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Hitter Adds (8/13/18 – 8/19/18)

ADDS FEATURED IN LAST NEWSLETTER

 

Mallex Smith – TB – OF (55%)

Michael Conforto – NYM – OF (41%)

Steven Souza Jr. – ARI – OF (27%)

Eloy Jimenez – CWS – OF (26%)

Isiah Kiner-Falefa – TEX – C, 2B, 3B (23%)

 

Ian Kinsler – BOS – 2B (51%)

Season Stats (96 GP) .241 AVG, 52 R, 13 HR, 35 RBI, 11 SB

ROS Projection: .250-.260 AVG, 5-10 HR, 5-10 SB

Kinsler just came back off the disabled list to start the Friday the 17th. He’s not in his prime 30/30 playing time anymore, but he still will contribute steals (2 in his first 3 games in a Red Sox uniform) and some pop with back to back 20 home run seasons. The counting stats should also stack up well in Boston, so the only area he will not contribute in his average. He’s just above 50% owned so he’s available in plenty leagues as some middle infield reinforcement.  

 

(The rank 1st in the league with a .269 AVG and rank 1st in the league with a .801 OPS providing exceptional counting stats).

 

Roster in standard leagues

 

Willy Adames – TB – 2B, SS (32%)

Season Stats (50 GP) .240 AVG, 22 R, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 5 SB

ROS Projection: .260-.270 AVG, 3-6 HR, 3-6 SB

In the last 14 days, Adames ranks 59th overall with a .341 average, 2 home runs and 4 steals. Being eligible at both spots up the middle makes him a good fill in player off the bench in standard leagues as well. Adames has had a couple of spikes in his contact and hard hit percentages that show he could continue to develop into something of a power speed threat in the future if he can become more polished and consistent with time.

 

(The Rays rank 11th in the league with a .252 AVG and rank 21st in the league with a .716 OPS providing significant counting stats).

 

Roster in deep leagues

 

Taylor Ward – LAA – C (29%)

Minor League Season Stats (102 GP) .349 AVG, 68 R, 14 HR, 60 RBI, 18 SB

Season Stats (5 GP) .333 AVG, 3 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB

ROS Projection: .260-.270 AVG, 3-6 HR, 3-6 SB

Ward hit .349 AVG with 14 HR & 18 SB in 102 minor league games this season. In a position where the steals leader is currently Isiah Kiner-Falefa with 7, Ward could offer you a ton of category value. He looks to be a solid all-around offensive player, and especially since he is eligible at catcher without having to worry about the injury scares and playing time concerns of being behind the dish. In an extremely thin position with power / speed upside, Ward should be owned most leagues.

 

(The Angels rank 14th in the league with a .249 AVG and rank 10th in the league with a .744 OPS providing significant counting stats).

 

Roster in standard leagues

 

Danny Jansen – TOR – C (22%)

Minor League Season Stats (66 GP) .285 AVG, 36 R, 11 HR, 40 RBI, 1 SB

Season Stats (4 GP) .429 AVG, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB

ROS Projection: .260-.270 AVG, 5-10 HR, SB

Jansen is a solid two-way catcher, with good hit and power tools that could play well in the majors. He has batted .275/.390/.473 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI for Triple-A Buffalo this season. Jansen pulls the ball a ton and has a solid fly ball rate, but he combines that with a great on-base skill. In Triple-A, he has walked 12%, almost as much as his K rate of 13%. It’s really a beautiful offensive profile that has a safe floor and a lot of upside. Especially in deep or two catcher leagues, he needs to be picked up right away.

 

(The rank 20th in the league with a .243 AVG and rank 14th in the league with a .736 OPS providing limited counting stats).

 

Roster in deep leagues

 

Welington Castillo – CWS – C (16%)

Season Stats (33 GP) .267 AVG, 12 R, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 0 SB

ROS Projection: .260-.270 AVG, 4-8 HR, 0 SB

Castillo only had 33 games under his belt before getting hit with an 80 game PED suspension, which he is set to come back from by August 23rd. He was batting above average, showing average and power behind the dish. While it may take a little time to shake the rust off such a long absence, he offers a very tantalizing average/power combo that is not commonly found at the position. His numbers are not too far away from his .282/20 home run season last year, and in deep leagues he’s most likely your best choice coming off the wire at 16% owned.

 

(The rank 22nd in the league with a .242 AVG and rank 23rd in the league with a .707 OPS providing limited counting stats).

 

Roster in standard leagues

 

 

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