2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League
Mark Trumbo, 1B Los Angeles Angels (40 percent owned in Yahoo, 80.5 percent in ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .261 AVG / 36 R / 17 HR / 41 RBI / 8 SB
I don’t know what’s more ridiculous: Trumbo hitting behind Aberto Callapso or the fact that he is only 40 percent owned in Yahoo. He is on pace for 30 home runs and his minor league track record suggests the power is for real. Trumbo has also played six games in the outfield this year so keep an eye on his eligibility. He has been mentioned here quite a few times before. If he is still available in your league, make the add.
Projection (rest of season): .255 AVG / 32 R / 12 HR / 38 RBI / 4 SB
Travis Snider, OF Toronto Blue Jays (30 percent owned in Yahoo, 44 percent in ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .256 AVG / 17 R / 2 HR / 23 RBI / 7 SB
Not many have looked as good as Snider in July. In the nine games since his recall, he has hit .421/10/1/11/2. He has never shown much speed in previous seasons or in the minors but, John Farrell loves to run. He will probably continue to hit sixth or seventh in the order so he will continue to pile-up RBI’s in this productive lineup.
Projection (rest of season): .275 AVG / 28 R / 8 HR / 32 RBI / 5 SB
Eric Thames, OF Toronto Blue Jays (11 percent owned in Yahoo, 28.2 percent in ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .330 AVG / 23 R / 4 HR / 14 RBI / 0 SB
Here is another Blue Jay that has been red hot. Since his most recent call-up, he has hit .357/16/4/10 in 17 games. If he continues to bat second in front of Jose Bautista and Adam Lind, he will see pitches to hit and score plenty of runs. The only knock on him is his plate discipline (6:29 BB:K).
Projection (rest of season): .269 AVG / 34 R / 8 HR / 29 RBI / 4 SB
Danny Valencia, 3B Minnesota Twins (27 percent owned in Yahoo, 55.3 percent in ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .233 AVG / 34 R / 10 HR / 47 RBI / 2 SB
With how shallow third base is this year, I’m surprised Valencia is not owned in more leagues. He started out slow but in 12 July games he’s hitting .319/8/2/11. He has been a bit unfortunate this year with a .253 BABIP, contributing to his .233 batting average. Last year, he hit .311 BA with a .345 BABIP in 322 PA. He has never profiled as a power hitter, but he is hitting sixth in the line-up and shows good plate discipline.
Projection (rest of season): .280 AVG / 29 R / 6 HR / 37 RBI / 1 SB
Matt Harrison, SP Texas Rangers (39 percent owned in Yahoo, 30.4 percent in ESPN)
Current Stat Line: 7 W / 7 L / 66 K / 3.04 ERA / 1.28 WHIP
I must admit, I was not a believer in Harrison to start the year. After the first two months, his five wins and 3.26 ERA looked good. But, his 34:27 K:BB in 60.2 IP, was rather unappealing. Since then he has looked even better with a 2.72 ERA and 32:10 K:BB in 43 IP. His .273 BABIP may seem low but he posted a similar number last year (.270) and he has a good infield defense playing behind him (14.3 combined UZR for Moreland, Kinsler, Andrus, Beltre). Harrison’s next start comes tomorrow against Seattle.
Projection (rest of season): 6 W / 4 L / 60 K / 3.80 ERA / 1.25 WHIP