Dr. Stat’s Fantasy Baseball Waiver Prescription

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Dr. Stat’s Fantasy Baseball Waiver Prescription

By: Marcus Robbins
Posted: Jun 08, 2008


The Doctor is in! Here is my weekly showcase of players who are most likely available in your league and could be valuable to your team.


Delmon Young: OF, Minnesota  Twins                                                                    After showing so much promise in his first full season (.288/13/93), Young has struggled since being traded to Minnesota. Not only has he yet to hit a home run, and he’s had difficulty reaching base altogether. That said, the former first overall pick is showing signs of finally getting it going. His average is .270, and this week saw him have a three doubles game against the Yankees on Monday and another 2-hit night on Friday. His OPS has jumped a full point in the last month, and last week he hit .321 and had 5 RBIs.                                                                                                                                  Fantasy Diagnosis: His issue all season has been consistentcy, so this is hopefully the start. He’s proven he can hit and be a valuable fantasy player, and I fully expect him to do so again over the rest of the season.

Alexi Casilla: 2B/SS, Minnesota Twins                                                                          If you’ve never heard of Casilla, he had a cup of coffee in the majors last year, hitting .222 with no home runs and 9 RBIs in 56 games. He was struggling in AAA-Rochester this season, until an injury to Nick Punto gave Casilla another chance, which he’s taken full advantage of. In 70 at-bats, he wass hitting .347 with 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, 14 runs and 2 stolen bases. He’s on an eight game hitting streak and has hit in 16 of his last 18  games.                                                                                                                                  Fantasy Diagnosis: If you’re in need of a middle infielder, or one of your current ones just isn’t getting it done, Casilla is well-worth your consideration. He’ll boost your batting average and give you runs and the occasional stolen base. Think of him along the lines of a Luis Castillo-type player. While it remains to be seen what Casilla can do over a whole season, you really have nothing to lose by giving him a chance.

Ben Francisco: OF, Cleveland Indians                                                                        Who’s the only Indians player hitting over .300? That would be rookie outfielder Ben Francisco. Nevermind his name sounds like a pasta dish and makes you want to say it with an Italian accent. After getting called up in late April, Francisco has quietly put together some very fantasy-worthy numbers. In 30 games, he’s hitting .330 with 3 HRs, 17 RBIs, 14 runs and 2 stolen bases. His .OPS is over .900, and he hit .407 and drove in 5 runs last week.             

Fantasy Diagnosis: Francisco is a great option as a third or fourth OF. So far, what’s there not to like about him? If you don’t pick him up, someone else in your league most likely will soon.                           

Fred Lewis: OF, San Francisco Giants                                                                           Lewis made a good first impression last season, but got off to a slow start this season. His numbers (.273/4/14) are hardly anything to give a second glance, but he has 38 runs and 11 stolen bases. He’s hit .310 over his last ten games, so hopefully his average will continue to rise. As it does, the rest of the numbers will come. His home ballpark hurts him, but the Giants offense has been much better than expected.                                                                                                                                        

Fantasy Diagnosis: Unless you’re desperate for runs and/or steals, I’d wait and see. This is his first full season in the majors, but he’s shown some promise.

Rod Barajas: C, Toronto Blue Jays

After the top eight or so catchers, you often wonder if it’s even worth having one on your fantasy team. They drag down your average, hit for little power and don’t drive in many runs. Thus, it’s important to note when a catcher gets hot like Barajas has. His current numbers (.297/5/19) are boosted by his recent 16-game tear, in which he hit .392 with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs. In fact, over the last month, only Benji Molina had better numbers at the catcher position, and Barajas led all catchers with a 1.126 OPS.                                                                                                                  

Fantasy Diagnosis: He’s a career .242 hitter and typically a player who’s almost worthless in fantasy, but if you didn’t draft one of the top catchers or yours is not producing, Barajas is your man. At worst, you can ride out his hot streak, and then drop him. 

Mark Teahen: 1B/OF, Kansas City Royals                                                                  At first glance, Teahen’s .258 average steers fantasy owners away almost immediately. Yet he hit .304 and homered in three straight games this week, and he’s hit in 9 of his last 10 games.

Fantasy Diagnosis: After hitting 18 HRs in 2006, Teahen hit just 7 last season. He’s career batting average is 15 points higher after the All-Star Break than before, while his OPS is 66 points higher. June has always been his best month (career .295 hitter), so now is the time to pick him up. Just don’t expect gaudy numbers.


Manny Parra: SP, Milwaukee Brewers                                            

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