Players to Add
These are my top guys to add across the board in all positions as of April 15 2014. I will be posting players to add week to week. If you are looking for any fantasy advice don’t be afraid to tweet at me for advice @PatDohertyJr on Twitter.
1. Mike Zunino – 14% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
He has been hitting the ball really well in Seattle and is currently moving up in the batting order day by day. He could eventually settle in the 4 or 5 spot in the lineup right behind Robinson Cano. He is a heavily touted prospect who was drafted 3rd overall in 2012 and has nice pop to add to his .280 batting average. If you need a catcher, add this guy right away.
2. Travis D’Arnaud – 6% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
He currently isn’t hitting to well but give it time. He will be the everyday starting catcher this year and will rebound from his slow start. He has a .286 batting average across the minor leagues and tends to heat up in the summer months. I think this guy is poised to break out this year and it might be a little early to go out and grab him but you can never be too early in fantasy baseball. If you’re in need of a catcher and Zunino is already off the board, D’Arnaud could be a nice sit and wait guy.
1. Micheal Morse – 63% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
He is currently hitting behind Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey and Hunter Pence and should see a bevy of RBI opportunities should he stay healthy. He is looking good and always gets off to a huge start. The change of scenery paired with an amazing spot in that lineup makes Morse a great addition if you are looking for some help in the HR or RBI categories.
2. Adam Laroche – 50% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
His power numbers dipped a bit last year but just like Morse, Laroche is hitting 4th in a great lineup. He won’t add too much to the Batting Average category as he is a lifetime .265 hitter but his spot in that lineup is secure and should see a lot of RBI opportunities along with 25+ round trip tickets.
1. Dustin Ackley – 36% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
This guy has gotten off to a hot start this year and following his off year last year he has a lot to prove. This year he is starting in left field and shouldn’t see too much change position wise but stays 2nd base eligible (which is good for us). He is a career .290 hitter in the minors and was a 2nd overall selection in 2009. He could look to bust out this year with his newly acquired position stability.
2. Marcus Semien – 6% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
Batting second in the White Sox lineup will bode well for Semien who is in his first real year starting at 2nd base. He has drawn a couple starts at third this year also and brings along 3rd base eligibility. Last year in the Minors he had 19 HR and 24 SB and could be a 20-20 guy moving forward. Semien is a lifetime .270 hitter in the minors although has a small sample size. Last year he walked more than he struck out and could look to carry that plate discipline this year which in turn will help raise his on-base percentage.
1. Kelly Johnson – 57% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
Johnson brings eligibility at every position except for Shortstop and Catcher which is a great tool for fantasy lineups. In the Yankees lineup which currently sports various aging veterans, Johnson will draw a lot of starts in various positions. He is a serviceable player who will bring 20 HR potential and will get on base enough to have 75+ Runs. His greatest attribute is that you can play him anywhere in the lineup.
2. Mark Reynolds – 15% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
Reynolds is the true definition of feast or famine. He is seemingly liable to either swing out of his shoes or put the ball over the fence every time he is at the plate. If you are looking for HR he is your guy but if it’s Batting Average you are looking for… You have found the wrong guy. He Has dual eligibility at First and Third and baring any injuries to the hot corners in Milwaukee Reynolds will be in line for a lot more At-Bats.
1. Chris Owings – 23% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
Owings won’t move the stat sheet much in any direction but his bat is always true. He is a lifetime .290 hitter in the minors and looks to be right around a .300 hitter which will move his bat up in the lineup as the year progresses. He is currently alive on the base paths with 4 SB and if his Triple A numbers are any indication of what he can do, he will be a very good shortstop this year. Last year in Triple A he batted .330 with 104 Runs, 81 RBI, 20 SB and 12 HR. He is going to be a good player. There is no second player to mention because if Chris Owings is available, run don’t walk to the waiver wire and snag him.
1. Rajai Davis – 31% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
In need of stolen bases and batting average? Look no further, Davis is leading off in an always dominant Tigers lineup and should see a lot of at bats playing in left field. He will most definitely cool off because he is a lifetime .265 hitter but for now ride this hot streak out. Last year he stole 45 bags in Toronto and could have 40+ steals again this year.
2. Christian Yelich – 56% owned in Yahoo Leagues.
He is a lifetime over .300 hitter in the minors and is doing close to that in the Majors. He is in his second year of major league action and is poised to fill the stat sheet all over. Last year he had 4 HR and 10 SB in 240 plate appearances and should look to emulate those totals this year over 600 plate appearances. He will hit for a stellar average and batting 1st or 2nd will definitely help him bolster his Run totals.
1. Scott Feldman – 35% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
Fresh off signing the largest contract for the Astros Feldman looks to prove why he was signed as the ace of that staff. He is currently sporting a .44 ERA and has two wins against the Angels and Yankees along with his no decision against Texas. I don’t see him sustaining these numbers and he will certainly fall off later in the year but as for now he will be good for a couple more starts. As soon as you see him faltering however, it is safe to say you can drop him.
2. Drew Hutchinson – 14% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
This is a guy I am huge on. He has a power arm and should tally up a lot of K’s. Pitching in the AL East however is always a hard task for a Rookie due to the small parks and power lineups. He will see a lot of swoons this year but overall I think the positives will outweigh any negatives and he will certainly rack up the strikeouts.
3. Jenrry Mejia – 12% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
Another power arm that has great raw young talent. He should light up the strikeout totals just like Hutchinson and should see a lower ERA since his home games are in the cavernous Mets stadium.
1. Shawn Kelley – 52% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
David Robertson is currently down and Kelley is the man to own out of the Yankees bullpen if you are saves hunting.
2. Hector Rondon – 12% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
He could win the job for the Cubs after a dismal start to the season by Jose Veras and he is considerably more consistent than Pedro Strop. I don’t like anyone in this race but Rondon hasn’t let up any runs yet and looks to be the favorite for the ninth inning spot for the Cubs. Approach with caution however.