard to be ready to rock and roll. This has caused another injury and now he has been relegated to an everyday role as a hitter. This will be a deep dive into the struggles of his hitting. The pitching sample was too small and there were obvious issues returning from injury so it can be chalked up to that.

Regardless, we all expected Ohtani to be a solid, five-category fantasy baseball producer as a full-time hitter. That has not been the case. In fact, he has struggled mightily. He does have five home runs and two stolen bases but he is dragging your batting average through the mud. The triple slash as a whole is a lowly .175/.250/.391.

This is not what we expected when Ohtani returned to a full-time hitting role. It is worth exploring what is going on. Let's dive in.

 

Advanced Stats

The walk rate (9.4%) and strikeout rate (26%) are pretty much in line with expectations. The walk rate is up from 2019 but, again, nothing really stands out about it. The ISO is the same as last year. The ISO is deceiving because although it is the same, the batting average and slugging percentage are way down but it's a reminder the power is still playing up all things considered.

Shohei Ohtani's wOBA of .275 is by far the worst mark of his career. It is down 77 points from 2019. Yikes! More concern is in the wRC+ sitting at 74. The average is 100 and Ohtani's wRC+ was 123 in 2019 for reference. One notable rate due for positive regression is the .175 BABIP. His career-mark is sitting at .355 so you can expect this to improve.

 

Batted Ball Data

The batted ball data is beginning to show the issues. The ground-ball rate is the starting point, as it is up to 51.6%. Ohtani had a high ground-ball rate in 2019 as well, but it is worse thus far. The ground-ball rate issues can usually be offset to a point by having plus speed which Ohtani does have with his sprint speed in the 94th percentile. It is actually a career-best 28.7 ft/sec and is good enough to be 22nd in MLB.

We have also seen a steep decline in line drive rate. With the line drive down 11.4%, this is a big factor behind the BABIP and batting average being down. The increase in fly balls is worth noting as well. It has jumped up 9.4% from 2019 to 33.9% in 2020. This would not be an issue if it weren't for it all coming from the line drive rate rather than the ground-ball rate.

With all the changes in the LD%, GB%, and FB%, we see an increase of in-field fly balls (up from 2.9% to 4.8%) and a decrease in HR/FB (down from 26.5% to 23.8%). These rates are moving the opposite direction of where we want them to move.

More notable changes are the pull and center rates. He has been more of an all-fields hitter in the past but this year he has been pull-heavy and has career-high marks in pull% (43.5%) and cent% (also 43.5%) with a career-low oppo% of 12.9%. In contrast, he had at least 30% to all fields last season. This could suggest he is pressing as he tries to figure things out.

This approach has caused his topped% to increase to 41.7% and his under% to increase to 20%. This would explain the added ground balls and pop-ups.

 

Plate Discipline

We mentioned the strikeouts have not increased much and it is surprising given what is going on because the contact rates are down across the board and the swing strike rate (or SwStr%) is up to a career-worst 16%. This is 3.1% higher than any previous SwStr%. The whiff rate is also worrisome and has increased to a career-worst 33.2%.

Contact rates:

  • O-Contact%: 58.8% - down 7.3% from 2019
  • Z-Contact%: 73.0% - down 8% from 2019
  • Contact%: 67.9% - down 7,.1% from 2019

This is a huge reason for the struggles. Ohtani just is not making contact. This is with roughly the same swing rate as 2019 that currently sits at 49.7%. So he is swinging the same amount as last season but less in the zone while sustaining the same amount of swings outside of the zone. This is not ideal.

Ohtani is seeing the most pitches in the zone than ever before to this point with a zone rate of 45%.

As you can see, they are also attacking the top of the zone and the outside of the zone more in 2020. Meanwhile, in 2019, pitchers attacked the outside of the zone more and challenged him less in the zone.

Ultimately, pitchers are attacking the zone more and Ohtani is swinging in the zone less. That can partly be attributed to the drop of his first pitch swing rate to 31.5% this year compared to the 37.4% last season. There is just a lot of things not going Ohtani's way right now.

 

Splits

Seeing how the pitchers are attacking the zone on Ohtani, it is worth noting he is 0-1 more than any count this season (46 AB and 48 PA), which further suggests he falls behind early and often. What is more concerning is that teams have started shifting more on Ohtani and it is working.

So far in 2020, Ohtani has had five games with no shift. This was a 13 at-bat sample size and he has hit .308/.308/.385 with a 90 wRC+. Nothing special but solid. However, verse a shift it has been terrible. Verse all shifts, Ohtani is hitting .136/.136/.205 with a -15 wRC+. That is just plain bad. Meanwhile, they shifted Ohtani a ton last year and he actually hit better against shifts.

Pitchers have also attacked Shohei a bit differently as well in 2020. In 2019, he crushed fastballs and breaking pitches but did somewhat struggle against off-speed offerings. Pitchers took notice and you can see the change in the attack in the pitches he is seeing.

  • Fastballs: 2019 - 56.1%/ 2020 - 52.1% = 4% less fastballs
  • Breaking: 2019 - 27.4%/ 2020 - 25.9% = 1.5% less breaking
  • Offspeed: 2019 - 16.5%/ 2020 - 22% = 3.5% more off-speed

Although he is expected to hit better against fastballs (xBA 0f .307) and breaking pitches (xBA .210 which is still not fantastic), the pitch mix change and attacking the zone more has given Ohtani trouble and he has yet to adjust it seems.

 

Statcast Data and Rest of Season Outlook

Considering the struggles, the Statcast data is not all that bad. The barrel rate of 12.9% is actually up from last season. Unfortunately, the sweet spot% did not follow and sits at 27.4%. Down 4.3% from last season. The Launch angle is also up from 6.8 degrees to 9.4 degrees. This would explain the increase in fly balls. Although the average exit velocity is down 89.8 MPH (down 3 MPH from last season), the average exit velocity on fly balls is actually up this year from 95.2 MPH to 97.2 MPH.

Between hitting more fly balls and pulling the ball more, he could be pressing and selling out for power. With his change of launch angle, the sd(LA) also became wider. Essentially the swing isn't as tight and isn't being repeated as often. The sd(LA) increased from 23 degrees in 2019 to 30.7 degrees so far in 2020.

Long term, there is zero concern with Shohei Othani. In the short term, with so many things not in his favor and pitchers adapting to him, the confidence in the bounce back is lacking. You might be able to take advantage and buy him in keeper and dynasty leagues at a reduced price.

This season is unlike any other and in a typical season, the bounce-back would not be second-guessed. We are running low on time and unless you are desperate for steals, he is someone to bench for the time being. I would not feel confident in buying low unless you had spare parts and the room on the bench to stash him. I am not ready to say drop him yet. Regardless, the best of Ohtani is yet to come but 2020 could be a lost season.



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Deep Dive: Jake Cronenworth Every Penny

The kid has been on an absolute tear since getting the everyday job in San Diego. The 26-year-old Jake Cronenworth was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason. He has been worth every bit of it.

He was a speed-first prospect prior to 2019. Cronenworth posted double-digit stolen bases every season from 2015 through 2019. The power just developed last season as he eclipsed double digits, barely, with 10.

