2014 MLB Fantasy Fixer-Uppers Week 10
If anyone out there was left hanging when I didn't post one of these last week, well, I'm sorry. I had other arrangements and didn't get around to it. But I do thank you for looking for the post that never was. So since you were robbed of this last week let's get right down to it and see who can help your team this week.
Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (79% owned ESPN leagues)
I'm willing to bet you don't need me to tell you that Polanco is a must add in all formats especially keeper leagues. The highly touted prospect has finally been called up and will play right field and bat second for the Buccos. The call-up happened because of an injury to Neil Walker but it was more than deserved as Polanco was terrorizing the International League with a slash line of .347/.405/.540. He blends power and speed while hitting for average. There isn't a fantasy team out there who can't use him. If you are lucky enough to be in one of the leagues where he is still available grab him now. Seriously. Stop reading this list and get him now.
Danny Santana, SS/OF, Minnesota Twins (29% owned)
Santana's is a name I didn't know about until roughly a week ago. Now it's not only one I know, it is one that is on a fantasy roster of mine. He could be of good use to yours as well. In his last five games the shortstop has 10 hits including two home runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases. That's called stuffing the stat sheet. While he is still relatively unknown to the general public he won't be for long. Santana has been batting leadoff for a surprising Twins offense and projects to score a lot of runs going forward. The shortstop class isn't as good as it used to be and a guy like Santana just might be better than whomever it is you are trotting out there every day.
Kendrys Morales, 1B/DH, Minnesota Twins (27% owned)
I had to say I was quite surprised when the Twins were the team to ink Morales. It didn't seem like they had a spot for him defensively. That being said, they did have a spot for him offensively and so he lands in Minnesota where he is playing right out of the gate. There may be some rust to knock off but once he finds his groove I expect 15-20 homers and a bunch of RBI for that surprising Twins offense I mentioned earlier. If he had signed with a team prior to the season starting odds are good he would have been drafted in your league. Since he didn't, and he wasn't, you can now have him for nothing.
Jake McGee, RP, Tampa Bay Rays (8% owned)
Grant Balfour is out as Tampa's closer and so far manager Joe Maddon has yet to name a successor. Odds are he will go with the closer by committee approach. If that's the case it seems like McGee could get the first shot at it. McGee has a pristine 1.59 ERA with a 0.78 WHIP to go along with 33 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings pitched. He also keeps the ball in the park having given up only 16 home runs in nearly 180 career innings. Maddon has indicated Balfour may get his job back at some point but if McGee flourishes Balfour may never get that chance.
Chase Anderson, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks (7% owned)
Who knew the stabilizing force for the Diamondbacks rotation would be Chase Anderson? I bet Anderson didn't even think that. The youngster now has a win in each of his first five starts in the big leagues. Pretty impressive right? He has given up two or fewer runs in four of them although he has been plagued by the long ball having given up five already. He has modest strikeout numbers but looks to be a serviceable spot starter if nothing else. Arizona has been playing better of late and Anderson is worth a flier is most leagues.