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Written by Sam Gubner
The beginning of the season has come to an end, and you now have to take some risks. You also have to pick up players who can help your team for the long haul. This is one of the most pivotal moments to make additions to your team, and because of this I have provided you some players who can sustain your great start, help you bounce back after a slow start, or anywhere in between.
**Percentages at the end are the percentage in which that particular player is owned in ESPN fantasy baseball leagues**
**If there are any stats that you don’t know, go to http://www.fangraphs.com**
Domingo Santana – OF – Milwaukee Brewers – 47.1%
The Brewers offense has been on a tear this season, scoring over 300 runs as a team. A key cog of this “Brew Crew” is outfielder Domingo Santana. While Santana’s numbers don’t jump out at you, they are all very solid and indicative of how this 24 year old is on the cusp of reaching his potential. He’s currently batting .284 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs, all very good stats. In addition, Santana has started to heat up, having the tenth most fantasy points out of any hitter in baseball these past two weeks. Pick Santana up today and don’t wait for him to fully realize his potential, because when he does it will be scary.
Brandun Drury – 2B/3B/OF – Arizona Diamondbacks – 41.3%
The Diamondbacks have made a resurgence this season, mainly because their offense has been on a tear. Brandon Drury was originally a key contributor to this lineup, but has recently fallen off, hitting .150 in the month of June. The main reason for this is Drury’s road struggles, as he hits .183 on the road and .370 in the hitter-friendly Chase Field. With Drury, I’m not advocating to make him an everyday starter, but instead make him a valuable utility player who you start when the Diamondbacks are playing at home. It doesn’t hurt his utility value that he also has three-position eligibility (second base, third base, and outfield).
Max Kepler – OF – Minnesota Twins – 29.9%
This German prospect is one with immense power that hasn’t yet been realized. Keep in mind that Kepler is only 24 years old. Picking up Kepler may not yield immediate results, but if you stay patient he will pay mass dividends. If you’re in a dynasty league then his value shoots up drastically. Kepler is more of a long-term project for the Twins, one that could end up exploding near the end of the season and right around fantasy baseball playoffs.
Jeff Hoffman – SP – Colorado Rockies – 24.9%
Jeff Hoffman, the Colorado Rockies top pitching prospect, has been called up and sent down repeatedly this season. But when he’s in the big leagues he’s made the most of it, going 3-0 with a lights out 2.73 FIP. According to MLB.com, he has an array of good pitches with, “a repertoire that includes four solid-or-better pitches.” The major downside to Hoffman is that he plays in the nightmarish Coors Field, which could stop him from reaching his potential. But the tantalizing arsenal that Hoffman possesses and his recent success is why you should pick him up immediately. Take a risk on Hoffman, because it may very well pay off in the long run.
Ariel Miranda – SP/RP – Seattle Mariners – 47.8%
Unlike Hoffman, who plays in the treacherous Coors Field, Ariel Miranda’s home games are inside the pitcher-friendly confines of Safeco Field. In addition, the Mariners have scored the ninth most runs of any MLB team so far this season. With these two factors alone, Miranda has tremendous upside, yet that isn’t all he offers. Despite a hiccup against the Phillies, Miranda has had seven straight quality starts, and has won five of them. An added bonus to Miranda’s fantasy value is that he is slotted as both a relief pitcher and starter. Miranda’s stadium, team, recent success, and multi-position flexibility is why he would be a great addition to your team.