In 2020, he is boasting a triple slash of .347/.410/.627. and compliments that with offering the power and speed combination with three home runs and a stolen base on the season. However, there appears to be a lot that suggests this could be more than just a hot streak.

 

Advanced Stats

Unfortunately, there is no MLB track record. Currently, Cronenworth is sporting a 13.3% strikeout rate and a 9.6% walk rate. The strikeout rate is good enough to rank inside the top 8% of the league. These rates are fantastic and really show how good of an eye for the ball Cronenworth has.

This almost mirrors the 12.1% walk rate and 15.3% strikeout rate he posted in Triple-A last season. Although it was just 88 games, it shows the plate discipline and eye for the ball has been there. In fact, the last time he struck out over 20% of the time (which is still better than league average) was in High-A back in 2016.

Currently, the ISO is .280. However, power has never been his game. We did see the growth in power begin last season with an ISO of .186. The wRC+ is way above average as of now as well at 169. He has fluctuated above and below 100 at various points in the minors but going back to his 2019 Triple A stint, it was 143. Again, the recent track record is in his favor. At age 26, he could finally be filling out and entering the prime all at the same time.

 

Batted Ball

The first thing to look at is the ground ball rate. It is higher than we would like to see at 40.6% but it has improved since 2019's 49.8%. Ground balls are not ideal, but with a plus speed tool (91st percentile sprint speed) he can get away with a higher ground ball rate. The 31.3% line drive rate will also play well to the batting average. The fly ball rate is an uninspiring 28% but with the line drive where it is at, along with the speed, it will lend itself well to a good batting average.

Cronenworth has also applied a more pull-heavy approach. His pull rate is 43.8% and his Cent% is 37.5%. The pull-heavy approach will help sustain the power gains we saw in 2019 and could lead to the higher outputs. We see the HR/FB rate increase in 2019 to 12.2% and it has also improved further in 2020 to this point and sits at 16.7%. The arrows continue to point upward.

 

Plate Discipline

Jake Cronenworth walk rate and lack of strikeouts to this point are supported by the plate discipline metrics. The lack of swing-and-miss is apparent in the SwStr%, which is only at 5.7%. Pair that with a whiff% of 18% and it speaks volumes of the hit tool. As mentioned before, the batting eye is also really strong. He does not swing at much outside the zone at all (O-Swing%: 20.8%). This is 9.1% better than league average.

Cronenworth does not swing outside of the zone much, but when he does swing outside the zone, he makes above-average contact (O-Contact%: 65.7%). Contact is a strength of his. He has a zone contact rate of 92.0% (5.7% better than league average) and an overall contact rate of 84.4% (9.2% better than league average). This is a recipe for success.

 

Splits

Jake Cronenworth is hitting both LHP and RHP very well. His triple-slash verse RHP is .350/.418/.683 and he literally walks (10.4%) as much as he strikes out (10.4%) against RHP. That is impressive. He also has hit LHP well to this point. The triple slash is .333/.375/.400 and is accompanied by a 117 wRC+. The concern is the strikeout rate against LHP of 25%. This is not terrible but if the rate increases, troubles could follow. The contact skill he flashes should hold the strikeouts back from being much worse but it is worth monitoring.

Cronenworth has also been pretty successful against all types of pitches.

  • Fastballs: BA .350/ xBA .413/ SLG .475/ xSLG .679/ wOBA .380/ xwOBA .485
  • Breaking: BA .333/ xBA .460/ SLG .750/  xSLG 1.155/ wOBA .473/ xwOBA .660
  • Offspeed: BA .357/ xBA .376/ SLG .929/ xSLG .791/ wOBA .521/ xwOBA .491

He is batting over .300 on fastballs, breaking pitches and offspeed pitches with expected batting averages in-line or better for each. There is also signs of power potential as well. It is hard to completely buy that due to the track record.

 

Statcast Data

Look at all that red! This is what we like to see. It helps back up the production just a bit more:

  • xBA: .402 - 100th Percentile
  • xSLG: .764 - 98th Percentile
  • wOBA: .427/ xwOBA: .507/ xwOBAcon: .573
  • Hard Hit%: 46.9%
  • Average Exit Velocity: 91.3 MPH
  • K%: 13.3% - 92nd Percentile
  • Whiff%: 18% - 89th Percentile
  • Sprint Speed: 28.5 ft/ sec - 91st Percemtile

These numbers further suggest he could still improve. Again, that is tough to do considering how great he has been but at least it shows he should sustain a good amount of the production moving forward. Cronenworth has a barrel rate of 15.6%. This is good enough to be in the 85th percentile and among the 186 hitters who have at least 50 batted ball events (or BBE), Cronenworth ranks 20th. This is further supported by a 50% sweet spot percentage. This rate leads the league of players with at least 50 BBE.

Sticking with the same parameters of 50 BBE, he also ranks 23rd in Brls/BBE% at 15.6% and 9th in Brls/PA% at 12%. Not too bad I’d say

Cronenworth's max exit velocity of 110.1 MPH is better than Brandon Lowe and Hunter Renfroe to name a few. Both of whom are known for their power. Where the power takes a small hit is the average exit velocity on fly balls is 89.9 MPH. It is not bad but it is a reminder that the balls he hits in the air, on average, are not hit as hard as balls he hits elsewhere. Essentially, for what Cronenworth lacks in raw power, he makes up in the hit tool and quality of contact. This combination can help the power play up.

 

Rest of Season Outlook

He will regress. There is no way around it. If you look at where the struggles could come from, it is from the outside portion of the plate. You can clearly see his whiffs and strikeouts are heavily concentrated on the outside portion of the plate.

This is where the plate discipline and quality of contact come into play. He can afford to sit on his pitch or preferred location or hit mistakes pitchers leave over the plate when they try to attack the outside part of the zone.

We discussed his lack of chasing pitches outside of the zone, so as long as remains patient and willing to sit on pitches, attacking the outside half may not work as well as pitchers think it will. But as of now, this is exactly how pitchers have attacked him.

It is not like he can’t hit balls away. He only really struggles on pitches thrown low-and-away. Cronenworth is hitting .182 in said zone. It’s an even uglier .167 on pitches low, away and out of the zone.

There is good news. The expected batting average on pitches low-and-away is .220 and the expected batting average on pitches low, away and outside the zone is .250. No, it is not fantastic but shows he could be better in those areas.

Another positive sign is when he does hit the ball, he manages to produce positive launch angles all over the zone.

This will help sustain the line drive rates as well as the quality of contact we are seeing early on.

Ultimately,  it has also been a small sample, but guess what? A 60 game season as a whole is a small sample. Pitchers would typically get a chance to truly adapt and the holes in the game would be exploited a bit more but with the constant chaos that is this short season, I don't anticipate there being enough time to adapt fully and that the hot run could last for the remainder of the 2020 season. Beyond 2020, there is enough here in the profile to really buy in moving forward as well and the price in dynasty formats are not as steep as we would expect. Buying high in this situation might be the smart move because the stock could continue to rise.



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1B and 3B Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 6

Entering week six and the fantasy season is full swing. Players continue to drop like flies and it becomes a game of adding the hot hand. Time to dive into a few names to consider that could give you a boost at the corner infield positions.

