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Dansby Swanson – ATL – SS (49%)

2018 Statistics: (136 G) .238 AVG/ .699 OPS, 51 R, 14 HR, 59 RBI, 10 SB

2019 Statistics: (9 G) .346 AVG/ 1.201 OPS, 6 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB

Swanson a former #1 overall pick in 2016, showed flashes of that upside in stretches last season before dealing with injuries. A strong defensive player guaranteeing his place in one of the strongest lineups in baseball. Showing increased patience at the plate with 6 BB in 26 AB, Swanson has an opportunity to eventually be moved up in the batting order. In a lineup with the likes of Acuna, Freeman, Donaldson, Albies, and Markakis, Swanson has a stable power/ speed floor with the potential for strong counting statistics.

2019 Projections: .265 – .275 AVG, 15-20 HR, 10-15 SB

 

Yandy Diaz – TB – 1B, 3B (45%)

2018 Statistics: *With CLE (39 G) .312 AVG/ .797 OPS, 15 R, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 0 SB

2019 Statistics: (9 G) .303 AVG/ 1.061 OPS, 7 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB

Diaz only hit one home run in two seasons with the Indians (88 G), as a predominantly ground ball hitter who hit for average. Embracing a new approach with the Rays, Diaz has increased his launch angle and fly ball rate. Diaz also has a solid track record of making contact, .311 average in 516 minor leagues games (5 seasons) and a .285 hitter in 97 major league games (3 seasons) but showed limited power and speed. The Rays have a track record for developing undervalued power hitters like Logan Morrison and C.J. Cron and finding small market value. The Tampa lineup is underrated with on-base/speed assets, Austin Meadows and Tommy Pham and OPS specialists Ji-Man Choi and Avisail Garcia setting the table for Diaz hitting fifth.

2019 Projections: .280 – .280 AVG, 15-20 HR, 3-6 SB

 

Ramon Laureano – OAK – OF (39%)

2018 Statistics: (48 G) .288 AVG/ .832 OPS, 27 R, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 7 SB

2019 Statistics: (13 G) .261 AVG, .690 OPS, 5 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB

Laureano has a solid minor league track record hitting .271 AVG/ .800 OPS with 45 HR and 100 SB in 395 minor league games (5 seasons). An excellent defensive player and potential gold glover, keep him in the lineup daily. Currently hitting 7th-8th with the chance to be moved up in the lineup possibly hitting in front of underrated hitters in Chapman, Piscotty & Davis. If Laureano can limit his strikeouts (15 K in 13 G) and increase his OPS, he can provide solid counting stats with strong potential for stolen bases and solid power.

2019 Projections: .260-.270 with 10-15 HR/ 15-20 SB

 

Christian Walker – ARI – 1B (21%)

2018 Statistics: (37 G) .163 AVG/ .614 OPS, 6 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB

2019 Statistics: (9 G) .276 AVG/ 1.012, 6 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB

Walker only appeared in 11 games in his first season in Arizona but managed to hit 2 HR with a strong splits .400/ .833/ 1.233, so his current .400/ .947/ 1.347 is not a complete shock. Jake Lamb is expected to be sidelined the next six weeks with a grade 2 left quad strain, securing Walker’s place in the lineup. Walker should play every day and possibly add 3B eligibility taking over Lamb’s 5th spot in the lineup. Marte, Escobar, Peralta are all solid hitters with speed and good on-base percentages while Adam Jones looks revitalized as the cleanup hitter for Arizona. Walker might have a limited track record and a high K rate, but he has shown power in the minors although it was the PCL (.309 AVG/ .980 OPS, 32 HR, 114 RBI in 2017 (133 G). Walker has a clear shot at playing every day at a thin position in a solid lineup and park.

2019 Projections: .260 – .270 AVG, 20 – 25 HR, 3-6 SB

 

Willians Astudillo – MIN – C, 3B (38%)

2018 Statistics: (30 G) .355 AVG/ .887 OPS, 9 R, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 0 SB

2019 Statistics: (5 G) .500 AVG/ 1.458 OPS, 6 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB

Astudillo may not provide much on the bases but has little trouble reaching, rarely striking out with only 3 K in 107 career AB. Playing time is a concern, as Astudillo is entrenched in a three-catcher timeshare, with Miguel Sano’s eventual return hurting possible playing time at 1B/ 3B and DH. In the thinnest position in fantasy, Castillo when in the lineup provides top 10 catcher upside, in a strong lineup and park.

Projections: .280 – .290 AVG, 10 – 15 HR

 

Deep League Stolen Base Specialists (less than 10% owned)

 

Greg Allen – CLE – OF (7%), Delino Deshields – TEX – OF (3%), Tony Kemp – HOU – OF (1%), Jarrod Dyson – ARI – OF (1%), Keon Broxton – NYM – OF (1%)

 

Deep League Options (less than 10% owned)

 

Clint Frazier – NYY – OF (10%)

Former 5th overall pick in 2013, 5/7, 3 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI over weekend vs Orioles.

(.306 AVG/ .801 OPS vs LHP (49 AB), (.820 career OPS in minors)

-Roster in 12 team leagues

 

Alex Verdugo – LAD – OF (10%)

Another top outfield prospect with .438/ 1.063/ 1.500, 2 HR / 6 RBI in 9 games.

(.280 AVG/ .840 OPS vs LHP (25 AB), (.314 AVG / .905 OPS) at home

-Roster in deep leagues

 

Ji-Man Choi – TB – 1B (8%)

Choi has 15-20 HR upside with a strong OPS, .270-.280 AVG, hitting 3rd behind Meadows and Pham.

(.877 OPS (49 G) 8 HR/ 3 SB in 2018)

-Roster in deep or OPS leagues  

 

Justin Bour – LAA – 1B (8%)

Hit a career-high .289 AVG with Marlins, 25+ HR power, hitting 3rd behind Mike Trout.

(career .803 OPS in 514 G) .267 AVG / .846 OPS vs RHP

-Roster in deep or OPS leagues

 

Blake Swihart – BOS – C, 1B, OF (6%)

Former 1st round pick in strong offense with .500/ .833/ 1.405, 4 R, 1 HR, 4RBI in 12 AB.

-Roster in two-catcher and deep leagues

 

Raimel Tapia – COL – OF (2% )

A former top prospect who should start every day with Dahl injured. .319 AVG in Minors (740 G)

(.288 AVG/ .754 OPS with 2 HR/ 5 SB in 2017 (70 G)

-Roster in deep leagues

 

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