AL Waiver Wire Gems

J. P. Arencibia, C, Toronto Blue Jays (47% owned Yahoo, 42.3% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .216/25/12/37/0 (avg/runs/hrs/rbis/sbs)

J.P. should bash around 25 home runs before the year is out. Not many catchers can match that power production. You will take a big average hit – I think Arencibia has bottomed out though – but that is pretty standard at this traditionally thin – and even thinner this year – position. He is basically Mike Napoli with more at bats (Ron Washington seems like he has finally come around on playing Napoli every day, finally). If Naps is owned in your league, which he should be, J.P. is a decent consolation prize.

My Projection (rest of season): .235/32/13/35/1

Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox (46% Yahoo, 51.3% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .241/34/7/24/2

Becks raised his average almost 50 points last year in the 2nd half, and has shown some signs of life lately; I wouldn’t get too excited about him, but at one of the weaker positions in a line-up that is due to bust out, he should outperform the 1st half numbers pretty easily. The former #1 pick should produce solid MI stats the rest of the way.

My Projection (rest of season): .275/37/10/36/3

Rajai Davis, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (38% Yahoo, 55.2% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .243/34/1/23/24

Davis went through a brutal cold streak which dropped his average from .288 to .224, prompting me to drop him along the way.  Of course, now he has turned it back on, stealing 6 bases and raising his average 20 points in the last week. Might as well get back on the Rajai Train while he’s hot, as he can single handedly win you steals and help big time in runs any given week. But be prepared for big gaping holes of production from time to time.

My Projection (rest of season):  .260/34/3/25/25

Edwin Jackson, SP, Chicago White Sox (37% Yahoo, 30% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 4.30 ERA/1.44 WHIP/92 Ks/5-7 W/L

All Sox and Jays so far. Jackson’s numbers look horrible, but lately he has been better, even if the ERA and WHIP haven’t gone down much.  In his last four starts, he has K’ed 27 and walked just 4, while giving up a manageable 26 hits in 26.2 IP.  We all know Jackson has the talent and stuff to go on a useful fantasy run for you, and now might be a good time to test him out, as his xFIP is 1 run lower than his ERA and he has been pretty unlucky, dealing with a .341 BABIP.  I’d be worried about using him against Detroit post-All Star break if he gets a start in that series, but against KC or Cleveland, I’d give him a whirl.

My Projection (rest of season): 4.05 ERA/1.30 WHIP/80 Ks/7-6 W/L

Mark Trumbo, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (30% Yahoo, 52.9% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .256/32/15/38/8

Trumbo continues to put up respectable power numbers, and has even stolen 8 bases thus far, a nice little bonus from a first baseman. He has two HRs in his last three games, and could flirt with 30 by year’s end, which isn’t too shabby for any player, let alone a back up 1B. He won’t walk, and his average probably will not get any higher than it is now, but if you are still holding onto Adam Dunn (cough, cough, like myself), you might want to consider swapping him out for Trumbo, especially if its desperation time in your league.

My Projection (rest of season): .250/30/13/35/5

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