Before we dive in, we need to keep a few things in mind:

  • We focus on players rostered in 5x5 Roto formats in Yahoo! leagues.
  • Player eligibility will also be determined by the Yahoo! player pool.
  • We aim at players rostered in 40% of leagues or less. This allows us to provide names to help leagues of all sizes.
  • They will be in order of rostered percentage from highest to lowest.

There has been and will continue to be a ton of turnover. Be quick on the trigger and get your adds in before the next person. Staying a step ahead is key and the goal here is to keep you a step ahead. Now, let's get to those players to add for Week 6.

 

First Base Waiver Wire Options

Jake Cronenworth (1B/2B/SS, SD) - 40% Rostered

This is not the first but likely the last time Cronenworth will make this list. He should be rostered just about universally at this point and for him to be 40% owned is a crime. He is hitting for power and offers speed. He has stolen double digit bases every year dating back to his college days. The speed is a plus tool (91st percentile) and the power showed up last season and he has 20 or so home run upside over to course of a season. Sprinkle in the multi-positional eligibilty and Cronenworth should be added right away in any league.

Evan White (1B, SEA) - 4% Rostered

I typically reserve the players less than 10% owned for the 'Dart Throws' section, but I feel Evan White deserves more attention. He came up with a Goldschmidt-lite type of comp. Offered a little speed, solid contact skills and some power. Over the last week, he has turned it on and has hit four home runs in his last seven games he has started. The power is definitely there. With the average exit velocity in the 91st percentile, hard hit rate in the 98th percentile and the barrel rate in the 89th percentile the power should play. Having plus speed (sprint speed in the 81st percentile) on the team that leads the league in steals can lead to some much needed stolen bases as well.

 

Third Base Waiver Wire Options

Alec Bohm (3B, PHI) - 21% Rostered

Another player making a return appearance and, just like Cronenworth, demands your attention. Bohm plays just about every day and was always a bat-first prospect. The power will come around. He did hit his first home run over the last week and he is hitting a scorching .389 over the lastweek. Fewer hitters on the waiver wire offer more or even as much upside considering the ownership. Add Bohm if you can.

Austin Riley (3B/OF) - 14% Rostered

Riley has started slow, but with a home run over the last week paired with a .389 average he might be getting into a groove. We saw the power binge early last year when he first came up and we know Riley can put up home runs in bunches and if this last seven games is any indication, we can be seeing the start of a hot streak. He boasts an above average hard hit rate (37%) and an above average barrel rate (11.1%). The power will play.

Brad Miller (2B/3B/OF, STL) - 13% Rostered

Brad Miller feels like a blast from the past but we have seen him put together hot stretches in the past and he is currently riding one now. Over the last two weeks, Miller has put up two home runs, stolen a base, hit 10 RBI while batting .308. He requires more games and time to get appropriate data, but as of now he has an absurdly high hard hit rate of 60% and barrel rate of 20%. Unsustainable but worth riding out. If you include the multi-positional eligibility, he can be a big boost to your roster.

 

Deeper-League Dart Throws

These are a few players to go after in your deeper leagues or if you're in a pinch in general. These players will be rostered in less than 10% of leagues.

Jeimer Candelario (3B, DET) - 5% Rostered

Not the most exciting of names, but he has been playing well this year and continues to bat in the middle of the lineup and playing every day. two home runs, 10 RBI and batting .279. You could do far worse off the waiver wire.

Brandon Belt (1B/OF, SF) - 4% Rostered

Belt has quietly been fantastic of late. two home runs and batting .361 over the last two weeks. Yes, he is in a platoon, but he is on the strong side of it and bats in the middle of the order when he is in. Worth a flyer in deepest of mixed leagues and AL-Only formats.

Erik Gonzalez (3B/SS/OF, PIT) - 2% Rostered

This is chasing the hot hand and at-bats. He has recently worked himself into leading off for the Pirates of late. If the hot hand continues with the increase of plate appearances, that combination can be gold for a fantasy team.



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1B and 3B Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 5

Entering week five and it feels like the season is more chaotic than ever. We just need to grind it out a bit longer. This will help you do just that.

Before we dive in, we need to keep a few things in mind:

  • We focus on players rostered in 5x5 Roto formats in Yahoo! leagues.
  • Player eligibility will also be determined by the Yahoo! player pool.
  • We aim at players rostered in 40% of leagues or less. This allows us to provide names to help leagues of all sizes.
  • They will be in order of rostered percentage from highest to lowest.

There has been and will continue to be a ton of turnover. Be quick on the trigger and get your adds in before the next person. Staying a step ahead is key and the goal here is to keep you a step ahead. Now, let's get to those players to add for Week 5.

 

First Base Waiver Wire Options

Dominic Smith (1B/OF, NYM) - 36% Rostered

Dom Smith has been on an absolute tear of late. Over the last week he has amassed four home runs, eight RBI ND HIT .357 in the process. The batting average will not sustain, but the power is very real. He is at or above the 77th percentile in average exit velocity, hard hit rate, xwOBA and xSLG. He also pairs that with solid quality of contact. Smith's barrel rate is a robust 18.4%. This is top 8% ion the league. If you pair the hard hit data with the great quality of contact, big things can happen and we are seeing it now. Grab him while he is getting going and ride it out.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, MIA) - 28% Rostered

Jesus Aguilar's ownership is slowly climbing. He made a minor swing change entering this season.

The change has led to an increased launch angle. Since this post it has lowered a bit but at 16.1 degrees, it is in line with 2018. Which was the year he popped 35 home runs. Bringing the launch angle up has led to a career-nest ground ball rate of 32.7% and a career-best line drive rate of 38.8%.  With his approach currently playing to all fields, this will lend itself to providing a solid batting average and he can be a solid four-category producer.

Asdrubal Cabrera (1B/2B/3B) - 24% Rostered

This is another example of riding the hot hand. Cabrera has been amazing of late. Overall, he has four home runs on the year with 13 RBI but just batting .258. Howeveer, three of those home runs have come in the last week! He continues to bat in the middle of the order and with Juan Soto back in the lineup, all things have been clicking on the offensive side of the ball. He is also above average in just about every statcast metric as well. Ultimately, we know who Cabrera is and he is not breaking out at age 34. Things also look good in terms of matchups this week. He will face the decimated Braves rotation for three games and follow that up with the Marlins lackluster rotation as well. Not too shabby if you ask me.

 

Third Base Waiver Wire Options

Alec Bohm (3B, PHI) - 21% Rostered

Alec Bohm came up and made his major league debut for the Phillies this week. He has played every game since the call-up and has hit right around sixth. That trend should continue. In 2019, among three levels of the minors, Bohm hit 21 home runs while stealing a handful of bases (6). The power is what he is known for and is what should play at the Major League level. If he can throw some speed in there as well, it is just a bonus.

Tommy La Stella (2B/3B, LAA) - 12% Rostered

La Stella has quietly been turning it on lately. The power we saw last season prior to the injury is not back, but he has hit a home run over this past week. More importantly, he is playing every day and batting second. This leads to more at-bats than the average player. Not to mention he his batting .295 on the season, has multi-positional flexibility and is relatively available. This is a player who also offered the safe floor. Pair that with secure playing time and a high spot in the batting order and you have yourself a solid get off the waiver wire.

