The big news in Fantasy Baseball is clearly the call up of Joey Gallo for the Texas Rangers, especially after Monday. He played his first major league game, and straight mashed going 3-for-4 with a home run four RBI and three runs.
The talk before the call up was, this is only going to be a three or four week thing, then when Adrian Beltre returns he will be sent back to the minors. Well, the winds have changed and now you are hearing, if he keeps hitting then the Rangers will have to keep him up.
I’m not sold on that. Where are they going to play him? He is not, I repeat, NOT going to play in place of Adrian Beltre. The most likely of options is to move Prince Fielder back to playing first base full time and bench Mitch Moreland for him. Honestly, I don’t think that happens either.
Do I think you should pick him up? Yes, absolutely. In fact, when I started first researching for this article he met my standard of being owned in under 30% of leagues, but that quickly skyrocketed. Just don’t expect to have him past June or whenever Beltre returns, unless another injury opens a spot for him.
Now that I’ve spend enough time on a player you likely can’t find on your wavier wire, let’s get to some guys who you likely can.
Waiver Wire Targets
All players I am suggesting are owned in 30% or less of ESPN leagues. Of course if there are better players available in your league that are owned in more than 30% of leagues, by all means get them first.
Justin Bour, 1B, Miami Marlins Owned in 8.6% of ESPN Leagues
Bour is a power hitter who will give you plus average, by that I mean over .260. He was ignored for the most part because Michael Morse was said to have been the starting first baseman for the Marlins. Well I’m not so sure that is going to be the case going forward.
Morse has not only been placed on the disabled list with a finger sprain, he was playing pretty horrible for first two months. On top of that Bour has been hitting well with four home runs, seven RBI and five runs along with a .286 average over the last two weeks.
Jace Peterson, SS/2B, Atlanta Braves 13.2%Starting out the season pretty awful, Peterson found himself on the bench quite a bit in April playing only 20 games.
In May things picked up for him and he batted .282 with 16 RBI and 11 runs.
The good play has been especially strong over the last week when he has hit .321 with four RBI and five runs.
The steals are not there like most of us expected to see, only six so far on the season, but now that he is batting lead off again I expect those to come.
Mike Fiers, SP, Milwaukee Brewers 28.0%
I bet you did not know that Fiers has allowed two runs or fewer every start this season but three. In fact he has only allowed more than two runs in one of his last eight.
He had an inflated 6.75 ERA early in the season because of a really bad first few starts. That now sits at 4.06. Still not great, but its trending in the right direction.
The strikeouts are still there, over 10 per nine innings pitched. Combine that with a high BABIP, that I expect to get back to normal and I think you can expect to see a really good Fiers going forward.
Ordisamer Despaigne, SP, San Diego Padres 3.0%
Still not striking out a ton of batters, although those are up lately too, Despaigne has a quality start in three straight. In those three straight, he has given up a total of three runs, one being six innings of zero run ball against the Angels.
His other two starts weren’t against bad opponents either, the Pirates and Cubs. Both of those clubs have turned it on offensively lately so to allow three run between the two of them is pretty good. He may be more of a streaming option in 10 to 12 team leagues, but definitely worth a look in larger leagues.
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