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Hitter Adds (8/27/18 – 9/2/18)

ADDS FEATURED IN LAST NEWSLETTER

 

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – TOR – 2B, SS, OF (34%)

Amed Rosario – NYM – SS (28%)

Ramon Laureano – OAK – OF (6%)

 

Tyler White – HOU – 1B (46%)

If you had heard that an Astros prospect was called up and was raking for the Astros, most people would have assumed that it was Kyle Tucker. However, White is the call-up that has hit 11 home runs in 139 plate appearances and is batting .317. He’s been an important sparkplug in the injured Astros lineup, and has been able to give power, average and counting stats in a powerful offense. The big concern for a while was playing time, and where he could get into the lineup, but the Astros have shown they are willing to bench Gattis in favor of White in order to get his bat into the lineup, giving him a chance to get in at 1st and DH. At this point, there is no reason to believe he will not continue to provide power and counting stats in the Astros lineup.

 

Roster in standard leagues

 

Joey Wendle – 2B,3B,OF  (32%)

Somehow, Wendle is the 28th best fantasy player (according to Yahoo) in the last 14 days, batting .333 with a home run and 4 steals. On the season he has 446 plate appearances and is batting .296 with 7 home runs and 12 steals, giving him a chance to bat .300 and reach double digit home runs and steals in less than a season worth of at-bats. He also has been used across the diamond (naturally, it’s the Rays after all) which gives him some flexibility off the bench and could make him a useful contributor in deep leagues. Things you probably didn’t know about Joey Wendle : in the second half he has been 37% better than the league average hitter, has hit .326 and stolen 5 bases.

 

Roster in deeper leagues

 

Luke Voit – NYY -1B (26%)

Voit has been crushing baseballs since he arrived in New York. While he is another hot bat with a small samples size, he has a few advantages going his way. First, being in the Yankees lineup will clearly help his counting stat production moving forward. Second, hs competition at first base has been Greg Bird, who is not putting together a productive season (offensively or defensively). Third, Voit has batted .326 with 4 home runs and 11 RBI in the 12 games he’s started (and a few pinch hit appearances) since moving to the Yankees. As long as he continues to get at-bats he should provide solid power and counting stats for the Yanks rest of season.

 

Roster in deeper leagues

 

Brandon Nimmo – NYM – OF (26%)

Nimmo came back from the DL on Tuesday, returning from a finger injury to the Mets lineup. Not that the Mets lineup is particularly fearsome, but Nimmo can be one of the better parts of the lineup when playing. Immediately after coming back into the lineup, he collected 4 hits in his first two games and drove in a run. Nimmo had a burst of productivity earlier in the season where the spotlight shined on him, but he struggled across the summer. During the time he has played in August, his hard hit rate is back up and he is hitting .350 with a couple homers and a steal. Nimmo has a safe floor with an above average walk rate, a penchant to steal, some pop and a solid batting average. Pick him up, especially if you have more than 3 OF spots on your roster.

 

Roster in standard leagues

 

Luis Urias – SD – 2B (12%)

Urias was just recently called up to the majors by the Padres to fill a position in the infield. Take a look at our earlier article for more details on Urias. The top second base prospect has an advanced approach at the plate and an ability to hit the ball well to all fields. While not much power has manifested yet, he has a healthy line drive rate and could develop more power to go with his average in the future. In fact, he displayed some power and his hit tool as he went oppo taco for a solo shot in just his fourth game in the majors. He should be a good pickup for middle infield average.

 

Roster in deeper leagues

 

 

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