Yoshi Tsutsugo (3B/OF, TB)

Just when I thought I was done, he brings me back for more. After a slow start to 2020, Tsutsugo has put up two home runs, seven RBI and hit .333 over the last week of play. He will now get to travel to New York to take on the Yankees and that ballpark is at good as it gets. He finishes off the week against the Blue Jays who don't have the best pitching either. It is a favorable week for Tsutsugo and we could see him continue the hot run. With a hard hit rate of 50% (86th percentile) and an average exit velocity of 91.5 MPH (86th percentile) the power is not in doubt. As long as he continues to put contact on the ball, the ball should continue to fly out of ballparks.

 

Deeper-League Dart Throws

These are a few players to go after in your deeper leagues or if you're in a pinch in general. These players will be rostered in less than 10% of leagues.

Travis Shaw (3B, TOR)

Since returning, Travis Shaw has been hitting third in the lineup and hitting relatively well. With a couple of home runs over the last few games, and getting to call that launching pad in Buffalo "home" for the 2020 season, this could just be the beginning of things to come for Shaw.

Erik Gonzalez (3B/SS/OF, PIT)

Gonzalez is statcast darling at the moment. Increase in launch angle (10.7 degress) among other things leading to what could be more than just a hot start. Regardles, this is my favorite option of the players down here. I expect him to earn his way up that lineup sooner than later at this rate.

Derek Dietrich (1B/2B/OF, TEX)

This is pure upside play. We see Dietrich get hot and then become irrelevant plenty of times. We could be entering the said hot streak. Has started thre of the last four games and has a home run and a steal over said games. I am least confident in this player but you cannot ignore the recent playing time and production.

Ji-Man Choi (1B, TB)

I cannot get enough of Choi this season. The power is real and bats int he middle of the Rays lineup just about every day.



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Injuries, Struggling Studs, 2-Start Streamers and Mail Bag! - Bases Loaded Pod

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) and Chris Clegg (@RotoClegg) get together to discuss recent news and notes, give a few 2-start streamers to target and then we get into struggling studs.

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Injuries, Struggling Studs, 2-Start Streamers and Mail Bag!

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) and Chris Clegg (@RotoClegg) get together to discuss recent news and notes, give a few 2-start streamers to target and then we get into struggling studs. We also discuss a few players we were WRONG about and our thoughts on the. We finish up the episode answering your fantasy baseball questions. Hope you enjoy!

A few names we discussed include:

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Most Added List, In-Season Strategy and Mail Bag! - Bases Loaded Podcast

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) is joined by Matt Williams (@MattWi77iams) of RotoFanatic to discuss the most added list, in-season strategy and to answer your fantasy baseball questions.

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Most Added List, In-Season Strategy and Mail Bag!

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) is joined by Matt Williams (@MattWi77iams) of RotoFanatic to discuss the most added list, in-season strategy and to answer your fantasy baseball questions.

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1B and 3B Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4

Entering week four, the season is still moving forward. Some teams playing more than others and it certainly is interesting. Which players have COVID-19? Which schedules will be altered? Who is pitching on which days? Essentially, it continues to bring chaos and we need to embrace it.

Before we dive in, we need to keep a few things in mind:

  • We focus on players rostered in 5x5 Roto formats in Yahoo! leagues.
  • Player eligibility will also be determined by the Yahoo! player pool.
  • We aim at players rostered in 40% of leagues or less. This allows us to provide names to help leagues of all sizes.
  • They will be in order of rostered percentage from highest to lowest.

There has been and will continue to be a ton of turnover. Be quick on the trigger and get your adds in before the next person. Staying a step ahead is key and the goal here is to keep you a step ahead. Now, let's get to those players to add for Week 3.

 

First Base Waiver Wire Options

C.J. Cron (1B, DET) - 36% Rostered

After missing half the week, Con came back with something to prove. He went 3-for-12 with two of those three hits leaving the yard. This is a very strong finish to the week considering no games being played the first four days of the week. With the Cardinals and Pirates missing the first three days of the week, you will be without Paul Goldschmidt and Josh Bell and on a short week for them, Cron could easily fill in those home runs you will be missing. He hasn't hit the ball as hard as he has in past seasons, but with a barrel rate of 21.7% the quality of contact is there. That will help carry the power until the rest catches up.

Miguel Cabrera (1B, DET) - 16% Rostered

Although he is only batting .213 on the season, he has four home runs and is absolutely crushing the ball. The Migi of old is long gone but the metrics are showing the power output can still be there this year. He has a hard hit rate in the 97th percentile, an average exit velocity in the 94th percentile and the barrel rate is in the 80th percentile. So he is hitting the ball hard and getting good quality of contact as well. His xBA is .298. That 85 points higher than the actual batting average and shows it should positively regress.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, MIA) - 7% Rostered

Aguilar missed a few games late last week, as did all the Marlins, but he was able to avoid COVID and returned to action with the team. He continues to hit third or fourth in the order and the power outbreak appears to be continuing. He has hit two home runs over the last week alone. He is swinging a hot bat. He has made a small change to his swing mechanics and with it has come a change in the launch angle. It is a career-high 19.1 degrees at this time and he is also boasting career-best marks in sweet spot% (48.3%) and exit velocity (91.1mph). We could be seeing the resurrection of Aguilar. I am not ready to say it is occurring but requires monitoring and at the very least, should be rostered while he is hot.

Third Base Waiver Wire Options

Dylan Moore (2B/3B/SS/OF) - 28% Rostered

Moore offers multi-position eligibility and in a season with all the chaos we have going on, it can offered added value. He is running as hot as anyone. Over the last week, he has two home runs, three stolen bases and is hitting .292. He offers power and speed and is on a team willing to run. The Mariners are second in the league with 16 steals as a team. With steals at a premium, Moore should be added for steals potential alone.

Brian Anderson (3B/OF, MIA) - 27% Rostered

Anderson is often overlooked. He is boring but a solid fantasy producer. He does not offer much for speed but will give you some power and RBI without sinking your batting average. Currently with two home runs, nine RBI while hitting .303. He will not sustain the high batting average but as long as he is, ride it. I know this is not a flashy or fun pick, but flashy and fun is not always needed. Floor and safety is also needed and this is what he offers.

Deeper-League Dart Throws

These are a few players to go after in your deeper leagues or if you're in a pinch in general. These players will be rostered in less than 10% of leagues.

Todd Frazier (1B/3B, TEX) - 7% Rostered

Frazier plays every day and is hitting in the middle of the lineup regularly. Has two home runs and a stolen abse on the year while hitting over .300. Maybe Frazier has one more year left in the tank after all.

Jake Cronenworth (1B/2B/SS) - 6% Rostered

Cronenworth earned every day playing time at first base with Hosmer sidelined. Now that Hosmer returned, he has shifted to start at second base. He offers multi-positional eligibility and could offer a spark to a struggling offense.

Rio Ruiz (1B/3B, BAL) - 5% Rostered

Let’s try this again. Last week he got hurt right as this article dropped essentially and barely played  since being back, he’s played every game and hit in the middle of the lineup. Cheap power to be had here and worth taking a chance on him.



