2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League

Jorge Posada, C New York Yankees ( 43 percent owned in Yahoo, 36.9 percent owned in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .239 AVG / 19 R / 9 HR / 27 RBI / 0 SB

Jorge Posada is officially out of his slump. In the month of June he hit .382/.419/.588! He should continue to bat in the middle of the order for the Yanks so the runs and RBI will come.

Projection (rest of season): .255 AVG / 35 R / 10 HR / 38 RBI / 1 SB

Dustin Ackley, 2B/OF Seattle Mariners ( 36 percent owned in Yahoo, 55.7 percent owned in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .300 AVG / 7 R / 2 HR / 6 RBI / 1 SB

Ackley can hit. He has recorded a hit in 10 of his 12 starts this year and has shown a good eye (K:BB of 5:5). He has moved up to the fifth spot in the order but the Mariners lineup is still terrible. For those of you that are still holding on to Chone Figgins (34 percent owned), stop reading and pick up Ackley.

Projection (rest of season): .270 AVG / 34 R / 6 HR / 30 RBI / 6 SB

Austin Jackson, OF Detroit Tigers ( 38 percent owned in Yahoo, 68 percent owned in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .252 AVG / 41 R / 4 HR / 23 RBI / 15 SB

I can’t believe the leadoff hitter for a productive AL lineup is only 38 percent owned in Yahoo. Since June 4th, Jackson has batted .306 with 7 stolen bases. Even with his slow start to the year, he has been an asset in runs and stolen bases. The biggest knock on Jackson is his K rate of 29.8 percent, which is way too high for a leadoff hitter. However, he has improved his BB rate this year (8.3 percent).

Projection (rest of season): .282 AVG / 45 R / 5 HR / 25 RBI / 16 SB

Jason Vargas, SP Seattle Mariners ( 18 percent owned in Yahoo)

Current Stat Line: 6 W / 5 L / 75 K / 3.57 ERA / 1.16 WHIP

Most pitchers would be happy to throw one shutout in a year but Vargas has thrown three in his last six starts. His FIP of 3.58 supports his 3.57 ERA. He is a flyball pitcher so the .264 BABIP makes sense and it’s similar to last year’s mark of .272. His 6.3 HR/FB rate should maintain because his home is Petco and last year it was 6.1 percent. His next start is at Oakland, pick him up.

Projection (rest of season): 5 W / 5 L / 77 K / 3.50 ERA / 1.18 WHIP

Bartolo Colon, SP New York Yankees ( 45 percent owned in Yahoo, 40.6 percent owned in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 5 W / 3 L / 72 K / 3.10 ERA / 1.07 WHIP

Colon was dropped by many after he was placed on the DL but now he is healthy and ready to start against the New York Mets today. His numbers have been fantastic this year and his 3.10 ERA is supported by his FIP (3.32) and xFIP (3.00). The first stat I look for in an aging pitcher is fastball velocity. Colon’s average fastball this year is 91.8 MPH. His fastball hasn’t been that fast since 2005.

Projection (rest of season): 7 W / 5 L / 75 K / 3.80 ERA / 1.20 WHIP

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