Everyone knows you need to make a few moves throughout the season and it’s not all about the draft. This post is designed to help you rule the waivers!
Jonny Gomes, OF Cincinnati Reds (43% owned in Yahoo, 62% ESPN)
Current Stat Line – .268 AVG / 9 R / 5 HR / 13 RBI / 2 SB
Is everyone afraid of a platoon with Fred Lewis? Gomes has obviously changed his approach at the plate because he is sporting BB:K ratio of 15:10. He has had 3 seasons of 20+ homers so, the power he is showcasing is nothing new. If he isn’t 70 percent owned by next week, I will enter your homes and click the “add player” icon myself.
Projection: .265 AVG / 80 R / 28 HR / 90 RBI / 10 SB
Dexter Fowler, OF Colorado Rockies (39% owned in Yahoo, 51% ESPN)
Current Stat Line – .276 AVG / 12 R / 0 HR / 5 RBI / 2 SB
Dexter Fowler is LOCKED IN as the leadoff hitter for one of the best offenses in the NL. He is also hitting .333 on the road and the Rockies desperately needed someone to step up away from Coors. Last year he didn’t start heating up until July so, I think the best is yet to come.
Projection: .280 / 105 R / 9 HR / 52 RBI / 30 SB
Jonathan Herrera, 2B/3B Colorado Rockies (25% owned in Yahoo, 19% ESPN)
Current Stat Line – .419 AVG / 8 R / 1 HR / 3 RBI /4 SB
Herrera is another reason the Rockies have been better on the road. He has hit .478 AVG / 1 HR / 4 SB away from Coors this year. He has been batting in the 2-hole where he should score plenty of runs and is showing great patience at the plate with a BB:K ratio of 10:2. If he keeps this production up, we won’t have to worry about a platoon share.
Projection: .285 AVG / 75 R / 6 HR / 55 RBI / 20 SB
David Freese, 3B St. Louis Cardinals (47% owned in Yahoo, 59% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .370 AVG / 8 R / 2 HR / 8 RBI / 0 SB
David Freese has been on a roll lately with 5 multi-hit games in the past 7. He has always been a .300 + hitter in the minors and he hit .296 with the Cards’ last year. He has also shown some pop in the minors with his best year in ’08 (26 HR in 464 AB). He has been placed in the 5th and 6th spot in the lineup where he should get plenty of RBI opportunities.
Projection: .290 AVG / 70 R / 20 HR / 85 RBI
Aaron Harang, SP San Diego Padres (40% owned in Yahoo, 40% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: 3 W / 0 L / 1.50 ERA / 16 K / 0.94 WHIP
I had mentioned before that I thought Harang could be a last round pick or someone to keep your watch list. His worst years came in ’08 – ’10 when he attempted his best Eric Milton impression with a HR/9 rate of 1.48, ranking 1st in the league for that time period (400 IP minimum). With the spaciousness of Petco, he shouldn’t have that problem. Expect a bounce back.
Projection: 14 W / 11 L / 3.80 ERA / 170 K / 1.25 WHIP