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Are We In or Are We Out? - Bases Loaded Podcast

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) rolls solo and gives you 10 players in total to think about. 5 are players he is buying into and 5 are players he is out on.

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Are We In or Are We Out?

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) rolls solo and gives you 10 players in total to think about. 5 are players he is buying into and 5 are players he is out on. Being out could mean ride it and drop once they cool off or, of course, sell high. Take a listen into who he is in and out on.

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Batting Stance Adjustments Leading to Early Breakouts

It has been a wild and crazy season, to say the least, to start 2020. With samples still very small, the numbers are off a lot of the time in one direction or the other. This is why diving in and finding tangible change can be the difference in the production sustaining or it being a hot streak. This drove me to look into swing mechanics and launch angle changes to a few hot starters. Next thing you know, there were five I have found so far.

We will take a look at the swing changes and the underlying numbers that are showing changes to follow. If or when production follows a tangible change, I buy in. Let’s see what these five players who have made some adjustments look like under the hood.

The last thing I want to note is that I am not a scout and do not pretend to be. I simply find the obvious changes and show them. The big takeaway for me here is digging into the numbers following the changes.

 

Eric Hosmer (1B, SD)

Unfortunately, Eric Hosmer has missed most of the year due to a stomach ailment. He is currently on the IL. He could be a solid hitter this year if in fact the fly-ball tendencies continue. There is not much to add in terms of changes in the numbers or production due to the lack of games played and overall available data.

This is just simply something to monitor and if your are in a position to take on a stash to your team, buy low or pick him him off the waiver wire if he has been dropped.

 

Carlos Correa (SS, HOU)

Carlos Correa continues to hit well to start the year. He is currently slashing .389/488/.639 and we have seen imoproved plate discipline as well. The early walk rate is a career-best 14.0%. The strikeout rate is also down to 18.6%. The lowest it has been since 2015.

He is chasing a lot less to start the year. With an O-Swing% of 26.1% and a swinging strike rate of just 8.7% he is showing the plate discipline but also not swinging through a lot of pitches either. He has managed to increase his O-Contact rate and keep his Z-Contact rate similar to last season's rate. This shows he is being selective and when he swings, contact is made.

The launch angle has come down a bit to 18.6 degrees. This is still a career-high mark and with it the ground ball rate continues to remain low. Currently sitting at 28.6% while the line drive rate is heavily benefited by this. This will play well to the batting average and BABIP sustaining a bit.

We are finally seeing the potential and health come together. With these changes, I buy in on Correa for the 2020 season.

 

Kyle Lewis (OF, SEA)

This is one of the more noticeable swing changes entering 2020. We have seen Lewis jump to an unsustainable start in 2020 but that does not mean he can't hold on to some of the production. He was a target for late power, but with the new approach and swing, it could lead to less home runs but also less of a hindrance on the batting average as well.

Currently, Lewis has three home runs and a triple slash of .375/.423/.583. He is on an absolute tear. The expected stats show regression but he could still sustain solid production. The big red flag is the strikeout rate. It is at 36.5%. Similar to last years start. He also whiffs a bit much so the whole in the swing is very real. Unfortunately, the average launch angle has since dipped from 6.6 degree when the tweet went out, to just 1.1 degrees. This is concerning. It has caused the ground ball rate spike back up to nearly what it was in 2019.

The line drive rate (44.8%) is amazing and will lend itself to sustaining a better batting average than expected but the swing-and-miss will combat that notion. He does have plus-speed as well and will further assist the BABIP and batting average floor.

We also see improved plate discipline with the chase rate (25.9%) down 7.8% from 2019. The SwStr% also dropped 2.7% down to 15%. Which is still higher than we want to see but still an improvement and something positive to note.

He is also swinging less but making similar contact so that could help explain the dip in SwStr%. Ultimately, he is a sell high candidate. I expect a decent year but the peripherals suggest he could be in for a bit of a fall from grace. If you can't find a buyer, ride the hot streak until the wheels fall off.

 

Wil Myers (OF, SD)

Wil Myers has always been a player I could not quit. He made mention of pivoting his back foot and we can clearly see it occurring here. He is still striking out more than we would like. That issue started last year.

He has stolen a base and hit three home runs to date, so that alone already provides value at his ADP entering this year. He has adjusted the ground ball rate since this tweet went out. It has improved to currently a career-best 34.8% with most of the improvement going towards the fly ball rate.

Myers has also started hitting the ball up the middle. pull rate is down 7.4% and the cent% is up 7.1%. Almost an exact trade off. He has also improved the plate discipline. Chasing the ball a lot more and decreased his awing strikes. He has done so, while also improving his contact rate overall and in the zone.

The statcast date is all positive as well. Every metric for hitting is in the 74th percentile or better. With the exception of whiff% that is. This explains the strikeouts. Wil Myers is back and you should be starting him with confidence moving forward. At the very least, take advantage of the market and need for steals and shop him.

 

Bradley Zimmer (OF, CLE)

Bradley Zimmer has pedigree and offered promise a couple of years ago. He has since battled through injuries and has been left behind in the minds of fantasy owners. He is finally back from injury and playing semi-regularly. He has made a swing adjustment two-straight seasons.

The big reason this is worth noting was the abrupt increase in the launch angle. He is attempting to elevate the ball more. This is not surprising as the league has made this transition as a whole.

The launch angle currently sits at 29 degrees even. This is after posting seasons with: 0.6, 5.3 and 8.2 degrees. In response, you have seen a huge drop in ground balls (37.5%) and the bid jump taking place in fly balls (37.5%). With this, the pull rate has climbed tremendously as well. Up to 43.8%, he is committing to the fly ball revolution.

With playing time up in the air and inconsistent, it is hard to make room on your roster right now but it is worth monitoring and if the production begins to follow, scoop him up.

 

Nick Castellanos (OF, CIN)

I posted this the morning before Nick Castellanos took Bieber deep for his sixth home run of the season. He is on an absolute tear. The Statcast numbers (broken down in the thread) show it. Everything seems sustainable to a point. Sure, he will regress a bit but with this swing change, came a launch angle increase which in turn increased the fly balls. That change will be the catalyst for sustained production. He also began pulling the ball more. Combining the two in this park will greatly benefit the power production.

 

Fernando Tatis Jr. (SS, SD)

This thread is fully up-to-date as I am writing this article. It breaks it all down. He has improved his plate discipline early on this year. Tatis Jr. also increased his launch angle and has been more of an all-fields hitter. This allows for him to outproduce certain metrics.

Regardless, he has been every bit worth of that late first or early second-round pick you had to use on him. With three home runs and three stolen bases early on, he is providing everything you were hoping to get from him and more.



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Rookie Standouts, Call-Ups and Prospects To Stash - Bases Loaded Podcast

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) is joined by Shelly Verougstraete (@ShellyV_643) to discuss all things rookies and call-ups.

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Rookie Standouts, Call-Ups and Prospects to Stash

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) is joined by Shelly Verougstraete (@ShellyV_643) as they dive into the recent call-ups, rookies performances and dive into guys who should be coming up soon. So much to digest in this one. Check it out.

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First Base and Third Base Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3

Entering week three, we are entering a ton of unknowns. Which players have COVID-19? Which schedules will be altered? Who is pitching which days? Essentially, it is chaos and we need to embrace the craziness.

Before we dive in, we need to keep a few things in mind:

  • We focus on players rostered in 5x5 Roto formats in Yahoo! leagues.
  • Player eligibility will also be determined by the Yahoo! player pool.
  • We aim at players rostered in 40% of leagues or less. This allows us to provide names to help leagues of all sizes.
  • They will be in order of rostered percentage from highest to lowest.

There has been and will continue to be a ton of turnover. Be quick on the trigger and get your adds in before the next person. Staying a step ahead is key and the goal here is to keep you a step ahead. Now, let's get to those players to add for Week 3.

 

First Base Waiver Wire Options

Renato Nunez (1B, BAL) - 34% rostered

When you think of Renato Nunez, you think of a power-first hitter with middling average. That is what he has produced. Hitting cleanup most of the time, he only has one home run and is hitting .250. He is not going to win you your leagues, but if you are chasing some power, this is your guy.

Yandy Diaz (1B/3B, TB) - 21% rostered

This is all about opportunity. He has not hit well to start the year. However, he has played just about every day for the Rays and has hit inside the top three of the lineup in all but one game. Opportunity, team context and the upside we know is there, he can worth a shot for those chasing at-bats.

 

Third Base Waiver Wire Options

Colin Moran (3B, PIT) - 40% rostered

What Moran is doing is not sustainable. But with a quick start and five home runs to begin the year, you need to ride the hot hand. There were a few notable changes in the profile to begin the year.

Here is a thread of things that are going on in the profile to help possibly explain the hot start.

Hanser Alberto (2B/3B, BAL) - 16% rostered

Alberto is playing every day and gets to call Camden his home. He bats around the five-hole vs right-handed pitchers and as high as the two-hole vs left-handed pitchers. This is someone who makes a lot of contact while not walking or striking out much. He plays every day, has racked up two home runs and a stolen base while hitting .400. Coming off a season he hit .305, the batting average could stick to a point. He is not flashy, or offer a high ceiling, but he does offer a high floor.

Nick Solak (2B/3B, TEX) - 22% rostered

With Willie Calhoun struggling and Danny Santana both struggling and dealing with a minor injury, this has opened up playing time for Nick Solak. He hits as high as second in the order against left-handed pitchers. He offers a little bit of five-category production. He has two stolen bases already in limited opportunity. The speed potential alone warrants rostering him.

Kyle Seager (3B, SEA) - 15% rostered

Kyle Seager has his hot streaks from time-to-time and we could be in the middle of one. Seager has a home run and a stolen base on the year and hitting behind a couple of hot hitters in Kyle Lewis and J.P. Crawford has allowed for him to grab 10 RBI. He is also hitting .294 to start the year. I would not expect the batting average to stick but the power and RBI production very well could if the lineup around him continues to get on base.

 

Deeper-League Dart Throws

These are a few players to go after in your deeper leagues or if you're in a pinch in general. These players will be rostered in less than 10% of leagues.

Maikel Franco (3B, KC) - 6% rostered

Talk about a gift that keeps on giving. Franco continues to intrigue us year-in and year-out. He plays every day for the Royals and bats fifth in what is an underrated lineup. He is hitting.250 with two home runs on the year. Cheap power and RBI upside.

Rio Ruiz (1B/3B, BAL) - 3% rostered

Another player who is just getting a ton of run and playing daily. Cheap power as well and Camden as his home park is a hard mix to ignore. Three home runs and batting .318 in the short term. Ride the hot hand.

Edwin Rios (1B, LAD) - 1% rostered

Has played back-to-back games of late and hit a home run in both games. Two home runs in as many games and the power is very real. If regular at-bats open up, he is worth more than streaming.



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Two-Start Pitchers for Week 3, Hot Starters & More - Bases Loaded Podcast

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) is joined by new co-host of the show in Chris Clegg (@RotoClegg) to make his debut and talk two-start pitchers, hot starts and more.

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Two-Start Pitchers for Week 3, Hot Starters & More

Mike Kurland (@MIke_Kurland) is joined by new co-host of the show in Chris Clegg (@RotoClegg) to make his debut and talk two-start pitchers, hot starts and more. Join us as we dive into some last minute info before week 3 gets rolling.

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Injuries, Replacements, Closer Carousel and More! - Bases Loaded Podcast

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland), Jorge Montanez (@Roto_Nino) and Zach Braff (@braffz)get together to talk a little about everything in the early going this season.

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Injuries, Replacements, Closer Carousel and More!

Mike Kurland, Jorge Montanez and Zach Braff get together to talk a little about everything in the early going this season. They dive into recent injuries, the rookie call-ups we are expecting and then get into the messy closer situations across the MLB. They dive into the the most added list and play some "cut bait or wait". Tune in to this info packed episode!

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1B and 3B Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

Entering week two and coming off a short week, give us a small sample to work with. This week, I will lean heavily on match-ups and potential for at-bats via lineup placement. There will be a few repeat names on this list due to the rostered percentage not rising and performance warranting an add.

Before we dive in, we need to keep a few things in mind:

  • We focus on players rostered in 5x5 Roto formats in Yahoo! leagues.
  • Player eligibility will also be determined by the Yahoo! player pool.
  • We aim at players rostered in 40% of leagues or less. This allows us to provide names to help leagues of all sizes.
  • They will be in order of rostered percentage from highest to lowest.

There has been and will continue to be a ton of turnover. Be quick on the trigger and get your adds in before the next person. Staying a step ahead is key and the goal here is to keep you a step ahead. Now, let's get to those players to add for Week 2.

 

First Base Waiver Wire Options

C.J. Cron (1B, DET) - 38% rostered

C.J. Cron checks all the boxes. He has been hitting in the middle of the lineup, playing every day, and has no one threatening playing time. He is a .250 hitter with 30 home runs over a full season and that type of skill set will play. Cron has faced Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, and the Reds solid bullpen to start the year and he has managed to go 4-for-11 with two home runs and four RBI. We know the power is real. He should have his ups and downs but playing time is secured and he faces the Royals and Reds next week. All of these games are at home, a park that plays well for this type of hitter.

Wil Myers (1B/OF, SD) - 31% rostered

People often peg Wil Myers as injury-prone, but he has played 155 games or more in three of the last four seasons. He has also stolen 16 bases and hit at least 18 home runs in those three seasons. In 2018, he only played 83 games but managed 11 home runs and 13 stolen bases. What I am saying here is Myers is a must-add for anyone in need of speed in drafts and he brings some added pop in the process. He also started pivoting his back foot this summer. Although we would've expected a pro hitter to be doing this all along, this should help him become a better hitter overall, hopefully. He has also secured everyday playing time between the outfield and DH and routinely hits sixth in the lineup. He smacked a home run off Robbie Ray and could be getting going. The power and speed potential are there, which makes him a top priority.

Niko Goodrum (1B/2B/SS/ OF, DET) - 17% rostered

Without much notice, Niko Goodrum has entered the season as the leadoff hitter for the Detroit Tigers. The batting average can be an issue at times but this is a player who has had at least 12 stolen bases and 12 home runs each of the last two seasons. Leading off can lead to plenty more opportunities on the base paths and if you're in need of speed upside and positional flexibilty, this guy has it.

 

Third Base Waiver Wire Options

Ian Happ (2B/3B/OF, CHC) - 38% rostered

Happ is in fact starting every day so far. Unfortunately, he bats at the bottom of the lineup. He showed off the power early with an Opening Day home run. The appeal for week two is still the power and speed potential but that schedule. He plays four games in Cincinnati and then comes home to face the Pirates for three games. I know the Reds pitching staff is not the easiest to face but they should lineup against the number four and five starters to begin the week. Great American Ballpark is always a great field to have players hitting at and pairing that with the home games against the Pirates, he could have himself a solid week.

Brian Anderson (3B/OF, MIA) - 26% rostered

Entering the year we expected Brain Anderson to hit in the two-hole. This is not the case. He has found himself playing every day but hitting fifth. That should lead to some RBI opportunities moving forward. So far he is 3-for-8 with a home run and three RBI on the season. Nothing flashy but he is solid, safe and should play every single day. He gets four games against Baltimore, two of which are at Camden, and then three against the nationals. With Strasburg having hand issues, he will for sure avoid at least one of their big three aces and a chance at avoiding two. With that said, the Baltimore half of this schedule is strong enough reason to not be concerned about the back half.

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (3B/OF, TB) - 17% rostered

Although we only saw one hit to date, that one hit was an absolute shot. It was actually off of a LHP and he is a lefty bat. The fact the Rays started him both against LHP and RHP and platooned just about everyone else suggests they have the utmost confidence in him. He hit third and fourth in the lineup over both games which further suggests they have confidence in his bat. He should be a mainstay in the heart of a very good lineup. Entering a week he will be playing seven games, with three in Camden, this is a big power bat to stream.

 

Deeper-League Dart Throws

These are a few players to go after in your deeper leagues or if you're in a pinch in general. These players will be rostered in less than 10% of leagues.

Justin Smoak (1B, MIL) - 7% rostered

This is simply a mix of opportunity and lineup placement. He played each of the first two games and batted cleanup both games. He was able to get a home run while he was at it. He enters a week where he gets to face the Pirates on the road and then a home series against the Cardinals.

Hanser Alberto (2B/3B, BAL) - 6% rostered

Hanser Alberto hits LHP very well but regardless he plays every day. He usually hits around the six-hole when facing RHP and bats second when facing LHP. He has a seven-game slate next week with five of those games at his home field in Camden Yards. Alberto won't do much for power but he can help in the batting average department.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, MIA) - 4% rostered

The Marlins called an audible on the expectations and have been batting Aguilar second in the lineup. The power is still very real as we have seen two home runs here in the first few games. He enters week two where he gets a seven-game week with four of the games against the Orioles. When in doubt, fade Orioles pitchers!

Travis Shaw (3B, TOR) - 3% rostered

Here is an example of bounce-back potential mixed with playing time opportunity. He has been hitting fourth and fifth in the lineup and playing every day. Last year was by far an outlier in terms of lack of production. So far, it hasn't been flashy but he has hit .333 on the year. He could get going and show us he is who we thought he was entering 2019.



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News and Notes, Early Lineup Trends and More! - Bases Loaded Podcast


Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) is rolling solo and discusses various topics from recent news and notes to the latest in the lineup trends he is monitoring.

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News & Notes, Early Lineup Trends and More!

Mike Kurland is rolling solo and discusses various topics from recent news and notes to the latest in the lineup trends he is monitoring. He discusses a few adds to make, some hot and not-so-hot starters out the gate and more. Hope you enjoy!

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Opening Day Recap and Takeaways! - Bases Loaded Podcast

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland), Jorge Montanez (@Roto_Nino) get together to discuss the Opening Day slate.

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First Look at the Waiver Wire!

Mike and Jorge go through performances, lineups, shaky starts and overall a ton of notable things that occurred over this glorious day. Check it out and get caught up on anything you may have missed on Opening Day!

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Opening Day AMA - Bases Loaded Pod

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) is joined by Chris Clegg (@RotoClegg) to dive into a live AMA.

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Opening Day AMA

Mike and Chris answer a ton of questions while discussing a lot of the recent happenings in the news from today. We are ready for Opening Day! Lets get ready together!

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1B and 3B Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 1

We are entering a year unlike any we have ever encountered. Some of you are playing out teams you've drafted in February while others are about to draft before Opening Day. What continues to throw a wrench into the whole thing is the ever-changing news. It feels as though just about every hour we have more news of an injury or positive COVID-19 test. With this season already shortened, the waiver wire will be busy so we are here to help.

Before we dive in, we need to keep a few things in mind:

  • We focus on players owned in 5x5 Roto formats in Yahoo! leagues.
  • Player eligibility will also be determined by the Yahoo! player pool.
  • We aim at players owned in 40% of leagues or less. This allows us to provide names to help leagues of all sizes.
  • They will be in order of ownership percentage from highest to lowest.

There has been and will continue to be a ton of turnover. Be quick on the trigger and get your adds in before the next person. Staying a step ahead is key and the goal here is to keep you a step ahead. Now, let's get to those players to add for Week 1.

 

First Base Waiver Wire Options

C.J. Cron (1B, DET) - 33% owned

C.J. Cron checks all the boxes. He will be hitting in the middle of the lineup, playing every day and has no one threatening playing time. He is a .250 hitter with 30 home run hitter over a full season and that type of skill set will play. He had a barrel rate in the top 10% of the league in 2018 and top 5% of the league in 2019 at 15.5%. In 2019, Cron ranked in the 83rd percentile for average exit velocity, 84th percentile for hard hit rate and 91st percentile for expected slugging. In other words, he just crushes the ball. If you're in need of power, this is the top priority.

Renato Nunez (1B/3B, BAL) - 28% owned

Renato Nunez is the backup option on this list when it comes to chasing pure power upside. He might only hit .240 in the process but the pull-heavy, fly-ball approach will serve him well in Camden Yards. People often site the .272 BABIP as an argument for batting average upside if it regresses. However, going back to the 46.3% fly-ball rate and 44.3% pull rate, that leads to a lot of outs in the air. This profile is essentially selling out for power and the BABIP won't improve much unless it changes. But the home runs are what you're targeting him for anyway, so we encourage the selling out for power!

Nunez is expected to serve as the cleanup hitter for the Orioles and that's about the best spot you could ask a hitter to be in on any team. Even the Orioles.

Wil Myers (1B/OF, SD) - 30% owned

People often peg Wil Myers as injury-prone, but he has played 155 games or more in three of the last four seasons. He has also stolen 16 bases and hit at least 18 home runs in those three seasons. In 2018, he only played 83 games but managed 11 home runs and 13 stolen bases. What I am saying here is Myers is a must-add for anyone in need of speed in drafts and he brings some added pop in the process. He also started pivoting his back foot this summer. Although we would've expected a pro hitter to be doing this all along, regardless this should help him be a better hitter overall hopefully. Lastly, if there were any questions to playing time, those questions are no longer there.

With the addition of the DH and the trade of Franchy Cordero to the Royals, this assures everyday playing time. He might have let us down in 2019, but the price has dropped tremendously, and he is worthy of rostering entering 2020.

Howie Kendrick (1B/2B/3B, WAS) - 30% owned

Although it has been some time since he has had a full-time role, Howie Kendrick can still swing the bat well. In 2019, he posted a triple slash of .344/.395/.572 with 17 home runs over 330 at-bats. He enters 2020 with the promise of regular at-bats. The inclusion of the DH and Ryan Zimmerman opting out helped clear up the playing time for him and he should be in for a solid year. He is a high-floor type of player. The upside isn't as flashy as others, but if you need a roster stabilizer, this is your guy.

 

Third Base Waiver Wire Options

Ian Happ (2B/3B/OF, CHC) - 38% owned

Ian Happ enters the 2020 season as the everyday starting center fielder for the Chicago Cubs. He will likely hit at the bottom of the lineup but that shouldn't deter you from scooping him up. He offers the elusive power and speed combo that is highly sought. He also showed some improvements in 2019 with career-best contact rates. That came with being more aggressive at the plate. When production follows tangible change, I am always more inclined to buy into the production. And, if you didn't believe me about the speed, Happ's sprint speed is in the 71st percentile.

Brian Anderson (3B/OF, MIA) - 25% owned

Mr. Anderson had himself a small breakout in 2019. He is easy to overlook and is as boring as his name he needs to be owned in more spots. In a season where at-bats are currency, this is a player who will be slotting into the two-hole on a regular basis. There is some sneaky power upside here as well. In 2019, Anderson posted career-best marks in:

  • Home Runs: 20 (Just 126 games)
  • Launch Angle: 11.1
  • Barrel%: 8.9%
  • Hard Hit%: 45.7% (86th Percentile)
  • Max Exit Velocity: 114.4 (34th in MLB)
  • GB% & FB%

All of this was hidden due to the fact he plays for the Marlins and dealt with injury last season. If the changes in the approach stick, we could see the breakout continue. Add him with confidence.

Austin Riley (3B/OF, ATL) - 18% owned

This might be short-lived, so take advantage, but I expect with Yasiel Puig testing positive for COVID-19 and the Braves now needing another bat in the lineup, that Riley will be that guy. We saw the power potential last season as he posted 18 home runs in just 80 games. With a full offseason of working at his craft and the prospect pedigree, I am willing to take a shot at the young slugger. There is some swing-and-miss in the profile but the power can be difference-making.

Yoshi Tsutsugo (3B/OF, TB) - 17% owned

The dude just mashes. He has been crushing in summer training and is coming off four straight seasons of 28 or more home runs in Japan. This highlighted by a 45-HR season in 2016. The track record may be in terms of what he can do in the states, but the reports have been all positive and the power is undeniable. Take a look for yourself.

With Austin Meadows' Opening Day status up in the air, the potential playing time concerns are not an issue. Well, at least for week 1. Take advantage of it.

 

Deeper-League Dart Throws

These are a few players to go after in your deeper leagues or if you're in a pinch in general. These players will be owned in less than 10% of leagues.

Eric Thames (1B/OF, WAS) - 8% owned

Ryan Zimmerman opted out and this allowed Thames to step right into the first base or DH role pretty much full time. There is still a chance he platoons versus lefties but on the strong side of a platoon, he can be dangerous and really take off to start the year. He has a career .254/.338/.500 triple slash against right-handed pitchers. We have seen him binge home runs in the past so it is not out of the question that he gets off to a hot start.

Evan White (1B, SEA) - 5% owned

At one point, the big news of the offseason was Evan White getting an extension with the Mariners. His glove is good and should keep him at first base every day. He has been compared to a young Paul Goldschmidt. I buy into that as his long-term potential is a five-category producer. He plays first base and isn't a powerhouse bat but offers some speed and that can prove valuable from the first base or corner infield position.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, MIA) - 3% owned

Batting cleanup for the Marlins, Jesus Aguilar will be aiming to rebound after a down year in 2019. I am not sure what he might have left, but he will surely get every opportunity to succeed in Miami. At least until the trade deadline. If you are rostering Aguilar, you are just aiming for at-bats and this guy will get them.



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First Look at the Waiver Wire! - Bases Loaded Podcast

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland),  Jorge Montanez (@Roto_Nino) and Zach Braff (@braffz) are diving into the waiver wire.

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First Look at the Waiver Wire!

The season is finally among us! With that said, Mike, Jorge and Zach are diving into the waiver wire. Have a player out on COVID IL? Someone lost to season ending injury? take a listen as we discuss names from shallow formats to deeper formats. Let's get ready for baseball!

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News, Notes and the Fantasy Implications - Bases Loaded Podcast

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) rolls solo! Join Mike as rolls solo and dives into a ton of the recent happenings around baseball and how it can effect your fantasy teams.

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Mock Draft Review

Mike rolls solo! Join Mike as rolls solo and dives into a ton of the recent happenings around baseball and how it can effect your fantasy teams. There is a lot to unpack in this episode. He gets you a bit of info on players from almost every team in the league. For a solo pod, there is a lot of ground covered.

A few names we discussed include:

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Our hosts are Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland), Jorge Montanez (@Roto_Nino) and Zach Braff (@braffz). These guys are always available to answer your fantasy baseball questions on Twitter. Also, don’t forget to follow them, subscribe to the show, and review and comment on the show please!

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Mock Draft Review - Bases Loaded Podcast

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland), Jorge Montanez (@Roto_Nino) and Zach Braff (@braffz) are jopined by Brent Herzog of the Exit Velocity Podcast all get in on this one as back up a draft strategy episode with an episode discussing a mock draft they just put on.

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Mock Draft Review

Mike, Jorge and Zach are joined by Brent Herzon of the Exit Velocity Podcast as we breakdown our mock draft we just took part in. It was a 15 team 5x5 roto draft. We discussed a ton of names and our strategy throughout the draft. Hope you all enjoy it!

A few names we discussed include:

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Draft Season 2.0 Strategy Discussion - Bases Loaded Podcast

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland), Jorge Montanez (@Roto_Nino) and Zach Braff (@braffz) all get in on this one as they dive into fantasy baseball draft season strategy.

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Draft Season 2.0 Strategy Discussion

Fantasy baseball draft season 2.0 is live and we need to get you caught up! Join us and let us talk strategy and give you our draft day help! We round out this episode answering your fantasy baseball questions as well. So let's dive in!

A few names we discussed include:

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We are available on iTunes, Stitcher, Megaphone, PodBean, TuneIn Sound Cloud, iHeart Radio, Google Podcasts, Pod Bean, Tune In, Overcast and Breaker!

Our hosts are Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland), Jorge Montanez (@Roto_Nino) and Zach Braff (@braffz). These guys are always available to answer your fantasy baseball questions on Twitter. Also, don’t forget to follow them, subscribe to the show, and review and comment on the show please!

Thanks for listening to today's episode! Be sure to tune in to all Bases Loaded Podcast episodes throughout the week, and to also follow Bases Loaded Pod on Twitter, and RotoBaller on Twitter, YouTube and iTunes for the latest fantasy news and analysis.

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